Ashley Hood

Certified Personal Trainer

Active Aging Specialist

Hey everyone!! I’m Ashley. I’m so excited that you’re here, taking a moment to find out what Fitness Junkies is all about! 

For those of you who don’t know me, I was born and raised in Bramber, Hants County, Nova Scotia and I still live there with my husband and two boys. I am a Certified Personal Trainer and an Active Aging Specialist currently running bootcamps and Low Impact Fitness Classes in Summerville and Burlington.

I started working out around 2011, with the intention of losing weight and looking better, but boy did I ever find so much more! Regardless of the reasons for beginning, I’m so grateful that I took the first step to living a healthy, happy life. Through the support of Fitness Junkies I was able to find my true passion, helping people live an active and healthy lifestyle!

I played a few sports in high school. I was certainly no elite athlete, but I did my part on the volleyball and rugby teams. Fast forward to after college, I got a job in an office, had 2 kids and spiraled into an unhealthy lifestyle of eating junk, moving very little and becoming someone I knew I didn’t want to be. I went from 230 lbs and not being physically fit at all, to today, having lost over 70 lbs and I have never been healthier, happier or stronger. My success did not come from a fad diet, an intense exercise program, starving myself, or any pill. It came from finding Fitness Junkies, coming to bootcamp and taking in all the positive vibes, support and spazziness from this amazing group of people and just making better choices! When I began, I felt the benefits of exercise in my body, but as I continued, I was surprised to find them also in my soul. I couldn’t believe the difference in my confidence, even before the weight came off. I loved feeling powerful and energized after so many years of feeling weak and lazy. These feelings made me HAPPY! The feeling of support, and realizing that no matter what your body type, weight, height, age or size, you can be STRONG and you can get FIT made me so hopeful.  After a few years of going to Fitness Junkies bootcamps and being a dedicated Fitness Junkie, I realized that our community needed more of this. Fitness Junkies had to be shared, the love had to be spread, and who better to share it than me? I can tell you, if you’re struggling to start, I’ve been there. If you’re struggling with confidence, I’ve been there. If you’re struggling to keep going, I’ve been there too! Trust me, I HAVE BEEN THERE!

So that was it, I decided to trade in my office attire for some workout clothes and offer bootcamps to my own community. My guide to living a healthy lifestyle is a simple, holistic approach. Choose to eat healthy, whole foods most of the time and move your body in a way that suits you. Be creative, find what you love to do and do more of it! That’s it!

I believe in creating and maintaining a diverse fitness community, supporting and uplifting each other, accepting people where they’re at and promoting physical activity and a holistic approach to health. As your trainer and personal cheer squad, I thrive on your success. Nothing makes me happier than watching my clients show up for themselves, take the time to dedicate part of their day to their own wellbeing, and seeing the pride on their faces when they realize they just accomplished something they couldn’t do 2 months earlier. As your trainer, you can rest assured that YOU are my number one priority. As a participant in any of my classes, I aim to make you feel welcome, at home and excited about your health and your capabilities. I want you to love each step you take towards your goal. I want you to be proud of yourself and excited to be part of this amazing fitness family no matter if you’re just beginning or have been coming from the start.  Life has taught me many valuable lessons, but none more valuable than how important it is to take care of ourselves and each other! As your coach, I’ll provide the workout, the motivation, and the support. All you have to do it show up and get it done!

I encourage you to take the first step on your own fitness journey, whether it be with Fitness Junkies or on another path. You deserve it, go get it!