Once conscious of her muscular physique, Sara learnt to embrace her differences and see them as strengths instead.
Sara May García Pérez lives by her fitness mantra – 70 per cent nutrition, 30 per cent exercise. Holding a professional sports degree, the 40-year-old personal trainer and fitness instructor loves her job because she is able to help others attain a fitter and happier version of themselves. Find out more about Sara’s health- and fitness-driven lifestyle, and what lies beneath that six-pack and luscious head of hair.
She has been exercising since she was 5 years old.
From a young age, Sara has always been one with fitness. “I started swimming from 5 years old until I was 15. After that, I never stopped training and went on to study all about fitness, physiology, biomechanics and movement,” she says. After specialising in sports science at Colombian University PCJIC, she went on to become a certified personal trainer, as well as a certified instructor in group exercise, aerobics, yoga, pilates and TRX.
Today, she does everything from strength training to yoga.
On top of core training and Latino dance classes that she teaches, she’s always breaking a sweat with a workout schedule that involves strength and gym training, crossfit, cardio and yoga – each multiple times a week.
She came in second at a recent bikini-bodybuilding competition.
After extreme independent preparations that included water manipulation for a bikini-bodybuilding competition in 2017, her efforts bore fruit when she was placed second. Along with other achievements like coming in first overall in Asia for a Crossfit competition, she was motivated to challenge herself with more, such as the IFBB bikini competition in October, which she is currently preparing for.
She once felt too big compared to Asian girls.
When Sara first came to Singapore from Colombia, she found that her muscles and physique made her look a lot bigger than the local women, who are generally more petite. However, that didn’t bother her for long. “I immediately I realised that this is what makes me special in this country.”
She hated working in an office.
Ten years ago, Sara took on the role of a fitness manager, where she spent long hours cooped up in the office and stressed beyond measure. Her fitness level dropped, her muscles shrank and she felt tired just climbing up a flight of stairs. “I felt bad physically, had no energy and was very unhappy,” she says. That’s when she decided to return to the frontline as a fitness instructor.
Crossfit is her favourite workout.
As someone who has done all sorts of workouts, she names crossfit as her favourite because she gets a full workout, fast. Compared to simply running on the treadmill and lifting weights after, crossfit combines the cardio benefits of high-intensity interval training with that of strength and endurance in a short time period.
Her diet is spotless.
Sara starts her day with a green juice comprising cucumber, spinach, kale, lemon juice, grapes, followed by a protein-loaded breakfast of six eggs, two yolks, rice and some fruits. During lunchtime, you’ll see her with a hearty bowl of brown rice, quinoa, spinach, chicken breast, avocado and hummus. And just before dinner, she typically guzzles down a protein shake with oats.
But she does have some indulgences!
She wouldn’t say no to pizza, burgers, French fries, and a cold beer – but she limits those to once or twice a week. Nothing more.