A Savage Body Transformation

NOT YOUR AVERAGE FEATURE… A Savage Body Transformation.

What has been my greatest blessings along this fitness journey? I would have to say that the greatest one, without question, has been assisting and facilitating the mental and physical transformation of my clients (whom I’m lucky to also call my friends).

A Savage Body isn’t an overnight/easy-bake-oven concept. It’s a PROCESS and IT AINT’T EASY! It requires time and commitment to make a lifestyle change! Especially if you want the kind of results that last! That’s why my heart is SO happy to highlight these two women! They have shown incredible dedication to A Savage Body Bootcamp and it’s amazing to watch their efforts pay off!

Kim and Becca came to me at totally different stages of healthy and fitness, but there is a common theme. Both have faced chronic health challenges that had impacted the fitness of their bodies and minds. They chose to rise up and meet their challenges. They have taken hold of the drivers seat in life and I’m so incredibly proud to be a part of their journeys! 

A picture is worth a thousand words and these transformation pics say a lot by themselves… But, I wanted you to get a deeper look at the girls in the picture. So, I asked Kim and Becca to tell you a little bit about themselves. I also asked them a few questions to showcase how far they’ve come on their personal journeys! Check it out!

Meet Kim


Total Weight Lost: 5lbs   Total Inches Lost: 6in     

KIM: Growing up, I was always tall, slim & super athletic; I played Soccer until College, ran track in High School and went to the gym several times a week. I literally had a 6 pack at one point…oh, to be young! As I grew older and responsibilities got “in the way” I found myself going to the gym less. To make my journey more complicated… I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at age 23 which has taken my health on a roller coaster ride of different diets, medications and side effects to cope with.  So, despite my athletic background, it was not as much fun for me anymore…until I met Sam!

SAM: What was your fitness and health status like prior to beginning A Savage Body Bootcamp?

KIM: The years prior to A Savage Body Training I was all over the place with my routine. When I had UC flare ups I wasn’t working out at all due to fatigue and nausea. When I was in remission stages, I would really only work out when I had a set goal/date to work towards such as a wedding, bachelorette party or trip to Vegas and once the trip had passed then I would kind of get lazy again.

I was the epitome of a Yo-Yo with my fitness. I think my problem was that I was letting my appearance as being “slim” make me feel like I didn’t need to try as hard since I wasn’t on an intense weight loss journey. Boy, I was so wrong!

SAM: What finally motivated you to begin A Savage Body journey?

KIM: After getting engaged in November 2016, I was at my heaviest weight & all around flabby. I knew I needed to get motivated for our wedding which was set for October 2017, yet, I had no idea where to start! Thankfully, I came across A Savage Body via Instagram and the rest is history!

SAM: How does the progress you’ve made make you feel?

KIM: I feel so amazing! Although from the outside I may always look “slim” now I am so much stronger on the inside & outside! I actually look forward to bootcamp and love seeing the results when I get into a bikini and look toned in new areas. I feel proud of sticking with a program for over 6 months and finally understand the classic saying, ” consistency is key!”

SAM: What does having A Savage Body mean to you?

KIM: To me, a savage body is feeling mentally and physically in shape & making these healthy practices a lifestyle. I may have an invisible illness that I struggle with each day, but I continue to build my strength by weight training and an 80/20 diet. So, now I can tell my 17 year old self that you don’t need to have a 6 pack to be savage- it’s so much more than that!

Meet Becca


Total Weight Lost: 14lbs   Total Inches Lost: 5in  

SAM: What was your fitness and health status like prior to beginning A Savage Body Bootcamp?

BECCA: Back in the day, I played 15 years of basketball and was in great shape. However, once I stopped (because of knee injuries) I began to loose my muscle and the weight issues began.  This was around the time of my Senior year in high school , so of course there is the pressure to act and look a certain way and I had gained some weight. Unfortunately, I took an unhealthy path to lose the weight- Anorexia.  Luckily, I got the help I needed and snapped out of it. Although, I still battle with it every single day emotionally and physically, I realized it is not the right or healthy way to get into shape.

SAM: What finally motivated you to begin A Savage Body journey?

