Q & A with MFG Trainer: Ashley Kern

Ashley Kern 

MFG Trainer

Q: Where did you grow up and what brought you to this fitness journey?

A: I grew up in Pleasant View, a very small town in Indiana. I always hated how boring it was there and dreamed of living in a big city; so NYC is a dream location for me!

I started with fitness when I was only 4 years old as a gymnast, although my passion truly started when I found out at only 12 years old that I had a disease that would make me obese if I didn’t control it with diet and exercise. Shortly thereafter, I started working with a personal trainer and knew by the time I was only 15 yrs old, that because I had to struggle with my weight so much, that my purpose in life was to help others get healthy and in shape.

Q: What’s a healthy tip you employ yourself that’s a little unorthodox?

A: One of the mentalities I think is most important for fitness success is to stop thinking you need to be motivated. I really don’t think much about working out and just go do it. Motivation is definitely what gets you started, but no can be motivated 24/7. Habit and working out even when you’re not motivated is what creates consistency and success in a healthy lifestyle.

Q: Why do you love to exercise?

A: To be honest I don’t necessarily love exercising, but I do love what it does for me! I love being healthy and feeling strong and in shape. Also competing in physique competitions gives me a goal and keeps me focused. It gives me a reason to workout even when I don’t feel like it.

Q: What’s the most efficient workout for you?

A: What works best for me and my current goal is 45-60 minutes of weight training focused on a specific body part each day. I supplement this with 4-5 days a week of 15-20 minutes of high intensity interval training (HIIT) cardio at the end of my workouts.

Q: What style of training do you most use with your clients?

A: I like to mix strength, high intensity cardio, and body weight training with my clients. Typically I implement this through supersets and circuits. I also believe that foam rolling and stretching are extremely important, so I always make sure to focus on this before and after the workouts.

Q: What are some of the main things you employ to make your clients successful?

A:I always write my clients workouts to do on their own so that they have a plan even at the times they’re not with me. I also make myself available for questions throughout the rest of the week. I want my clients to know that I’m with them in their process of getting in shape and healthy.

Q: What part of town do you live in and what is your favorite thing to do in NY?

A: I live on the Upper East side of Manhattan. I have only lived here for 5 months, but absolutely love everything about it! Some of my favorite things to do are seeing different shows (comedy, Broadway, etc.), walking the High Line park, going to different museums, and I truly am just happy to walk around and see all the beautiful buildings and talented people.

Q: What’s something most people don’t know about you?

A: In college, I studied not only exercise science, but also psychology. I actually find psychology the most interesting subject, and if I wasn’t a personal trainer, I would have been a therapist. I also use psychology just as much as a personal trainer because so much of health and fitness is psychological.