IFBB Pro Sasha Brown from Russia stops by for a shout out back stage at the Western Regional Pro Am. Sasha is from the Ukraine but now resides in LA is working hard this year to earn her place on the Olympia stage
“Originally from Ukraine. I moved to America in 2005 to further my career as a model and personal trainer. I love my hometown, but there are so many great opportunities in Los Angeles for me.I have two older sisters. I was my fathers last hope to have a son, so maybe that’s why I am such a tomboy (love fighting !!!!), but I also have a very feminine side to me as well.
Several years ago, when I was back in Ukraine, I saw Monica Brant on the cover of Oxygen Magazine. I was amazed! I said to myself, one day I will meet her and my pictures will also be in Oxygen! My Ukrainian friends were laughing at me, saying that I am just crazy and would never get it!!! I believed in myself and my abilities and I achieved my goals! I sent copies of my picture with Monica and Oxygen to all my friends in Ukraine! I proved that if you want something, set it as your goal and keep moving toward it! Never give up!
I attended Monica’s fitness camp in 2007 and I met Kim Oddo, who helped me with my nutrition and training. After completing “Transformation program” and seeing how my body responded I decided to go further and compete in my first figure competition. Never in my life I did not think about being on a stage in tiny-tiny bikini. No way! And I did it! It was the best experience in my life. I took 1st place and overall in my second show! All my hard work finally paid off! I’ve done several competitions so far and from each of them I have learned a lot.
All my life, everybody told me that I am not strong enough, not pretty enough and not good enough! One day one of my closest friend helped me to overcome this “not good enough” image. She said, “You have to do it. You have got to prove it to yourself.” For first time in my life, I felt like someone believed in me. It gave me the strength to believe in myself. I was working my butt off at the gym every day, twice and sometimes three times a day! One of the biggest challenges was getting family, friends and co- workers to understand why I chose not to eat birthday cake and pizza at social events. Instead of going out and staying awake all night, I would rather go to sleep early so I can get up at 4.30 am and do my cardio. My friends and co-workers called me crazy. For me it’s not just about diet and workouts, it is my lifestyle and I love it! Being on that stage and holding my first place trophy gave me so much power. If you really want something go for it! Set that goal, make your plan and go for it. Believe in yourself and you will succeed.” – http://www.sashabrownpt.com/bio-15