Fresh from her win at IFBB Masters Olympia amateur, personal trainer Sara May shares tips on keeping active and fit over the festive season.
With a history of fitness coaching dating back 13 years, it’s no wonder Colombia-born Sara May Garcia is constantly in tip-top shape.
The Personal Trainer at UFIT is the proud achiever of a plethora of certifications, from aerobics to pilates, and shows no signs of slowing down at 40 years old. This festive season, we learn her ways of finding the motivation to stay in shape.
We’re not the first to say this and we won’t be the last: You look fabulous for 40. How has your body changed in the past 10 years?
10 years ago, my body was a lot skinnier and less muscular. I used to teach cardio classes 3 to 4 times a day. In the last few years, I’ve incorporated more weight training and less cardio into my life and my body has changed for the better.
Now I feel younger, stronger and I put that down to having a better balance between the two. My diet is also more balanced now, I don’t eat too much of anything and I don’t follow fad diets. The main thing is just to keep track of what I eat so that I am always in control. For me it is not a diet but a lifestyle.
The holidays are coming up. What does a typical Colombian Christmas look like?
Big parties and lots of drinking and eating. For Colombians, Christmas is one big party and a time to spend with ‘familia’.
Name the most indulgent Colombian dish that’s hardest to resist over the holidays. How do you strike a balance between feasting and working out?
‘Bocadillos! ‘ It’s a guava dessert packed in a banana leaf and is a naturally sweet treat that is very common back home. Luckily for me they are very hard to find in Asia because I can easily eat 10 in a day!
The holidays are a time to unwind – how do you cope with lack of motivation or determine to keep active?
Holidays are the best opportunity to train hard as my work schedule is a lot less stressful during the festive period. It’s never been a problem for me to keep active as exercise as always been in my life.
A strong body can pave the way for a healthy mind. How has fitness benefited your mental health?
Fitness has given me motivation, discipline, and has made me more organised with my time. It keeps my mind busy and has opened doors for me to meet like-minded people who share the same passion for fitness as I do.
We need two hands to count your endless list of accomplishments. What other qualifications are you working to have under your belt?
At the moment I’m working on finishing my nutrition qualification and I plan to complete strength and conditioning course in 2020. On top of that I am always looking to improve my knowledge in helping clients prepare for bodybuilding and physique events, it’s something that I myself am very passionate about.
What are your fitness goals for 2020
To get my Olympia IFBB Professional card.
2020 certainly looks promising for Sara May Garcia and we’re excited to see what the new year holds for her.
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“Fitness has given me motivation, discipline, and has made me more organised with my time. It keeps my mind busy and has opened doors for me to meet like-minded people who share the same passion for fitness as I do.”
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