BECCA: As years went by, I kept gaining weight and had other health problems. Finally, about 8 months ago, my Doctor diagnosed me with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), which causes weight gain, low metabolism, and other issues. Most of all, it is very difficult to get pregnant when you have PCOS.

That right there was a light bulb for me, because children are my life and my husband and I want children in our future.

BECCA: My Doctor told me I immediately need to have a healthy body because it will help me get pregnant with having PCOS and hopefully preventative measures from Diabetes, which is also a concern with PCOS in the picture. That was my motivation to have a savage body, so my Husband and I can have children and so that I can be healthy for my children in the future.

SAM: How does the progress you’ve made make you feel?

BECCA: Since I have been training with A Savage Body my physical and emotional appearance has changed.

Physically, I am down 14 pounds and have loss about 5 inches around my whole body. I am also down two sizes.

Also, during the time I’ve been training with Sam I have hardly gotten sick. My body is healthier and that’s a big deal with my track record and being a Preschool Teacher as well. Emotionally, I still battle with my appearance, but I can feel my confidence gaining every time I feel and see progress from A Savage Body. Sam is not only an amazing trainer who will yell at you to motivate you, but she will also be the trainer to support you if your down. She has the perfect balance pushing you out of your comfort zone and knowing when you need some encouraging words.

SAM: What does having A Savage Body mean to you?

BECCA: It means being healthy for my family (present and future) and being healthy for myself- being the best version of me that I can be! What’s stopping you from having a Savage Body?

Aesthetics with A Walsh






If the words precision, symmetry and growth make your ears perk up… Andrew Walsh is the man you need to meet and this is the interview to read!

Andrew eats, sleeps and breathes his dedication to fitness. Each day he lives in pursuit of attaining goals, only so he can begin setting bigger ones. I’ve been fortunate to get to know Andrew during the past few months through photoshoots and workouts! He has a gift for bringing together positive people with complimenting strengths (both mentally and physically). I’ve even had the pleasure of getting my butt kicked by his intense beach workouts!

I’m truly happy to call Andrew a good friend! He’s got a great big heart and its evident in his interactions with everyone around him that

he rises by lifting others!

I was super excited that we finally got the chance to do an interview! He has some pretty incredible tips and tricks that he’s cultivated because of his detail oriented style!

So, get ready to carve out that upper body with this amazing shoulder and bicep variation!

Keep reading for my full interview with Andrew!

Sam: How long has fitness been your passion?

Andrew: Ever since I was a little kid, I would say. Growing up, it wasn’t always the best to be at home. Fitness was an outlet for me. I would just go and run until I was so tired I couldn’t really think about that stuff anymore. You could say I was a bit of a weird kid. I loved doing push-ups until I fell on my face.

At ten years old I could do a hundred consecutive push-ups.

I was very introverted. I didn’t really start going out until freshman year of high school. Thats when I started coming out of my shell.. but prior to that, most of my time was spent working out.

S: What kind of diet do you follow to maintain your physique?

A: I do this thing I like to call 80/20. Eighty percent of my meals are perfectly clean and then that gives me twenty percent wiggle room. So if you look at a diet in a week long period, you have 21 meals. Thats three meals a day. That gives me four meals a week to play with! When I’m eating clean I eat a lot of fish, I eat steak twice a week, chicken on days when I’m not doing fish and of course all of my veggies! I also eat cleans snacks, lots of fruits and almonds. Diet and nutrition is HUGE for me.

S: How crazy do you go on cheat day?? Whats your favorite cheat meal?

A: Oh I don’t play games! I go all out! I have a major sweet tooth, AKA donuts! I LOOOVE my donuts.

S: How many of the days of the week do you train? 

A: I would say that I’m in the gym four days a week.

I always take one solid rest day a week based on my work schedule.

I think that its super important to map out your week in advance to plan the days you want to workout.

S: What is one fitness myth you’d like to debunk?

