Ashley Pope is a performance enhancement specialist, personal trainer, life and wellness coach and she also plays in the Models Basketball League and Legends Football League. Ashley is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and she has a degree in Engineering Science.
How long have you been a performance enhancement specialist, personal trainer and life and wellness coach and did you take any specific training to become one?
I started the fitness industry in 2001 and got certified first through AAAI, then shortly after through NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) to be a personal trainer with the Rush Fitness Complex in Knoxville, TN. I trained four 4 years before becoming a Fitness Manager with them in Chattanooga, then a Regional Fitness Manager in Greensboro, NC. I decided in the fall of 2011 to become a certified in Performance Enhancement Training through NASM and leave my position at the Rush on good graces to pursue bigger sports and training opportunities in a bigger city and build an empire, so to speak. I have big dreams! Life coaching comes with training and over 13 years of working with people on developing their mental and physical approach to achieving results and sticking with them. The world of health and wellness is a roller coaster for most people, and a lot of times individuals need a guide to help them through!
How can people fight obesity and what healthy foods do you recommend to eat?
Being overweight, obese, or unhealthy is truly the result of consuming too many calories and not moving enough. That’s it. Yes, you can get really technical about making healthy food choices, etc. but first you need to focus on burning more calories or energy in a day than you consume. So I would first recommend trying to be more active and get at least 30 min of exercise a day, in some form or fashion. As far as food choices go, I would stick to lean proteins such as chicken, light fish, turkey, eggs, and yogurt, whole grain carbohydrates and non starchy options such as oats, whole grain products, quinoa, beans, tons of fresh vegetables, citrus fruits and berries, and healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, and olive oil in moderation.
What are the pros and cons of being a personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist?
Some of the pros of being a life coach are that it is very rewarding being a part of someone’s transformation. The look on their face when they hit a goal, or accomplish something amazing they never thought they could do is priceless. It is fun, challenging, uplifting, and always changing. I never was a 9-5 stuck in a cubicle kind of woman! I suppose the cons would be that it can be frustrating when people don’t make the commitment to themselves to change and don’t work to their full potential. It can also be inconsistent, which is hard to plan and deal with financially sometimes.
What interested you about joining the Models Basketball League and Legends Football League?
I pursued playing football and basketball for the LFL and MBL respectively because I grew up playing sports, mainly basketball softball and volleyball and absolutely love being part of a sports team and enjoy being pushed to my limits physically and mentally in athletics. I have watched LFL for a few years and always knew if I had the opportunity to be in a city with a team I would find a way to make the team. The MBL is exciting to me because it allows us opportunities to play in exciting situations and meet great people, and Justina is an awesome CEO and sets up many events, fundraisers, photoshoots, etc. for us to participate in. Plus I have met some really incredible girls in both leagues that I am so happy to call my great friends!
If you weren’t in the fitness industry, what would you be doing?
Hmmm…great question. I would say I would definitely be dealing with the body and wellness in some form or fashion. My degree is actually in Engineering Science/Biomedical Engineering, and at one point I wanted to design prosthesis and orthotics for patients. I would actually love to work more with challenged athletes. I have recently acquired a client who is a sponsored athlete and double amputee of the legs, and he is awesome! He has performed and placed in the Paralympics, and he is a total beast! Great inspiration!
Is there anything you would like people to know about you?
I am a down to earth yet outgoing girl who loves football (watching and playing), basketball, and working out with people so they can achieve amazing mental and physical results! I enjoy spending times with my friends and my dog Camo, and I am so in love with the city of Atlanta and all it has to offer!
How can fans keep in contact with you through social networks?
If you are interested in coaching of any level (I also do motivational speaking and Skype coaching), feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out my blog at 3bqueen.wordpress.com to see some insight into my philosophies…very much into mind, body, and soul development. Also, follow me on IG at ballerchic99, Twitter at queenP51, or Facebook at Ashley LFL Pope.
