You may remember this week’s #TMITuesday feature from her San Diego season of MTV’s The Real World, and her time on The Challenge. I was lucky enough to chat with the woman who’s heart is bigger than her biceps (for now), Crossfit crazy Ashley Marie Kelsey I talk music, MTV, fitness, why blondes have more fun (I’m an expert with that now y’all), and of course Zach Nichols.
1. Since your season of The Real World: San Diego how do you think you have grown as a person?
I feel like I have grown tremendously as a person. When you film a reality show you learn so much about yourself that you don’t even realize you are learning at the time. I’m not as afraid to speak my mind, I’m more open about my feelings and I’m much more relaxed. I’ve always been a-go-with -the -low kind of person but I over think everything. I’ve learned to let go a little and just have faith in the journey of life and know that you can’t control everything always!
I’ve always been really into health and fitness and it’s been a huge part of my life since I was young. Since the show I’ve been huge into Crossfit. During the Challenge frank introduced me to Crossfit and I fell in love. It’s the one workout that I feel constantly challenges me. I love lifting and i would have to say my favorite lift is over head squat and I love Bulgarian lunges as well. I mean who doesn’t like a nice booty, so I gotta keep working at it!
3. Your ex Zach Nichols recently appeared on the latest season of The Challenge: Battle of the Exes with his another ex of his Jonna (both seen to the left). Did you watch this season? Did you root for Zach?
I had a hard time bringing myself to watch this season of the challenge, not because of Zach but bc of my good friend Diem. So to answer your question, no I haven’t watched this season. I talked to Zach before he left for the Challenge and told him it can either be you and I or you and Jonna, you pick and he didn’t care so I felt it was better for me not to do it. After hearing some of the feed back and having people tell me about his behavior, I’m glad I made the decision I did. The way that he is being portrayed or how he is acting is not the Zach that I dated or know so I’m not sure what went wrong this season. I will say this though, Zach is a good person who has a good heart, I don’t think he does anything with a malicious intent.
4. Since today is #TMITuesday is there something you can tell the readers about yourself that they may not already know?
Something that ya’ll might now know, hmmm let me think. I’m pretty much an open book and don’t hide much or anything but I am looking to go back to school to get my master’s in International business. I’d love the opportunity to travel the world and see other cultures and why not make money doing so!
5. What sort of music is on your workout playlist?
Lately I’ve really been into house music and of course Hip Hop! I listen to David Guetta, Ellie Goulding, Drake, The Weekend, J. Cole, Rick Ross, just to name a few.
6. You appeared on the Challenge previously, if you could choose the ultimate person team of any cast member of either The Real World, The Challenge, or Are You The One who would they be and why?
I’ve never seen Are you the one so I have no idea who they are but I’m sure there would be some fun competitors to choose from, MTV is good at picking em! haha But I personally would want to on a Duel, each man for themselves, see how tough people really are. Or maybe it would be fun to have only winners of previous challenges compete!
7. You’re mostly known for being a blonde, but recently are a brunette, do blondes have more fun?
I’m naturally blonde so I would say yes blondes have way more fun! hahaha I wanted a change and had never gone dark so I figured why not. I was actually pleasantly surprised at the result but I think I may be slowly traveling back to my blonde roots again, I knew it wouldn’t last for long.
8. Do you watch any other reality TV shows aside from MTV shows?
Keeping up with the Kardashians is a guilty pleasure of mine, I think they are absolutely hilarious! But I don’t really watch too much tv in general so not really! One show that I do love and would love to do is the Amazing Race, looks sooooo fun!
9. What have you been up to since your last Challenge appearance?
Since the challenge I’ve really just been trying to live a simple life but take advantage of the fun opportunities that come my way. I currently live in Los Angeles which has been really fun! I do print and commercial work as well as have a full-time job and work at my Crossfit box because yes I am that obsessed with the gym and apparently working. To say I’m blessed is an understatement.
10. What’s next for you?
What’s next, I’m not sure, but i’m having fun along the way and I’m looking forward to finding out what my future holds myself!
Keep up with AMK on instagram, and stay tuned next week for an all new #MusicMonday, and #TMITuesday interview with MTV’s Brittany Baldi.