Q&A with Ashley Davis, Sweat coach
Q: Why did you start?
A: Because I wanted to get stronger and work on my athleticism and endurance, along with learning new workout techniques and methods. I enjoy challenging my body to its limits.
Q: What keeps you coming back?
A: Releasing endorphins and leaving feeling better than when I came in. I just like to move my body in general since I work from home. All the instructors at Sweat are really positive and uplifting, which is always good when finding a gym to stick with.
Q: Who are you?
A: I'm originally from Connecticut and I've been living in the Bay Area for two years. My focus is on making people feel good through nutrition and fitness and working toward making exercise and healthy eating more accessible and fun. I want clients to leave feeling uplifted and empowered to try hard things, lift heavy, and challenge themselves outside of their comfort zone. I appreciate a holistic approach when it comes to fitness, tackling nutrition as well, and helping people break through mental barriers. I will be starting my Masters in Public Health Nutrition at Berkeley to gain more knowledge as a coach. My hobbies include surfing, running, biking, and skating.
Q: What motivates you?
A: I'm motivated by seeing growth and trusting the process of getting better and better everyday. I'm motivated by other women who are game changers in the industry and making fitness and nutrition fun and approachable to more people. I also love to pull from different classes and training methods to constantly tackle my goals (i.e heavy lifting, taking HIIT classes, pilates, dance class, yoga). For me tracking progress has been a game changer. I use video diaries, My Fitness Pal, Apple watch, and spreadsheets to track my progress.
Q: Any practical tips for sticking to your fitness routine and goals?
A: Make working out accessible (pick a gym close by/supports your goals), increase step count, be around people who believe in your goals, constantly seek information from credible sources, eat volume-dense foods, start off with small goals to get to your bigger goals, making small changes to your diet and workout plan, track your progress (measurements, weight, how you feel, etc.) and constantly tackle self-limiting beliefs!
Q: How have the workouts at Sweat gotten you ready to do some epic things?
A: The workouts at Sweat make me feel stronger and physically challenge me. This translates into other facets of my life and inspires me to challenge myself mentally and intellectually as well.