A: You can’t over train. People say it isn’t good to workout for several hours. What I’ve learned from my experience is that if you want to get to that next level, you have to put in the time. People laughed at Michael Phelps, because he would do these crazy intense workouts with his team and then would workout on top of that. He ended up being the most decorated Olympian in US history. So, to people who say, overtraining and working out for two hours is too long I say, no. If you want to look different than everyone… you have to train different than everyone!

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!

S: Did you pursue an education in fitness to back up your passion?

A: Yes! I went to school for kinesiology and then I got a bunch of personal trainer certifications and nutrition certifications. I’m always studying up on different muscle groups on the body, learning how to target different areas and specific muscles. I do more of a physique style of bodybuilding.

S: What is your current career and how does it tie back into fitness?

A: I work with a company that focuses on injury prevention and corrective exercise. I love it. I actually went through a really rough time in college where I suffered a back injury.

I broke my back and was almost paralyzed from the waist down. They told me I would never be able to train again.

When you’re sitting in bed thinking poor me, it makes you realize what a blessing it is to be able to have two legs and the ability to work out. The company that was finally able to rehab me successfully is actually who I work for now! FMS Health and Safety. This company changed my life and thats a huge part of why I love what I do.

If you have more questions or if you’re interested in meal planning, training or getting a physical evaluation with Andrew? Shoot him an Email!


25 Min full body burn – Workout


Are you running on limited time? Or maybe you have a half hour to spare and you aren’t sure how to spend it!  This workout is a quick and effective full body fat burner!

It’s always great to workout on days when there is tons of free time and zero stress… but, lets be honest, that isn’t always the case! I personally could spend 2hrs+ happily in the gym and I refer to the days I’m able to do that as my ‘luxury’ days. More often than not I find myself needing to shorten my workout in order to accomplish everything else I have going on in life! Limited time has motivated me to increase the effect of every workout I do!

My secret to shortening my workouts and boosting results?… I’ve become best friends with combo exercises!

Here is this weeks 25min fat burning/tone-up!

T.SKATERLUNGE.jpgskater lungeEven when you’re running short on time it is super important to fit in a little warm up exercise! Skater lunges are great because they get the whole body moving and they get your heart rate up for fat burning! It’s important to use your alternate arm to lunging leg! Hop from right to left!

Repeat 30 X 3


Now that your body is loosened up you can add in some weights! I like to hold a single dumbbell while doing side lunges, as opposed to using two. It helps with stability! Lunge to the right, return to center and lunge to left! Make sure you’re knee does not pass over your toes while side lunging!

Repeat 30 x 3

t.reverseElevatedReverseLungetoHighKneeThis one looks tricky, but you’re going to love it! In order to do a reverse lunge to high knee you only need a small elevated supporting surface! With one foot on the elevated surface, place the other foot behind and sit into a deep lunge. Stand back up onto your supporting leg and pull the same leg that lunged back up and into a bent high knee! This exercise is intended to be a little bit more fast paced!

Repeat 30 X 3 (15 on each leg)


The sumo squat box jump is pretty cut and dry! Find a box or surface that you can jump on to, that isn’t too wide to squat over. The key points: make sure your knees don’t pass over your toes, keep shoulders upright and DIP IT LOWWWW!

Repeat 20 X 3


Pulsing squats seem easy enough, right? Well… throw in a front dumbbell hold and its a whole new ball game! Follow all of the previous tips about squats and keep a 90 degree front hold on your dumbbell the entire time! Cry now, thank me later! 😉

Repeat 30 X 3


Last, but not least… curtsey lunge hammer curls! Wrap up this workout with a bang! start in a neutral posture holding your dumbbells by your sides. Step back to the right in an exaggerated lunge, crossing your lunging foot back and to the side. While you step into the lunge you’re bringing your dumbbells up into a hammer curl. This is one fluid motion! Return to neutral and repeat on your left side!

Repeat 30 X 3 (15 each side)

and Voila! You just slayed using only 25mins of your day!

I’m looking forward to sharing more quick combo workouts with you guys, because anyone can make time for a 25min sweat session during their daily routine! You can also check out my instagram @asavagebody to see the full video of this workout!

Rosy Dos Santos The American Dream






With it being Americas birthday week, I couldn’t imagine a better feature for A Savage Body than Rosy!

