Lesley Ayala

Nickname: Lessi

My name is Lesley, though I prefer Lessi or Les. I am 21 years old and am an NPC Nationally qualified bikini competitor. I am a part of Team Edge, with amazing coaches Ingrid Romero and Joe Discuillo. I love what I do, as it challenges me not only physically but also mentally. There is nothing greater than seeing my body change from week to week and knowing that I worked my butt off to get to where I am now.

What first got me into health and fitness was wanting to be a happier, healthier version of myself. I recovered from an eating disorder when I was 17 and I started to work hard towards my goals to better myself. I slowly fell in love with it all, especially the weight room. I love moving HEAVY weight most people wouldn’t think a bikini girl could lift, but we do just as much as all of the other competitors do. #bikinigirlslift

Besides competing, my passion is to inspire others to become the best versions of themselves, too. I believe that you don’t have to compete or be in sports to be a fit and healthy person – anyone can do it. Everyone simply has to believe in themselves and push past their limits. Many are surprised by how much they can really do if they just push themselves.

Being a part of the Kardio Matters is amazing because spreading the word about cardiovascular health being important is something everyone needs to acknowledge.