As I reflect on 2017, I am overwhelmed from the growth and opportunities. This past year I found myself growing with not just one team, but multiple teams. The mission is still the same, but it’s a lot more fun and moves a lot faster together!
—» 2017 HIGHLIGHTS «—
FEBRUARY – Release of my first Pilates DVD → also available for digital download ashleybensonfitness.vhx.tv ← find them here! I’m closing out the year with 6 videos and will be adding more in 2018.
APRIL – I was contacted by Pilates Style Magazine for an interview.. my story was published in the May/June issue
Core strength/core stability is the ability of the abdominals, back muscles and pelvic floor to support the spine and keep the body stable, safe and balanced. This is a fundamental in any physical activity and is key to preventing injury and performing at full potential in sports.
We have to be intentional to gain awareness of and develop the powerhouse muscles. It requires us to slow down, get quiet and concentrate. It’s difficult to feel and control deep muscles, but when you do, your perspective on movement changes. The hands and knees demo below is an exercise our clients do to help build a strong core base.
We add TYE4 to help understand and feel the body positioning. It also requires more muscles to fire from the start 🔥 I made Kelsey Feltman try it with and then with out TYE4, and this was her feedback:
► WEARING TYE4
gives feedback to help with form
resistance (much harder work for abs, triceps, quads, and hamstring)
arms and legs reach longer
feel muscles firing immediately
brings you back to home base automatically
► NO TYE4
easier but less controlled
harder time telling if hips are tucked
have to do more reps to feel muscles
easy to not be aligned
TYE4 • PARASETTER • MINIS • HEADFLOATER workshop coming to the Nashville area! Details will be posted soon. Perfect for chiropractors, massage therapist, trainers, coaches, instructors and everyone else who helps people improve their body. Also great for individuals. Let me know if you want early bird info.. comment below, message or email email@example.com
Check out this new video in my warm-up/ recovery series. This one is for FEET… a highly neglected, yet extremely important area of the body. You can repair and avoid common feet and ankle problems with a pair of MINIS™ and these simple exercises.
I did a product review last fall and have NOT STOPPED using them!!, PLUS my clients testimonies after prepping the feet before workout/ running or after long days on their feet are insane! I’ll share the testimonies soon, but for now you can trust me and get your hands on a set of MINIS™ $24
It’s that time of year when I make the PLANTAIN TINCTURE. This will be my 6th year making it and I promise I wouldn’t keep doing this if it didn’t work. Plus, it’s seriously the easiest thing ever. This single batch lasts all year and I even have extra to share with friends. We use it for all the bug bites… spider, bee, mosquito, wasps (those evil little monsters) and also snake bites (not that I’ve ever been bit, but if I do…). This can also be used for splinters. The plantain has a pulling agent and it heals the wounded area really good! I had a small allergic reaction rash on my arm to some grass or something last week. I sprayed my potion on it and BAM!!!… the itching and bumps disappeared in a few minutes. Watch the video and make some this season. Parents, this stuff stinks and can sting a little, but send it to camp this year with your kids. My kids friends now ask what that weird stuff is I make because they want some hehehe. Check it out and watch the video ↓↓↓
For this post, I’m sharing one of the weird things I do. I make Kombucha. Some people love it, some people hate it. I’m one who hates it, but it’s worth the effort. I may have to hold my nose and gag a little when I drink it, but I do it because I believe it’s doing really good stuff for my body. It’s referred to as ‘functional food’ with tremendous health benefits. read more…
Are you ready for this?…
Kombucha is fermented by bacteria and yeast commonly known as a “SCOBY” (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast)
“I wish I could zap you with how good I feel after I go to Pilates! You would understand why I love it and encourage you to go!” Jean Hill
“Finally a workout I can look forward to. But is it really a workout?! I don’t even break a sweat! I had noticeable results in flexibility and posture after only a few classes.” Collette Ashley
“Pilates is a workout but it’s not exhausting. I usually feel relaxed and less stressed after class. It involves stretching, balancing and I have noticed my posture has been better, others have notice too. My shoulders aren’t scrunched up underneath my ears either, they’re more relaxed. Ashley is an awesome instructor that loves what she does & helping people. Each person in the class is different not only in age, shape and size but also in levels of flexibility and fitness. Exercises are well explained & shown. She can modify the exercise for everyone’s need, as a beginner or to make it more difficult, your choice. It’s for anyone.” Jennifer Fopiano
We love using the TYE4 apparatus to provide assistance to overstressed areas like neck and hip flexors. We also use it to add resistance through full range of motion to add intensity.