Name: Ashley Kaltwasser | Age: 29
Hometown: Akron, Ohio | Sport: Gymnast, track athlete and IFBB pro
OXYGEN: What is your back story? Any standout achievements?
AK: I was a former collegiate track athlete who decided to compete in IFBB Bikini. Things went unexpectedly well and I excelled quickly. I found a new love and a new passion!
My first Olympia win was the most special to me — I won when no one expected me to!
OXYGEN: How did you get into fitness?
AK: After my collegiate track career, I felt lost since I was no longer competing in a sport. I found NPC bikini and started training for it. The rest is history!
OXYGEN: Is this your full-time job?
AK: I also am a fitness model, and I do social media work.
OXYGEN: What do you think has set you apart from other athletes in your sport?
AK: I’m a true functional athlete who doesn’t just train for looks. I come from a very athletic background, and I’m in it for the long run! I also like to keep fitness fun and entertaining.
OXYGEN: What are some of your training rituals?
AK: I run 5K races closer to my shows.
OXYGEN: What is your favorite exercise?
AK: I love the shoulder press!
OXYGEN: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
AK: Always look forward and use each mistake as a learning lesson.
OXYGEN: What advise would you tell your younger self when you were getting into fitness?
AK: Savor every moment, even when training gets tough. It’s about the journey, not the destination.
OXYGEN: What does being fit mean to you?
AK: Healthy, efficient and stealth!
OXYGEN: How do you remain focused and driven in such a competitive sport?
AK: I love the adrenaline rush of being onstage. That feeling motivates me to train hard every day.
OXYGEN: What’s the one thing you always have to have on hand?
AK: Dental floss.
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