Spotlight Interviews

Hamilton Tigercats Cheerleader Ashley Corrine

Hamilton Tigercats Cheerleader Ashley Corrine

Not only is Ashley Corrine a cover model for some of the hottest fitness magazines, she’s a cheerleader for the Hamilton Tigercats in the Canadian Football League (CFL).

She had a lot to say about being a bikini and fitness model, appearing on the cover of prestigious magazines such as Oxygen, cheerleading and a lot more in this exclusive interview. Enjoy!

Where’s home?
I grew up in Hamilton, Ontario. This is currently still the place I call home.

How did you get into modeling?
When I was about 12 years old, my Grandmother convinced my mom to take me to an agent in the area and have been involved with it ever since. I didn’t get into Fitness Modeling until I was 18, when my trainer at the time suggested I give it a shot. I did, loved it and haven’t looked back.What’s the most exciting part of being a bikini and fitness model?
It’ s all about the journey baby! The most exciting part is the self-growth and development that comes out of it along the way. I always learn something new about myself each and every time. It takes a lot of dedication, perseverance and determination to step foot on stage in front of strangers wearing next to nothing and have them judge and critique you, picking out your faults. You are leaving yourself completely vulnerable. It’s almost a double-edged sword, because you want to do so well and train for it, but with the more external success you achieve, the more criticism and judgment you are opening yourself up to. It takes a very strong person, secure in themselves and who they are to remain unaffected by such circumstances and to have their self-esteem remain intact regardless of what their external environment says. You need to believe and understand that you are successful no matter what, regardless if there is a first place or last place trophy in front of you. So, what excites me most is the potential for personal development that accompanies the process; it is ALWAYS there if you chose to see it and allow it to happen.

Photo: Liana Saadi

What major experiences have influenced your career?
Landing my first ‘Oxygen’ magazine cover. I have read that magazine for as long as I can remember. I have always looked up and aspired to the girls I found in those pages, hoping and dreaming that one day I would be like them. So needless to say, the day I found out that I was going to become one of those girls, I was more than elated and speechless and extremely grateful.

What is a typical daily routine needed to stay in such great shape?
Lots of HIIT training and intervals that incorporate large and multiple muscle groups with minimal rest. Combining that with rest and clean healthy eating are essential.

What would you recommend to people who want to lose weight but haven’t worked out in years?
Start off slow, gradually and continually progress and create change, and eat clean! Always remember that muscle remembers and with a clear focus, determination and consistency you will be back in shape in less time then it took you to get there the first time around. Stay positive and DON’T give up!! Sometimes progress seems like its creeping, but strong efforts are always rewarded. Like they say, “anything worthwhile is never easy”. If it were easy, then everyone would have it or do it. Just stay patient and focused … you WILL get there!

Photo: Liana Saadi

What was the most meaningful fitness competition you’ve been in?
I would have to say the WBFF Championships in 2008, when even though I didn’t place where I had hoped, I came in the Top 10. Following this I ended up getting picked to participate in a photo shoot for ‘Oxygen’ magazine two days later with some of the Pros, of which I looked up to. It was an unforgettable experience, and I was so nervous going in, not knowing what to expect. However, everyone was so kind and welcoming, helping make me feel at ease. I was thrilled with just the opportunity to be there with them all and surely didn’t think, or even expect, that an ‘Oxygen’ cover would come from that day!!!

How did you get into CFL cheerleading?
I started dance when I was 4 years old, but at the age of 18 I was no longer taking lessons for various reasons. I missed it tremendously and saw the auditions in the local newspaper and decided to give it a shot. In addition to Dance, Football has always been my sport of choice so it was a win-win situation for me.

What’s the best part of being a cheerleader for the Hamilton Tiger Cats?
There are many benefits and things that I enjoy about it, but I would definitely have to say Game Day. The feeling you get from being on the field, being able to perform and being part of all the action & excitement is electrifying. I love it!! Who can complain when you get the best seats in the house!

Give us a fun fact about you.
I have a mild obsession with peanut butter. Give me a jar of PB and spoon everyday for the rest of my life and I would be a happy camper. Haha!

Name one thing you would bring with you if you were stranded on a deserted island.
I would love to say I’d be practical and bring a knife or matches but I would be lying lol… to be completely honest, even though the battery would die on me eventually, I would have my phone right by my side. Now before you laugh, its actually smart, because at least in the meantime I would be giving someone a chance to track and find me and get me home rather than try and survive and live alone. Connections and relationships with the people I care about and love are extremely important to me. Losing that or feeling like I didn’t have it would likely kill me before anything else. Knife and matches would keep me alive, but alone.

You win the lottery. What do you do with the money?
Pay off any debt, help out family and friends, invest, and then travel the world and enjoy life.

You’re incredibly fit and beautiful. Have people made it more difficult for you to succeed because of those factors?
Thank you for the kind compliment! It depends on the way you look at it. Point being, there are always going to be challenges and setbacks thrown your way no matter what it is you choose to do. Before shying away, you always have to ask yourself… do I give up and move on… or do I accept this as a challenge and choose to rise above and succeed? If you believe that people are always going to be there to intentionally make it harder for you, then they will. There are always going to be people and circumstance that can make your road to success a little bumpier. There are also the individuals you may encounter, who approach you for opportunities, with ulterior motives. This is inevitable; you can only try and detect it early. I do my best to make the conscious choice to not let it get me down, or allow it to determine my future success or belief in myself. People’s actions and judgments always say more about themselves than they do about others. I remind myself of this on a regular basis and am sure turn my frustration and anger into compassion. At the end of the day my self-worth always remains intact and I continue to press forward with my own agenda and on my own terms.

What’s the most common question that people ask you?
Why do I do what I do? What drives me and keeps me so dedicated and passionate even when things don’t go my way? My answer is… always staying grounded in my “whys”, knowing my core values in life and staying true to them no matter what. Rather than make the extrinsic rewards and success my means to an end, I turn it more internally and keep myself intrinsically motivated. It is about myself, my journey, and what I learn along the way. I see the whole experience, each and every situation, whether good or bad, as a tool to help me to grow as an individual. It helps to keep me fresh and grounded and never bored of the path I choose.

Name anyone, alive or dead, who you would love to meet.
My “Papa DiFilippo”. I wholeheartedly believe he is my guardian angel. He died when I was a year old and I never got the chance to meet him. I have always been told so many stories on what an amazing man he was and how much he was loved by everybody. Being able to look him in the eye, give him a big hug, kiss and share some of my live experiences with him would mean the absolute world to me!

Photo: Kris Josef

Favorite upcoming projects?
When you do something you love and are passionate about, they all become your favourite. I believe in keeping my eyes open to all opportunities and surrounding myself with likeminded and positive people and things. You are what you surround yourself with…

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A little more settled than I am now. Independent, happy and successful in whatever career I am in. I’d be happy if I was traveling, enjoying life and hopefully having someone to share it with, perhaps even a family in the near future.

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