Strive Elite Fitness

Strive Elite Fitness is dedicated to providing superior 1 on 1 personal training in the San Diego area and online fitness and nutritional coaching.

NPC, IFBB, OCB - As well as Lifestyle Health Coaching Our focus is to inspire, encourage and motivate you every step of your fitness journey. Our goal is to help you reach and even surpass your goals! Strive Elite Fitness is built from the mindset of incredible strength, stamina and determination! Strive is founded by Sara Ard, a 2X Figure Olympian and holds the following NASM and ACE Certificatio

Operating as usual

Photos from Strive Elite Fitness's post 12/20/2023

Congratulations to my POSING client . We initially started posing in 2020 as she was prepping for a show but due to Covid she wasn’t able to step on stage as the shows were shut down.

Fast forward two years and under the awesome guidance of her Coach, she stepped on stage for the first time. I think anyone that saw Kate in the gym and saw her work ethic had a feeling she’duu be a top contender.

This weekend Kate earned the title of Excalibur 2023 Overall Figure Champion πŸ†

Keep an eye on this one! She’ll be working to hit the National circuit next year to compete for the prestigious title of IFBBPRO!

Congratulations to her team!!!

Hair and makeup:

Photos from Strive Elite Fitness's post 07/27/2021

Reposted from πŸ’₯Motivation Monday just doesn't get any better than this! πŸ’₯

I wanted to extend a huge congratulations to newest IFBB Pro !!
This past weekend she won both the 35 and 40 plus Figure classes at Masters Nationals in Pittsburgh! I can't say enough great things about this woman! We missed the Pro standing by a spot last year at USAs and she came back with a vengeance ready for that top spot this year - but it wasn't an easy task, that's for sure! We dropped close to 35 lbs and still brought in her best conditioning to date!!! By far, one of the toughest and most kind women I know! So deserving of the win! πŸ‘πŸΌβ™₯️

She has what it takes to run with the best!! I'm excited for your future in the IFBB!

Congratulations again !! You had an army rooting for you and you came out on top! πŸ”₯ Absolutely impressive!


from Strive client Ms.Vicki πŸ’₯ I dont film my clients very often because I'm a very hands on coach and like to watch their every move and make small adjustments to their form.

However, I just HAD to show Vicki the progress on her impressive! πŸ‘πŸΌ We've been diligently working on her posture and form to correct her shoulder foward rotation which has improved greatly and she continues to get stronger and stronger!

We've been training together since October and I look forward to every single session. She always comes in ready to work and we have a great time!!

πŸ’₯πŸ’₯Killing it πŸ’₯πŸ’₯


Beyond excited for one of our top figure athletes to hit the stage in 11 days!!! This prep was definitely different and harder than any we've done before. We had a different starting point, but I cant tell you how impressed I am with her insane work ethic! You are looking at one of the toughest women on the planet right here! πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ


is now complete with these 3 athletes showcasing all of their hard work! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Today was team training, followed by posing!

We're heading into peak week and then off to Huntington Beach next weekend to grace the stage!! 🀩

I am sooo proud of each of these ladies! Their journey to the stage has all been so incredibly different! They are all so mentally and physically tough, its amazing to witness!

It's been such a rewarding experience being able to coach and get to know each of them personally! πŸ™

You ladies rock!! Let's finish the week strong and continue to show the world what you're made of!! πŸ’ͺ🏽

Photos from Strive Elite Fitness's post 02/26/2021

Busy with .pool and πŸ’ͺ🏼 We trained glutes, posed and worked on stomach vacuums!πŸ‘πŸΌ

If you've ever posed with me, you know how much I stress the importance of practicing your vacuum's! These strengthen your transverse abdominis (layer of muscle behind your re**us abdominis or "6 pack" muscles) and your pelvic floor muscles. You'll gain postural support while also having aesthetic benefits as well! πŸ”₯

Not only that, when you hit it just right in your posing routine it will bring in that Vtaper and sharp obliques that the judges are looking for!


I wanted to share a quite typical lifestyle client 12 week transformation. Aaron's goal wasnt to compete or be stage ready lean. He wanted to complete a 12 week cut and prevent the loss of any muscle or looking "stringy" - which comes from under eating for long periods of time.

He trained hard and was consistent on his meal plans the whole time with 2 trips in a 12 week period. I simplified the meal plan during this travels to help him keep on track. When he wasnt traveling, the meal plans had alot of variety and included all the foods he loved to eat...all calculated and within his macronutrient profile.

He ended up losing 20 lbs and has been able to maintain within 5 lbs or so from his ending weight of 180 lbs for months after! πŸ‘


Happy from Strive Figure athlete .pool!

Jessi will be stepping on the stage for the very first time! I know, it's hard to believe by just looking at her, but shes been putting in the work for years. I've been working with her since November to focus her training with the bodybuilding stage in mind and bringing up certain areas for the Figure division.

Seriously one of the toughest and hardest working athletes I've had the privilege of coaching. She just doesnt give up and puts every ounce of energy she has into every set.

