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2019 GOALS

NO EXCUSES!

This is the easiest way to reach your fitness goals in 2019 ūüéČ

Join me for 30 minute classes you can do anytime / anywhere. Check out the ‘NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION’ classes offered and join our tribe ūüí™ūüŹľ

“I love the social part (chatting it up online before the workout starts and meeting new friends), the accountability, the ease & convenience and the effectiveness of these workouts! When I can’t join the live class, I get a killer workout from the class recordings. I’m getting great results and each workout leaves me feeling energized and ready to take on the world! This is FITNESS MADE EASY!”

Add resistance to every movement and speed up your results with TYE4 wearable resistance! It’s the ALL-IN-ONE gym you can take on-the-go ‚úąÔłŹ

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TYE4¬ģ TRAINING – CLIENT WITH POLIO

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Meet my friend and client Kay Walker. She is 72 years old and was diagnosed with Polio when she was 8 months old. I have the privilege of helping her discover that she CAN exercise! Four years ago she bravely attended my St. Augustine Fitness Retreat. ¬†We worked multiple times a day learning her limits, but more importantly discovering what she COULD DO. ¬†Since then we have spent the past few years personalizing her exercise to meet her lifestyle… which is unbelievably active!!

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The ABS BLASTER WORKOUT USING TYE4

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IF YOU DON’T HAVE A TYE4 OF YOUR OWN, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND CLICK NOW TO PURCHASE – GET MORE OUT OF YOUR WORKOUT!

FULL VIDEO WORKOUT ARE AVALIBLE IN THE 840WEST ONLINE COACHING GROUP!

Join our Online Coaching Group ($10/month) and get more full workout videos, coaching, encouragement and a fun social online space to connect with others in this game to be more healthy and fit! Click HERE for more info!!

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SUMMER 2015 – GoPro

We’ve had a great summer. ¬†It’s been H.O.T. so most of the time there was some kind of water involved to keep us cool. ¬†And when there’s water, it’s a great idea to keep a GoPro camera close. ¬†Even better, let your kids be in control of the camera and enjoy some fun shots! ¬†Take a look at a few of our summer highlights…

7 MINUTE CARDIO STEP WORKOUT

Here’s a quick workout you can do anywhere! ¬†Use your Tye4 to increase intensity and help you stabilize and balance so the movements are clean and executed ¬†safely and properly. ¬†Oh and it will ¬†remove the pounding and impact, so yeah, use it and wear it! (if you don’t have one, order here)

DO THIS¬†‚ÄĒ¬Ľ Get to some stairs and perform each exercise for 30 seconds. ¬†Wear a TYE4 (wearable resistance) to add resistance and reduce pounding and stress ‚Üí¬†SHOP NOW¬†‚Üź¬†Watch the video below to see each exercise.

  1. RESISTANCE PUSH-UPS¬†¬Ľ arm bungees crossed
  2. JUMP SQUATS ¬Ľ¬†ALT. PARALLEL & PLIE SQUAT¬†¬Ľ leg bungees triangle
  3. JUMP SQUATS¬†¬Ľ ALT. PARALLEL & PLIE SQUAT¬†¬Ľ leg bungees crossed
  4. RESISTANCE PUSH-UPS¬†¬Ľ arm bungees crossed
  5. PLANK JACKS¬†¬Ľ arm bungees crossed
  6. PLYO LUNGE¬†¬Ľ hold leg bungees
  7. BOX JUMP¬†¬Ľ hold leg bungees
  8. JUMP ROPE¬†¬Ľ hold arm bungees
  9. JUMP JACKS¬†¬Ľ leg bungees triangle
  10. JUMP JACKS ¬†¬Ľ leg bungees crossed
  11. RESISTANCE PUSH-UPS¬†¬Ľ arm bungees crossed
  12. KNEE-UPS¬†¬Ľ hold leg bungees
  13. TRICEP DIPS¬†¬Ľ arms inside leg bungees
  14. PUSH-UP JACKS¬†¬Ľ arm bungees crossed

FULL VIDEO WORKOUT ARE AVALIBLE IN THE 840WEST ONLINE COACHING GROUP!

Join our Online Coaching Group ($10/month) and get more full workout videos, coaching, encouragement and a fun social online space to connect with others in this game to be more healthy and fit! Click HERE for more info!!

