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[This is from a guest post I wrote for Fitmark September 2013 – see it here.  Now, over a year later, I’ve continued using  Tye4 personally,  with test groups and with my clients.  If I had to rewrite this post, I would not change a word.  More on Tye4 here ]

There is a new fitness love in my life, and it’s called Tye4®. I attended the Official Tye4 Launch and Training Workshop in New York this summer and am now teaching five Tye4 classes a week and can’t stop talking about it! This new fitness tool has my creative exercise juices flowing and has given me a fresh excitement and hope for the health, strength, and the repair of our bodies.

The Tye4 is a wearable resistance. It’s a harness that can be worn higher or lower on the chest, depending on preference, with easy adjusting straps. It has a bungee that attaches to both feet separately, and one that attaches to both hands.

tye4collage.jpgIt was invented by Joan Breibart, Founder and President of the PhysicalMind Institute. She introduced the first Pilates certification program, the first Mat Work Pilates Video in 1991, ‘Working Out The Pilates Way‘ and other books, articles, and inventions that have helped the Pilates Method evolve and benefit our generation.

I teach two different classes: 1. Tye4 Fusion and Tye4 Pilates. The Tye4 Fusion class is a combination of aerobic, barre, strength training, Pilates and stretch. I start with a dynamic warm up that loosens our spine and hips and awakens the body to move. Using Tye4 gives us something to push or reach through (a closed kinetic chain) and enables greater stretch and lengthening. We move from warm up to full on sweaty, aerobic exercise. I give high impact options for some of the moves, but it is optional. The beat of the music is fast and we have fun feeling a full body burn.

Next, the music slows down and relaxes our minds so we can put full focus and concentration into the Barre moves. Here I use the Tye4 to assist in leg lifts and balancing. We don’t over work the hip flexors and because we are able to hold balance so much better and longer with Tye4, we feel a beautiful burn from our glutes all the way down into our calves in the stabilizing leg! I LOVE THAT! Honestly, this is where I start sweating! Hard work.

After Barre, I take my class through a series of strength moves, including pushups and plank. Again, using the Tye4 is changing the game! We use a front cross leg bungee variation when doing a modified pushup. The leg bungee cross “reminds” the body to keep the core engaged during the movement, and the crossed hand bungees provide resistance! I no longer have to nit pick on form. It just happens with Tye4! And modified or “girly pushups” create such a surprising burn!

I wrap up our class with Pilates down on the mat using Tye4 in each exercise. We now can move with more control, stabilize with more awareness, and stretch deeper. As I’ve heard from a few of my clients, “I can really feel my muscles now.”.

I agree with what About.com had to say about the Tye4, “What is so great about the Tye4 is that the lines of resistance feedback to the core of your body. This is very Pilates approach to fitness. It’s an effect we get from much of the larger Pilates equipment like the reformer, but getting that direct feedback with something as portable as the Tye4 is unusual.”.

Tye4 was invented in the Pilates world, but it is a creative, effective tool that can be used with many other types of fitness.

For more information, visit TheMethodPilates.com and ‘Like’ my my FaceBook page Nashville Fitness for the latest updates on classes, workshops, and Tye4 talk.

So far, I’m getting great feedback from every one of my clients who have tried it out. It seems to be quite addicting! If you can’t tell, I’m really excited about Tye4 and I hope you take some time to look into it. Maybe it’s something you can incorporate into your exercise routine or use to bring your clients to a new level of health!

Stay fit,
Ashley Benson
Fitmark Ambassador 2013



We just spent a great week in the cool little German town my parents live in – New Braunfels, Tx.  It’s a tourism town and a GREAT place to visit!  There are two rivers that run through the town, and I couldn’t help but use both of them as a backdrop for your next workout videos :).  First, we filmed behind Bubba’s Big Deck at Gruene River Co., right on the Guadalupe River.  It’s a gorgeous location with it’s huge old trees, the river rapids and the interesting wildlife all around.  In the summer months, this is an awesome place to tube the river, kayak or just hang at the bar and watch all the river traffic pass.


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For all my running friends… I’m pulling this out of my archives.  
Take a look at my guest post HERE on the FitMark blog.  
See how even just one Pilates session can improve your overall run!

And for even more flexibility, mobility and strength, add the new Tye4® wearable resistance system from TheMethod Pilates to your Pilates workout.  It’s like a Pilates reformer that you wear!  Totally rocks!  Check out more on Tye4 here.


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Write a single exercise on a stick.  Customize your workout  
                                        An example:
  1. If you will be at home most of the day, pick 2 sticks every hour between 7 am and 7 pm and spend 5 minutes performing the exercise… or
  2. On a busy work day, pick 5 sticks in the morning and 5 in the evening… or


You get the idea.  Make this work for you!  The goal is to stay active, challenge your body beyond its normal load and have fun!

