With just two weeks left until her first physique show, Ashlie Case is in full prep mode. While a typical 18-year-old college student by day, her mornings and evenings are what set her apart. Early fasted cardio, bodybuilding workout after school, coaching classes all evening at Centerville CrossFit, and bed at a reasonable hour to rest, recover, and do it all again the next day.
While training at her first gym, she was taken under the wing of Tina Triguero, a local IFBB Professional and trainer of physique competitors. Tina saw the potential in Ashlie and convinced her to train for her first competition – a goal Ashlie set out a full 12 months in advance. “I want to dedicate myself for a year – go through the whole process. If I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right.”
A former high school track athlete and cheerleader, Ashlie has always been athletic and competitive. She found CrossFit while still a high school student, achieved her Level-1 certification at 16, and began coaching classes shortly thereafter.
While there may be some animosity between staunch followers of both fitness programs – Ashlie feels she has benefited from both training methods. “CrossFit has helped build my muscles, and now I’m using bodybuilding and my diet to uncover them.” She’s spent the last 9 months going through the entire process – bulking for three months, then slowly changing her diet and reducing her caloric intake to chip away at that perfect shape. With the changes in her diet, her workouts transformed as well. She no longer had the energy for high-intensity CrossFit workouts, so she increased her bodybuilding efforts.
So, what would a successful first competition look like for Ashlie? “Bringing my best package,” she says. “I’ll be going up against women who have been doing this for years. I want to know that when I step on stage, I’ve done everything I can to get this look that I have. If there’s a girl that looks better to me, then I’ll know what I need to work on. It’s me competing against myself.”
On becoming the next BarLife athlete, Ashlie confides, “Living the BarLife for me, as a female, is having a lot of self-confidence. It means having all the strength and power to be able to say ‘I lift weights, and everyday I’m in the gym trying to better myself for my future.’”
We couldn’t agree more, Ashlie. We’re so excited to have you on the team, and can’t wait to see you smash your first competition!