Savannah Rose Neveux is a certified personal trainer and fitness model from Los Angeles, California. She grew up going to various bodybuilding and fitness events with her father; being fascinated with the athletes and their physiques.
However, despite her interest in fitness, Savannah wasn’t always a picture of health and success. She spent her late teens and early 20s drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, and eating fast-food. This resulted in her being unhappy with the direction her life was going.
After her 3rd year in college, Savannah decided enough was enough. She changed her life “from the roots” by joining a gym and radically changing her diet.
Since then, her life has turned around – through a healthy diet, and months of “sweat and tears” in the gym, she built an awesome body, and a career in the fitness industry.
This is her story:
“We make time for the things that are important to us. Make yourself a priority! We all get the same 24 hours in a day. A one-hour workout is only 4% of your day! I know how tempting it can to skip the gym because you’re busy or tired. But even 20 minutes is better than nothing!”
|Full Name: Savannah Rose Neveux|
|Weight||Height||Year of Birth||Nationality|
|115 – 125lbs (52.2 – 56.7kg)||5’4″ (162.5cm)||1989||American|
|Personal Trainer, Fitness Model, Entrepreneur||2010|
|Weight||115 – 125lbs (52.2 – 56.7kg)|
|Year of Birth||1989|
|Profession||Personal Trainer, Fitness Model, Entrepreneur|
- Certified Personal Trainer
- Online Content Creator (Social Media, Fitness and Health blog)
Savannah’s Early Years
From ‘City of Flowers’, Los Angeles, Savannah Rose Neveux grew up admiring bodybuilders and other athletes; going to fitness conventions with her father every year.
Even though Savannah was fascinated by these athletes all her life, it wasn’t until her Junior year in college when she began leading a similar lifestyle herself. The decision to start her fitness journey came as a result of her unhappiness with the way she looked, and her“state of mind.”
During her early college years, she developed a pattern of unhealthy habits such as binge drinking on weekends, and “overeating” processed foods. She eventually realized that a radical change in her life was needed in order for her to get in shape.
This is Savannah talking about her decision to make a change;“After 3 years of partying hard in college, I woke up one morning after an exceptionally crazy night with a pounding headache, mysterious cuts and bruises all over and the rolls of my beer-gut squishing together. I realized ‘I can’t do this anymore’; I deciding to drop my negative, unhealthy lifestyle and create a new one.” – Savannah Rose Neveux
Incorporating Fitness into Her Life
After making a decision to stop leading a “health-wrecking” life, Savannah bought herself a gym membership. In addition to weight training, she also began carefully watching her diet; cutting out “junk foods” and alcohol she consumed for years beforehand.
Slowly but surely, this decision paid off. After the initial six months, which Savannah says were the hardest, she was in the best shape of her life.
Making an Impact in Fitness
After she saw how she could transform her entire physique in just several months, Savannah was inspired to help others do the same.
She opened her personal training programs; combining her newly-earned PT certification with her own experience in the gym. Additionally, she started her own fitness and health blog which she used to grow her online presence.
Since then, she’s grown into an “online fitness star”; sharing daily advice with her fans on how to get in shape, and lead an exemplary lifestyle.
Keeping Workouts Interesting
Savannah modifies her workouts every other week, as she likes to say; “to keep things fresh.” Some of the things she changes, or adds often are the number of repetitions, rest periods, and drop sets.
From time to time, she’ll go as far as changing her entire weekly routine; sometimes training only 3 days per week, and sometimes all 7 days.
“Sometimes, I’ll throw together a strength-based workout with lower reps and higher weight or an endurance-based workout with higher reps and lower weight.”
This is how one of Savannah’s training plans looks like;
- Monday – Back & Biceps, Cardio
- Tuesday – Legs & Abs
- Wednesday – Cardio
- Thursday – Delts & Triceps
- Friday – Abs & Cardio
- Saturday – Cardio
- Sunday – Rest
Free Weights Over Machines
Dumbbells and barbells represent a basis of Savannah’s workouts – she uses them as the main tool to build muscle mass, and to strengthen her muscle stabilizers.