Chair Squat – front or side Tye4 triangle  
… add bicep curl and tricep press pack at top of move
Plie’ Squat – side triangle
… hold squat and add heal raises
Reverse lunge – side triangle
… add leg kick
Tye4® Legsdemo video here
Bridge – lay on back holding leg bungee
… add leg lifts
… add hip lift

Tricep press – standing, arm bungee back cross
Tricep dips – arms inside leg bungees ~ demo video here
Arm circles – standard

Push-ups – leg bungees crossed, arm bungees front cross
Plank – arm bungees front cross 

Gluteus & Hams – hands & knees, leg bungee triangles under hand ~ demo video here 
Side series – use bungees for either assistance or resistance
Side crunch ~ demo video here

Pilates roll up – use either leg bungee cross, front or side triangle ~ demo video here
Diagonal roll down – standard, loop 2
Leg circles
Tye4 Pilates Series ~ demo video here
Tye4 Mat Series 


Join our Online Coaching Group ($10/month) and get more full workout videos, workouts, 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!!



Last year we took the Slow-Carb Challenge here on the blog and we were very successful! It was a lot of fun doing that together! I still hear stories on how that 6 week challenge set you on a path to better health AND I LOVE THAT!!! We learned some valuable info about food and how our bodies respond to that food. That’s not to say that we won’t slide every now and then but we are on the right path!

Now, I’d like to introduce you to my hubby, Jeremy.  He’s a cool guy.  He has a degree in Kinesiology and received a Personal Training Certification, NSCA. 


Together we are TEAM BENSON and we would like for you to join the team!

This year TEAM BENSON is adding a second layer to our journey: SUPPLEMENTS! There are many misconceptions and misinformation regarding supplements and we would love the opportunity to clear the air.
Supplements are designed to fill in the gaps of what’s missing in our daily diet. Every time we eat we have a choice: we either

  • Eat to NOT be hungry.
  • Eat because of cravings.
  • Eat to fill an emotional need.
  • Eat to support nutrition today.
  • Eat to support nutrition today, strengthen our body for the future AND to repair damage that already exists.

Using food alone to reach the goal in the final point is nearly impossible for the average person because of lack of knowledge and our poor condition of our food.  This is why we take a multivitamin, but many people are wasting their $$$ and not getting the benefits they hope to achieve.
 Consider joining us in a 24 DAY CHALLENGE! Be a part of our COACHING GROUP and not only will you get results in 24 days, even more valuable, you will be set on the right path and understand how to use supplements in a way to support your nutritional needs today AND years from now!

By joining our coaching group you will buy the 24 Day AdvoCare Challenge from this site and you are in!  That’s it!  Here’s what you get out of the group:

* All the supplements you will need including a gentle herbal cleanse, omega-plex, 2 different boxes of SPARK (vitamin energy drink), meal replacement shakes (your choice of flavor), MNS system (including multi-vitamin, omega-3 and probiotics)

* Personal coaching on

  •    the supplements you are taking
  •    why you should take these supplements
  •    how to choose supplements that actually work
  •    taking supplements on a budget
  •    how to eat to support your efforts with supplements as well as exercising

* Direct access to Ashley or Jeremy with questions and coaching 
* Workout and training tips along the way
* And don’t forget RESULTS!!!  You will feel better and look better after this challenge!!!

Take a look at the challenge step by step here.

Jeremy and I have used AdvoCare products for over 10 years.  This is good stuff.



Tye4 Class Schedule:  email
ABOUT TYE4® Classes

Official Launch and Workshop in NYC
November 23  Brentwood, TN

For more information, or for In-House Workshops, contact
BUY TYE4® – $75
purchase 10 or more, receive 10% discount 
email ashley@ashleybensonfitness.com

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“My shoulders, triceps and glutes are sore… And I like it! Haha.
Feel like my core looks a little extra toned today too. Sweet!” Elise
“Loved your class! You are a wonderful instructor and enjoyed the TY4.
Always like mixing it up and this device definitely did add a boost.” Heather
“My triceps have definitely been sore since Friday. So excited for our next class!” Jenna
“feeling good here…if I contract my triceps and abs, can definitely feel the “love” yesterday’s class put on them…lol…
can’t wait for next week” Shannon
“I’m a little sore but feel great and can’t wait til the next workout!!” Tammie
Follow Nashville Tye4® Fitness on Facebook HERE.
Email to buy a Tye4 $75
And please give me a shout if you have any questions!


Find out why exercising in the SAND is a great way to add variety and intensity to your workout in my guest post on
You will also get some great exercises to do in the sand as well!  
Go check it out and share the love!!!


PILATES Rocks!!!

If you are wondering what the heck PILATES is 
or thinking of joining my class,
 here are some facts to convince you that
  • This technique develops a strong core – flat abdominals and a strong back.
  • It will create long, lean muscles and flexibility. 
  • You can develop an evenly conditioned body, improve sports performance and reduce risk of injury. 
  • You will learn to control your body & gain muscle awareness.
  • It can rehab and strengthen joints.
  • Posture will improve 
  • You will see benefits in many areas of your life.
  • It’s a challenging, but gentle low impact way to exercise.
Pilates is an effective method of cross-training, combining flexibility, body awareness, breathing techniques, and improvement in the strength and stability of your core muscles.
These are just a few of the benefits.

Read about Pilates and Arthritis HERE
Read about Pilates and Dance HERE
Read about Pilates in the Workplace HERE
Read about Life after a Hip Replacement HERE
Read about Pilates: Prenatal & Postpartum HERE
It was developed over 100 years ago.
It is not a trend.
Get on the PILATES train NOW!!!
Here I am doing pilates exercises using a 
Tye4® by The Method Pilates.  I am so excited to finish my certification in July!