Dragon Door: How did you first get started in athletics and fitness?

Ashli Linkhorn: I come from a fit family, and played softball and basketball through high school. In college, I played softball for two years and intramurals throughout.

After graduating and throughout my professional life I’ve played in adult softball leagues.

But as a chiropractor, I found that I was just a little too aggressive when I was playing softball—sliding head first into second, laying out for a ball—so I picked up running.

Then I discovered I liked cycling. I didn’t know how to swim, so in 2009, I forced myself to learn how to swim by signing up for a triathlon. Then in 2010, I did my first full Ironman.

Dragon Door: I’ve heard it’s difficult to learn how to swim as an adult, how was your experience?

Ashli Linkhorn: It absolutely sucked! I had a huge fear of the water, I was afraid of drowning and I didn’t know how to breathe correctly.

It took about five different friends helping me before I figured out when and how to take a breath—and that I would be ok!

Dragon Door: And you're a chiropractor?

Ashli Linkhorn: Yes, I am a chiropractor and have an office in Smyrna, Georgia—just outside Atlanta.

It's my office but we also have three chiropractors, an athletic trainer, and a massage therapist. I'm also an adjunct faculty member at Life University.

And in addition to that, I lecture for the Graston Technique. It's the premier instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization technique and uses six very specifically designed stainless steel instruments to treat and detect soft tissue dysfunction.

I wear a number of different hats!

Dragon Door: What brought you to kettlebells?

Ashli Linkhorn: I was rocking my daughter in a rocking chair when she was only a few months old, and I went to stand up, I was kind of stuck in this rocking chair.

Since I’m not her birthmother, I wasn’t recovering from giving birth, and I was fit at the time—I could run really far! But, I felt like an idiot because I was struggling to get out of the chair.

So that night I went to the store and bought a kettlebell.

I didn't really know what to do with it, but I knew how to squat—and I knew that squatting would help me get out of the chair.

Around the same time, Russ Andrews started to teach Life University—his classes prepare students for my class.

We started talking and he told me that his wife, Beth, would be leading an HKC workshop at their gym in Cartersville.

I decided to attend the HKC since I wanted to learn the get-up, and because I knew that I didn’t really know how to swing a kettlebell.

While kettlebells were not yet part of my practice, I could tell that... read complete interview