Interview submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
Models Basketball League is set to begin their new 2013-14 Basketball season. Last season they played 50 local games throughout Atlanta and opened up for five Atlanta Hawks games at Philips Arena. MBL opened up for Atlanta Hawks games against the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies and a playoff game against Indiana Pacers. This upcoming season the MBL will be playing road games when the Hawks travel to Miami Heat, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks and other cities
MBL is looking for new models for this season, models range from 18-35 years old that are established models or pursuing model opportunities. Models Basketball Player Tabatha McCullum stated “I really enjoyed my first season being one of the many MBL Players. It wasn’t all about the modeling for me, it was more so for fitness and fun to help maintain my health. Also, I met some really great strong independent women who is about business and making their future even brighter”.
Models Basketball League was started in 2010 by Justina Ugwudi. Follow Justina on Twitter @Justshupier !!
To find out more about MBL visit their website http://www.modelsbasketball.com.
Article submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
Rookie Quarterbacks, Geno Smith and EJ Manuel along with Quarterback, Terrelle Pryor exceeded expectations in week one of the 2013 NFL Season. Smith led the New York Jets to a 18-17 win over the Tampa Bay Bucs. Smith completed 24 out of 38 passes for 256 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception and led the team in rushing with 47 yards. Jets starting QB, Mark Sanchez, sat out due to a shoulder injury. After Smith’s performance, it will probably be a QB controversy in New York.
Bills QB, Manuel almost upset the New England Patriots, losing 23-21. Manuel completed 18 out of 27 passes for 150 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. The Bills was penalized 10 times for 75 yards and none of the Bills players top 50 yards receiving. Buffalo led 21-17 after three quarters, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter. Manuel was the first QB taken in the 2013 NFL draft, Manuel was the 16th overall pick.
The Indianapolis Colts defeated the Oakland Raiders 21-17. Raiders QB Pryor completed 19 out of 29 passes for 217 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and rushed 13 times for 112 yards. Pryor set the franchise record for yards rushing by a QB. This was Pryor second career start and he looked like a star QB during his time at Ohio State against the Colts. The Raiders almost won, Pryor was sacked with 1:08 left in the game after Oakland had reached the Red Zone.
Last season four quarterbacks became stars. This year it could be these three new stars in the same position.
Article submitted by Abner Jackson III, Content Writer for STACKS Magazine.
The world of female sports has expanded over the years to include several unconventional athletic activities. Outside of the WNBA, roller blading and lingerie football significantly increased their fan bases and participation across the U.S. In 2013, there’s another sport that may seem a bit “kiddie”, but has made a big buzz in many cities. In Atlanta, the sport of kickball has become a big ordeal. Kickball leagues/chapters have sprouted up all across the city and the ladies are loving it.
To understand the why kickball has become so popular and what’s the sport entails, STACKS Magazine writer Dameon “Ziggy” Daniels linked up with several members of the Lady’s First League’s Team Pink Panties to learn more about the sport.
Team Pink Panties (interviewees)
Kisha Lewis – McDowell/ Boss Lady
Kandisse Tate – First Lady Manager of Operations
Tiffany Castillo – Player (Outfielder)
Ron Ragland – League Director
Ziggy: How long has the league been in existence?
Kisha: We have been playing for 2 ½ years, we started as a softball team called Pink Panties and transferred into a kickball league which is now Lady’s First Kickball League…. We decided to go full force and we love it… its exciting and we kick butt!
Ziggy: Why did you decide to change from softball to kickball what was the purpose of that?
Ron: The purpose of the shift from softball to kickball is the fun and excitement… it’s also a social activity for the women that are involved…. The sport isn’t as hardcore, it involves playing kickball, getting in shape and women can feel good with their family without being beat up because it doesn’t involve as much strain on the body….
Kandisse: My opinion is the Kickball movement started as a way of allowing an all-female league to get in shape, workout and network with a group of positive women for employment, events etc., Women can also make new friendships because for me as I got older it became more of a challenge to create new relationships…
Ziggy: What is the selection process for getting into the league and playing on a team? I would assume everybody wants to play and you have to say no sometimes because you it’s still a competition and you play to win….
