Who are you? Be sure to include something most people don’t know about you.
Ashley Williamson. Most people do not know that I am afraid of roller coasters. I really am! I’m terrified of heights. Even though I seem to be cheery, positive, and confident most of the time on the outside, I am actually very insecure. I wish more people would give me constructive criticism. This is a struggle for me because I am afraid of being seen as a failure. I know that it is beneficial and will only continue to help me improve and grow.
Why do you keep coming back to Bellhouse CrossFit?
To be the best version of myself and set an example for my kids. I want them to see me as physically fit. I want them to see that results do not come easy. You have to put in the work. The hour at Bellhouse is my favorite hobby. I love getting time to express myself in the gym. It carries me through the day. Having my husband at the gym working alongside me is a great bonus as well.
What are the things you are most proud of physically, mentally, and spiritually since joining the gym?
Physically, I love the results since joining Bellhouse CrossFit last October. I’ve been doing CrossFit since 2017 and struggled with double unders, squat cleans, pull ups, and the dreaded chest-to-bar. Having coaches take time and help you actually understand and explain things (even if it takes multiple breakdowns) has been a game changer! The support and encouragement of everyone in the BH family is truly inspiring. They help me accomplish things that at times seemed impossible!
Mentally, you will only get out what you put in. I am pretty hard on myself, and work hard for the results I am seeing. I have learned to push past my limits while working smarter.
Spiritually, the community here is amazing! I am able to grow, make new friends, and encourage others on their health journey. I think we all work very well together and my faith motivates me to love every step of the way.
How did you overcome some of the obstacles in starting your health journey?
Setting goals. You cannot overcome anything unless you set it for yourself. 75Hard was really eye opening. My mental strength improved, my nutrition improved, and I saw fantastic results. Having a coach or friends to keep me accountable in the gym helps. I have friends that are waiting for me to show up at 5am. I do not want to disappoint them. The encouragement of the Bellhouse Family gets me there. I like that the competition at Bellhouse isn’t about anyone else. It is only about yourself.
What is your current focus or goal in the gym?
My current focus is to improve gymnastics. I want to string together toes to bar and pull ups. I want to be sure my movements are good. I would rather listen to my body and do the movement safely and correctly instead of RXing each workout. I am at a point where I believe I can get more out of intensity than using more weight. It has taken a while to get here, and I know that using the correct technique and following the stimulus coach says will get me to my goals faster.
When you’re not working, how do you like to spend your time
With my family.
What is the first concert you attended
A Brittney Spears concert. Lots of plaid skirts and white shirts and suspenders.
What is your most used emoji.
The 😂🥰 and 🤦♀️
If someone were to play you in a movie, who would they be
Candace Cameron Bure
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your 18 year old self
Diet and exercise are crucial, not just for when you want to lose weight. It is literally a lifelong pursuit and you should incorporate it as you age.