MASTER OF THE MONTH: ASHLEY MOSCOSO

2015-02-22 21.07.10Ashley Moscoso is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Pilates Mat Instructor.  This past year, Ashley received her training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. She is also a certified Pilates Mat Instructor and completed her training through Equinox in December 2014.

1. How did you get started in the health and wellness industry?

It all started for me when I decided to work for a well-known weight loss company as one of their weight loss consultants. There I learned how to have one-on-one consultations with clients. It was so rewarding seeing members go through this journey where they had to challenge themselves in order to become who they wanted to be.

Having the opportunity to give advice on food, exercise and goals other than just weight loss was both fun and fulfilling! It was a great learning experience and awesome start in the wellness industry.

2. How has your dance background contributed to your work today?

Dance provided me discipline and emphasized the importance of nutrition and exercise. It gave me the foundations of what it took to be the best version of your self. In every role I have had, I have always used those tools to execute what was expected of me. I am the person who I am today because of the lessons I’ve learned from the dance world.

3. What are some of the practices you teach?

As of right now I teach Pilates Mat classes three times a week. I love how you can do this exercise method anywhere and it only requires a mat. It teaches you the importance of body alignment and knowing how to move your body through series that challenge you and benefit you in so many ways.

I also practice nutrition counseling through my Health Coaching services. With my clients I practice bio-individuality and the “no diet” method. I truly believe that losing weight and healing ourselves through better choices of food can fix many of our problems, and of course my approach of finding movement that you enjoy! Exercise is only fun and consistent when you find the activities you love the most.

4. Who inspires you most?

There are a lot of role models out there inspiring people to live a healthier lifestyle, which is great! The person who inspires me the most would have to be Cassey Ho, founder of Blogilates. Through her videos I was able to reconnect with Pilates and love to exercise again. It is amazing how she started her career with making videos for her friends on YouTube and now she has her own DVD workout set, gym apparel line, and traveling around the country teaching her style of Pilates.  The best part of it, she remains to be so humble and grateful. That is inspirational.

5. Who are the people and professionals in your life that help you be your best?

The people in my life who help me be my best are my parents and my significant other. My parents have always been supportive in anything that I wanted to do in life. For that I have been grateful and always turn to them when I need advice.

My boyfriend has been my rock from the moment I had told him I was seeking professional help for an eating disorder. I have learned so much from him. I am so grateful to have his unconditional love and support. Our encouragement to reach for our goals is what makes us such a great team.

6. What are your favorite “go-to” healthy snacks?

I love nuts! Almonds, cashews, peanuts, pistachios, walnuts, all of them! I think they are a great way to get protein and energy before a workout. Plus they go with pretty much anything!

7. What types of supplements do you take (if any)?

I don’t take them as much as I probably should, but I do take Vitamin C and B12 supplements frequently. Its very important for my body to take in Vitamin C since my immune system tends to be low, especially in the winter months.

8. What are your plans for the future? 

I am one of those people that wants to do everything!

Some plans I currently have for my future is to become fully certified in Pilates equipment such as the reformer. I plan to go back to school to complete a B.S/M.S in Nutrition & Dietetics to become a Registered Dietician. And recently I have decided I would like to compete in a Bikini fitness competition in the near future just for the fun of it.

I believe life has so many possibilities and you have a choice to explore what those possibilities are.

Learn more about how Ashley can support you in your health and wellness journey at her website: Fit Your Health.