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Weight: 123 lbs.
Residence: San Diego, CA
Facebook: Sierra Merchantfit
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.
What’s your favorite body part to train?
My legs and my glutes. They grow fast, and they make me feel more attractive, with nice curves. I’d rather not be a stick figure—I love having curves. I train six days a week with my boyfriend. He doesn’t do the same leg routine I do. [Laughs]
So, you don’t get hit on that much in the gym?
If I’m there by myself, I get hit on all the time. I get the “Oh, wow, where are you from?” or “I love seeing a girl lift.” I get that a lot. I lift fairly heavy, so they’re like, “Wow.” I’m in such a zone, but I still say, “Thanks.”
If you were single, what would you want in a guy?
Physically, I’d want him fit. That’s a huge thing for me. I don’t want a meathead, though—there are a lot of meathead guys out there who overdo it. I want somebody who has the same interests I do. As far as personality goes, he shouldn’t be cocky. Most girls are attracted to bad boys, and that’s horrible.