This woman is the American Dream.

Rosy and I met because we’re both what you would call “WAGS” (aka, wives and girlfriends of pro athletes). Her husband Alex plays ball with my Boyfriend Cyle on the Tijuana Toros Baseball team for the Mexican professional league! As a WAG it’s amazing to spend time supporting the men we love, but to be able to connect with women who share similar interests is such incredible added blessing! I was so excited when I found out Rosy was a personal trainer… but, I had no idea how truly inspired I would be by her story.

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Looking at this beaming face, watching how she carries herself, you would never know all that she has fought to overcome. Rosy was born into humble beginnings in a small town in Brazil. She began working with her mother as a child. Her reality as a young girl looked much different than most of us who we’re raised here in the United States! I think this is also where her amazing work ethic must have come from! Unfortunate circumstances separated Rosy from her Mother for most of her teen life, BUT…that didn’t stop her! It motivated her! Rosy fought to be reunited with her mother and made the journey to America, alone. She has never stopped stopped fighting! She has achieved American residency and is working on becoming a permanent US citizen, all while being a full time mother and trainer! This is just a small peak of Rosy’s journey. Her full story is something I encourage you to ask her about!

I think being born into America is an incredible blessing. Unfortunately, it is a blessing that is all too often taken for granted. Meeting someone like Rosy, who has worked so hard to live in this great country opened up my eyes. America truly is the land of flowing opportunity. Rosy reminded me of that.

Rosy has dedicated the last few years to developing an advanced fitness education! Her knowledge combined with passion and vibrant spirit makes her the ultimate trainer!

Check out the video below to see Rosy put me through three of her go to squat workouts!

After our workout Rosy and I sat down to chat! Want to know more? Keep reading for our full Q&A!

Where are you from in Brazil?

I’m from Paraná, its a state located close to São Paulo. It’s in the south.

How long have you been in the USA and how do you like it here?

I’ve been here for 11 years. I love it here. I don’t see myself living anywhere else. The United States is my home now.

What inspired you to become a trainer?

I wanted to teach and help people who had the same questions about working out that I did. I want to help people who want to workout, but aren’t sure where to start when they go into the gym.

What advice would you give to moms who are trying to get workouts in while taking care of their little one? How do you make it work?

Make it fun! Have your little one help you! They are always watching and when they see that you have an active life, they will follow. You have to entertain them, but you can do that while doing something for yourself. When moms are happy, kids are happier too!

How important is diet in maintaining your body? What type of foods do you like to eat?

I think to eat healthy is very simple. People think it has to be hard. You need protein, a veggie and carbs. It doesn’t have to be boring. You can get creative with food. It doesn’t need to be restrictive either. I throw a bunch of things together when I make food! Eating healthy means eating simple. Natural foods. You can cheat every once in a while, because we all need that!

What is one go-to meal that you like to make?

I make turkey meat balls with a vegetable! It’s so easy to make and it tastes great too!


What does having A Savage Body mean to you?

It’s being happy with you you are. Being happy with what you have. You only have one body, so take care of it.

If you loved this interview feature on Rosy and want to know more about her and the training/nutrition programs she offers, contact her!


Motivated By Mendoza






This past week I stopped into Curl Fitness, a beautiful, open concept, boutique gym; located in the up and coming, Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach!

I was there with a special purpose, to meet lead trainer, Jeff Mendoza.

I was looking forward to the opportunity to work with Jeff and explore the environment at Curl! I knew that he would be a fantastic trainer after having a conversation with the owners of the gym, Amy and Jill! Both owners have put their heart and soul into the gym and they have brought on only the best and most highly qualified trainers.

Jeff started out our meeting by letting me know about his classic weight training background and how it has shaped his training style with his clients.

His demeanor was humble, patient, and kind while he explained the exercises we would be doing for the feature. The way he handled our meeting was a clear indication of the passionate and focused approach he takes when training clients. It was obvious that the knowledge he has gained through years of coaching experience has propelled him to the next level!

