Wednesday, March 21, 2012

As far as fitness...

"... what should I do…?”

People have been asking me what they should do in terms of staying fit, what classes should they take, how many privates, etc. I’ve been thinking about it and realized that I also need to consider the wallet aspect as well. So here goes:

I would recommend at least one private session a week combined with two classes. In my one-on-one private sessions I help keep you in tune with your body mechanics and to learn what works for you and what does not work for you. Or you may need therapeutic sessions to help with an injury. The type of classes you take would depend on what your goals are. We offer three types of classes. Do you want to get in shape and need a little more cardio? Try the Barre Dynamics class. Do you want to relax a little more? Try the Yoga class. Do you want to focus mainly on your core? I’d suggest the Pilates mat class. Or mix it up each week!

You would then be doing something for your health three times a week. And the total price? Under $80 a week. That would be $50 for the private and $30 for the classes. I hear most trainers charge $40 for an hour session. So, there!
Now if you do a duet with another person, that would be $35 each, and if you bought class packages, approximately $12 per class, you’d be looking at $59 a week. So, double there!

But what about Gold’s for $20-30 a month? Have at it, baby! Now, don’t get me wrong. I am a member of Gold’s gym. I go once or twice a week to Yoga because I loooooove Brenda Way’s yoga class. And that is THE only reason I joined the gym. And I told them just that upon joining. And those of you who know me, well, you know I like to voice my opinion.

I am so excited about all the options! I truly believe in variety for many reasons (personally I’d get burnt out doing only Pilates!) My big move and expansion of the business is to offer these possibilities for everyone.

I hope this helps!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Studio update: March 20th.

I’m just gonna “bullet” all this…

• My regulars from two years ago, please note new prices on packages for new studio on website.

• Duet person needed for Mondays at 8:30am, starting in April. The client needing duet partner is fit but also has some old injuries. She likes to work out hard but also wants a little therapeutic stuff before we “fire the guns.” Let me know if you want to do duets with her. Cost is $70 split between two people, $35 per person.

• Barre Dynamics people. I have a request for a 4:30 Barre class. Please email me if you are interested in that time. Would probably be on Tuesdays.

• Another DEMO WEEK for Barre class! Gotta get it perfect before I start chargin’…

Schedule for Demo Barre class (week 3/26-3/29):

Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 am.
Monday 4:30pm
Wed 6:30pm

• Saturday class? Anyone interested in a fitness class, combining cardio, light weights and Pilates Mat? Email me.

Friday, March 16, 2012

First Week of Free Classes & Class Time Change


Ashley Barre Dynamics: Mon 6:30, Tuesday 4:30

Jessica Pilates Mat: Wed 5:30
Gentle Yoga: Fri 8:30

Rikki Yoga: Tuesday/Thur 12:00

Carol Pilates Mat: Thursday 5:00.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

"Where is it located?"


There are 3 ways to get there:

1) ROOF TOP. Enter roof top from Beltline (like you are going to the movie theater.) Entrance is right by gas station. Take a left following Belk’s sign, not theater sign. Weave to the right, and you will see this glass house-like structure. Park there. Go inside and down escalator. Studio will be on your right. Note: Bobby’s Barber Shop is to the left and Belk’s is directly in front.
2) FOREST DRIVE. Enter from Forest Drive and go into parking garage. Go to 2nd level and take a left. Drive all the way down to the end (LOOK FOR SIGN 2A.) You will see a covered ramp that takes you inside the mall. Studio is on your right, just before you enter Belk’s.
3) BARNES AND NOBLE. Park at B &N. Go through store and exit into mall. Take escalator up to second level. When you get off escalator, turn left and head towards Belk’s. Studio will be on your right, just after Lens Crafters.


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Kristy and the bathroom wall...

Kristy gets free classes.

Gary hard at work.


Studio Update

Things are moving along, and on top of rescuing yet two more dogs (it rains, it pours!!) I feel good about the big picture. The studio is shaping up and the class studio floors are being put in this coming week.
I will digress here for a moment to express gratitude… my brother, Gary. He has really stepped up to the plate. Yes, I am paying him for his work, but I couldn’t have asked for a better dream Contractor. He shows up when he says he will, he is organized and cleans up at the end of each day. He remembers every detail. And when putting up that half-wall partition (which was an octagonal B! +@#,) I said it didn’t have to be perfect. He firmly replied, “Yes, Ashley, it does. That is how I do things.” The list goes on, but you get the picture.

Anyway, this process got me to thinking about why I moved back home after living in California the last 15 years. I moved back for several reasons: I wanted to buy a house and work for myself, I wanted to rescue dogs, I wanted to be with my long-term friends (side note: God, I love CA, but it’s very transient!) and I wanted to be close to my family, to try and connect with them and bring us together as a family. After five years, I can honestly say, I have met my goals. I have the home and a wonderful clientele. I have my rescue (Oh, and Universe? You can ease up in that area… how ‘bout a spay/neuter law??) I have developed some strong bonds with people here in just 5 years; people who have been there for me on many levels. So with my brother Gary, helping me build my studio (with perfection!) and my mother and stepfather, Earl giving me support as well, I have to say, I am grateful. I am blessed.

Can I mention some more? I am blessed to have some awesome folks who will be teaching in the studio. Carol Britton. She is an incredible teacher. I overhear her with her clients and she is Johnny-on-the-spot with her clients. And she works. Them. HARD. Carol is also responsible for finding this new space in Richland Mall. So all you old-timers can thank her later for this as the expansion gives us so much more variety.
Jessica Trotter Shand. I don’t know her very well, but I picked up that “Good People” vibe from the moment I met her and I’ve only heard great things from other folks. She has this calm, gentle manner about her. Now, Carol and I tend to be pistols, so Jessica will be a nice balance, especially with that Yoga stuff!
Rikki Donahue will also be teaching Yoga. I met Rikki at our yoga teacher training several years ago. Rikki is VERY passionate about Yoga. She volunteers at the women’s prison and is so committed to her practice and to her teaching.

Okay! I’m done. I feel good about the studio and the people in my life. Oh! And thanks to my demo class Barre Dynamics people for coming out today and for your feedback as well.
Interested in being in a demo class? Text me. Call me. Email me.
Interested in two cute, fluffy doggies? CALL ME.

PS) One more thing… I have the BEST neighbors in the world!! Studio bathroom painted, courtesy of Kristy Mills Woodward.