Name: Billy Ashley Age: 27 Hometown: Millersport, OH Occupation: Strategic Communications Director at The Ohio State University How long have you done CrossFit? I just hit the six-month mark. What do you LOVE seeing on the whiteboard when you get to Fit Club? Why? I love seeing pull-ups on the whiteboard, because it’s the first exercise that I’ve conquered thanks to CrossFit. Before joining Fit Club, I couldn’t do more than one or two pull-ups in a row. Now, when I can do the prescribed pull-ups in a WOD, it’s a nice reminder of how far I’ve come in my training. What do you HATE seeing on the whiteboard when you get to Fit Club? Why? Without a doubt: rope climbs. After six months, I still haven’t figured out that darn foot lock. Any day now! What’s your go-to “cheat” meal? (not that you do it very often, right?) I go straight for chicken wings or pizza… or both. I hear Rooster’s puts chicken wings on their pizza. Favorite Mitch-ism: “Don’t f*ck the ground.” Has Fit Club changed your life? How? Fit Club has definitely changed my perspective on health and fitness. Thanks to Mitch, the coaches, and the athletes in the gym, I have a better, healthier understanding of what it means to be fit. What has Fit Club/CrossFit taught you about yourself? I’ll never be able to climb a rope. Just kidding! I’ve learned to embrace the challenges associated with good fitness and turn them into opportunities for growth. What motivates you to push yourself further? I’m motivated by the community of athletes in CrossFit. When a WOD is particularly hard, I can look around the gym and see a whole group of people going through the same challenges. How many times a week do you workout? How do you find/make the time? I typically make it into Fit Club 4-5 times per week. I depend on the buddy system to get me into the gym; carpooling with a friend keeps us both motivated to stay on track, especially at 6:00 a.m. Thanks, Ryan Keener! What advice would you give to someone curious about or just starting CrossFit? Come to CrossFit with an open mind, not with a set of expectations from other athletes or the Internet. Before starting CrossFit, I had this idea that just by joining Fit Club, I would lose 30 pounds on the spot and develop a six-pack. CrossFit is an effective fitness program, but it’s not an instant solution for weight loss or muscle gain. There’s a lot of personal responsibility and effort needed to achieve results, and comparing yourself to other athletes won’t help you. Tell us something really cool about yourself: A formerly cool thing about me is that I spent four years as a cheerleader for Ohio State and got to travel the nation with various OSU teams. The training program for OSU Athletics definitely helped prepare me for CrossFit. The coolest thing about me today is my absolute love of live music, especially alternative rock (you know, hipster music). I try to make it to at least one or two major music festivals a year on top of the great concerts that take place in Columbus.