How did you get started?
I started almost 5 years back and from the moment when I touched my very first barbell, I was hooked and I realised that this is something that I want to be doing for the rest of my life. When I speak to other women and lifting weights, some of them still have doubts that say “will I get to big” “I don’t want to be manly”. I truly wish more Indian women know of the health benefits and strength, both inner and outer, you get from lifting weights. That was the main intention behind my starting my youtube channel – Sharon Strong
Where does your motivation come from?
I don’t really look for motivation, because in my opinion motivation is fleeting, and it will come and go, one day you will be highly motivated, and the other not so much, what I look for is Discipline, that is the key that will get you to do the work no matter how motivated you are.
How do you feel your flexibility helps you both in and out of the gym?
I practice yoga and I ensure I foam rolling in the mornings or evenings after my workout. I feel that helps in my recovery and also plays a huge roll in my posture.
What workout routine has worked best for you?
I follow a Legs/Push/Pull workout but everyone will have their own different workout routine, what matters most for everyone and what has worked for me to get the best results, is by ensuring that I track my lifts in the gym and to ensure that I am progressively overloading every session in the gym
If you had to pick only 3 exercises what would they be and why?
Bent over dumbbell rows – an amazing compound movement that you really targets your lats and traps. I always include this in my back routine.
Romanian Deadlifts – This is by far the best
hamstring builder exercise for me. If you use
the right form, and stretch at the way down,
your hams will be on fire. This exercise is also
great for your glutes and lower back.
Front Squat – With front squats, I find that I can
get better depth which helps me hits my quads.
It is also an exercise where you can’t really
cheat as once you do , you just simply drop the
bar. When you front squat, your core and upper
back is working extra hard to keep everything
What is your diet like?
I follow a very flexible approach of eating. I weigh most of my foods and I then track my overall macros and calories. This helps me to sneak in a few “dirty” foods into my plan while still keeping me lean and keeping my sanity. Overall I eat 80% of whole foods and 20% of junk/dirty foods
What’s the one food you couldn’t live without, and how do you handle food cravings?
Peanut butter for sure, and luckily I am able to have a teaspoon most days.
What’s something not many people know about you?
I’ll give you two – I used to be really shy growing up and that I love to dance and read Archie comics. Surprised?
The body is the mind.