HOMETOWN : Yukon, OK
HEIGHT : 5'10 and some smidges
WEIGHT : 160
Name: Sarah Sweeney
Contest Weight: 148-150
Off-Season Weight: 160-165
Occupation: Personal Trainer, Nutritionist and Mommy
Residence: Yukon, OK
About Me: Lifelong athlete turned bodybuilder, Police and Military Wife, Mommy to a wildman and Die-hard entrepreneur
Favourite Athlete and Inspiration: Nicole Wilkins, Heather Dees and Candice Keene
Nutrition Principles: Always choose whole, real foods first. If it comes in a wrapper, it probably shouldn't go in your body.
I also strongly believe in the Blood Type is ideal for most people.
Training Principles: Shock the system, but control the weight. Never approach your body with the exact same training principle, but never sacrifice form for flair. I don't care if you can do side laterals with a set of 50's -- if you're flinging the weight around and dang near doing a kipped, stiff-leg deadlift with them, that's not effectively training your delts. Slow down your eccentric motions and really engage the targeted muscles.
Current Goals: Launch my website, grow my training business, enjoy my family and come back to the stage fresh when my body is ready.
My Motivation: I am driven to help as many people as possible through my story, my example and ultimately with my training and nutritional knowledge and experience. With that I am always constantly driven to be an active mother to my son and a good wife to my husband.
Favourite AD Supplements and Why: It's a toss up between Ravenous and Matador. Those were the first two supplements I was introduced to from the AD line and they have been a part of my arsenal every since because they fall right in line with my nutrition principles of making the food work for you.
Favourite Body Part: Hard one-- delts and lats along with hamstrings.
Favourite Prep Meal: Orange Roughy on a bed of greens with homemade salsa for the dressing.
Favourite Cheat Meal: Guacamole and Tortilla Chips, the rest of the meal is secondary 🙂
Europa Dallas 2016 Winner
Chicago Pro 2017 Top 10
Career Highlights: Olympia 2016
Qualifications: NASM-CPT, Certified Nutritionist
Specialities: Women's Health/ Fitness
Favourite Quote: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." -- Theodore Roosevelt
How did you get into fitness and competing? After a major neck surgery at the age of 23 (actually on my 23rd birthday), I spent a year rehabbing and getting very out of shape. Initially competing was simply a goal to focus on as I regained my health and strength in 2008-2009. Little did I know that first competition would ignite a lifelong passion and pursuit of excellence.
How do you balance your social life and fitness life? I have had years where I am completely awful at this, and it has definitely been a hard lesson. I have lately commited to some time off from the stage be my spine needs the rest and my business could stand to grow. I am currently focusing on competing either late 2018 or early 2019 at the soonest.
Who do you look up to in the fitness industry? Nicole Wilkins and Jamie Eason.