Sarah Jentilet is dedicated to being an Athlete for life and has found powerful ways to enjoy fitness through Muay Thai kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! She isn’t just dedicated to her fitness goals, but pushed through school to become a laywer which we know is not a small feat! We are excited for you to be inspired by her story.
Tell us a little about your health and fitness journey so far! Have you always been interested in fitness and working out? Were you an athlete in high school? What brought you to where you are right now?
Back in between my junior and senior year of high school, I was overweight, so I started working out at home and lost 25 lbs! I was on the tennis team throughout high school and continued to stay active when I wasn’t playing tennis. When I went to college, I started doing some at home programs like P90x, Shaun T’s Insanity, and Shaun T’s T25. I even started to get into running with my best friend (which I not at all interested in before then), and did a couple of 5k races. I received a kickboxing Groupon for Christmas one year, so I did some classes and really enjoyed it, but knew I wouldn’t have the time to continue once I started law school. My sister and my then boyfriend (now fiancee) were into lifting, so I started too! When I went to law school, it was really difficult to get to the gym every day, so I came upon Idealfit and Trainer Lindsey, and did her 6 Week Fit Body Challenge and SCULPT programs. This is also when I started following Kaytlin Neil, and did her Knockout Challenge. After I graduated from law school and took the Bar Exam, I was finally able to get back to the routine of going to the gym and lifting, and to even start seeking out other activities I never knew I would try or enjoy!
What kinds of activities do you enjoy, tell us your favorite ways to break a sweat.
Right now my favorite ways to break a sweat are lifting, Muay Thai kickboxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! I started Muay Thai in April, after a few years of really wanting to do kickboxing but not having the time to commit while in school. Then my fiancee got me to try Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in September, and I love it! When I get the chance, I also really enjoy going for a hike!
Take us through a normal day. How do you structure your time and balance your different responsibilities with your hobbies and interests?
I wake up between 5:30am and 6:00am each morning, take a couple of minutes to myself and then get to the gym for a lift! I work from 9 to 5, and then I eat dinner and get ready for my Muay Thai and/or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes. When I get home I shower and try to get to bed to get a decent night of sleep! I try to get a lot done on the weekends, because I lift 5 days a week and have Muay Thai/BJJ classes 4 to 5 days a week, but I also try to spend some time in the morning each day planning out what I need to do that day.
What advice do you have for people who are just getting started or are just getting back into it from taking time off?
The best advice I can give is to not be hard on yourself and to celebrate every win, no matter how small it may seem. Focus on WHY you are doing it. When I was in law school, I had a really hard time accepting that I was not working out as much as I used to or wanted to. I had to remind myself that it was just for a few years, and that I was proud of myself for even doing it as often as I did! Don’t compare yourself to anyone else or even yourself just a few years before, because circumstances change, and if you are trying your best then that’s all that matters!
Who are your favorite people to follow on social media and why (list their handle)
Well, first of all, @badathletics and @kaytlinkatnissmma are definitely in my top 5! You guys not only have amazing products, but your posts are so inclusive, inspiring, and positive. Plus, there is the added bonus that I’m into MMA 🙂
@livraefit – She is ALWAYS incredibly transparent and real with her followers, and genuinely cares. She also focuses on mental health, which is such a HUGE aspect of reaching any kind of goal, fitness or otherwise.
@trainerlindsey – She will always be one of my favorites to follow, as I consider her to be one of the main reasons I got into lifting!
What is your biggest win (when it comes to your own health and fitness)?
My ability to accept and even seek out help! I never used to want to ask for help, because I thought I should be able to figure it all out on my own, but that has changed dramatically. I don’t always know the answer or have time to figure it out, and the fact that I’ve been able to accept and even embrace that has been such a big win and has been one of the main reasons I’ve been able to continue striving for and reaching my goals.
What (or Who) inspires you and why?
My mom is the most inspirational person in my life. She has always worked so hard for me and my sisters, and has taught me so much about being a strong and resilient person.
In your observation, what do you think is the biggest road-block people face when it comes to reaching their health and fitness goals?
Time and nutrition. A lot of people think that if they can’t spend a lot of time working out, then they should just throw in the towel altogether. That’s such a misconception! Even working out for 30 minutes 3x a week is so much better for your body and mental health than not at all! As far as nutrition, I myself still struggle with this. Yes, it’s hard to say no in social situations or to that bowl of ice cream that you really want, but it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. If you create healthy habits, then you can enjoy eating that bowl of ice cream or eating a little unhealthy when you are out with your friends. If you create healthy habits, then eating that ice cream every once in a while will be soooo much more enjoyable!!
If you help other women understand one thing about health and fitness, what would it be?
I actually have two things: (1) Our bodies and our journeys are all different – so stop comparing yourself to other people!; and (2) We’ve all heard this one before, but health and fitness is a process and a lifestyle, not an instant fix or change! Enjoy the little wins during your own health and fitness journey.
What makes you Bad?
My ability to strive for and reach my goals no matter what! My health and fitness goals have changed dramatically over the last 10 years, and there have been lots of obstacles, but I’ve always been able to adapt to the obstacles and keep striving towards my goals!
Bonus: What’s your favorite Bad Athletics product and flavor combo?
To be honest, I love the dark chocolate protein by itself! As far as the BCAAs, I like the mix the strawberry and limeade. Now that the bad energy is out, I like to make a strawberry BCAA and raspberry bad energy smoothie for an afternoon pick-me-up!