Every man needs to have inspiration in order to be the best he can be. For us, this inspiration comes from the magnificent women who are not only savvy in their life but also their career and zest for life. One such woman would have to be Sarah Clayton, a fitness model who has dedicated her life to being healthy and strong, and we’d say that is pretty evident from the photos above.
And so we figured that us men could really benefit from spending some time with a woman like this… and so we did. And here’s the rest of that story:
Urbasm: Hi Sarah, what will you be up to for the rest of the year?
Sarah Clayton: I’m always looking for new ideas and new shoot concepts for my website. I’m looking forward to working with a few new photographers and for a couple workshop opportunities I have coming up. And… I’ll most likely be heading down to Mexico again for work/vacation to Desire.
Urbasm: Work and play… we prefer those to play as nice as a martini and olive.
Sarah Clayton: And to also celebrate a very special personal milestone!
Urbasm: Well, we know you have a birthday coming up in October. And speaking of milestones, that leads neatly into our next question: What legacy would you like to leave behind in both your life and career?
Sarah Clayton: A legacy that you don’t have to conform to what society wants you to look like in order to be successful. Everyone has their own definition of success and in order to make yourself happy and achieve what you want, you don’t need to put yourself at risk by starving yourself or having unnecessary plastic surgery. In the world of glamour modelling especially there is a push to have artificial body dimensions, but to what cost to yourself? My main focus is to be healthy and strong.
Urbasm: What is something that would surprise most men to know about the off-camera, Sarah?
Sarah Clayton: I work a very regular, very structured full-time job. It’s super unsexy and I wear glasses, khakis, and sneakers every day. On the weekends I don’t wear makeup unless I have to and generally am most passionate about nutrition podcasts, working out and becoming a better cook. My every-day life, for the most part, is super un-sexy except for my regular date nights!
Urbasm: I don’t know about that. Some of us think that khakis, glasses, and sneakers are very sexy. But if your creativity was limitless, what would your ultimate photo shoot look like?
Sarah Clayton: The ultimate photoshoot would be somewhere in Bali, maybe at sunset, nude and have the best dark, crazy makeup. It would be shot in black and white with a sultry feel and some awesome, kick-ass poses!
Urbasm: Oh yeah, we’d buy a ticket to see that! Which brings up a question that we’ve always wanted to know: What really goes through your mind when doing a nude photo shoot?
Sarah Clayton: Literally the only thing I’m thinking during a nude shoot is “suck it in,” “are my nipples perky” and “how much longer do I need to hold this pose?” From arching my back my muscles will start to spasm after a while, and my hamstrings feel forever tight.
Urbasm: (laughs) With a body like yours, you have nothing to fear. Have you ever had a guy try to pick you up at the gym?
Sarah Clayton: Well, I almost exclusively work out at home, so I’d ask him how the hell he got in my house!
Urbasm: (laughs) Yes, that would be a problem. Okay, let’s put it this way – Do you think the gym is a good place for guys to meet women?
Sarah Clayton: Yes, the gym is probably an awesome place to meet women! You already have something in common, being interested in your health! Just don’t be a meathead. They’re the worst!!
Urbasm: So, what is your suggestion to succeed with that approach?
Sarah Clayton: The best way to approach a woman at the gym is to just strike up a normal conversation. If you see she’s taking a class, ask her what she thinks of it, or if she’s working with a trainer, ask her how it’s working out, or maybe what brand her lifting gloves are.
Urbasm: Okay, we’re going to run with that one… So Sarah, what does your workout routine look like these days?
Sarah Clayton: This year, unfortunately, my workout routine isn’t quite as intense as it has been in the past. My work schedule recently changed and I’ve found it challenging to remain as committed as I have in the past. I usually weight train by using Men’s Health Magazine DVD collections (MH60, MetaShred, DeltaFit and more) but have recently started attending yoga classes to increase my flexibility and balance.
Urbasm: Those are some intense workouts. What would you say that most guys find particularly impressive about the way you train?
Sarah Clayton: Probably the most impressive thing of the way I train is the weight I can push. I’m a relatively petite woman, standing at 5’1, but can throw 30-40 pound weight over my head and squat with free weights using around 40% of my weight. I don’t do too much with the bar because I usually work out alone and free weights are easier for me to use.
Urbasm: If you could train with anyone (past or present), who would it be and why?
Sarah Clayton: One of my favorite trainers is BJ Gaddour, he’s the fitness director for Men’s Health magazine and is just incredibly motivating and innovative. I’d love to attend one of his classes again.
Urbasm: BJ seems like a cool guy. And speaking of cool guys, what do you find especially attractive about a man besides his looks?
Sarah Clayton: His brain! I have to be mentally stimulated by smarts and humor before anything else.
Urbasm: That means we’ve at least got a chance. Okay, so what are your biggest turn-offs?
Sarah Clayton: Turn offs are a cocky attitude, a shitty or negative attitude and a lack of kindness.
Urbasm: This is the man we strive to be. Okay, let’s build the ultimate man by you telling us the three most important things that you wish every man knew?
Sarah Clayton: Treat all women with respect. As much respect as you’d treat your guy friends – when you’re not busting their asses. Listen to our thoughts, our opinions and don’t ever act like we can’t do something simply because we’re women. That’s the quickest way to piss me off (laughs).
Urbasm: We don’t want to get on your bad side.
Sarah Clayton: And get moving! Take your health seriously. What you’re not doing for yourself today won’t be fixed overnight 30 years from now when you’re in poor health and wondering why you ended up in the hospital. Cook and clean for yourself. The more you can do for yourself, the better partner you’ll make for your special someone.
Urbasm: Yes, we want to be better men, Sarah! And please save an umbrella and lounge chair for us down in Mexico. It has been a pleasure chatting with you.
Sarah Clayton: Thanks!
And not to brag, but we pretty much hang out with Sarah on a daily basis through her Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Official Website. And while we’d normally say that several million is a crowd… we’re willing to share her with the rest of the world – this one time.
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