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Amateur Fitness Competitor of the Week: Sandi Stuart

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  • Name: Sandi Stuart
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  • Age: 0
  • Where: Florida
  • Height: 5' 4"
  • Weight: 138 Lbs., Contest: 128 Lbs.
  • Years Bodybuilding :2
  • Favorite Bodypart: Abs
  • Favorite Exercise: Quads
  • Favorite Supplements: Glutamine, BCAA's, and EFA's

How Did You Get Started?

I got started in fitness completely on a whim. I had done a figure competition and while dieting and training, I got tired of explaining to people that it was like fitness... but without the routine. I decided that I would take some time off from competing, learn some routine skills, and just jump right into fitness!

What Workout Plan Worked Best For You?

I find that varying my workout style as well as varying my training splits works best for me. I like to keep my body guessing... I think that if you are always changing things up, you can continually "shock" your muscles. But, if I had to pick one workout plan above all others, I would choose a plyometric/cardio interval routine - that's a great way to lean out the lower body as well as build speed, agility, and power.


  1. 8 minutes bicycle (to warm-up your knees)
  2. 20 box jumps/ jump rope 30-60 seconds/ 20 mountain climbers each leg/20 pop squats
  3. 5 minutes Stairmaster
  4. 10 plyometric single leg squats off a step per leg/ jump rope 30-60 s/ 20 plyometric box jumps
  5. 5 minutes Stairmaster
  6. plyometric alternating lunges (10/leg) / jump rope 30-60 s / 20 mountain climbers/ 10 pop pushups
  7. 5 minutes Stairmaster
  8. 20 box jumps / 10 pop pushups / 20 pop squats / jump rope 30-60 s
  9. 5 minutes Stairmaster
  10. plyometric alternating lunges (10/leg) / plyometric single leg squats off step (10/leg) / 20 mountain climbers
  11. 8 minutes Stairmaster (5 minutes active work, 3 minutes cool down)


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What Nutrition Plan Has Worked Best For You?

As far as nutrition goes, I am pretty carb-sensitive. If my carbs are cut too low, I get really skinny and catabolic. And, without adequate carbohydrates, it is difficult to practice a fitness routine. I am a big proponent of carb-cycling (again, the "shock your body" approach).

Basically, you rotate between low, high, and moderate carb days...ideally, based on your activity level on that particular day. I am also a fan of real food. I think real food is better digested, better absorbed, and provides more satiety than shakes or bars.

What Supplements Have Given You The Greatest Gains?

I have used glutamine and high-dose branched chain amino acids with a lot of success. And, typically, I'll add in echinacea, goldenseal, and vitamin C as it gets closer to contest time to protect my immune system.

Why do you love Bodybuilding?

I love almost everything about competing in fitness. I love how it forces me to set goals for myself year-round. I'm either dieting for a contest, or I'm trying to improve my physique with focused off-season training. The best part, though, is putting the finished product onstage. That 2 minute fitness routine is so much fun to perform!!! My choreographer, Kevin Creegan, manages to tailor it exactly to my personality.

What Are Your Future Bodybuilding Plans?

My goal this year is to prepare for the Junior USA's in April.

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What One Tip Would You Give Other Bodybuilders?

If asked to give advice to other fitness competitors, I would just say keep it fun. Strive to improve from show to show, and present the best "you" onstage that you can. Choose one person to assist you with your contest prep, and stick to the plan the two of you come up with; too many opinions add unneeded stress.

Who Are Your Favorite Bodybuilders?

My favorite fitness competitors are Tracey Greenwood (because she taught me how to pose!!!) and Jenny Hendershott (because her routines are off the hook!!!).