Mayla Ash is a certified trainer from Cooper’s Institute in Personal Training, Group Training & Prenatal Training, and has a background in Professional Figure competition. She is a fitness model and fitness expert.
Catch her in conversation with Women Fitness President, Women Fitness.
You must have had interest in sports and physical activities since childhood. Later you were encouraged & motivated to compete in fitness competitions. You reached the pinnacle of success by winning 1st position at 2013 NPC Team Universe & Fitness National Championships. Tell us about your journey that took you to the world of fitness and as a winner in Professional Figure competitions?
My fitness journey started with my love for running, more specifically racing. It was my first love. My passion for running and the desire to always challenge my limits quickly developed into a phenomenal track and field career starting with placing 3rd in the Junior Olympics at fourteen. It was then I decided my goal was to compete that Olympics one day. Unfortunately, even with a standout track & field career through college and beyond that dream died when I had to hang up my spikes and stop competitive sprinting due to a torn ACL and a broken femur both which required four surgeries to get.
Still having a deep-seated passion for health and fitness, I poured into others that could benefit from my knowledge and experience through coaching collegiate sprinters and becoming a personal trainer certified by the world renown Cooper’s Institute. However, then though I continued to maintain myself I missed the challenge of competing and striving to better myself.
It wasn’t until attending the 2012 Dallas Eurorpa Expo where I watched my first bodybuilding competition that I decided to step out at try the sport of bodybuilding. So, eight weeks later and a lot of research I stepped on stage for the first time in late October 2012 and won 5th place. Two weeks later after a little tweaking to my diet and training went to the Texas State Naturals in Austin, TX and won my class and became nationally qualified to compete for a chance to earn pro my card at the Team Universe Championships. In July of 2013 After only three local shows and one national qualifier, I swept my classes earned her Pro Card at the Team Universe Competition in New Jersey, July 4th weekend. Reaching pro status in less than 9 months. Soon afterwards I set my mind to make a version of my “Olympic Dream” come true by striving towards the opportunity to compete at the IFBB Olympia Championships.
How has your experience in health & wellness, getting certified at the Cooper’s Institute in Personal Training, Group Training & Prenatal Training, and background in Professional Figure competitions help you in carving your present profession of being a fitness model and fitness expert?
My experience in health & wellness has been a great foundation in assisting a variety of people with diverse goals. In fitness there are fundamental basics that always apply. But everyone’s current health condition and environment plays a huge role in the development of a plan to start moving towards their goals. The knowledge I acquired through my formal training at the Cooper’s Institute aids me in understanding what conditions or situations impact each other so that the most effective recommendation or plan of action can be provided.
As for my fitness modeling, when it comes to fitness, people a visual. Modeling aids in documenting that my advice is effective. It reassures people that I can achieve results. It also allows my “brand” to stand out compared to others health and fitness consultants and trainers.
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