It turns out we have some pretty amazing instructors in our Clubbell Yoga tribe... including the stunning Ashleigh Kast who became certified in New York City in 2014. Ashleigh has all of the hustle, the brains and the beauty to turn heads in the fitness industry, and that is exactly what she has been doing with her blog Sophisticated Strength. As a fitness model and coach, her clients and followers look to her for advice on nutrition, squats (her specialty) and inspiration. Check out this interview to get to know her a bit more. Also check out our EVENTS page for the next upcoming seminars in your area (VIP registration for Vancouver, BC ends Jan 1, and New York ends Feb 1, don't delay - get your deposit in now to reserve your space). So excited to spotlight Ashleigh and also have her assist at the next upcoming seminar!
Summer: When I asked Ashleigh to do the interview, she humbly answered:
Ashleigh: I am not a yoga teacher by training (meaning not 200 hour yoga certified), but I am Clubbell Yoga certified. Our Clubbell Yoga practice at Drive495 is accordingly less like a typical yoga session. We have a very good core group of guys but I'm not hands-on with assists and we are not very spiritual in our class either... infact we have MosDef on the playlist. We actually joke and call it "secular yoga." I just feel like you need to know that in selecting me as a representative for your brand.
S: Thank you for your honesty, and I couldn't be more happy that you are teaching yoga to non-yogis. That is the whole point of Clubbell Yoga. Put your own flavor on it all you want, this movement is for every-BODY.
S:Thanks for doing the interview, let's start simple... Do you have any nicknames that you go by?
A:Not really. I used to go by akast or smash, but it's mostly just Ashleigh.
S:Where did you grow up?
A:I grew up in Union, NJ, running around with the neighborhood kids playing soccer and basketball. I was always a runner at heart, starting cross-country in middle school.
S:How did you get your start in the fitness industry?
A: I really got started in college. I thought I wanted to help people with sports injuries so I took up pre-med and got a personal trainer certification to make some money while I was in school. I changed my major a hundred times, before I realizing my side job, my coaching job, was the place I could make the most difference. I had such amazing mentors that I figured out super early that good training is the best rehab possible. I was just so lucky to be around the smartest people.
S:What drew you to the Clubbell Yoga practice?
A: I fell in love with yoga while training for an Ironman. I needed to be ready for the blinding July heat so in January, I took up hot vinyasa yoga; not expecting to learn so much about the mind-body connection. I noticed that shoulder injuries were like contagious diseases, even among instructors. And it made me wonder if the system wasn't missing something.
S: What kinds of people do you train with Clubbell Yoga & when are your regular classes?
A: My core group of regulars in class at Drive495 are actually all guys who want to move better for golf.
Come check out a class Monday and Wednesday nights at 7:30pm or Saturdays at 9:30am.
S: What are you most known for?
A: It sort of depends who you talk to. I'm most known in NJ for getting my clients strong enough to get back to what they love doing, pain free. In the city, I'm the bridal transformation expert. Online, I want women to know that you can be both super strong and super feminine. You don't have to sacrifice one for the other. That it's ok to want to train smart, but also train for aesthetics.
S: You are also known for being the queen of glutes...What advice could you give about building a butt?
A: So much of good glue training is just good training for any goal. The body functions better, it feels better, it responds better when our muscles, or our strengths, are in appropriate balance. It's figuring out how to equal the scales first, and then getting the exercises and the sets and reps right.
S: What is your favorite protein smoothie?
A: I am super simple with my smoothies and I have a huge sweet tooth. I use 1.5 servings of Jay Robb chocolate egg white protein, organic peanut butter, and banana. You can put them in any ratio that fits your macros. I'll add in a packet of chia and flax too!
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Co-Creator of Clubbell Yoga, Movement & Performance Specialist, Head Coach at RMAX International