ELITE ATHLETE Ashley Hromyak
I am a US Army Airborne Vet with 3 combat tours completed. I have been to Afghanistan twice, the Philippines twice, Thailand, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Bagram, and all over the US. I won Soldier and NCO of the Year in which I had the honor of eating breakfast with President Bush and his cabinet. I had the highest PT score in my unit and was an expert at M16, M4, and M9.
I was a fitness model on Home Shopping Network for a few years and have traveled to many places to do fitness photoshoots.
I am an avid fitness lover. I have completed four full marathons, placing 2nd for military females for my age in one competition and completed another in Afghanistan on a NATO base. I’ve done countless 5ks, 10Ks, and half marathons. I placed top 10% Crossfit open worldwide for females in 2019 after only 8 months of Crossfit training. I started competing in the NPC in 2012. I went pro in Women’s Physique Class in 2017. I have competed in Women’s Bodybuilding, Women’s Physique, Figure, and Wellness as an IFBB Pro. I have my AS in Public Health, my BS in Kinesiology, minor in coaching, and currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Kinesiology. I have been a trainer and coach since 2007 with my own company called Go to Grow Fitness, LLC. I am a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and a registered yoga teacher. I love hiking, cycling, animals, rollerblading, and enjoy life. I have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and three horses.
How long have you been into fitness and what got you into it?
I have been in fitness my whole life. As a kid I would watch my dad workout in his home gym and my mom take spin classes. They set an example for me. I followed their lead.
What has been your biggest struggle in your fitness journey?
Realizing that I don’t have to look, say, or do what everyone else is doing to make my way.
Do you have a favorite meal?
My favorite meal is a giant salad with tons of veggies, fruit, and chicken with bbq sauce as dressing and crunchy croutons.
What is your one cheat meal you reward yourself with?
My go to cheat meal is warm chocolate chip cookies with extra chocolate chips. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE trader joe snacks, such as their chocolate cat crackers and cinnamon alphabet cookies.
What are your fitness goals when you started out verses what they are now?
When I started, I wanted to be the biggest and most aesthetically pleasing. Now I want to be functional, fit, and feminine and be an expert in the exercise science aspect of fitness.
What keeps you motivated?
The opportunity each day I wake up motivates me. I wake up with gratitude and use my day to its fullest extent. I know there are many in the world that do not have access to whole, clean foods, a healthy body, the ability to move, etc. That makes me want to use what I have to my best ability and not take it for granted.
Who inspires you?
My friends and family inspire me. I am surrounded by those who work hard and inspire me to do the same. My parents and my fit female friends Peggah, Megan, Julia, and Annelise, and Natassha. One of my biggest mentors is Col. (retired)S. Corcoran from my time at JCSE at Macdill, AFB.
What supplements do you use and why?
- Synedrex – I swear by synedrex. I get results from it. It burns fat without making me feel jittery or shaky.
- Protizyme – I add this to my oatmeal every day to give it protein and flavor. I do half a scoop of chocolate and half a scoop of peanut butter cookie. This gives my plain oatmeal a makeover to taste like a Reese cup.
- OMEGA 3-6-9 I use these for their anti-inflammatory uses. I do not eat fish. This gives me a chance to add the good fat I need.
- Magnesium- I take this nightly before bed for optimal health.
- ESP and PSP – I mix both of these before leg day to give me a boost of energy and get my legs and glutes pumped to the max.
- Relaxitrol – Helps me sleep restfully and I NEVER wake up groggy from it like I used to with other sleep meds.
- Hydravax – I used this to drop water off my body before a shoot when I was on my menstrual cycle to reduce the weight puffiness.
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