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Mercedes Varnado in Bathing Suit is "Fighting"

Here’s how this wrestler trains.

Professional wrestler Mercedes Varnado (AKA Sasha Banks) is ready for a fight. Vernardo shared an image of herself wearing a metallic bathing suit top, holding up a championship prize. "Fighting for Moné Power! 👊🏽," she captioned the post. How does she stay so fit? Read on to see 5 ways Vernado stays in shape and the photos that prove they work—and to get beach-ready yourself, don't miss these essential 30 Best-Ever Celebrity Bathing Suit Photos!


Food Prepping

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Vernado preps her own food to stay healthy on the road. "When I first started (wrestling) I would try and find healthy restaurants which is really hard," she says. "A lot of towns only have fast food. Recently a lot of the boys started bringing their own food on the road and I decided to do the same thing. It's probably saving me like $200 a week by making my own food. I make ground turkey, ground buffalo, chicken and vegetables. I feel like my body has changed completely knowing what ingredients you're putting in your body."


Training With Other Wrestlers

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Vernado does full-body workouts with weights. "Me, Bayley, Seth Rollins and Cesaro try to find a CrossFit gym any town we're in," she says. "We probably spend two hours in the gym. If you want to look like me, that's the way it goes. When I first started I didn't know how to lift a dumbbell and now my max deadlift is 215. I'm a lot stronger than Bayley. I like training with her. Anything she can do, I can do better. I'm so thankful Bayley is on the road with me. I have someone to talk to. It's nice to have someone there that has the same things in common. I feel like we are one in the same."


Protein-Packed Breakfast

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A typical breakfast for Vernado consists of egg-white omelet with feta cheese, onion, and some protein-packed turkey. "Eggs are a good source of protein (both whites/yolk). They also contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats and are a great source of important nutrients, such as vitamin B6, B12 and vitamin D," says Kurt Hong, MD, an internal medicine specialist at Keck Medicine of USC.


More Protein For Lunch and Dinner

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Vernado enjoys chicken and salad for lunch and salmon and asparagus for dinner. "Could asparagus be the spring superfood you should eat more of?" says the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. "It is a bright green veggie packed with vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as folate, iron, copper, calcium, protein, and fiber. These nutrients help asparagus offer serious health benefits."


Yes, More Protein For Snacks

Even Vernado's snacks are protein-heavy: Her go-to's are beef jerky, tuna packets, and fruit. "Beef provides iron and four essential vitamins – niacin, riboflavin, vitamins B6 and B12 – which help reduce tiredness and fatigue," says the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

Ferozan Mast
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