In the video you will see Jeff walk me through three exercises:

  • The Dumbbell Walking Lunge 
  • The Inch-Worm
  • The Barbell Bicep Curl

Check out the video to see for your self! Jeff Mendoza in action, at Curl Fitness

After the workout, I sat down with Jeff, ready to learn a little bit more about what drives him! Keep reading to find out what fuels his fitness fire…

Sam: How long has fitness been a part of your life?

Jeff: I’ve always been very active. PE was my favorite subject in school and I was always competitive. I started wrestling at a young age. I got my first gym membership when I was 16 to help me with my wrestling. Thats when I first noticed a personal trainer at work and it’s what I’ve wanted to do ever since.

S: Did you pursue any type of formal education to help you reach your goal of becoming a personal trainer?

J: I went to college for kinesiology, the study of human movement; with an emphasis in fitness. I knew I wanted to be a trainer or own a gym.

I’ve always wanted to help people be more active. Even when I was little in PE. I was that student that was helping others get engaged.

S: How long have you been training at Curl?

J: I’ve been here since it opened! About five years now. I’m an OG employee. There are only two original employees here.

S: What would you consider to be your personal specialty as a trainer?

J: I would say that my specialty is getting someone to live the fitness lifestyle.

Being a trainer is a lot more than just putting someone through workouts. It’s about changing someones life.

I would also say that strength training is one of my niches. Working with young guys and developing them using classic weight lifting.

S: Who has been your biggest inspiration in fitness?

J: The pioneers of fitness, along with a lot of the original “How To” YouTubers, because those are the people who work to reach the masses. They have changed so many peoples lives and that inspires me, because thats what I want to do. I want to create something in the fitness world that really changes peoples lives and actually works!

S: What is one fitness/lifting myth that you would like to debunk?

J: There is NO quick fix OR magic pill!

Whether it be cool sculpting, a 30 day challenge or even joining the best gym, nothing is going to automatically give you results. It’s the lifestyle change that will get you to reach your goals. After a “quick fix” you will always end up going back to old habits.

S: What does having A Savage Body mean to you?

J: Being strong, flexible, having good cardio, endurance and having low body fat. Those are the five components of fitness. When you have all of those five components up to par, you are fit, AKA you have “A Savage Body”. When you’re fit, everything out there in the world comes a little bit easier. You have the strength to protect yourself and confidence to do things on your own.

Jeff has such a dedicated approach to fitness and his clients. He is driven by the results achieved by each individual he works with. If you are ready and in need of a lifestyle change, you need an expert to assist you on your journey. Jeff is your man! 

Ready to train with Jeff at Curl?

Newport Beach, CA

Want to know more about Jeff? Looking to contact him directly?

Check out his website OC Fitness Lifestyle

Phone: (714) 425-4927

Email: Jeff_Mendoza10@yahoo.com


A Patriotic Pump, Fury – A Savage Body Pre-workout of choice


Have you been searching for something extra to boost your workout and your results?

I spent a long time working out with out using any kind of supplement. I didn’t want to take anything, because I was afraid of putting unnatural chemicals into my body. I was used to walking into supplement stores and leaving feeling completely confused about the products. The ingredients on the labels we’re so foreign to me. The testimonials seemed bought and paid for… I knew I wanted something authentic. I wanted something real. Something that would make me feel good during and after my workouts. That was when I discovered FSN Labs.
When I found Fury, I discovered I didn’t have to compromise my goal of remaining all natural while also enhancing my performance. To make it simple, I’ll break down into bullets why FSN Labs and Fury stood out to me.

  • Fury is 100% natural (just take a look at the table of ingredients)
  • Fury contains a total of 2.5 Grams of Creatine per scoop (powerfully concentrated)
  • FSN Labs is owned and operated by United States Veterans
  • Proceeds are donated to Veterans Relief fund each year

If you know me, you know how much our United States Military means to me. The fact that FSN Labs gives back to the men and women who serve our country makes it so much more than a run of the mill nutrition brand.


I’ve been fortunate to partner with FSN and they have agreed to offer the readers of A Savage Body 10%!

Use code SAVAGE10 for 10% off at checkout

FSN Labs, the makers of Fury…

Finally, a protein company I can stand behind.