Name: Sara Russert
Division you will compete in: Raw/ Full Power
Weight: 60kg -63kg
City: Seattle, Washington
Years as a vegan: 19
Why you became a Vegan: I was introduced to veganism through bands in the hardcore scene and learned about factory farming, animal testing, and the fur and leather industries. It took me a few years to also realize the major health benefits I was receiving from a whole foods based plant diet as well.
History Competing: Several years powerlifting and bodybuilding
What drives you to compete: I am driven to compete so that I can show other women that you can be a strong and powerful female as part of a cruelty free lifestyle. I am tired of vegan women only being represented as petite arm candy for muscley vegan men!
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: Knowing that I am doing my best to prevent animal suffering and promoting veganism within my sport. Being a direct example of athletic success without abusing animals.
What types of supplements if any do you use?: Various vegan protein powders, Vega, Plant Fusion, Sunwarrior, Dotfit, REL, Elevate Nutrition. Deva Multi-vitamin, B12, D, Zinc, C, and Vegan Glucosamine. Also Concrete creatine.
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: Year round macro counter utilizing flexible dieting.
Favorite food in your prep diet: I pretty much say every meal is my favorite but I really love waffles, cookies, anything made from oats, berries, ice cream, pizza, nachos, and salads. Plus I genuinely love protein powder!
How would you describe your training for a competition: Fierce and consistent. I am always pushing myself to lift heavier and perfect my form within the limits of injury prevention.
Favorite exercises: Bench Press all the way.
How many hours a week do you spend training?: currently 10-12
Today I am most proud of: Reducing my squat anxiety!
Find me on instagram: @little_beastxvx