Kirkwood’s August Member of the Month: Ashton M.

A big sweaty high five to the highly spirited, cool Ashton M. our new Member of the Month! If you didn’t know it, Ashton is one of our regular evening members who has quickly become a HUGE part of the FitWit Fam.  He radiates positivity to every soul he talks to and has a contagious “let’s get after it” attitude in his workouts and his nutrition! If you see him in your next workout or on the street, pass on a congratulatory high five and ask him about his love for Hogwarts! Read on below to learn more about our new MOTM.

Name: Ashton Moss

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Age: 27

Occupation: Tech Recruiter

When did you first start FitWiting?

  • My newbie month was February of this year. I became a full member in March of this year.

 Tell us about your sports & fitness background:

  • I played baseball up until high school when I saw that the guy who played my position was 6’5 and had a full beard. Then I switched to golf which I still play and love 🙂 I have great hand-eye coordination, but please don’t let me get anywhere near anything involving balance. I’ve been on a skateboard twice and almost cracked my head open both times. 

What sort of changes have you seen in your body, health, and fitness since starting FitWit?

  • I’ve lost 25 pounds since starting with FitWit! 197 pounds -> 172 pounds. FitWit’s holistic approach combined with the fact that the trainers have gotten to know me as a person has been amazing. I’ve gotten super close to Renell (we’re both “afternoons only” people), and Sandybell has been my nutrition sherpa.

What sort of changes in your life have you experienced out of taking on something like FitWit that were totally unexpected?

  • How I feel about myself. A couple of stories:
    • I moved to Atlanta from San Francisco with my serious girlfriend at the beginning of this year. As soon as we hit the road east, things went sideways. By March 1st, she had moved out and was on a plane back to San Francisco. My self-esteem had never been lower, and my world was totally shattered. Having a real community of people who I see every day (talking golf with John, making dumb faces at Norm, seemingly having the same workout schedule and cadence as Scott, etc.) who support me and drive me to be better and work harder has meant more to me than I can say. It quite literally changed how I felt about being in Atlanta and made me okay (and excited) to be here by myself.
    • I have psoriatic arthritis (an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in your joints when you’re not hurt), and I had just gotten used to not working out. Because I had limitations, I rounded that up and told myself that it wasn’t worth even trying. The lack of exercise combined with a lack of awareness about my eating habits caused me to quite a bit of weight, and I hated how I felt in my skin. As I mentioned earlier, the trainers went above and beyond from the beginning to learn my limitations and help me modify things. I vividly remember the one on one time Ethan spent with me on my first day. This meant that rather than feeling like I was broken and couldn’t work out, I was excited to come in every day and challenge myself. And doing InBody scans and talking about nutrition with Sandybell gave me some key nuggets about how I eat and how that affects my body. Namely that I eat really well overall but struggle with binge eating crap if it’s around. So I don’t keep that stuff around. Now I crush carrots and hot sauce at midnight rather than a pint of ice cream. Is it as fun? No. Has it changed my body and mind? Yes. And I don’t ever plan on going back.

Why do you FitWit?

  • It’s a continuation of what I said above. My short time at FitWit has changed my body and mind. And Josh, Ethan, Renell, etc. care about my body and mind. And care about me. And if that isn’t totally rad, I don’t know what is 🙂

Favorite workouts?

  • I’ve grown to love pushups and burpees which would have been a giant LOL until I started at FitWit.

Least favorite workouts?

  • Pushing the sleds up the hill in the back parking lot especially when it’s 100 degrees, and I get paired with Ron. I just began my break, and the dude’s already done. You’re a beast, Ron!

Three words to describe you:

  • Empathetic
  • Passionate
  • Spicy

Any favorite FitWit moments?

  • It happened this week. I tried to grab the FedEx tag off the door, missed twice (you may ask how, and the answer is I don’t know), then ripped the bottom off the tag. Renell was watching the entire time and was dying laughing. He then informed me that that was supposed to stay there, and he had to go and tape it back on. Thank you, Renell. In short, I’m very, very smooth.

Fitness Goals?

  • I’ve made great progress, but I want to get to my “ideal” weight according to the InBody scan. 6 more pounds to go!

Words to live by?

What’s comin’ will come, an’ we’ll meet it when it does.”

– Hagrid. This is the last line of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Something cool we don’t know about you? 

  • As you might guess from the above quote, I’m a massive Harry Potter fan. A few dorky tidbits:
    • I know the Sorting Hat Song from “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by heart. And enjoy performing it 🙂
    • I love audiobooks, and I’ve listened to each book more than 15 times each
    • I have the Marauders tattooed on my right forearm. I’m still so shocked that no one has ever asked me why I have a rat on my arm!

Anything else you’d care to share? 

  • I love the weekly emails, and the last one Josh sent out really hit me. Arguably the biggest reason I’ve made the progress I have is that unless something crazy happens, I’m at FitWit every day. There’s such a power in just showing up. So just show up. And let’s sweat together.
  • Please come up and say hello. And I’ll work to do the same. I’m still super new to Atlanta and am eager to make new friends.