If you train at , I know you've seen this impressive athlete and probably even admired her work ethic! πŸ‘

I'm proud of you girl! Keep it up! ⭐

Photos from Strive Elite Fitness's post 01/25/2021

goes out to these two amazing Strive Bikini ladies! They are both preparing to grace the stage early this year!!

Excited to have Miss back stage this year. Shes also helping with posing πŸ‘

Miss will be stepping on stage as a first time competitor! She's been training with me 2-3 times a week and stepping it up to 4 a week this week (😳😳) to make sure she's giving it her absolute all! πŸ‘πŸ‘

Both ladies are extremely hard workers and I'm excited to see what the next couple of months bring for them both! πŸ†πŸ™πŸ†


Photos from Strive Elite Fitness's post 12/15/2020

I wanted to extend a huge congratulations to athlete for an amazing showing this past weekend at the NPCΒ Masters USAs and also the USA's!!

This was the first year I've personally coached We took a bit of a different approach than she's done in the past. It paid off and weΒ brought in herΒ best physique and posing to date.Β She's truly one of the hardest workers I've ever met and I'm honored she put her trust in me! She went on stage 4 different times in a span of 4 days and each day she got better and better! Not an easy feat!Β AΒ True Warrior! We are allΒ proud of you! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Masters USA's
Class A 35+, 3rd place

Class AΒ 40+, 1st place

Class A - 3rd place (1 spot away from from turning pro)


Shoutout to Strive Wellness athlete ! She comes in each week and consistently impresses me with her hard work! πŸ‘

We may laugh, cry, complain... ask for the garbage can mid set....but she always gives 100% and puts in the work! She'll definitely be a force to be reckoned with next year!

Timeline photos 08/22/2020

Met with Strive bikini athlete Stef today to work on some details for posing and determine changes for the upcoming week regarding nutrition, training and cardio!

5 weeks out for this amazing lady!!

Her last show was in the Figure division but we decided to make the switch to bikini and from the looks of it, we made the right decision!!

Excited to see the final physique we bring to the stage! πŸ”₯πŸ’ͺπŸ€—

Timeline photos 07/18/2020

Definitely excited to see hit the Muscle Contest stage tomorrow! She had been prepping herself and wanted an extra set of eyes and assistance over the last month to help bring her best to the stage!

I'm honored she reached out to me for guidance! πŸ™ This was from this morning check-ins. πŸ‘πŸ”₯

She looks amazing tonight after a moderate carb load and a tan from the best in the business


Timeline photos 03/28/2020

Follow some some home workout ideas! Shes staying on track with her meals and training and will be ready to rock the stage soon! πŸ‘πŸ˜€

Timeline photos 03/01/2020

1 of 5 groups for Saturday training at ! πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Great job ladies! πŸ‘

Timeline photos 02/23/2020

Some of the amazing ladies of getting their Saturday sweat session in with ! Great job ladies, you all killed it and still smiling after! πŸ’ͺπŸ‘

Timeline photos 02/21/2020

Amazing from πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

Reposted from My evolution of the side chest, from 2017 USAs > 2018 Jr Nationals > 2019 USAs
Can’t wait to see the difference this July! Let’s get it!


Timeline photos 01/29/2020

We're excited to welcome Gianna .whiz94 back as she prepares to step back on stage this year!!

Timeline photos 01/23/2020

Never top late for a with featured! πŸ”₯
Incredible shape!
We're excited for 2020 πŸ˜€

Timeline photos 01/23/2020

For Competition or Lifestyle fitness coaching, posing, or San Diego 1 on 1 personal training, please visitβž‘πŸ’» or

Email: πŸ“§[email protected]

Timeline photos 01/23/2020

Never top late for a with featured! πŸ”₯

Incredible shape!

We're excited for 2020 πŸ˜€

Timeline photos 01/16/2020

The lady Titans killed leg day last night and was still smiling at the end!!

Well....maybe not during....its a love/hate relationship πŸ˜‚

Great job!! πŸ‘πŸ‘

Timeline photos 01/14/2020

Our amazing in improvement season getting ready for the new Wellness division this year!! πŸ‘πŸ€—πŸ”₯

Reposted from () - Still putting in work and trying to challenge myself each time taking myself out of my comfort zone.

Timeline photos 01/14/2020

The Motivation Monday wave coming at you from ! πŸ€—πŸ”₯ Kill those training sessions this evening πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ A good Monday session sets the tone for the rest of the week! πŸ‘

Timeline photos 01/13/2020

For Competition or Lifestyle fitness coaching, posing, or San Diego 1 on 1 personal training, please visitβž‘πŸ’» or

Email: πŸ“§[email protected]

Timeline photos 01/13/2020

The Motivation Monday wave coming at you from ! πŸ€—πŸ”₯

Kill those training sessions this evening πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ A good Monday session sets the tone for the rest of the week! πŸ‘

Timeline photos 12/24/2019

goes out to our amazing Masters Figure competitor ! She just competed in the Masters USAs and earned a 2nd place finish in 35 plus and 3rd in 40 plus πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Keep up the great work, Kenia!! ❀

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