Where and when were you born?
What is your profession?
I do a lot of different things to pay the bills. My boyfriend and I own an excavation company and I run heavy equipment and also run the office. During the summer, I grow a huge garden and sell vegetables/flowers at a farmers market.
Were you involved in sports or fitness prior to bodybuilding and how did you get started with weight training?
I ran track, cross country & played on the golf team in high school. I got into bodybuilding late in life. I was very heavy after the birth of my son in 2000, so I made a commitment to lose the weight. 'Losing weight' turned into something more once I learned the iron – and I've been hooked ever since.
Was it a goal for you to compete in bodybuilding competitions right from the beginning or was it something that grew in your mind as time went on and you saw the progress in your body?
It was something that grew in my mind over a 2 year period. I was a part of an online fitness board and watched many women as they prepared for competition. I thought to myself, “You can do this.” I didn't do it for another 2 years, though. It took me that long to get to a point where I felt ready.
Can you give me your competition history?
It's short, but sweet. I won the San Diego show in 2007, then turned around and started prepping for the USA's right away. I came in 4th place in the MW.
Which contest has been your biggest success; which has had the most meaning to you?
The USA's I felt was a big personal success for me. It was my first year competing and my expectations weren't that high for myself, to be honest. My conditioning wasn't perfect, but I was very happy with how I placed.
Please tell me something about your training routine (ie: how many days per week / training split /cardio, etc.)
I train 5 days a week with an added day during prep. I like to do 1 body part a day, usually – but I have been combining muscle groups lately so that I can work my upper body twice it a week. (I need some more size if I'm going to compete successfully at a national level.) I usually do ˝ hour of cardio after training in the off season. I eventually work up to 2 hours a day during the last few weeks of prep. (1 hour in the morning and 1 hour after training.)
What is your favorite exercise in the gym and which one you don’t like so much?
My favorite exercise right now is barbell curls doing 21's. I'm working on building my biceps and I think this exercise has done a lot for me. My least favorite is the squat, but I do them, anyway.
Which body part is your best in your opinion?
My legs, but I'd still like to add some size to them.
If you don’t mind would you give me some stats (best lifts and some body measurements)?
2007 competition measurements were:
My off season weight right now is 150, but I've added some decent muscle since last summer. I hope to add a few inches to the measurements above when I compete in the USA's for 2008.
What do you enjoy about training for competition....what do you enjoy about the 'off season'?
I love the challenge of competition. It's hard work, and it gives me a great sense of accomplishment when I step on stage. Offseason, I enjoy some good food.
Please describe a typical day in the life of Sally Anne Taylor.
I wake up at 6am and get my son ready for the school bus – it arrives at 7:10am. I head to the gym and spend about 2 hours training and doing cardio. I'll come home and take care of office work which lasts for the better part of the day – or I go out on a job and run equipment. I come home and make dinner for my family, do some housework, and finish up any lose ends with the business. My son is in bed by 8pm and if I need to do cardio, I'll do it then while I watch a movie or read a book.
I'm lucky enough that I have a really flexible schedule and can fit in workouts when I need them. When competition time rolls around, I can schedule my work around my training.
Please tell me about what you do when you don’t work out (hobbies, what do you do to relax?, etc.)
We live just outside the Prescott National Forest, so we spend many weekends up in the hills camping, hiking, or just exploring the area. I also love to read. In the summer, I'm I spend most of my free time in the garden.
What do you enjoy most about the bodybuilding/fitness lifestyle?
The absolute best thing about this lifestyle is the other women I've been fortunate enough to meet. I live in a small area where bodybuilding is not the norm. I don't have a lot in common with women here, so it's nice to meet others who share my passion at expos, bodybuilding shows, and online.
Tell me something interesting about yourself, something people may be surprised to hear.
I've been playing the violin, viola and cello since the 4th grade. I can listen to a song and learn to play it within a very short time – without seeing the music. I haven't played for a while, but I still have my violin. I've made a promise to myself that I'll get it out and start playing again this year.
What are your competition goals or personal future goals?
I plan to compete until I get tired of it – which will probably be a long time from now. I would love to earn my pro card, and will keep working on it for as long as it takes. I'll be competing in Masters Nationals and the USA's in 2008.
Sally Anne does not do sessions or wrestling of any kind. Please don't ask!!