Kisha: Umm…. I have been open about the selection process for all women short, tall, all shapes and colors…. Of course we do have a few competitive teams that take you through the ringers and other teams even do tryouts… Our team Pink Panties started as a Softball team so we were already established….The other selection process happens during registration…. I try to place interested players with teams that are more suitable to that person’s personality, living area etc., or more accessible….
Ziggy: What do you think some of the challenges have been in developing the league, working to get a buzz and type of notoriety to be as big as your vision?
Ron: The biggest challenge has been funding…. Our goal is creating a social activity for people to come out and enjoy themselves…. We are basically getting the word out by connecting to positive causes such as community events, visiting homeless shelters, cancers & diabetes walks…. This is more than a kickball league to us it’s also an opportunity to give back which also allows us to promote health and wellness….
Kisha: Some of the challenges I face starting a kickball league is the competition of everybody wanting to start a league…. Everybody isn’t has passionate as the other person so I always have to think of ways to stay cutting edge, think about registration fees and being innovative….
Ziggy: When I think of sports I think of practices, games and time so what has the adjustment of being away from your family during game and practice days been like?
Kandisse: The league is very family oriented…. On practice days if you have children it allows both the child and parent be able to come exercise, play and release the stress of that day…. I consider myself the nannie of the team because all the kids love and play with me but truly we all have each other’s back, a sisterhood and family atmosphere…..
Ron: I would like to add that some of the boyfriends and husbands come out and fitness train with the women and also coach…. So I agree with Kandass that it’s a family organization….
Ziggy: We are all familiar with First Lady Michelle Obama’s obesity initiative…. How can you say what you are doing with the league compliments this initiative or even for rising young ladies looking to be a part of something positive…..
Kandisse: It goes hand-in-hand in my opinion… Our primary goal is to promote health and wellness and provide a fun and friendly atmosphere for the entire family…. And again It’s a great way to network and make friends….
Kisha: We promote several different organizations…. We have players that are cancer survivors and have other illnesses…. When I initially started the league the primary goal was health and wellness…. I specifically wanted to lose weight, some wanted to look like reality stars and models which are ok reasons but ultimately finding an avenue or activity that we all did in school and still can do…. I don’t do Zumba cause I don’t dance but the one thing I could do and that’s play kickball…. I have ladies from 50 & 60 years old that are still active…. It’s just a beautiful thing!
Ziggy: What are some of the things that you look for in players? What if there are women that are interested but feel like they aren’t a good enough or not a fit for kickball but would like to be?
Kisha: Our goal in Ladies first Kickball association is everybody is a winner…. I don’t turn anybody down…. We have a great team of coaches and our Director Ron is great with all the ladies in the league…. John Womack is one the best coaches around and his motto is “If you put them on the field I will train them.” All women are welcomed I have women from 90lbs to 300lbs…. We have testimonials on the Ladies first kickball page and FaceBook of weight loss stories…
Kandisse: There is a place for everybody in the league playing or not… you can be in the stands and support or take score because everybody doesn’t want to play kickball but there is a place…. We support and encourage everybody especially our LGBT community because we are open and we are a big sisterhood…. We have women that have played and later decided that it may be a bit competitive and have decided to support in other ways….
Ziggy: As a player what has been some of your most satisfying moments being on the team?
Tiffany: Just being on the Pink Panties team is satisfying…. I love our leadership, coaches and management…. One thing that our coach has instilled in us is we are all winners regardless if we when or loose and we are ladies of distinction…. Also we win a lot of our games which is really satisfying…. All of the ladies just come together on one accord…
Ziggy: Has there ever been a time that you felt that you wanted to throw in the towel with kickball?
Tiffany: There have been a few times when I wanted to walk away… Because I am such a real and loyal person and I see things are not moving in the right direction I call it how I see it…. There have been several times I have told Kisha I was finished but she said to me suck it up cause your jersey has already been ordered…. But I have learned such a great lesson on how to deal with several personalities…. I have learned to be flexible and adapt and not to be so vocal all the time… There are so many intelligent but strong minded people on the field….
Ron: Sometimes women bring emotions on the field…. There may be some personal issues going on at home or on the job… But we all have a bond and eventually work through most issues if any…
Kandisse: It’s a way of allowing the ladies to have an outlet and people have to learn to work together but the sisterhood allows us to give take…
Ziggy: What are some life-long lessons you can take away from kickball and what are some of the most humbling moments?
