As Reebok launches Instagram’s fittest Girl Squad, we speak to two of its inspiring members – @ashi_9 and @catmeffan – to pick their brains on training, nutrition, and who would make it into their Ultimate Girl Squad:
First up, we chat to Ashleigh Lawrence (@ashi_9) who can be found smiling even after a 16km TRIFECTA Spartan Race…
Ash, you’re one of the happiest Instagrammers we’ve seen. What impact does training have on your mental state?
Haha thank you! I am always smiling and live my life by the philosophy that life is too short not to be happy, and make the most out of every day! Working out is definitely a way for me to relax and have fun! I love socialising and training with friends. I love experimenting with new types of training and giving myself a mental challenge when learning new things.
You love a challenge judging by your involvement with Spartan Race and other high-octane activities. What is your next challenge or fitness goal, and how are you preparing for it?
So far I’ve done two Spartan Races this year (a sprint 5-8km distance, and a super 12-16 km distance). The next one will be in Windsor in September where I will attempt the Beast again (22-25km). It was a really major challenge for me last year, and I know that the biggest challenge for me is the running part, especially on mountains and hills. So I am working on a lot of hill sprints, incline runs on the treadmill, as well as my usual strength training and some obstacle specific training.
Can you talk us through your ideal training session?
My ideal training session would start with foam rolling and stretching, followed by either heavy squats, deadlifts or bench press. After I would work on some lighter weight assistance exercises, for example if I was training squats, I would then do lunges, glute bridges, leg press etc. followed by either a circuit, or some solid-state cardio.
My favourite pieces to train in are the Reebok Cosmo print tight – it’s high waisted so perfect for squats – the Hayasu metallic trainers, seamless leotard and purple strappy hero bra.
On a busy day, what 5 essentials do you take with you?
– My black Reebok gym bag – it is big enough to fit all my gym kit in.
– Reebok favourite bomber jacket (because you never know when it is going to get cold in London!)
– Reebok Tights (cool enough to wear to the gym, and then to meet friends for brunch afterwards!)
– The Good Guru Muscle and Tone Protein (sometimes if I’m on the move and I haven’t had a chance to eat, it is a great snack and fast way of getting protein, with no added artificial flavourings or sweeteners! GMO free and protein from grass fed cows!).
– Water bottle – I carry everywhere, which pretty much does not leave my hand!
– Portable charger- cygnett power bank. Because I am addicted to my phone.
We love sports like CrossFit where men and women are treated and rewarded equally. Do you think training is empowering for women?
Training is definitely empowering for women. A lot of my clients think they aren’t strong and can’t lift ‘heavy’ weights. They are always surprised when they find out they can! It is such an incredible feeling when you achieve something you thought was impossible. A lot of my female clients can lift more than some of my male clients!
What message do you most want to share with the world through The Girl Squad?
Be yourself and make no apologies. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, however, strive to be the best you can be. Also, being healthy isn’t synonymous to eating only chicken and rice and training twice a day. You can be healthy and eat a wide variety of delicious foods, and if you only have time to train a few times a week that is still great! Instagram has created a trend that you need to have a six pack to be ‘healthy’, and this is not true. I know plenty of girls without six packs that are super healthy, and in fact it is normal for women to have a bit of body fat. Different people hold body fat in different areas, and for some that happens to be their lower abdomen.
Who would make it into your perfect Girl Squad, and in which city would you choose to train with them?
The Reebok Girl Squad is the perfect squad.. obviously! We all have our own style of training, but we are all strong women who are positive and motivate each other. And although we love training in London, it would be awesome to do a rooftop workout in New York at sunset!
The AW17 Reebok Women’s Collection is led by the City Series, using a mixture of bright prints combined with bold colours and intricate detailing, Reebok has designed an athleisure look with a unique fashion edge.
Reebok ambassadors Ashleigh Lawrence and Cat Meffan are members of The Reebok Girl Squad and are pictured wearing the new AW17 City Series Collection available now at www.reebok.co.uk.