Gretchen Ashton

Gretchen Ashton

Gretchen Ashton is registered with the National Board of Fitness Examiners, an advanced and Nitrox certified diver, International Sports Sciences Association Elite Trainer, personal trainer, specialist in fitness therapy, specialist in fitness nutrition, and world champion athlete.

Gretchen is a co-author of the ScubaFit® Diver Specialty Course and is an Expert Speaker for Los Angeles County Scuba Advanced Diver Program and Underwater Instructor Certification Course.  She is the Fitness Editor for California Diver Magazine, a contributor to X-RAY MAG, and Scuba Sport Magazine, has been published in Alert Diver United States and Asia-Pacific, and Divetime.com, is an author at ScubaBoard.com, and is the Scuba Fitness Examiner at Examiner.com. As an athlete she set 21 World and Americans records and was the second woman inducted into the AAU Power Lifting Hall of Fame.

 

Below are some feature articles by our Diving Fitness editor Gretchen Ashton. Enjoy!

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  • A New Spin in Dive Fitness: AQUACYCLING It’s always great to meet divers, instructors and dive center owners that understand and embrace the importance of physical fitness for diving. Jeffrey Davis at Aqua Hut in Toledo, Ohio “gets it”. Aqua Hut is a full-service PADI and SSI dive center focused on all aspects of the diving lifestyle including education, safety, travel, fitness and family. In addition to ...
  • Pokémon Go Combines Fitness and Fun for Divers Walking is one of the most convenient ways to improve and maintain physical fitness for diving. The new Pokémon Go app is definitely getting divers moving by combining fitness with fun. The app uses the surrounding environment to generate Pokémon. Divers will especially appreciate the long list of water Pokémon that resemble the many unique sea creatures found while diving. Story by ...
  • Fitness for Diving Around The World: Grand Turk Turks & Caicos Islands are nestled in the Atlantic Ocean at the southernmost tip of the Bahamas due north from the Dominican Republic. Consisting of two island groups, Turks and Caicos is separated by the 7,000-foot deep Turks Island Passage. There are more than 40 dive sites along the west edge of Grand Turk. Most of them begin in 25-to-30 ...
  • Diving Fitness: The Top 20 Fitness Trends for 2016 Results are in from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2016. Not surprisingly, Wearable Technology, such as heart rate monitors and pedometers, ranks number one on the list. Body Weight Training, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Strength Training, Educated Fitness Professionals, Personal Training, Exercise and Weight Loss, and Yoga, round out the top ten. ...
  • Diving Fitness: Combining Exercises Saves Time, Advances Fitness Diving is a sport that engages the entire body and mind. This combination of static and dynamic exercises helps condition divers for both the mental and physical requirements of handling scuba equipment, basic diving skills and transitions to and from buoyant and gravitational environments. Combining exercises for the upper and lower body also helps advance the fitness level of the ...
  • A Lifetime of Fitness for Diving: An Interview with Glen Egstrom, Ph.D. Dr. Glen Egstrom’s research in diving performance and development of fitness principles are timeless. His diligent work, role model and influence, continues to inspire and permeate the sport, business and safety of diving. While developments in diving and equipment were taking place around the globe, right here in the heart of America and later the heart of Los Angeles, a ...
  • Diving Fitness: Water Yoga for Divers Diving is a highly sensory personal experience. The feel of weightlessness and water on the skin, the steady sound of breathing and bubbles, and visual movements of fascinating creatures elicit healthful vibes. Pure joy is experienced in the freedom of flying with a current. Healing calmness is found by simply sitting in the sand and meditating on dappled streams of ...
  • Diving Fitness: Healthy shoulders are vital to a positive diving experience Healthy shoulders are vital to a positive scuba diving experience.  The mobility of the shoulder joint exceeds every other joint in the human body.  It enables divers to reach behind, under, around, above and beyond in nearly unlimited directions and rotation. Consequently, by design the shoulder joint and its musculature are highly susceptible to injury all of the time and ...
  • Physical Conditioning Fast Track: Preparing for Lobster Season The March of the Lobsters is just a few weeks away and lobster hunters up and down the California coast are buying licenses, checking gear lists, taking refresher courses, and exercising to get in shape for lobster season.  Exercising?  Yes, it’s just been added to the list! While it’s best to stay in shape year round, lobster hunters still have time ...
  • Hydration for SCUBA Diving and Fitness: Are you drinking enough? Good hydration is important to a successful exercise program and especially important to SCUBA divers to reduce the risks associated with diving.  Some physicians will tell you that most people are dehydrated most of the time. This general introduction reviews how much of the human body is made up of water, what water provides for the body, how fluid loss occurs, and general recommendations for ...
  • ScubaFit Joins Dive Zone Radio: Fitness for scuba divers on the air ScubaFit® debuted this week on a new radio program for scuba divers. Dive Zone Radio airs every Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on 960 The Patriot. Dive Zone Radio is a continuing conversation about all things aquatic and adventuresome. Created and hosted in Phoenix, Arizona by NAUI scuba diving instructors Mark J. Hadrich and Lew Edwards, Dive Zone Radio ...
  • Keeping Legs Strong for Scuba Diving is Not for Sissies When exercising the legs to keep them strong for scuba diving it is important to develop  muscle strength, endurance and flexibility.  The legs must be versatile for diving activities which place unique demands on the body.  During this leg workout divers will benefit from imagining themselves: safely rising from a seated position under the weight of gear; climbing boat ladders; ...
  • PADI approves ScubaFit® Diver Distinctive Specialty Course Dive and fitness instructors alike can now become certified to teach fitness to divers. The Padi ScubaFit® course was developed by Gretchen M. Ashton, a certified fitness trainer and Stephen Mendel, a multi agency scuba instructor. The PADI ScubaFit® Diver Distinctive Specialty Course offers new opportunities for instructors and dive shop owners to improve the health, performance and safety of their ...