Introducing Ashley!

Melissa Erasia March 4, 2013 27
Introducing Ashley!

Here at Double Take Debate, we pride ourselves in providing the best information from the people who know best, we have searched globally for people who can provide fitness advice for our DTD audience and have visible proof of amazing results. We hope that these ordinary people who have made their lives extraordinary with sheer determination and passion will encourage you to strive towards your goals…

All the way from sunny Los Angeles, CA, we have Ashley Joy who will be contributing her fitness advice and motivation regularly for you all. She shares her story with us:

“My name is Ashley Robinson but I am often nick named “AshRock, AshleyJoy, or Baby Hulk”, I’m from a small town called Apple Valley in CA and the youngest of 6 children.  I doubled majored in Psychology and Communication Studies at University of Rhode Island. I love sports; softball, tennis, soccer, gymnastics, weightlifting, track and field…I was the captain of New England Champion 4×400 M relay and I am the senior record holder of 200M…

I’ve always been in love with sports the idea of a team the challenge it gives you and always having an opportunity to achieve a goal. Being a leader, team player and being able to escape mentally into another world.  I started running track at the age of 13 because I was cut from my middle school soccer team it was my first experience of “politics” in sports. I said to myself I will show them I am someone. 5 years later I earned a full ride scholarship to the University of Rhode Island  and it was my aim to get away from California and experience life .   College sports is not what I thought it was going to be. It required more dedication than I thought. I learned the passion for being and striving to be the best physically fit possible. My freshman year was great; ran well, good grades and lived life. But I was not aware of what was coming for the next 2 1/2 years. The summer of 2006 I became depressed and on medication by the fall. Depression was the darkest and worst pain I have ever felt. It was uncharacteristic felt no passion, always fatigued, no appetite crying spells and a lack of interest in all the things I once loved. My friends did not understand and my family supported me from a distance. I was in therapy from my  sophomore year until the day after I graduated from college.  I wanted to leave college I wanted to be able to laugh again I wanted to run with confidence. Most of my college years I fought through depression which tested class practice, relationships and my friendship with teammates
Etc. The summer of 08 I traveled to Spain for a month and did self searching and living, I decided I wanted to be happy again and was not going to let anything get in the way. The day I graduated I looked back at all I had over come and seeing my family in the audience I knew it was all worth it and my story will make sense later in life.

After-college life was not as bright as the SoCal sun. The first year after graduation my parents divorced my dad lost his job and I was searching for a place to belong. I trained for a fitness competition but was side swiped by my dad loosing his job and needing to find a job to support myself. But the feeling of passion dedication and striving to be the in the best physical shape came rushing back to me! Another 2 years went by, working and getting back into school, dating hardship and barely stepping foot into the gym. I found myself drinking more, going out, eating terribly and working nonstop – just unhappy. The summer of 2012 I met a guy named Brian at the Santa Monica stairs and he introduced me to Herbalife and other health coaches. There was this sense of team and passion I was immediately introduced to. I felt I could get back into shape and change my life around. I started attending bible study Wednesday nights working on my faith and becoming the woman I desired to be and was envious of others who were already there. I started tracking my spiritual growth and fitness progress on Instagram and my story touched others; people could relate and I found my passion once again. I train and am a health coach to people who seek my help. I plan on always helping and inspiring others to get back their happiness!”



  1. Rich W March 4, 2013 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    She is truly and inspiration and it doesn’t hurt that she is beautiful too. Go follow her now.

  2. dwan March 4, 2013 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    you alway inspire me to do better. keep on keeping cuz!

  3. Steve TV March 4, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Ash Rock I’m very proud of you Little Cousin your daily post and pictures really inspire me and others in the family that talk about you

    Keep it up

  4. Papa Lampkins March 5, 2013 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Very inspirational story. Thanks AshRock

  5. Maurice (Mo) March 5, 2013 at 12:27 am - Reply

    This is an amazing story. Very inspirational & relatable. The things we go through in life truly shape us to be better – stronger individuals.

  6. Audrey Johnson March 5, 2013 at 12:37 am - Reply

    I enjoyed your life story. I especially admired how you did not allow your pain to hold you back. You push through all of your pain and your pain became your strength. What courage you had in telling your life story to millions of readers! II admire your strength and courage. You are a role model to young people all over the world. This is a success story. I hope to see more pictures of you and I would like to read more articles about you. You are a very beautiful young lady. Thank you for inspiring me to push through my pain. I am a your number one fan.

  7. Jonathan Dukes March 5, 2013 at 12:37 am - Reply

    Proud of you A-Rob! I know that with your drive and God as your strength, you can do all things. Keep working hard and keep striving to help others! Stay fit!

  8. Alfonzo "TWIN" Doty March 5, 2013 at 12:38 am - Reply


  9. Maria March 5, 2013 at 12:51 am - Reply

    This is such an inspirational journey. I sincerely hope others may read about you and find the courage to put one positive foot in front of the other. College and life is never easy but with lots of prayers and support, the journey could be bearable. Great article Ashe

  10. kendizzle March 5, 2013 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Your smart, beautiful, athletic, and have a great personality. No matter what you put your mind to you accomplish. That’s the definition of Ashley Joy. I’m proud of you girl!!!!!

