Why I Compete: Ashley Russell

I compete for my life, family, and self- improvement. I compete because I refuse to accept failure.

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Ashley Russell, and I am from Prince George’s County, MD right outside of Washington DC.  I was raised by two awesome parents who taught me the importance of hard work as well as giving back to the community. Those values I hold pretty close, and I currently work as a county police officer.

2. What’s a typical day look like for you?

I usually train at Crossfit Revamped in the morning and early afternoon. I work pretty much each evening, with rotating says off. On the weekends I usually throwdown with my Crossfit Revamped Competitor Crew. I also usually take the time to hang out with my friends, family, and occasionally hit the bowling alley.

3. How did you get started on your current fitness journey?

I played College lacrosse for two years and then I completely stopped working out. After partying and drinking, with terrible eating habits I gained 80 pounds. I finally said I need to get healthy again. I hired a personal trainer and shed about 40 pounds. I then found Crossfit from a friend and lost an additional 40 pounds. Crossfit has been a great stress reliever, as well as a way to stay fit for work. It doesn’t hurt that competitions keep me on the training grind as well.

4. What’s one goal you’re currently training for?

I’m currently training to get top 200 in the region in Crossfit Open 2017.

5. What’s one life goal you’re currently pursuing outside of fitness?

Outside of fitness, I want to gain more training and certifications in law enforcement. 

6. What does it mean to you to Compete Every Day?

To Compete Every Day, I refuse to accept the negative. Whether it is a failed rep or a difficult situation at work, I refuse to let any negative encounter own me. I compete each day to be a better me, and not let any negative situation occupy my mind. Negativity doesn’t mean it’s over, it’s a sign I am just getting started.  I will continue to work in and outside the gym on competing because it’s what I do. 

7. What/who do you compete for?

I compete for my life, family, and self- improvement. I compete because I refuse to accept failure. 

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