For today’s installment of Fitness Advice, we are proud to feature fitness competitor and model Sara Fadziewicz, who is also known as Sara Fadz.
I’m currently 32 years old and fell in love with fitness when I was 20.
I remember being 18 and starting to gain weight when I moved into my first apartment. It was the first time I was grocery shopping for myself and started buying whatever I wanted to eat. Corn dogs, pizza… you name it!
I basically bought things my parents would never buy when I was growing up. After a few months of VERY poor eating I started noticing changes in my body – where I became upset and brought it up to my mother. Her reply was “start sucking it in” – I knew that couldn’t be the only answer!
I ended up buying at home workout tapes and tried that route, but over the summer I ended up getting a job at a local gym selling gym memberships. Along with being hired, I got to meet and work with some of their personal trainers – this is where my love for fitness started.
At 20 years old it did not take my body long to bounce back into shape! I had friends suggest to me that I should go into bodybuilding because I loved working out so much.
Honestly, at the time, I couldn’t see myself making the sacrifices that come along with that. Diet, no booze and no life; that’s what I thought at the time.
Who knew at 31 years old I would start prepping for my first WBFF competition! It was hard work but I dieted and trained on my own, I hired a posing coach who helped me along the way.
My category was Short Fitness Model and out of 50+ girls I placed 13th however VERY happy with the outcome and the experience it made me hungry for more!
There were some struggles along the way, mentally and physically but in the end, walking across that stage and strutting my stuff was just an amazing feeling.
In June 2014 I competed in my second competition this time the federation being INBF, category Short Bikini Model. This time I placed 3rd in my category!
I took the summer off to spend time with friends and family and then once fall hit I started dieting again for the RI WBFF show in November. I again competed in Short Fitness Model and placed 8th in my category.
With each competition I’ve done, I’ve grown more and more in love with the process. Those three competitions I’ve done all on my own; no coach and no professional guidance.
Just goes to show with hard work and dedication you can accomplish your goals!
I love every bit of show day and cannot wait for April 11, 2015 when I compete again for the WBFF Fitness Atlantic show in CT.
For this competition I have hired an amazing coach (Eillen Vents) and joined the team Bikini Boss Chicks.
With the help of my coach I’ve brought my fitness to another level. I’m very excited to be stepping on that stage, and determined to get my Pro Card.
(Editor’s note: Since we originally had this interview, Sara has received her WBFF Pro card at the Fitness Atlantic show in CT, won second place in the Fitness model short category and received her Pro card. Congratulations Sara!)
Some other things I’ve been currently doing is modeling, fitness and also commercial.
I really love doing photo shoots, where my interest was sparked last June when I did my first fitness photo shoot ever for Lu Lu Lemon.
During off season you’ll catch me with friends and family, camping or at the dog park with my best friend Kermit.
Fitness is a huge part of my life, and I’ll try anything once! A group of us once did a fitness pole class; it’s amazing what muscles you work when trying something new!
We all have ups and downs; our bodies will see rapid changes quickly with the start of a good diet and exercise plan.
Please don’t be discouraged if your progress slows down, progress is still progress!
And it sure doesn’t happen overnight! Be proud of yourself and don’t forget, you can be your best motivator and worst enemy.
I know it can be tough to be positive every day, but please try!
Use your workouts as a destresser – had a bad day? Take it out in the gym!
Get a good sweat on, I promise when you leave you’ll feel so much better!
For those of you who have more of an advanced fitness level of fitness the best advice I can give is: make sure to change up your routines!
For the longest time I would have a clump of exercises I would always do for the same muscle groups. Your body will get used to these routines and stop changing. You’ll still get sore, you’ll still stay fit. But if you want to see more defined muscles, or gains you will need to switch up your routines!
Another big piece of advice I can give is: take progress photos!
You don’t necessarily have to show them to anyone, take them for yourself. I get excited each when I do my progress photos.
Also pair your workouts with a good clean diet. If you’re not seeing results like you want in the gym, most likely it’s what you’re putting in your mouth that’s working against you.
Another huge mistake and more advice I can give is: you do NOT need to do countless hours of cardio.
Not only is it boring, it’s not necessary. Even as a competitor I do not do much cardio, you will see more results from lifting heavy then you will on the treadmill.
When doing cardio I’ve found HITT to be the most effective cardio. A good 20 minutes of fast and slow intervals is much more worthy of your time than an hour of the treadmill at the same pace.
The most attractive thing a man can have is a good smile and confidence.
I’d love to say I have a certain “type” of guy that catches my eye but honestly I continue to surprise myself with how I don’t really have one!
Being fit is for sure an attractive quality for me, I spend a lot of my time in the gym, and it’s important to me to have someone with the same values.
Have fun with your wardrobe guys and take chances – us girls notice – trust me!