BFM: Briefly tell us your background and why you decided to dedicate your life to fitness.

Sarah: I played every sport growing up, before choosing soccer as my main focus. At the U of Delaware, I made the decision not to play soccer as a student-athlete. I struggled Freshmen year to workout without having required practices. Naturally, I gained about 10 lbs. That summer, I got really into fitness and health magazines. I lost the weight and discovered I loved working out. Post college, I got a job at NESN as a production assistant. I wanted to be on air and needed experience so I got a part time job off craigslist to produce online videos for Diet.com. I still loved my fitness magazines so I just decided to make videos like the articles I loved so much. I wanted to help people get fit for free through YouTube. I started working with trainers to create these fitness videos. In 2009, I finally got certified to be a personal trainer myself. I worked at a gym and trained clients at home and outside for another year before putting it on hold. I have found that training people through YouTube is one of the most rewarding jobs. I love hearing success stories and I’ve been able to help so many more people because it doesn’t cost anything to train with me online AND I’m the sky is the limit when it comes to the number of clients I can take on. 

BFM: What is your basic training philosophy?

Sarah: One size doesn’t fit all. You have to find something you love or else you are not going to do it in the long run. I’m really into intervals and bodyweight workouts when it comes to my YouTube channel because people can do them anywhere, at home, outside, traveling for work or at the gym.

BFM: You’ve “been there, done that” in all kinds of different fitness routines. What do you find are the most effective systems?

Sarah: When it comes to effective systems, I really believe in interval training and basic strength training. You need cardio and you need to build strength. Just one without the other is not going to be as effective. I recommend 2-4 days per week of cardio and 2-3 days per week of strength training for clients who want to lose weight. Once you lose the weight, it’s all about maintenance and finding an exercise routine you love. It’s also important to never get bored. As soon as that happens, you need to move on and find something else! I’m always trying new studios and classes. In 2012, I discovered my love for The Bar Method and Spinning. I really want to get back to running and strength training though, I’m ready for a change. 

BFM: We know everyone is different in terms of what foods will work best for their bio-individuality to lose weight, gain muscle, etc.. but what would you say are some generic “rules of thumb” for everyone to follow in their nutrition plan?

Sarah: Eat clean and live by the 80/20 rule. 80% of time eat clean and nutritiously. The rest of the time, allow yourself some slack. For me, that means a glass a wine and dessert. For others, that’s a cheesy pasta dish. I have a sweet tooth and I love going out to eat. Everyone has their own idea of what we should be eating, vegan, raw, paleo, gluten-free, whatever. I think everyone is different and that one persons nutrition may be another persons poison. Nowadays many people have food intolerances they are not aware of and I encourage people who regularly experience constant fatigue, constipation, adult acne, unexplained weight gain, bloating, ADD, mind fog, headaches and gas to pay more attention to how different foods make them feel especially dairy and gluten.

Follow Sarah on Facebook at Sarah Dussault, Youtube channel SarahsFabChannel, twitter @SarahDussault, and her blog at Sarahfit.com 

Trainer Spotlight – Sarah Dussault