WatchFit gets the chance to sit down with Rock Solid Power Couple; Barry and Laura Ash.
Discover the physical, as well as emotional and mental sides of keeping fit with two accomplished fitness Experts and Health and Lifestyle coaches.
As we can see, you’re a married couple and I’m intrigued as to where you both met and how it all began. Was it in the gym?
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Barry: In actual fact that is quite an interesting story. We initially both thought that we met each other at the gym but that is not the case.
Laura: We have known each other on the fitness circuit since I was 18 and Baz was 21 we used to go to the same Boxercise class and I just knew him to say “hello,” then I start to attend the gym Baz worked at and we got to know each other a little better.
B: Loz came in for a gym induction and I asked her out for a drink, not strictly professional I realise, but I did not make a habit of such things. But you know you cannot let something special slip though your fingers.
B: So we thought that was the first meeting BUT it was only until we dated for a few months that we found out more about each other and it turns out that we used to play together as kids. Crazy hey?!
It seems to be double trouble with you two! How has being together aided you both on your fitness journey?
L: You must have heard the saying ‘Two heads are better than one’. This applied to Baz and I. We are like the Yin and Yang. Male and Female energies.
B: Good Cop, Bad Cop LOL! The main thing is the support we give each other, and giving each other the confidence to compete, and start our new journeys like Loz with her fighting. I am her sparing partner. It keeps us on our toes!
Tell us how you started the Rock Solid business?
L: Back in 2009 I was diagnosed with Bipolar and extreme OCD. I spent a lot of time trying to get my lifestyle in check and managing my condition. I found that making significant changes to my diet, mindset and exercise helped a lot.
We had started to talk about starting our own business back in 2011 as we had seen what a difference exercise, good nutrition and a good mindset had done for me.
We wanted to create that for others, but had no idea how to do it.
It was only when we attended the Bodypower event in 2012 that our eyes were opened and great contacts made. We met a guy called Lazo Freeman (who is now a valued mentor of ours) and he suggested that we do 12 week body transformations and that was the way to go.
Rock Solid was named and born on the drive back from Birmingham NEC and the rest is history. We have not looked back since!
Twelve weeks can seem a little daunting for those wanting to lose weight quicker, or who have just started a fitness regime. What would you say to those people?
L: What you have to understand is that there is no quick fix, although your journey may start off with 12 weeks in all reality it’s going to be longer than that.
B: We are great believers in Mastery – being able to master an art. Just like mastering a lifestyle, you would not stop at 12 weeks and then go back to normal.
L: It’s really about making it a sustainable lifestyle. Most people can lose weight in 12 weeks and change bad habits for good ones but the real skill is being able to carry this forward. That’s why we work with people for 6-12 months and even longer.
From Rock Solid’s website, there’s a real sense of personal care and dedication when you’re training with your clients.
How do you do this? Is this why you have a personal gym?
L: We believe in giving 100% great service, and no two people are the same. Everyone has different needs and concerns. That is why with our signature clients everything is bespoke. Tailored to their lifestyle. We treat people the way we would want to be treated…King and Queens hey Baz!
B: Quite right too! We built our own gym, and did not rent space in an existing facility because, first of all we wanted to create something special, and an environment we could control, and secondly there are a lot of people out there who feel intimidated working in a gym alongside other members who may effect their confidence. This is a massive plus point to our guys, and they really get it.
I understand the mental side of keeping fit, training and enhancing well-being is a very big area for you.
Is this based on personal experience?
L: Absolutely, as I alluded to earlier, I have a very personal experience with mental well-being. It is an area that we neglect so often, but it is something we believe is the pinnacle of being able to achieve great things. Whether that be with your body, lifestyle, career or relationships.
B: Also from my point of view with my dyslexia, I’ve had my own personal demons when it has come to certain areas of my life. From being able to work on my mental muscles, because that it just what it is – a muscle. Like you build biceps in the gym you do it through repetition, same with the mind. It is just that the mind can sometimes be a Pandora’s Box which is difficult to open and face.
L: Baz and I between us have dedicated over 20 years and 1000’s of hours to our own studies on our own mental strength which has meant that we have worked that muscle a lot!
Part 2 of this exclusive interview will be available tomorrow, here at WatchFit!
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