Exercises which involve cables and machines are added at the end of her workouts, when the muscles are already fatigued. They serve her as “finishers”; helping with deep muscle fiber activation.
Savannah’s Take on Cardio
Same as with weight training, Savannah changes the types of cardio she does on a regular basis. However, if she could do only one type, she says it would be steady-state cardio.
As Savannah explains, she prefers this over HIIT because she enjoys having long cardio sessions; “zoning out, and enjoying the music.”
Savannah’s Legs, Arms, Shoulders, and Back Workouts
- Squats 4×12
- Leg Press 3×12
- Stiff-leg Deadlifts, 3×12 superset Leg extensions, 3×12
- Dumbbell Bench Step-ups, 3×15 superset Hamstring curls, 3×12
Back & Biceps
- Wide grip lat pulldowns, 4×12
- Dumbbell rows 3×10 superset Seated cable rows, 3×12
- Weighted hyperextensions 3×10 superset Alternating dumbbell curls, 3×12
- Incline dumbbell curls 3×12 superset Hammer curls, 3×15
Delts & Triceps
- Dumbbell press, 4×12
- Seated lateral raise 3×12 superset bent over rear delt raise, 3×12
- Reverse pec dec flies, 3×12
- Front plate raise, 3×10 superset Tricep pushdowns, 3×12
- Tricep dumbbell kickbacks, 3×12
According to Savannah, training is only one small part of the “equation”. She believes that getting enough sleep, and having a balanced diet is equally, if not more important than the training itself.
As Savannah says; “Of course training is crucial to building muscle, but many people forget that muscle is built outside the gym through proper diet and plenty of sleep.”
Her advice to everyone is to keep all three components in check – training, sleep, and diet.
Cooking and Preparing Her Food
During her bulking phases, Savannah often cooks her own meals. Most of her meals are similar, with meat and vegetables being the basis of almost everything she eats.
She also prepares her foods in advance; weighing them, afterwards separating them into their containers. After they’re all prepared, she stores them in the fridge.
Some of Savannah’s favorite foods to prepare in advance are chicken with vegetables, rice, beef, and salads with low-calorie dressings.
Savannah’s Macro, and Micronutrients
- Proteins; eggs, Greek Yoghurt, fish, eggs, chicken
- Carbs; oatmeal, Ezekiel bread, and sweet potatoes
- Fats; olive oil, peanut and almond butter, flaxseed oil, avocado
- Vegetables; spinach, bell peppers, asparagus, and broccoli
Favorite Cheat Meals
Savannah loves to eat sushi, pasta, pizza, and Mexican food. As well as these choice cheat meals, Savannah has a bit of a sweet tooth, occasionally having to resist indulging it.
Despite this, Savannah knows the importance of having a healthy diet long term; she keeps the big end-goal in her mind which gives her the mental strength to go through these temptations.
“Obstacles will come up no matter what path you choose. You can’t always control those obstacles… But you can choose how you react to them. So will you throw in the towel? Or will you use it to wipe the sweat off your face?”
Idols and Influences
Savannah’s first and most important influence in fitness was her father. He opened “a whole new world” to her when she first started going to bodybuilding and fitness events as a child.
After embarking on her transformational journey in college, she began idolizing the likes of Samantha Baker, Ava Cowan, Lacey Lynn Johnston, Nathalia Melo, Jamie Eason, and Heather Clay. These are the athletes which had the most impact on Savannah and her career.
What we can learn from Savannah Rose Neveux
There are a few things we can learn from Savannah and her story. Possibly the most important thing is the realization that not everything negative in your life is truly negative, and can instead, be used as a positive lesson.
She went through a period in college where she ate, and drank extremely unhealthily; living from one weekend to another. However, she used this period as a lesson – coming out stronger, and more successful than ever before.
Keeping Savannah’s story in your mind might be useful if you ever find yourself under similar circumstances. Never give up and remember you can always change the direction your life is headed in. Learn from problems you may face in life, and use it as a driving force for progress – just like Savannah Rose Neveux.