Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Sara Jean

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  • Name: Sara Jean
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  • Age: 22
  • Where: Stevens Point, WI
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 130 Lbs
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Back
  • Favorite Exercise: Legs
  • Favorite Supplements: Whey, Glutamine, BCAA

How Did You Get Started?

In May of 2010 I went to my first NPC show where I watched my younger brother, Josh take first place in the teen division for body building. I was blown away by the competition, and did not realize there were so many categories for women to participate in. I knew this was something I wanted to do, and decided I was going to start training and dieting right away so that I could compete in bikini in that same show for the following year. My friend Dave helped me make a diet so I could get on track right away and my brother took me to the gym to teach me different exercises to do for the each muscle group, and from there I was on my own. I did a lot of networking and learned a lot from some very supportive individuals. (Thank you: God, My brother Josh, Dave, JD, Coty, Kip, Alicia, Jodie, Doree, Jenny, Michael, Megan, Brooke, Bree, Catherine, Samuel, Patty, V-Unit, and many more for helping me get where I am today. I could not have done it without you!)

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Sara Jean.

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I got on track right away this past June when I started my training and I was full of determination because this was and still is something I want more than anything. In the summer I would wake up every morning at 3:45, eat, head to the gym and lift for about 1.5 hours focusing on two muscle groups (legs/shoulders, back/biceps, chest/triceps) and 4-6 exercises per group, 4 sets per exercises, and 8-12 reps per set. After I finished lifting I hit the Stairmaster for my cardio and did that for 20-40 minutes depending how much time I had before work.

Two days a week I also participated in a Zumba class at the local YMCA for some extra cardio. I did this throughout the entire summer and then would go work 10+ hours at my nanny job. I was extremely motivated, and loved the results I was seeing.

Now that I am back at school for another semester, I knew I was going have to be extremely organized and have great time management skills to fit everything with being a full time student, working four jobs, and then training on top of that. Right now I am currently lifting 5 days a week, as there are 2 days that I teach Zumba so I let my body rest on those days and just focus on my high impact cardio. I broke my lifts up more to only doing one muscle group a day with the exception of arms because I am trying to make some gains to I can potentially do figure by spring. The days that I lift I also do 25-40 minutes of Stairmaster for cardio.

Note: I always take 1 rest day a week, but to show each of my workouts I have not included one in this example. I almost always rest on Sundays, and my muscles get some rest not lifting on the days I teach Zumba.

Day 1: Legs

Day 2: Cardio

  • Teach Zumba Class
  • High Impact Cardio: 1 hour

Day 3: Cardio

  • Teach Zumba Class
  • High Impact Cardio: 1 hour

Day 4: Shoulders

Day 5: Back

Day 6: Chest

Day 7: Arms

My goal to be able to do pullups on my own by Christmas. Right now I need 35 lbs of assistance.

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Sara Jean.

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I was fortunate enough to have my friend Dave help get me going on a diet this summer. I was not knowledgeable in what it really meant to eat clean, so I am very thankful he helped me out. I sometimes have challenge with my long days running between class, work, and the gym but I always make it work. No excuses allowed in my book. I plan my meals out every Sunday and I go to the grocery store with a list-and I only buy what is on that list.

I cook up all of my food and measure it into containers so that I am set for the week. This helps me stay on track and focused on my goals. I eat 6 times a day focusing on lean proteins (chicken, tuna, tilapia, ground turkey, lean beef, venison, egg whites) and complex carbohydrates (ground oats, brown rice, rice cakes, sweet potatoes). I allow myself to cheat once a week and I try to plan it on a weekend and on a leg day. I believe in cheating once a week because it stimulates my metabolism and keeps me sane.

Meal 1:

Meal 2:

Meal 3: Pre-Workout

Meal 4: Post Workout

Meal 5:

Meal 6:

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Sara Jean.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I have stayed with Optimum Nutrition for my supplements and have seen great results with: Gold Standard Whey, Casein, Glutamine, BCAA, and Opti-Women multi-vitamin. I have only been training since this past June, but I can tell that these supplements have helped with my rapid progression.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love fitness and bodybuilding because it is something that I can do for myself. I think everyone deserves to do this for themselves because it is so important to be healthy. My favorite part of my day is going to the gym and making progress. I love this sport because it is so rewarding in so many different aspects, and it is something that no one can take away from me. I also love how much confidence this sport has given me, and how much better I feel as a person. Every day I feel like I am on top of the world and can take on anything that comes in my way.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I want to live a healthy lifestyle because it is something I deserve and want to do for myself. I love knowing that my progress and dreams inspire others to be healthy, and making a difference is very important to me. I love changing peoples and this gives me an opportunity to do that.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I am the kind of person that makes goals and doesn't let myself give up. I literally have my goals taped on note cards all over my bedroom wall so they are the first thing I see every morning and the last thing I see when I go to bed. I am never, ever going to give up. My goals range in variety and some examples are: take squat #135, get 13.5 inch biceps, take first in April, go to nationals, earn Pro Card (IFBB Pro), be sponsored by ON/ABB, become a fitness model, and train my own team of competitors. These are all things that I will accomplish because I know I can do anything with my worth ethic and passion. I have never wanted anything so bad in my entire life.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

As stated above I have many goals, and I really want to take this as far as I possibly can. In the next few years I really want to go pro. Along with being an IFBB pro, I want to be a fitness model and also train my own team of competitors. I love the fitness industry and I want to make it my life. I am willing to do anything to make my dreams come true.

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

Never, ever give up on your dreams. You are capable of doing anything you put your mind to and do not let anyone tell you different. Make sure you surround yourself with individuals that support you and be there for each other. I have so many people that push me each day and it is the best feeling ever. Do not ever let anyone tell you that you cannot do this, because anyone can do anything and I am living proof of that. Lastly, enjoy the journey, with the amazing experiences you get, and the long lasting friendships you make.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

What Features Do You Use On

When I started working out, I needed help with expanding my knowledge on exercises, so I watched the short video clips featuring Jamie Eason to learn various exercises for the different groups. I have also used the site to order supplements, and used my BodySpace page to network with other competitors.