  11. Hanan March 5, 2013 at 1:14 am - Reply

    Congrats on all your acheivements Ash. You really are an inspiration & I’m glad to have met you when :)

    Keep Pushing!!!

    P.S. That salad Spinach Avocado salad was bangin’…so sad my avocado spoiled tho :(

  12. Chris March 5, 2013 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Great inspiration for anyone. You have created a very good positive outlook on life for me. Keep it up!

  13. jas,ine March 5, 2013 at 3:30 am - Reply

    You have come so far and so happy you shared your story. You’re a great woman who does not let anything stop her. I can truly say you are a role model.

  14. Chinny March 5, 2013 at 3:50 am - Reply

    This is a true testament to all men and women out there that your goals and dreams are never completely out of reach. Just gotta keep pushing. Ashley you are motivational for me and many other women out there! You are the walking example of “get knocked down 7 times and stand up 8″… All day! No more Baskin and In & Out like our lives depended on it! This is a fresh, new chapter with tons of amazing things in store… Love you!

  15. Caitlin K March 5, 2013 at 4:04 am - Reply

    Asholey! I am so blessed to be one of your best friends and to have met you! you have turned into such a beautiful person and are continuing to blossom right in front of my eyes and I am so glad other have found you as such an inspiration. keep grinding!

  16. WandeyoOooooO March 5, 2013 at 5:14 am - Reply

    Great job Ashley! Very inspiring. Wishing you luck as you navigate through life and touch souls! Get it girl! Sky’s the limit

  17. cpatton March 5, 2013 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Amazing inspiration! Your story shows that with God anything is possible! His glory shines right through you! Thank you for being so open about your walk with Christ! Continue to be the beautiful light you are and God will continue to reward you! :)

  18. Leslie March 5, 2013 at 8:16 am - Reply

    It is so awesome to see a woman who is physically, mentally, and spiritually strong! Keep up the great work!

  19. Nicole March 5, 2013 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Your mom showed me your story. (she is so proud of her baby) TRULY inspiring! Thank you for the inspiration, it was just what I needed. <3

  20. Inspired! March 5, 2013 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Your story is sooo amazing Ashley! I would have never known these things about you because you seem so happy now! I have also battled depression before so it’s very inspiring to see someone pull themselves out of it and become so successful!

  21. ScottieDavis March 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    You always have and always will be an inspiration to me. Your story is a testimony of strength and perseverance. You’ve got a fan for life:) Keep changing lives…

  22. Breeze March 5, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Hey Ash!
    You may not remember me but my name is Breeze. Your mother used to baby sit me when I was younger!
    Your story is so inspirational and I am so glad Ms. Cyndie told me about this! This most recent fall semester I had just started working consistently and was going to school and I just fell into some bad habits that led me to some symptoms of depression! I would only eat once a day and it would always be fast food. I would come home and sleep all the time. I had no desire to do anything or go any where. I was on a hip-hop crew but I no longer loved dancing! My family was all so shocked considering the up beat spunky person I normally was but that was not who I was anymore. I failed most of my classes and felt as though I know longer had a relationship with God. I at least had my boyfriend, mom, and sisters around to keep me from falling to deep into it. After that semester I decided to turn my life around and I have! I am eating way healthier and exercising consistently! Working out has become a way for me to spend time with myself as well as build my relationship with God. I never realized how serious that little 6 months of my life could have gotten but thanks to the grace of God he pulled me out! I am now educating myself more on health and fitness and feel even better than I did before my slump! It’s just crazy to think that we look at other people and think their lives are perfect but we never know that they could be going through similar situations! Thank you for sharing your story and being an inspiration! God Bless!!!!

  23. Sheauntay March 6, 2013 at 12:15 am - Reply

    What a inspiration!
    You look great Ashely!

  24. Carol Pulice March 8, 2013 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    AWESOME ASHLEY! You look fantastic. Your mom stopped by my office and shared this website with me. How are you training? I have still been running and riding but have started doing triathlons. Really excited to talk with you. Please email/call me when you have time. Love and miss you!!!!!!!!

  25. Amanda Graham March 11, 2013 at 3:12 am - Reply

    This woman is amazing. I know me and many of my girlfriends follow her because she keeps us constantly motivated to stick to our goals, focus, and don’t give in even when we feel the most down. her Instagram is such a great resource for BUSY, workin’ women who still need to “get it in” at the end of every day. Health and fitness; mind and body; all are important to living a long and satisfying life. Ashley embodies this on the daily. So glad to see her featured!

  26. Jamie Valdez March 13, 2013 at 5:46 am - Reply

    Ashley Joy i love & miss you girl!
    I am incredibly happy and proud to say that you are and always have been a major inspiration in my life as well as all other humans that you encounter. i am so very thankful to have you as my lovely dear friend/familymember 😉
    Seeing you out there conquering your success gives me extreme motivation 😀 super happy for you girl!

    Lovin you,

    P.s. HOTT SOLID LOOK, KEEP IT UP Cant wait to be your next insta follower 😀 yeeea!

  27. Isaiah Hilton March 30, 2013 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Way to keep your head up and deal with adversity through tough times.

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