Kisha: Humbling: The best feeling is when 160 women with their families on the field, the support from the community…. Seeing so many teams on the field and see my vision coming alive… Coming from playing on a paved road to opening day was very emotional for me…. Also the prayer that we have incorporated….Life Long Lessons: You can do anything you put your mind too…. I have always wanted to bring people together from having parties or feeding the homeless…. This league is an outlet and even though it has become a part-time job I love it!
Kandisse: I’m not sure about a life-long lesson but if there is one thing that I can say is my sister Kisha starting this league is humbling…. Being able to see my sister Kisha grow every year and watching how she sets out to do whatever she puts her mind too…. She and her husband are go getters and have a huge following of supports…. She is a forward thinker and she thought above and beyond to stand out….
Tiffany: Lessons Learned: I met Kisha last year and from day one I looked up to her… I saw this woman execute a vision….. In our previous league there were some challenges and I said to Kisha you should start your own league… She brushed me off in the beginning but here we are…. Kisha is a Boss Lady and its humbling to me to watch her operate as a entrepreneur….There are businesses that I want to start and watching such a strong black woman like Kisha motivates me…. She can take my hand and get started the way she did… That’s made me very humble and her encouragement to continue to press forward….
Ron: Humbling: When Kisha and I got together and decided that we would do a tournament that turned into a league…. A lot of people do this for the wrong reasons but we put the vision first and moved it forward…. Kisha believed in me and that was very humbling…
Ziggy: What is the one thing you want to leave with the readers?
Kandisse: I would like the readers to know that we are open to anybody who wants to be involved to come out and be a part of the league… We have award ceremonies, dinners, screen on the green… It’s not always kickball it’s about fun and family…
Kisha: I want the readers to just give kickball a try… Bring your family out because we support everybody and everybody makes really good connections…. Don’t count us out because we are growing and there is a place for everybody….
Ron: It’s about bringing family and friends together to support each other and health and wellness… It’s a great outlet and inspiration …. Lastly we need more male support.
Tiffany: Kickball as a whole is evolving in the city of Atlanta…It’s a very competitive organized sport…. If there is someone out there wanting to change their life-style and health then this is the place… Like Kisha said this sport has a place for everybody… It’s not the same sport from grade school…Everyone is welcome!
Ziggy: How can people connect with the League?
Kisha: We have a Ladies First phone line at 404-438-4340, email us at email@example.com or find us on Facebook Ladies First Kickballers…. We do registration throughout the year at different locations but the best way to reach us is on our phone line.
Special thanks to Team Pink Panties for the interview!
Retired boxer Mike Tyson and actor Sylvester “Sly” Stallone better known in the boxing world as “Rocky” were both recently inducted into the International Boxer Hall of Fame. While one was a real fighter and one only portrayed one, both men made great strides in their career through boxing.
Tyson, the once undisputed heavyweight champion of the world and record holder of being the youngest boxer to win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles, is definitely considered to be one of the great boxers of all time. From winning his first 19 professional bouts, 12 of which were in the first round to being the first heavyweight boxer to hold all three titles simultaneously, it goes without saying that ‘Iron Mike’s’ induction was well deserved.
Stallone, with one of his most notable characters to date, Rocky Balboa, secured his reputation as an actor and box office winner. Not to mention that he wrote and directed the 4-flim “Rocky” series and five other movies based on the Rocky Balboa character and took this fictional boxer to heights that film characters rarely if at all go. The original “Rocky” alone scored 10 Academy Award nominations, won Best Picture, Best Directing, and Best Film Editing, was inducted into the National Film Registry with the film’s props being housed in the Smithsonian Museum. “Rocky II” grossed an estimated $200 million back in the early 80s. Now with “Rocky III” and “Rocky IV” being just as successful in addition to Stallone’s 2006 Boxing Writers Association of America award for “Lifetime Cinematic Achievement in Boxing”, it goes without saying that his induction was within rights.
Congratulations to both men on their accomplishments!!!