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NYC THEMETHOD PILATES TRAINING RECAP – JUNE 2014

I just completed the PhysicalMind Institute 2 day E401 Standing Pilates Workshop held at the Chelsea Studios in New York, NY taught by Yuu Fujita, Institute Lead Teacher.  Traditionally, Pilates is practiced on large equipment like the Reformer and Cadillac and is not always accessible to everyone.  Mat Pilates is less expensive, does not require a lot of space, and can be followed by video or live streaming.  Often Mat Pilates classes will involve small equipment like a ring, bands or balls.  Still,  performing Pilates exercise standing has been challenging to master.  
For this training, we used the NEW Tye4¬ģ wearable resistance system from TheMethod Pilates. ¬†It’s a harness that fits over the shoulder and connects higher on the chest, or lower depending on comfort. ¬†It’s easy to put on and can be adjusted quickly. ¬†It has loops that connect to each foot anchoring the single leg bungee and hand loops that anchor the single arm bungee. ¬†While standing, the bungees function like a¬†“bar” and gives support to movement that require balance. ¬†Because it’s not as stable as an actual bar, it requires the body to work harder to balance. ¬†This type of work is great for developing strong stabilizer muscles and a strong core. ¬†The bungees can also be used to assist in movement and of course we used them to create resistance in the standing position – up to 40 lbs depending on how ¬†the bungees are used! ¬†We also worked through Pilates fundamentals and traditional exercises on the mat. ¬†In this case, the Tye4 functions like a Reformer by providing assistance and resistance. ¬†Mat Pilates is much more effective when using Tye4. ¬†It can also be used on different Pilates apparatus – see here¬†¬†¬†

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STAY FIT ON VACATION

WORKOUT ROUTINE ON VACATION?   
NO THANK YOU.   
BUT WE ARE ACTIVE IN THE ADVENTURE

Whether you work the gym into your weekly routine, attend exercise classes, work with a trainer or workout at home, you have intentionally added fitness to your routine. I hope you have found a workout program that is efficient in getting you to your goals, is safe in preventing injuries and building your body stronger, not tearing it down and is something you enjoy doing. ¬†Even still, it’s part of your routine.

In normal life, we workout to reach a goal – weather it’s to decrease body fat, strengthen muscle, improve cardiovascular system, or provide a “home” we can live in that will support our lifestyle and help us to live to the fullest… and the list goes on.

When I’m on vacation, however, you will not find me in a typical hotel gym or visiting a familiar health club to get in a workout. ¬†Nope. ¬†The essence of vacation is to pause all (or as much) of life that produces stress and requires diligent focus, right? ¬†You know, all the routines and demands of life. ¬† It’s a time to rest, gain new perspective and refresh the soul. ¬†I believe this to be good and true for you physically as well as mentally. ¬†Now if you de-stress and “relax” at the gym – more power to ya!

HOWEVER

I am NOT implying that vacations need to be lazy. ¬†NOT. AT. ALL! ¬†Vacation should also include adventure, and this is where activity happens. ¬†Staying ACTIVE on vacation can be a lot of fun and will push your body in ways it’s not use to! ¬†At the end of the day, this mind set will remove the guilt that accompanies “missing a workout”. ¬†Guilt can be replaced by fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment knowing that you’ve challenged your body beyond it’s norm. ¬†I like to think of this like a “free” workout”! ¬†And you will be able to return back to your normal routine once you get home without missing a beat.

FOR EXAMPLE…

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MY INTERVIEW OVER AT ‘REAL INTO’

Last July I did an interview with Carli from Real Into on Fitness Transformations. ¬†It was fun to look back at what got me focused and inspired on this journey, why I chose Pilates and how I’ve integrated my passion for health into my family. ¬†Take a few minutes and head on over to her blog to read the FULL INTERVIEW.¬†

Since doing this interview, a lot has happened with Tye4! ¬†I’ve been to NYC 2 times – once for the training and then back again for a Pilates Style Photo Shoot ūüôā – look for it in March! ¬†I’ve also started teaching Tye4 classes and leading workshop to train the trainers. ¬†

I had an interview on Channel 5 Talk of the Town on Tye4 classes and will begin training athletes with the Tye4 later this month.  This is an exciting season!  

AND we’ve started planning for our next HEALH & FITNESS BEACH VACATION! ¬†We will be using Tye4 AND you will take it home with you to continue using. ¬†Plus, you will be coached in the kitchen by Holistic Chef Laura Lea and be encouraged and educated on feeding yourself and your family better in the busyness of life. ¬†It’s pretty fantastic and we have room for you!

