True Life: I’m a Female Bodybuilder

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True Life: I’m a Female Bodybuilder

A Day in the Life: Figure Competitor Ashley Toms

With her bodybuilding competition just two months away, we asked Ashley to walk us through a typical day in her training and nutrition plan. The schedule of seven to eight meals and two or three workouts on six days per week is intense, but "it's a science," says her coach and husband Steve Toms. "Ninety percent of success comes from the diet; it's the No. 1 thing that separates a top figure competitor from the rest. But it's usually the hardest part for a first timer. If you lack discipline, this is not the sport for you." Ashley agrees but adds, "It's hard but I love a challenge!"

7:30 a.m. LifeTime Whey Protein Shake, fish oil, LifeTime AM Multivitamins, and Lean Source (a fat burner)

8:00 a.m. Cardio: Incline walk "layered up" for 45 minutes, keeping her heart rate in her "optimal" fat-burning zone. (Ashley wears multiple layers of clothing to increase body heat and to keep her body under wraps until competition day.)

8:45 a.m. Foam roll/stretch

9:15 a.m. LifeTime Whey Protein Shake, 1/4 c. steel cut oats

12:15 p.m. 6oz. chicken, green veggie of choice, 1/4 c. steel cut oats, 3 fish oil

3:15 p.m. 6oz. chicken, broccoli or green veggie of choice, 3 fish oil

5:00 p.m. Weight lifting

6:00 p.m. Cardio: Running 2:1 intervals for 30 mins, layered up. Foam rolling and stretching

6:30 p.m. LifeTime Whey Protein Shake on the way home

7:00 p.m. 6oz. chicken, green veggie of choice, 1 fish oil, LifeTime PM Multivitamins

9:30 p.m. 6oz chicken, green veggie of choice

10:00-11:00 p.m. Bedtime with a snack of a protein shake or handful of nuts if I feel I need it

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