Sara Russert

17309492_10208570259754300_7929134159422500717_nDivision you will compete in: Raw/ Full Power

Age: 35

Height: 4’11”

Weight: 60kg -63kg

Current max lifts Bench/Squat/Deadlift: 165lb Bench/ 248lb Squat/ 303lb Deadlift

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 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. My carbs are up a bit to help with my lifting performance close to a meet.

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