 

A LOOK BACK ON 2013

Like you, I have been looking over the past year and feel very blessed at the growth that my business has taken.  I could not grow if not for my clients,readers family and friends so I want to say THANK YOU for visiting, sharing, participating, encouraging me and joining in this journey!  Achieving a healthier life is a process.  My goal is always to be further along today than I was last year.  
 
HERE ARE SOME OF MY PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2013
 

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FITNESS RETREAT 2014

MEET MY PARTNER IN CRIME FOR 
HEALTH & FITNESS VACATIONS
LAURA LEA OF LLBALANCED.COM
 
SHE IS AN AWESOME HOLISTIC CHEF FROM NASHVILLE.  
SHE IS CERTIFIED AS A NATURAL FOODS AND HEALTH SUPPORTIVE CHEF AND CONSULTS AND LEADS WORKSHOPS AROUND TOWN TO TEACH AND ENCOURAGE US TO LIVE INTENTIONALLY.  READ MORE ABOUT HER SERVICES AND CLASSES HERE.

I ATTENDED ONE OF LAURA LEA’S FOOD WORKSHOPS IN BRENTWOOD- IT WAS GREAT! ¬†SHE TALKED ABOUT FITNESS FOODS AND HAD SOME OF THE YUMMIEST SAMPLES FOR US TO TRY. ¬†AFTER SPENDING A FEW MINUTES TOGETHER, WE QUICKLY REALIZED WE HAVE THE SAME VISION AND GOALS FOR OUR CLIENTS. WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT SETTING YOU UP WITH TOOLS TO SUCCEED IN ACHIEVING YOUR FULL POTENTIAL.¬† WE LIKE PEOPLE AND WANT TO SEE A HEALTHIER AMERICA. ¬†

FAST FORWARD TO NOW AND WE LEAD HEALTH & FITNESS RETREATS!   

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP, EMAIL
ashley@ashleybensonfitness.com

I KNOW, RIGHT???
SO HERE ARE A FEW DETAILS ABOUT THIS LIFE-CHANGING WEEK:
 
FITNESS:¬† WE WILL HAVE APPROXIMATELY 9 WORKOUTS. ¬†I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE THINKING: ¬†“WHAT KIND OF VACATION IS THAT!?!?!” ¬†WELL LET ME TELL YOU- EVERY WORKOUT WILL NOT BE A KILLER. ¬†YOU WILL LEARN TO WORKOUT SMARTER AND YOU WILL LEAVE ENJOYING EXERCISE IF YOU DON’T ALREADY. ¬† SOME OF THE WORKOUTS WILL AIM AT BUILDING STRENGTH, SOME WILL PUSH ENDURANCE AND COORDINATION, AND MANY WILL PROMOTE HEALING AND RECOVERY. ¬†YOU WILL LEARN A LOT AND BE ABLE TO APPLY IT TO YOUR ROUTINE WHEN YOU RETURN HOME. ¬†
 

I AM VERY EXCITED TO INTRODUCE THE GROUP TO THE NEW TYE4¬ģ¬†FROM TheMethod Pilates – WEARABLE RESISTANCE!!! ¬†WE WILL USE IT IN OUR FITNESS SESSIONS… AND YOU WILL BE TAKING IT HOME!!!

IN THE KITCHEN: ¬†LAURA LEA WILL BE COACHING US. ¬†SHE WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS LIKE, “SHOULD I EAT BEFORE I EXERCISE?” ¬†AND¬†“WHAT AND WHEN SHOULD I EAT AFTER I WORKOUT? ” ¬†SHE WILL ALSO BE TEACHING US PRACTICAL MEALS WE CAN MAKE DURING A NORMAL WEEK TO FUEL OUR ENERGY AND PRODUCTIVITY. ¬†YES THIS IS A HEALTHY VACATION… AND YES THERE WILL BE REAL DESSERT! ¬†CHECK OUT LAURA LEA’S BLOG TO GET EXCITED ABOUT HER RECIPES.¬†
 
WE WILL COME HOME FROM THIS TRIP REFRESHED, INSPIRED AND EMPOWERED! 
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“This was the MOST AWESOME VACATION. ¬†I would encourage anyone debating to sign up! It was like vacations should be: ¬†fun and relaxing and inspiring and you get to come home with new energy and outlook instead of the usual needing a vacation after your vacation!” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Kay Walker – Nov. 2012 trip

Click HERE  to see the NOVEMBER 2012 trip.