Former Steam competitor Ashley Pope brings all-around athletic approach to fitness

Having been part of the fitness industry since 2001, Ashley Pope is a highly motivated individual whose experience includes the likes of training, fitness management and life coach. Her commitment to fitness was evident during her two seasons of pro football with the Atlanta Steam. Working out a minimum of five days a week, her focus made her an integral part of the Steam’s success during its incipient years.

As one of the most competitive teams in indoor football, Pope’s efforts ensured that there was no sophomore slump for the Atlanta Steam. While individuals such as Jodie Nettles and Dakota Hughes earned many well-deserved accolades, the ability of many players to rise to the occasion helped contribute to a solid season.

Donning number 17 for the Atlanta Steam, Ashley Pope was among those players. One of the team’s iron women, she played on both sides of the ball. Engaging in such an approach certainly helped provide motivation to an ambitious team that would qualify for their respective league’s championship game in 2014.

For those who know Pope, they would be quick to attest that motivation is a key aspect of her athletic endeavors. Having earned certifications with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, her background as a lifestyle and wellness coach resulted in strong leadership in the locker room. Her guidance has made her a popular instructor for women looking to lose weight and sharpen their mental state.

In addition, Pope also extended her athletic endeavors in Atlanta to a second sport. Testament to Pope’s commitment to not only compete but motivate came through participation in the Models Basketball League. Of note, the charitable organization not only raises funds in the community, but generated so much interest that they even played at Philips Arena, home of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks (usually gracing the hardcourt before Hawks home dates).

Although Pope was not born or raised in Atlanta, the roots she has now laid in the city are paying positive dividends. From her love of athletics, personal coaching and the drive to provide wellness to clients of all ages, her outgoing personality and strong sense of motivation serve her well. Currently serving as a wellness consultant,

References: Mike Del Rio


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