I’m a 38-year-old Mom of three children. Billy is 17, Olivia is 9 and Beckett is 8. I also have a 9-year-old stepson Nic. I live in Westerly, Rhode Island with my kids and my fiancé Aaron. My fitness journey started after the birth of my youngest son. I was around 60lbs overweight and miserable. I felt like I’d lost myself in my role as a wife and mother and I’d never been anything more than that. I hated the way I looked and felt. I’d gotten to a point where change wasn’t just an option but was necessary for survival. I started out the way most women do; crash dieting and doing a ton of cardio. I lost a little weight but I was still miserable from constantly depriving myself. Then I found iron.
Fast forward six years later, I got my WBFF Pro Card. I’m now a certified personal trainer and have a fulfilling career where I get to coach other women along the same journey that I took. I have my picture taken and don’t hate it! I realized that I had a voice to inspire other women and I use it frequently. Once I took the reins of my life back things started to change. I laughed at things that used to hold me back. I became fierce in protecting and nurturing the woman that I wanted to be. And I love me now. I really really love me. I am literal proof that it’s never too late to completely transform your life. I can’t lie. I struggled sometimes. I doubted myself every step along the way. I was so sore I wanted to cry but I got up in the morning and did it again. I wanted to ditch the meal prep and order a pizza. But I didn’t. Because watching your body change and your life improve is addicting and I wanted more.
Sarah Beth Zink
Westerly, Rhode Island
Certified Personal Trainer
WBFF Pro Diva Fitness Model
BODYBUILDING DIDN’T JUST CHANGE MY LIFE. IT GAVE ME A BRAND NEW ONE. I WAS A BRAND NEW PERSON. I HAD CONFIDENCE. I WAS STRONG. AND I LOOKED AND FELT BETTER THAN I EVER HAD BEFORE. THE WEIGHT CAME OFF AND STAYED OFF. I LEARNED HOW TO PROPERLY FUEL MY BODY WITH NUTRITION.
When I started my transformation I had to do it alone. It was difficult. I think this is why I have a unique perspective in coaching other women. I’m tough but it comes from a place of love and understanding what they’re going through. I don’t take on a million coaching clients. I’d rather focus on just a few who are completely motivated to change. I always start with a six-week trial period to make sure they’re going to be as committed to me as I am to them. The programs include all of their nutrition, daily training, accountability check-ins, and 24/7 access to chat with me through my app. What I do is more of lifestyle coaching. I don’t care what kind of conditioning you’re in now. I don’t care what the goal is. Whether it’s weight loss, more muscle, more confidence, more experience in the gym. If you’re motivated and 150% committed, I got your back. My fiancé is also an ISSA Master Trainer and nutritionist. He handles our competition prep clients. More information is available on my website. Or you can shoot me a message on my Instagram.
So what’s next for me? I honestly have no idea. But the universe seems to have a way of pointing me in the right direction. Right now I’m focusing on my training, my clients, my family, and trying to be a good human. But thanks to all I’ve learned and gained over the past six years I can honestly say that I’m ready for anything.
I train legs three days a week. I’m also a big fan of occlusion training. I never leave home without my BFR straps. If you want to grow a booty grab a pair. I promise you won’t be disappointed. I also use them for shoulders and arms. Right now I’m lifting as heavy as possible for hypertrophy, average 5-6 sets of 8-10 reps.
I’m also a big fan of intermittent fasting. My diet is usually high in carbs and protein with moderate fats but it depends on the goal. I eat red meat, usually steak, several times a week. Pink Himalayan salts are sprinkled on every meal. I never pull sodium even in prep. I’ve been kind of eating intuitively for the last six months instead of following a strict plan and it’s working for me. This comes with experience and will NOT work for everybody. If you’re my client you’ll be following a plan.
Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium supplement, Yohimbine and L carnitine stack, CLA’s, BCAA’s, Isolate protein powder
Share your unique training/coaching methods:
Having been through a weight loss journey myself, I love to coach transformation clients. I’m definitely tough. I don’t tolerate excuses. But I try to be caring in my approach. I find that the biggest battle that most people fight isn’t sticking to their diets or putting in the work at the gym but overcoming their own self-doubts. If you can learn to put that aside there’s nothing that can stop you.
What separates Status from other fitness magazines?
Status represents the exceptional in every way – With both the level and diversity of athletes featured and the quality of the photography and content.
What would it mean to you to become a “Status Symbol”?
When I started my fitness journey I never even dreamed that I would be featured in a magazine. It only goes to prove anything is possible with time, commitment, and consistency.
TO BE ON THE COVER OF STATUS WOULD BE AN ULTIMATE ACHIEVEMENT FOR ME PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF WHERE I STARTED FROM. I WAS NOT FIT. I WAS NOT HEALTHY. I DID NOT KNOW MY WAY AROUND A GYM. BUT I STUCK WITH IT. I DIDN’T GIVE UP. AND THAT MAKES ME PROUD. I’M ALSO FULLY AWARE THAT WHAT I’VE ACHIEVED IS TEMPORARY. SOMEDAY I’M GOING TO AGE AND MY BODY ISN’T GOING TO LOOK THE WAY IT DOES RIGHT NOW. AT THAT POINT, ALL I’LL HAVE LEFT FROM THIS JOURNEY IS HOW I MADE OTHERS FEEL ABOUT THEMSELVES. IF I CAN INSPIRE JUST ONE OTHER PERSON WITH MY STORY. IF ONE PERSON DECIDES TO FIGHT FOR ANOTHER DAY THEN IT’S ALL BEEN WORTH IT. I WOULD BE HONORED TO HAVE A PLATFORM-LIKE STATUS.
“And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong and full of fire. And that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.” – Mark Anthony
5 things people don’t know about you:
- I’m barely five feet tall
- I was on the varsity wrestling team in high school
- I failed my driving test twice
- I get SUPER nervous before a show
- I can barely walk in heels. Or in flats. Or barefoot. I’m clumsy.
If you could inspire one person, who would that be?
The girl who looks in the mirror and thinks she isn’t good enough
Who inspires you? And why?
All of the WBFF Pro Divas. I’ve never met a more fierce yet compassionate group of women. Also my grandmother and my mother for teaching me how to be a strong and independent woman.
Photo by: Casey Withers