MayLa was a child who did all types of sports, from volleyball to gymnastics. MayLa became an elite competitive power sprinter winning regional and local competitions. After high school, she continued her successful track career into college. After a damaged meniscus and torn ACL, MayLa discovered her new passion – the world of bodybuilding.

It’s a pleasure to have MayLa Ash with me today. She is here to share her journey and tell us more details about her life.

1. Who Is MayLa Ash?

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Q: Who is MayLa Ash? Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself – background, profession, how long you’ve been competing for?

MayLa Ash

A: I was born in Broadview, Illinois (Western Suburb of Chicago). I currently live in Valley Ranch, Texas. My Occupation is Sports Performance & Body Development Trainer and Posing Coach. I have fitness certifications in Personal, Group, and Pre-Natal Training. I have a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and I’ve been competing for almost nine years.

2. How Did You Get Started with Bodybuilding?

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Q: How did you get started with bodybuilding and fitness?

MayLa Ash

A: What started my bodybuilding journey was a promise I made to myself and my surgeon after a serious injury.

In May 2011, I chipped a bone in my foot while kickboxing and needed surgery. My initial doctor informed me I would not be able to continue my athletic lifestyle. Worse, he told me I would also have to give up wearing heels! Give up being active AND my high heels? Not happening!

I needed a second option. Well, it was the third surgeon that finally told me he could get me back to being active and back into my heels if I followed his recovery process to the letter. It was at that moment that I made the promise I would finally do a fitness competition, along with other items on my bucket list, if his procedure gave me a second chance.

By May 2012, I was fully recovered, able to train, and decided to make good on my promise! In August 2012, I attended my first bodybuilding competition, the Dallas Europa, for research. Afterward, I developed my own training and nutrition program to start preparing for what I was told would be my one and only competition.

In November 2012, I won the Texas Status Natural Championships and was officially hooked. After being mentored by Dave “The Shredder” Goodin on my development and Jeff Dwelle on my stage presence, I achieved pro status. I was earning the honor to compete with the world’s best in the IFBB Pro League in less than eight months.

3. Competitions Over the Years

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Q: Have the competitions changed over the years?

MayLa Ash

A: Personally, I do not feel competitions have changed over the years in relation to what is expected by the judges. Like any other sport, I feel competitors have continued to improve, ultimately elevating the “standard” of what it takes to win.

However, the individuals presenting themselves as prep coaches have changed immensely. There are so many out there with little to no real knowledge, experience, or conscience preying on naïve individuals who are looking for that social media moment on the bodybuilding stage.

4. Staying Motivated

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Q: How do you stay motivated?

MayLa Ash

A: What keeps me motivated is the never-ending to be the best “MayLa” I can be before I leave this world. I want to live my life to the fullest and die with my soul empty!

5. How Did You Handle the Lockdowns?

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Q: Many people found 2020 as a big challenge. Professionals also found it hard to keep in shape. How did you handle the situation, especially with the lockdowns? How did 2020 and Covid-19 affect your shape?

MayLa Ash

A: Not having access to heavy free weights and lifting equipment, I was forced to revert back to “old school” calisthenics, isometric exercises, and track conditioning workouts. Performing these types of workouts using industrial bands, weighted bars, and dumbbells ultimately served not only as conditioning workouts but also as extensive physical therapy. The process aided in healing injuries, helped strengthen weak and underdeveloped areas, and improved posture and alignment issues that plagued me for years.

6. Biggest Achievements

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Q: Can you tell me about your achievements in the fitness industry?

MayLa Ash

A: Being an elite competitive athlete since childhood, I have won the bronze medal in the 400 Meters in the Junior Olympics, competed in the NCAA Division I Nationals in the 200 Meters, been bestowed the title of Fitness & Conditioning All-American, earned and still hold sprint records in the 50m and 200m indoors in addition to the 100m, 200m, and two relays outdoors at my university, and been honored and inducted in my university’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

7. What Is Your Goal?

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Q: What is your goal in the fitness industry?

MayLa Ash

A: My goal in the world of fitness is to become an international Wellness and Fitness Ambassador. So many people don’t realize that you don’t need to make sacrifices like bodybuilders preparing to step on a stage to live a healthy and long life. I want to offer seminars, workouts, and retreats that not only teach real-world methods and options to move towards a MoBetta lifestyle but also inspire individuals, young and old, that to respect their own unique fitness journey.

8. Advice to People Seeking A Healthier Lifestyle

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Q: What advice would you give to people who want to seek a healthier lifestyle, especially when it comes to their meals?

MayLa Ash

A: There is no one “right” diet, workout regime, or overall process to moving towards and having a healthier lifestyle. At the end of the day, it comes down to being active and moving every day, eating balanced meals, and eliminating or at least minimizing negative eating habits.

9. Beginner Routines

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Q: For ladies still thinking about hitting the gym, do you have any beginner routines that you would recommend?

MayLa Ash

A: For anyone wanting to begin on their fitness journey, the best way to start is to find an activity that you enjoy and can stick with doing. Choose an activity in a group setting or enlist a fitness buddy either will help during those times when you feel uninspired or discouraged to help you maintain your momentum.

10. What Is Your Message to The World?

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Q: Your motto and message to the world and all the ladies who want to choose this path?

MayLa Ash

A: Each and every one of us is different. It’s okay to be motivated by the actions of others but remember are a unique mastermind, so love the skin you are in and respect YOUR journey.

Final Words

Thank you, MayLa, for all of your prompt and honest responses. We expect to see you on the scene for many years to come, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

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