Name: Sara Russert
Division you will compete in: Women’s Bodybuilding
City: Seattle, Washington
Years as a vegan: 18
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: Cascade Classic June 2013 2nd place, Naturally Fit Super Show July 2013 women’s lightweight bodybuilding 1st/ overall women’s bodybuilding champion
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: Recovery, recovery, recovery… did I mention recovery? Plus wearing a vegan shirt into the gym and surprising people.
What types of supplements if any do you use?: Plant Fusion Protein and Phood, KeVita Probiotic Drink, Vega Sport Protein and Recovery Accelerator, Vega One, Healthforce Vitamineral Green, and Vitamin D and B12. Sometimes cycle Kre-Alkalyn EFX. Check out veganproteins.com for any of these!
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: Dips, Pull-ups, Bench Press, Deadlift
How many hours a week do you spend training?: currently 13-14
Today I am most proud of: Increasing my strength through cutting season!