Ashley Ford – 2018 CrossFit Sona Member of the Year!


Ashley Ford – 2018 CrossFit Sona Member of the Year!

Congratulations to Ashley Ford, our 2018 Member of the Year!

Ashley has been a member of CrossFit Sona for two years. Outside of the gym, she is a physician assistant working in vascular surgery.   Her favorite things to do when not at work or the gym is to vacation, shop and eat pizza!  Her most recent travel obsession is Disney World, she is a self-proclaimed pizza expert, and many of her fellow gym-mates are quite impressed by her competitive shopping abilities 🙂

“Crossfit has completely changed my life for the better.  In addition to improving my strength and endurance and losing weight,  I have gained a new family at CrossFit Sona,” she said.

Coaches and peers describe Ashley as kind, friendly, encouraging, and a force in the gym.  CrossFit Sona co-owner, Traci Meier said, “Ashley is ‘that’ athlete who is often underestimated by the WOD.  Once she’s done with it, the WOD looks back and says what the hell just happened?”

“The one thing that sets Ashley apart in my mind is her infectious, unrelenting positivity.  I don’t think I have ever seen her without a smile in or out of the gym,” Traci continued.

Ashley’s favorite classes are Sunday partner WODs and early morning classes.  She says she loves to get her workout in first thing in the morning.  “I keep myself more accountable if I commit to the morning WOD,” she said.  Her least favorite movement is a burpee, even though she claims that fellow athlete, Carol Ann Angelo, makes her do them, “like everyday”!

Coach, Jess Rocco, said, “Ashley brings boundless energy and infectious energy to the gym.  We can always count on her to brighten up the day with her smile and laugh.  She is always willing to lend a helping hand, give a needed word of encouragement, or give that extra push to the finish line. Ashley does not know her own power and strength. Sometimes it takes a little convincing but Ashley will always push past what she thinks she is capable of.”

In 2018, Ashley had countless PR’s in all modes of training, she competed at Albany CrossFit’s Fall Face Off and Sona Slam.  She let us in on her goals in 2019… learning rope climbs, getting her first pull up and, of course, a ton of PR’s!

CrossFit Sona Co-Owner, Trish O’Neill, said, “Ashley is like glitter that spreads everywhere with her smile and energy. She is kind and positive and pushes herself day after day!”

“When I think of ‘the gold standard athlete’, I think of someone who is determined to achieve greatness in her life… I think of Ashley.  She is truly exceptional,” said Traci Meier.

Congratulations Ashley!

Click Here! …to see Ashley’s member of the year video spotlight!