013: Confessions of a Group Fitness Instructor with Ashley Pitt

Hey friends! In today’s episode, I’m chatting with my good friend Ashley Pitt about the behind-the-scenes info for being a group fitness instructor and personal trainer.

Whether you’re considering teaching your favorite group fitness class one day, or just want to hear more about what it’s like to teach and train, this episode is packed with fun tips and stories. We share our favorite certifying organizations, tips for the NASM test (it’s intense!), where we get our music, and embarrassing teaching moments. We’ve both been teaching and training for years and I’ve been fortunate to hang out with Ashley a few times in real life. This episode felt like we were chatting over lunch: kind of sarcastic and silly and laughing a ton. I hope you enjoy this episode!

Ashley Pitt Headshot

Here’s a little bit about Ashley:

Ashley Pitt is a NASM certified personal trainer, a Les Mills BODYPUMP, BODYATTACK and CXWORX group fitness instructor, as well as a Bootybarre instructor. She is also the creator of the lifestyle blog, A Lady Goes West, which is a healthy-living community for busy and fit-minded gals, where wellness is made easy.

After moving from Florida to California several years ago, Ashley started A Lady Goes West to share her fitness tips, simple meals and everyday commentary on life in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has since been published on Mindbodygreen, POPSUGAR, LiveStrong, Spark People, Healthline and more, and has also been named one of the “40 under 40” in the East Bay of San Francisco by Diablo Magazine.

Before becoming a fitness professional and blogger, Ashley began her career in the corporate world in both public relations and writing. She now lives with her husband, Dave, her baby boy, Brady, and her maltipoo, Rudy, in the East Bay of San Francisco.

Resources from this episode:



Tips for taking the NASM test

ClickMix by Power Music

You can find Ashley on her blog, Instagram, and Facebook. She also has an ebook, Fit and Fertile, that you can check out here!

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  1. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on September 5, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Yay! It was such a fun conversation! Thanks so much for having me — talking about group fitness is something I could do all day! 🙂

  2. Alaina Burran on September 5, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that I loved seeing this episode today as both you and Ashley are two of my favorite bloggers! I also love to read Sweet Tooth Sweet Life, Fannetastic Food, Simply Taralynn and PB Fingers! You guys all need to have a podcast pow-wow! Haha…or at least, I’d love to also see them as guests! BTW, submitted my review!

    • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on September 18, 2018 at 3:34 pm

      Alaina! You are the sweeeetest! Thank you SOO much for reading and listening — and I love al the bloggers you mentioned too!! 🙂

  3. Laurel S on September 5, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    First of all, I loved this episode! I’m in the process of getting certified as a personal trainer (though I’ve been teaching dance for years) and it was interesting to hear about your experiences. Secondly, when reading Ashley’s bio, I was shocked to see something that we had in common: my husband is named Dave, and my Sheltie pup is named Rudy! How fun!

    • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on September 18, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Hi Laurel! OMG — you have a Dave and a Rudy? That is awesome — I love it. Small world! So glad you liked the episode and I hope your studying process is going well for your PT exam!! Which agency are you doing it through??

  4. Maeghan on September 6, 2018 at 8:07 am

    Thank you so much for the barre workout! I did it this morning before work and it was such a good one! 🙂

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