February 2019 - Renee Ashworth

Tell us a little about you before you started at Nashletics.

I have been active and trying to live healthy for years. Right before I joined Nashletics, I started Grad School and injured my back. Both were an unfortunate combination that pushed me towards some unhealthy eating habits with little activity. I weighed the most I have ever weighed in July of this year. I can remember crying at the doctor's office after they placed me on the scale and it read 204. I was separately looking for ways to make real changes and fit it all into my very busy schedule.

What was the main reason you joined the gym?

I needed something to motivate me in many areas of my life. I needed to establish a healthy routine and build community. Also, the challenge it presented drew me in.

When did you find out Nashletics was the right place for you?

Maybe three weeks into the 6 weeks challenge. I was skeptical at first, a part of me did not believe that the community would be so encouraging and accepting. However, the members and the coaches pulled me in and pushed me to be better, man did they prove me wrong!

What has been your greatest achievement over the last 12 months?

I am down 32 lbs since starting the 6 weeks challenge. That is the most weight I have ever lost.

What are your goals for 2019?

Graduate School and some how manage to perfect my snatch and clean techniques! "Snatches are my favorite" (but not really)

What are your favorite things to do on your own time?

I love to travel! My wanderlust gets the best of me when I sit still for too long. I . have been blessed enough to explore the world. I have been to China, Thailand, France, Germany, The Caribbean, India, and South Korea. I also love to travel within the U.S. too, anywhere and everywhere, let take a road trip!

Tell us a fun story that most of us don't know about.

I was hiking Mt. LeCont with some friends a few years ago. It is a 12-mile hike round trip, and the elevation is 6,594′. On the way back down the mountain, I slipped on a rock and fell into a bulbous tree root that was sticking out of the ground. It punches me in my left hip as I fell. My party thought I had broken my leg, but I popped right back up after the impact. My first concern when I was back on my feel was whether or not I ripped my pants, haha. I wasn't concerned at all on whether or not I was injured. Thankfully I did not break anything, but we still had 4 miles left to the base of the mountain, and it hurt. I camped out the last 4 miles of that hike with the promise of steak and bourbon waiting for me back at the campsite. I made it back and had an epic battle wound to take home after at the end of the trip, a bruise the size of my hand. I like to call the story the time I fell down a mountain.

Mark Molinyawe