Banker Turned Bikini Model: Sierra Merchant

We caught up with the brunette bombshell to discuss training, nutrition, and what a guy like you can do to land a girl like her.


Height: 5'6"
Weight: 123 lbs.
Age: 26
Residence: San Diego, CA
Facebook: Sierra Merchantfit
Measurements: 34-25-36

Muscle & Fitness: What did you do before modeling?

Sierra Merchant: I was in banking for about four years. I barely worked out, but once I had kids I wanted to figure something else out. I quit banking and got into the world of modeling and promotional modeling, because it worked well with my schedule and my children. I got offered [a promotion], but said it’s not my thing, so I decided to see what else life had for me.

You started modeling after you had kids?

Yes. I’d heard of bikini competitions, so after I had my son, I saw an ad for one and started working out. When I signed up, he was four months old; I gave myself four months to get back into shape, then went to my first competition when he was eight months old. I placed fourth—but to even be in the top five felt huge. For me it was personal, getting myself back into shape. I was smaller and even fitter than before I had kids.

What’s your diet like?

As far as my protein, I use Dymatize products. I usually have a green with protein for lunch and dinner, and I do oats in the morning with my shake. It’s pretty basic. A lot of greens and a lot of fish, chicken, and tuna. I don’t eat much red meat.