Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Sarah Sussman

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  • Name: Sarah Sussman
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  • Age: 22
  • Where: South Florida
  • Height: 5'6"
  • Weight: 145 lbs off 118 lbs contest
  • Years Bodybuilding :1
  • Favorite Bodypart: Calves
  • Favorite Exercise: Calves
  • Favorite Supplements: BCAAs, Glutamine, L-Carnitine

How Did You Get Started?

As a former technically trained dancer, I battled multiple injuries. After a tough decision to give up on a career in dance, I was introduced to the world of fitness. Needless to say my life has not been the same since!

I began lifting weights and taking aerobic classes to "stay in shape." As you can see, that didn't last very long. I began working out a few days a week, here and there, lifting free weights and using the machines. About 5 months after I set foot in the gym for the first time, I really started to become interested in competing.

I started learning all I could about weight lifting, dieting, and what it truly meant to be a competitor. Before I knew it, I was lifting heavy, dieting hard, and preparing to step on stage for my first fitness competition!

On October 23, 2010, after 8 weeks of dieting and training, I made my fitness debut! I had the most amazing experience at that show, and I knew that fitness is where I belonged from that point on. Fitness allows me to express myself and show off my talent in a number of ways while living a healthy lifestyle and motivating and inspiring others. I am currently training for the Southern States which will take place in July.

Sarah Sussman
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Sarah Sussman

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

After playing with my training split, the style of workouts I do, etc... I have found the following split to be most successful. I weight train 4 days a week: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. On Tuesdays and either Friday or Saturday, I do 25 minutes of cardio on either the treadmill or the recumbent bike and have routine practice.

I do want to say that due to stomach surgeries, I am unable to work abs, so you will not see any sort of abs routine on my workout plan. Instead, I rely on my routine practice to help strengthen my core.

Day 1: Chest/Biceps
Day 2: Legs
Day 2: Cardio/Routine Practice
Day 4: Shoulders/Triceps
Day 5: Back
Day 6: Cardio/Routine Practice
Day 7: Off
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Sarah Sussman

What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

I like to stick to a consistent meal plan that offers me the flexibility to pick and choose what I eat on a daily basis. While it does change as I get closer to a show, this is what I eat most of the season. I keep to a specified amount of carbs, protein, and veggies in each meal; however, for the most part, I get to pick the sources of each which is great and keeps me from cheating! Here is an example of how a typical day goes for me.

Meal 1: 9:00am
Meal 2: 12:00pm, Pre Workout
  • 12 oz water
  • 2 caramel rice cakes
  • 4 oz animal protein
Meal 3: 2:45-3:00pm, Post Workout
Meal 4: 6:00pm
  • 12 oz water
  • 2 oz white pasta
  • 4 oz animal protein (lean red meat, 93/7, is okay every other day)
Meal 5: 8:30
Meal 6: 10:30
  • 12 oz water
  • 4 oz animal protein
Sample Protein Sources:
Sarah Sussman
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Sarah Sussman

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

Before Meal 1, Post Workout, & Before Bed:
With 4-6 Meals Daily:
Evening With Meal 5:
Pre & Post Workout:
Twice Daily:

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love fitness because it allows me to express myself and show my talents in a number of ways while still living a healthy lifestyle and inspiring and motivating others.

What Motivates You To Follow A Healthy Lifestyle?

I am a true believer that motivation comes from within. While it is true that I couldn't do what I do without the continuous love and support of my family, friends, and boyfriend, I have to WANT this in order to be successful. The yearning for the spotlight, the desire to win, and the courage to share my success story are all reasons to follow a healthy lifestyle.

I want to be an inspiration, a great role model, and a person who encourages others that they too can be healthy and achieve things they may have never thought possible.

What Made You Want To Achieve Your Goals?

I wanted to prove not only to myself but to everyone who matters in my life that I had the will and desire to change my poor eating habits and negative body image and become a healthy, fit person. I needed to show everyone, including myself, that I had the power to change myself destructive behaviors and to succeed in the world of fitness.


Fitness Amateur & Dancer Sarah Sussman (02:56)
Fitness Amateur and Dancer Sarah Sussman's fitness routine at the 2010 Dayana Cadeau Classic.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

In the nearer future, I am focused on the Southern States which will take place in July. I go there with the hopes to qualify for nationals. In the event I do, that will be the next adventure in my life. Without jumping too far ahead of myself, I would like to add that my ultimate goal would be to earn my IFBB Pro status as a fitness competitor, receive a sponsorship (or two), and have a great deal of success in the fitness industry.

What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

If I could give one tip to my fellow fitness competitors it would be to remember that you can't force success upon someone that does not have the will and desire to achieve it- you have to want it and work for it, and if you do-- success will come to you.

Sarah Sussman
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Sarah Sussman

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

When it comes to the guys, I am a big fan of Kai Greene as well as Clarence De Vis, Roelly Winklaar, Brandon Curry, and Phil Heath. Oksana Grishina is my favorite IFBB fitness competitor. I think she has a beautiful body, long muscles, amazing lines and such great technique in her routines. She is a true pleasure to watch. Monique Minton, Jamie Eason, and Pauline Nordin are also great demonstrations of hard workers and simply gorgeous physiques.

What Features Do You Use On

I am a BodySpace member and use all of the features offered. That is a great tool for me. I am starting to become more active in the forums. Whenever there is a live broadcast of a show, I go straight to, plug my computer into my flat screen, and catch the live feed!