Ashley is a fantastic trainer! If possible, I take her Tabata class two-to-three times a week. Every class is a little different and always high-energy, high-intensity, loads of fun, and a full body workout. I look forward to Tabata now. In the beginning, I wasn't really sure I could make it through a class. In fact, I was pretty certain that it would be too hard and I shouldn't even try. But I did, and her enthusiasm gave me the push I needed. Ashley incorporates a lot of core training and cardio into her workouts and I can see the effects spilling over into my outdoor cycling. I feel stronger and can feel my abdominal muscles for the first time in my life!
I guess you never miss what you don't have, but now I realize cycling (duh!) requires a great deal of core strength and I've been cycling seriously for over 40 years. I am now faster and more balanced. I also have more endurance because I'm not just depending on my legs to move me. Ashley is also a great motivator. She is always saying, "you can do this, push past the voice in your head that's telling you to stop, just move your body, it's stronger than your mind thinks it is" or something to that effect. If you have ever ridden your bike up to Ward from Boulder, you know the corner where it gets seriously steep, it has been my nemesis for close to 25 years. Now, it is no big deal! When I am fading, I think, OK-don't listen to your head saying, NO. And my head isn't telling saying, NO, so often now.