Ashley Pettit

Expert trainer - Certified nutritionist - Fitness chef - Wellness consultant

Ashley W. Pettit infuses her passion and positive energy for healthy living into her comprehensive nutrition counseling, personalized training sessions, and in-demand interval classes for individual clients and corporate companies alike.

She is known as a leading expert in the industry, namely as a frequent featured guest and commentator for The Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family, Fox 32 Chicago, CBS 2 Chicago, WCIU’s You and Me in the Morning, and eHow. She has had feature articles in widely read publications, including Michigan Avenue Magazine, CS Magazine, FabFitFun, and Daily Candy. She received the accolade of a nomination for "Best Fitness Phenom" by lifestyle site Daily Candy in October 2013 and "Chicago’s Hottest Trainer" by Racked in 2012.

Ashley has worked several years as both a trainer and nutritional adviser in a variety of settings and with a diverse clientele. In addition to her work with highly regarded fitness centers in Chicago, she has worked as Director of Wellness for a corporate wellness company, designing custom programs to aid employees on their path to better health. In August 2013, Ashley also co-founded Santé Wellness Market, a showcase of the best of inner and outer wellness in Chicago.

Ashley has proudly held the title of Ambassador for Nike for several years, participating in year-round Nike events and runs and road-testing the brand’s new lines. She is also the nutritional consultant for True Juice in Winnetka and gives monthly nutritional talks at Flywheel Gold Coast and Highland Park that are very popular. She will be health blogging nationally for Flywheel in 2014.

Her background also stems from her love of athletics, specifically as a cross-country runner. Her interest in service and working with people also transcends to her large involvement with charitable causes, such as Girls on the Run and PAWS where she hold titles as a board member and is also actively involved in By Gift of Adoption, the Steppenwolf Theatre, and Common Threads.

The APL Method

Ashley’s expertise and services combine the benefits of balanced nutrition, increased physical activity, stress management tactics, and regulating sleeping patterns.

As an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), she focuses on functional fitness, full-body toning, improving lean muscle mass, and fat-burning, peak metabolism performance techniques. She also has experience with 5k/10k race training and coordinates boot camp style programs.

Her nutrition plans focus on whole foods, portion control, and meal composition and variety, while being mindful to food allergies and intolerances. Ashley personally creates APL-approved recipes, menus, and grocery lists daily to enable client success in meal planning.

She also fortifies the regular training and nutritional programs with a resourceful blog and a multitude of educational videos, handouts, and newsletters, along with continual assessments of client progress.

In 2014, Ashley is launching a very original offering for those committed to resolutions: the APL Health & Wellness Concierge Service for the Chicagoland area. She believes that some clients do not need a full-time nutrition and fitness coach to get through each day in a healthy way, but rather a specialized service for guided recommendations to start any lifestyle changes.

Ashley’s Certifications and Degrees

  • BA Degree in English and Journalism from Miami University, Oxford, OH
  • Master’s Degree in Holistic Nutrition (MSHN) from Clayton College of Natural Health
  • Certified Nutrition Coach (CNC), licensed through Venice Nutrition
  • Certified Wellness & Nutrition Consultant (CWNC)
  • Certified Fitness Chef (CFC)
  • Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor (CMTA)


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