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Dusty Sage defies the doctors to become female bodybuilding star (with some seriously impressive delts!)

Oct 03
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When female bodybuilder Dusty Sage triumphed at the 2013 Emerald Cup she couldn't help but recall the devastating day she was told she would never run or jump again.

College volleyball player Dusty suffered every sportswoman's nightmare – a torn anterior cruciate ligament, made significantly worse by severe bone degeneration in her right knee.

Surgeons in her native Canada warned that her days as an athlete were over and that she should settle into a quiet, sedentary life.

But physical education teacher Dusty, 35, is made of stronger stuff and simply refused to accept the diagnosis.

She turned to bodybuilding, hit the gym hard, and over thousands of hours of dedicated, focused lifting, carved out one of the most stunning muscular female physiques on the planet.

She started to enter bodybuilding competitions (13 of them!) and trophies followed culminating in the inspirational gym coach taking the Over 35 category at the 2013 Emerald Cup in May.

She said: “When I was told by surgeons that I’d never be able to jump or run again I set out to prove them wrong. I mean, tell an athlete that and you know the result – to me it wasn't a diagnosis, it was a challenge!

“They said I’d never set foot on a National level stage but I did last year and hope to again in August.”

Dusty has been bodybuilding seriously for 10 years and has built a truly breathtaking physique.

At 5ft 5ins, and 155 muscular pounds, she has massive stage presence.

Her eye-popping delts and back are world class and are balanced by the huge, sleek lines of her quads – the perfect bodybuilder's X-shape.

But all that muscle doesn't come easy – this is one female bodybuilder who goes heavy.

She squats 365lbs for reps, bench presses 265lbs for reps and builds those perfect shoulders with 70lb dumbbell presses.

Oh, and her 16 inch biceps come courtesy of barbell curls with 45lbs a side!

She said: “My personal best on squat is 365 lbs for three reps - not bad for a girl who has to wear a knee brace because I don’t have an anterior cruciate ligament and have severe bone generation in my right knee.”

Despite her unbelievable determination and phenomenal achievements Dusty remains totally grounded.

She has these words of wisdom for girls just starting out on their female bodybuilding journey: “Be humble, sportsmanlike, and caring to all those around you. The world doesn’t owe you a living because you chose to diet and train a certain way. So suck it up and don’t wreck relationships over it! Nobody wants to end up alone but looking great.”

Here at realfemalebodybuilding.com we wish Dusty every success in forthcoming competitons – a true role model and superb ambassador for the sport of female bodybuilding.

Dusty Sage Full Profile


Name: Dusty Sage

Age: 35

Job: Elementary/Junior High Physical Education Specialist (Teacher)

Lives: Alberta, Canada

Height: 5’6” (maybe shorter, old age... I may have shrunk to 5’5”... LOL)

Weight: 155 lbs

Body type: Bodybuilder converting to Physique

Measurements
Chest: I don’t measure...

Waist: 25 to 26 inches (at competition weight)

Biceps: 16 inches at biggest

 

Lifts

Squat: PB (365 lbs for 3, not bad for a girl that has to wear a knee brace, I don’t have an acl and have severe bone generation in my right knee)

Bench: PB (265 lbs for 3, RAW... No belt, no nothing... Just so Justin Bieber playing in my ears... Haha)

DB shoulder press: 70 lbs a side

Bicep curl: 45 lbs a side

Contests and results:
I’ve competed 13 times... so I won’t list them all... Some notables: Alberta Provincials 2012, Heavyweight Women’s Bodybuilding (2nd Place), Emerald Cup 2013, Over 35 Masters Women’s Bodybuilding (1st Place)

What contest are you prepping for now?
I am currently prepping for the Alberta Provincial Show... June 15th weekend. The 2013 Alberta Provincial Bodybuilding show takes place at the Shaw Conference Centre

Edmonton, Alberta on June 15.

How's it going/where are you at!?
I am mentally struggling to move forward at the moment. It is difficult to balance “real” life, a full time career, and maintaining a level of sanity all at the same time. I pride myself on being patient and being as “normal” as possible during prep season - I guess that’s why I haven’t placed 1st except for once, but I’ll just keep pushing. The training is the easy part, I always seem to lose focus on the diet - I’ll get it together eventually!!


How many years have you trained?
I started at the gym when I was 17 and playing for our College Volleyball Team. Being one of the shortest on the team, it was always important to have explosive power. I’ve been seriously lifting for competition since 2004, and walked on stage for the first time in 2005. I’ve come a long way!!!!

Why bodybuilding?
I actually marvelled at the American Gladiators back in the 80’s. I also loved Lenda Murray! I had no idea I could transform my body to where I’m at today, so it is an honor just to say I’m coming close to my heroes!!!

How and why did you start ?
I had a friend of mine ask to train me. I had talked about doing a show and she and her husband just sort of convinced me back in 2004. I’ve been an athlete all my life and this was an avenue in which to still be competitive. Also, when I was told by surgeons that I’d never be able to jump or run again (tell an athlete that... and you know the result) I set out to prove them wrong. They said I’d never set foot on a National level stage but I did last year and hope to again in August!

What is your dream?
I’d like to turn pro in the next couple years (the Physique Class)

What is your short term goal right now?
My short term goal is to place Top 5 at Provincials so I can compete at the National level in August.

What keeps you motivated?
My family, my friends, my students, inspirational quotes, and doing a lot of praying!

What do you love most about bodybuilding?
Being on stage and doing the routine - what’s not to love! The smell of JanTana... the feeling you get when you step out and do your thing... nothing better!!!

And what do you hate the most?
The DIET... LOL!!!

What is the biggest thrill or moment you have got from bodybuilding?
Every time I step on stage it is like an awakening. I think the best part of being in bodybuilding has been the community of people in which I get to spend time with. I’ve met so many people along my journey.

Training
How often do you train?
Probably too much... Hahaha... 5 to 6 days of weights, 7 days of cardio

What is your program/split?
It has morphed in to more circuit days. I’m trying to get the “block” out of my body for Physique... High reps, less weight, beat the crap out of myself!

What really works for you?
Consistency.

Favorite bodypart to train and why?
Legs - even though they suck to train and the DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) is always crazy, it’s nice to know that you get the best bang for your buck out of them. Grow legs and everything else will come!

Biggest improvement in last 12 months?
My adductor muscles. Wide squats, tons of them.

Improvements you are targeting?
Conditioning. My muscle is pretty balanced 

What tips would you give to newbies?
We all experience thinking we “know it all” after our first couple shows. Be humble, sportsmanlike, and caring to all those around you. The world doesn’t owe you a living because you chose to diet and train a certain way. So suck it up and don’t wreck relationships over it!! Nobody wants to end up alone but looking great...

Any training secrets or amazing exercises which have worked for you?
I’ve been told I have a big back... Kayak Rows, tons of Wide Grip Pull Ups.

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