A buff bikini model showed off her strength when she attempted the U.S. Navy’s Physical Readiness Test — after insisting she hasn’t worked on her six-pack abs in three years.
Ashley Kaltwasser, a three-time winner of the Bikini Olympia contest, was filmed doing a round of sit-ups and push-ups before embarking on a one-and-a-half-mile run.
Active-duty Navy sailor Austen Alexander served as the 30-year-old’s test proctor in the video, which he shared on his popular YouTube channel on May 1. In less than a month, the 14-minute clip has been viewed more than 2.5 million times.
Ashley has more than 1.1 million Instagram followers, and her page is filled with professional pictures of her showing off her toned figure in skimpy bikinis.
As part of the fitness test, participants are given two minutes to do as many sit-ups as possible and then two minutes to complete as many push-ups as they can.
After completing the first two rounds, they have to do a timed one-and-a-half-mile run. While walking or a combination of walking or running is allowed, the goal is to finish the run as fast as possible.
Passing scores for the Physical Readiness Test vary based on gender and age.
‘I’m most worried about the sit-ups because, honestly, I haven’t trained abs in three years,’ Ashley explains at the start of the video. ‘But the other ones, I should be okay.’
Austen, who conducts the test two times a year, demonstrates the proper way to do a sit-up and push-up before she gets started.
He explains that when doing a sit-up she has to have her arms crossed over her chest and her hands resting on her shoulders. When she comes up, her elbows have to touch anywhere from her hips to her knees.
As for the push-ups, she has to keep her back straight while lowering herself 90 degrees and pushing herself back up.
Ashley once again admits that she is a bit nervous about the abs portion of the test.
‘Don’t let these abs fool you,’ she says while lifting up her shirt to show off her rock hard stomach. ‘Like, literally, haven’t done abs in, like, three years. So, I’m gonna be so sore after this. This is the one test that I’m very un-confident about.’
Despite struggling at the end, Ashley manages to do a whopping 62 sit-ups in just two minutes. The minimum for a woman in the bikini model’s age group (30-34) is 44, meaning she surpassed a satisfactory score by 18 sit-ups.
Austen says he is always pushing himself to do more, and when he last took the test, he did about 78 sit-ups and around 83 push-ups.
‘I should actually probably not laugh tomorrow because I’m going to be so sore,’ she admits before moving on to the push-ups.
With Austen’s encouragement, Ashley is able to do 58 push-ups in two minutes, which he said was ‘very good.’
A satisfactory score for a woman her age is just 13 push-ups, and her performance put her in the outstanding category. After finishing, she says that she is feeling ‘shaky, wobbly, and tired.’
The fitness star is given a 10-minute break before she has to start her run, which she feels confident about because she used to run hurdles in college.
In order to complete the one-and-a-half-mile run with a passing score, Ashley has to run around the track six times in at least 16 minutes and 15 seconds.
However, she dominates the run and clocks in at 11 minutes and 14 seconds, once again earning an outstanding score for a woman her age.
‘I feel like I need a protein shake,’ she says after learning she passed the fitness test with flying colors.