Rejoining a Gym

Last night, after holding off for a few months, Neal and I joined Gold’s Gym!  Although I had been content not having a gym membership this past year, I have reached a point where rejoining a gym was necessary.

Gold's Gym Rockville

After my football tryouts last weekend I was eager, motivated, and driven to get back into the weight room.  Over the past year I have worked on my strength in other ways, doing at home workouts, Crossfit, and Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution.  Although I loved those workouts and how they’ve helped to tone and shape my body, I need a weight room in order to increase my strength.

Neal and Ashley

Thanks to genetics, I have always been a strong girl.  Why fighting with my brothers my parents always use to yell, “YOU DO NOT KNOW YOUR OWN STRENGTH ASHLEY!”.  I have always had big muscles and a “large frame” but it wasn’t until my junior year of high school when I learned to used that strength to my advantage.  My junior year I joined my high school’s powerlifting team and began to compete.

My senior year I won the state powerlifting championship, squatting 400 pounds, benching 200 pounds, and deadlifting 395 pounds.  Although I didn’t continue competitive powerlifting in college, my training helped prepare me to be a better discus and hammer thrower (which I threw in college).

Texas Powerlifting State Champion

Since graduating from college in 2006 I have lifted weights in waves.  I will get into a good routine with a weightlifting program and then try something else out when I get bored.  That cycle has gone on for 6 years now, but with my hope of playing football on the horizon I want nothing more than to lift heavy, to get stronger, and to rekindle my love and drive for the weight room.

Thankfully it doesn’t take a whole lot to rekindle that love, but joining a gym was the first step!

Gold's Gym Rockville

I am also thrilled that Neal joined the gym with me, as in the past I’ve been the only one with a gym membership.  It has already been a blast heading down to the gym together, doing cardio, and then lifting weights.


This morning I woke up at 5AM, took Theodore out, and then headed down to the gym for a strength workout.


I first did 20 minutes on the elliptical and then headed over to the free weights to work on my upper body and lower body.  I know many people focus on either upper or lower body in one day, but I think it’s important to work the entire body each day in moderation.  No need to burn yourself out or risk injuring yourself.

Gold's Gym Rockville

This morning I did the following:

Bench Press: 5 sets of 10 reps (45 pounds x 1, 65 pounds x 2, and 95 pounds x 2)

Chest Fly: 3 sets of 12 (15 pound dumbbells)

Kettlebell Single Arm Snatch: 2 sets of 10 (10 pounds)

Sit-Ups: 3 sets of 15

Calf Raises: 3 sets of 25 (leg press machine weight plus 180 pounds)

Biceps Curls: 3 sets of 12 (15 pound dumbbells)

Strong Calves

It was a great first “free weight” workout since joining the gym and I’m looking forward to all of my future workouts at Gold’s Gym.


Next step… Creating a weight lifting program….


  1. Sinead says

    Good for you! I’m a local reader and have been shopping around for a gym that I like. I have a month pass at WSC and I like it for the classes, but not so much the free weights.

    Enjoy Gold’s!! Love reading your blog.

    • says

      Thanks Sinead! My favorite gym in the DC area was Fitness First in Falls Church as they have bumper plates and a platform for Olympic lifts. You may want to look into Fitness First, there are a few around the city. Happy lifting!

  2. says

    I love Gold’s!! I am at the gym at 5 a.m. also. Working up to doing more with the free weights. What is going on with the tryouts? Maybe I missed another post. I better check. You rock! I sure love following your journey! Where in Texas are you from? I am from San Antonio. My dad went to Edison. We moved back to Idaho while in middle school otherwise I would have went to Taft (I believe). I am thinking I saw a post before your wedding that you were in San Antonio. Not for sure and now I am rambling.

    Tara @WorthEveryOunce

    • says

      Tryouts were awesome and I hope to find out in a few weeks. They have 2 more try outs and then I’ll know. I don’t have to attend the other try outs but I am going to try to make it out to the last one.

      I am from San Antonio :) Beautiful city and I love going back to visit my family. I went to Randolph HS on the Air Force base but competed in track and field with the other schools like Edison and Taft. Most of my friends went to Madison.

      Rock those 5AM workouts!!!

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