Hot CrossFit Star Sarah Grace

From fitness model and figure competitor to CrossFit star, Sarah Grace makes badass look sexy.

Height: 5'5"
Weight: 132 lbs.
Age: 31
Residence: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Facebook: Sarahgracefitness
Measurements: 34-28-36

Muscle & Fitness: Do you train exclusively for CrossFit, or do you do other work?
Sarah Grace: I incorporate my own strength-training routine into CrossFit, and I also box. I used to box competitively, so that’s a big passion of mine. I used to compete in figure and came to CrossFit having done only strict bodybuilding. CrossFit appealed to me because of the athleticism involved. I’m training hard for the Games, and it’s my goal to make it next year.

That’s interesting. A lot of people feel strongly that it has to be one or the other.
I know that within the Cross- Fit world there are a lot of narrow-minded people who think CrossFit is the only way. And it’s the same thing in bodybuilding—a lot of people think bodybuilding is the only way. But the whole “functional training” argument is an ignorant statement. Because what is functional? Can you really classify what functional is? If you think about what you do on a daily basis, you can say that certain bodybuilding moves are functional. So it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Strength training— you need that to be better at CrossFit. And CrossFit isn’t for everybody and wouldn’t be something I recommend for certain people to do. So both serve a purpose.

What got you into the world of serious training?
In 2008 I was playing in the Lingerie Football League, and that’s kind of what got me started in this whole thing. I had just been told that I was making the team and would be the starting strong safety. I was in a light practice and I went after the wide receiver for an interception and wound up tearing my ACL, MCL, and meniscus; I completely blew out my knee. The doctor gave me this whole bleak story of how my life was going to be, and it really sparked a desire to come back bigger, better, and stronger than I had ever been. My goal was to lift and get my legs big and strong, and build my quads up, and the first doctor I went to said I would never be able to do it. I said, “See ya.” Then the following year I won my first women’s figure competition and I was squatting 225 for reps—I never thought I’d be able to do that. The injury was horrible at the time, but it motivated me beyond anything else to become better.