Athlete Spotlight: Stephanie Mast
How were you introduced to Ashleigh/A-Hub Nutrition?
I used to go to the same box as Ashleigh. She’s always been in great shape and super strong, but when I watched her transform her physique and saw her performance go through the roof, I knew she was on to something. I’ve always admired her work ethic and humble attitude, so when she started A-Hub Nutrition and her nutritional coaching services, I was ready to get on board since I knew she had experience and would be fun to work with.
How long have you been coached by Ashleigh?
What is your background like? (Hometown, hobbies, sports, etc.) -
I enjoy living an active lifestyle- running, lifting, Crossfit, etc. I didn’t compete in any sports growing up, so my joke is that I’m making up for lost time in my adult years. I decided 8 years ago to “get in shape” but what I didn’t realize that it would lead to an overall lifestyle change. I’ve never looked back, and am in better shape in my 30’s after two kids (and pregnant with my third) than I was when I was in my 20’s.
What was your nutrition like before you started with A-Hub Nutrition?
I’ve been around the fitness industry for many years, and have tried just about every approach to eating. Most recently, I followed a strict Paleo diet (which is popular among Crossfit athletes) and enjoyed the health benefits, but still didn’t see the aesthetic results I expected. That’s when I learned about flexible dieting and dialing in my macros, which for me, was the missing piece of the puzzle.
What is your style of training and do you compete?
I Crossfit regularly, enjoy Olympic lifting, and occasionally compete in a race (half or full marathon).
What are some of your goals?
Finally hit a body weight snatch, get muscle ups (I’m so close!), qualify and run the Boston Marathon.
Has your performance in the gym changed at all since tracking macros?
Absolutely. Just set a new 1RM back squat – something I’ve been trying to do for over 2.5 years. I was hoping for a modest PR, but it ended up being a 30# PR! On top of that, I’m 6 months pregnant and didn’t wear a belt (for obvious reasons). I’ve also set a PR in bench press (finally hit a body weight 1RM), can do more handstand push ups, and PR’d in bench mark WODS.
What are some changes you've made in your life since tracking macros?
I view food differently. I no longer see things as “off limits”, but rather what can be enjoyed in moderation. I know when it’s worth it to splurge, and when it’s not. I no longer beat myself up if I miss a workout, since I know that my diet is dialed in, and my daily habits are helping me work toward my long term goals. When I go out to eat or get together with friends and family, I know how to eat so I can stay on track, while not inhibiting my lifestyle. It’s also influenced how I feed my family, since I instinctively make meals that are balanced in carbs, protein, and fats. Even my six-year-old son has commented that he feels better at school and doesn’t feel as tried. He looks strong and healthy- just like the rest of our family.
What's your favorite workout and/or lift?
Lifts: back squat and snatch
Crossfit WODS: Helen, Karen and Nancy
What's your least favorite workout and/or lift?
Anything with rowing.
What is your favorite food?!
Last but not least, what is one piece of advice you would give to someone wanting to make a lifestyle change and hire a nutrition coach?
Do it. It’s worth the commitment in time and money. It will be overwhelming at first since there’s a learning curve, but you catch on fairly fast. Over time, it becomes a habit and something you can always return to when you feel you need to dial things in again.