kai conversations with... ashley borden
we could not be
more excited to bring you this week's kai conversation with our dear friend and
20-year-long kai devotee, ashley borden,
the award-winning certified, master personal trainer, media expert, published
author, and fitness pro-business coach with over 50,000 hours of hands-on experience. @ashleybordenfitness has
worked with a gamut of people from pop stars and movie stars, such as Christina
Aguilera, Paulina Porizkova, Ryan Gosling, and Mandy Moore to rap artists, rock
stars, royalty, and just about everyone in between. It is no surprise that she
is such a highly respected nationally acclaimed fitness expert, as she is
incredibly thoughtful, humble, smart, personable, funny, intuitive, hands-on,
and welcoming in her approach to fitness training; and she supports all of her
clients with targeted goal-oriented programs where they reallysee results! ashley
has built an impressive hybrid in-person and online
fitness empire, offering award-winning streaming, PDF
training programs, and weekly, online fitness classes with proven track records
of success. her newest virtual programs launching this spring are in
partnership with lisa maximus (instagram: @lisamaximus),
the world champion powerlifter 2023, whose training skills and talents
perfectly complement ashley. this dynamic duo is a force to be reckoned with,
and we highly encourage you to check out their amazing new programs that cater
to all levels of fitness (and vary in level of commitment from 4 weeks to 4
months of training): https://www.ashleyborden.com/lisa-ash-products.
we are so
honored to have ashley as one of our long-time kai devotees. she's worn the kai
signature scent for over two decades, and she shares some wonderful thoughts
& memories of this in her interview below. we hope you enjoy! additionally,
please stay tuned for a special giveaway collaboration with
@ashleybordenfitness to be announced soon.
how did you first discover kai?
please share a memory of your first-time using kai, which product it was, and
anything special you noticed during your experience.
the first time i discovered kai (probably when it started in
1999!) i couldn’t stop smelling my wrist. i loved how i smelled like an
expensive 5 star tropical vacation and it’s so subtle i could wear it while
training my clients and not overwhelm anyone. the gardenia scent is delicious
and fresh and i always feel like i’m treating myself when i use any kai
product. i always say, you know a real customer when they spend their own money
and buy the product, too!
how do you embody kai’s “breath*life*flow” lifestyle?
my priority in life is to help others and keep stress at a
minimum. kai embodies that flow as well- it starts with the atmosphere and
smelling the scent of kai immediately shifts my mood. and that helps everyone
in return ;)
how did you start your career? and how did you end up
with your current role?
i’ve been a master personal trainer and fitpro business coach for
decades. i was a dancer when i was younger, but ironically i wasn’t athletic! i
felt such shame as a kid not being able to “run” or play sports with ease. my
turned out “dancer feet” didn’t add to anything athletic but what did i know?
when i started as a trainer 3 decades ago, i made a promise to help as many
people as possible have a sane relationship with food and understand how their
bodies move so they can feel in charge of themselves and create massive change
what’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
get out of excessive sun and don’t eat food with partially
hydrogenated oil in it.
do you have a mantra you live by?
i believe in less consumption, but keep the quality high. when not
spending money on a bunch of frivolous 1/2 empty products deep into a cabinet,
i realized that i could spend the money on quality and use a product until
finished and buy again. no extra products floating around.
go-to lipstick color?
any light, shimmery bobbi brown gloss.
what color nail polish are you wearing right now?
i love bright colors, never red and i usually wear a neutral
who is your role model?
anyone who has overcome tremendous adversity, healed and is
how would you describe your personal style?
because i lived in skin tight workout clothing for my entire life,
i love chic comfort.
not gonna lie, i love a sweats outfit! natural fabrics and neutral
what’s your beauty secret? or must have beauty product?
bellicon rebounder!! the rolls royce of rebounding!
circulation! beauty starts on a cellular level and rebounding has been a key part of my fitness journey for years. zero impact on joints and ligaments, excellent for the lymphatic system, metabolic rate and mental clarity! even 10 minutes a day makes a big difference. (i only use bellicon rebounders, the best quality, long lasting and no sound.) feel free to use ashley50 for $50 off: https://www.bellicon.com/en-us/
what do you love most about where you live? any secret
spots you love to go to?
im laughing as i type this… i have become obsessed with my
hummingbirds! we got a feeder and i just installed a camera so i can watch
them. who am i?
describe your perfect day.
wake up when my body is ready (usually 8am), coffee, relax with my
bf and rescue pups, go for a long walk, work for a couple hours with all of my
online training group protocols and help them smash their goals, make a huge
chunk of money, eat a relaxing lunch, get an incredible workout in, spend more
time in nature, take a hot bath, foam roll, watch a movie with my amazing bf
and go to bed in our cozy, sleep friendly bedroom.
favorite date spot?
our couch with yummy food.
any 5 star luxury hotel in the middle of nature and quiet.
all depends on my mood, but here is a lil list:
tacos (shredded beef, crispy shell)
coconut water anything from the coconut!
my bf makes the best branzino i love it
a baked potato with cheddar cheese and broccoli (comfort food
facials from verabella in beverly hills every month (i used to
break out all the time and it changed my skin 1000%!)
the body butter! its soooooo luxurious.
morning person or night owl?
craving to get into an rv and go on a nature adventure with my bf
and our two rescue pups.
ideal way to relax/unwind?
watching interrogations on youtube (yep, you read that correctly
what book are you reading currently?
my client paulina porizkova’s book, “no filter”
what’s the most adventurous thing you’ve done?
going to burning man 6 times!
thank you, ashley!