Sasha Banks Workout and DIET
Sasha Banks is the ring name of Mercedes Kaestner-Vernado. Banks was born in California, but the family moved around and Boston is where she started wrestling. She began training in 2008, debuted in 2010 and won her first title in 2011. Banks signed with the WWE in 2012. She was voted Woman of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 2015 and Wrestler of the Year in 2020 by Sports Illustrated. Banks has won the Raw Women’s Championship 5 times. She was the 3rd most tweeted about female athlete in 2021. Banks has also tried acting, appearing in The Mandalorian. She was the honorary starter for the 2021 Daytona 500. Banks is married to retired pro wrestler Sarath Ton (aka Mikaze). She has millions of followers on social media. Banks is 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs about 110 Ibs.
Sasha Banks’ Diet
Banks quickly learned that when you travel for a living, getting quality foods can be a challenge. This discovery led her to bring her own food on the road. She cooks up a bunch of lean meat and veggies and carries them with her in cooler bags. She still loves her treats, though, and cheesecake is a particular weakness. But she is a firm believer in the adage that ‘abs are made in the kitchen,’ and so she makes a point to eat clean most of the time. She drinks protein shakes as a snack, and also plenty of water.
- Medium Fat 30% 30%
- Low-Medium Carb 30% 30%
- High Protein 60% 60%
Banks has found that bringing her own food is a much better option than eating out all the time. It saves her money and she feels much healthier.
Banks eats protein at virtually every meal. She’ll have an egg white omelet and turkey for breakfast, chicken for lunch, and salmon for dinner. Her snacks are protein shakes and beef jerky. Her favorite protein is buffalo.
Eat Your Veg
Banks also has veggies with most meals. She’ll toss in some onions with her egg white omelet, greens with her lunch, and another veg such as asparagus, for dinner.
Enjoy Your Treats
Banks eats clean, but she still likes her treats. Pizza, burgers and ramen top the list, and sometimes she has them all in the same day. In the adult beverage category, Banks digs mezcal, which she might enjoy with another Mexican delicacy: fried crickets.
What to Eat
What to Avoid
Banks on Life on The Road
‘When I first started [wrestling], I would try and find healthy restaurants, which is really hard.’
Banks on Traveling With Food
‘A lot of towns only have fast food…A lot of the boys started bringing their own food…and I decided to do the same thing.’
Banks on The Pluses of Bringing Her Own Food
‘It’s probably saving me, like, $200 a week.’
Banks on Another Plus of Traveling With Food
‘I feel like my body has changed completely knowing what ingredients you’re putting in your body.’
Banks on Her Achilles Heel
‘I have a cheesecake problem.’
Banks on Treats
‘I allow myself an occasional cheat meal to help with motivation and maintain balance.’
Sasha Banks’ Workout Routine
Banks went to school online and was into watching All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling (AJW). She only weighed 99 lbs. when she started wrestling.
Banks only started lifting weights after joining the WWE. She says she was afraid of getting bulky, but that hasn’t happened. Instead, being strong has made her more confident as well as less prone to back pain.
Up for the Challenge
Banks’ technical advisor Gino Caccavale is always looking for new ways to challenge her.
Work Out With Friends
Banks works out with her pal and fellow pro wrestler, Bayley. Banks says having a friend keeps her motivated and pushes her to work harder.
Banks works out at the gym 5 days a week for 2 hours at a clip. Her cardio comes from her time in the ring.
Banks does routines that work the whole body like kettlebells, ropes, and power cleans, whether or not she can actually get to a CrossFit gym.
Banks also digs deadlifts, and is constantly trying to up her personal best.
A Sasha Banks Routine
Some of Sasha Banks favorite exercises:
Pancake good morning: Start with legs in a V position, bar-bell across your shoulder blades. Lower your chest to the floor and then back up. Do 10 reps x 2 sets.
Single-arm & leg dumbbell snatch: Holding dumbbell in right hand with arm extended, balance on left leg. Squat slowly, keeping right leg behind you. Explosively draw dumbbell up close to the body, continuing in a smooth motion until your right arm is extended overhead. Do 12 reps x 2 sets per side.
Frankenstein squat: Start with a straight bar just below shoulder height on squat rack. Bring shoulders under the bar and lift off. Keeping feet shoulder-width, step back with both feet. Balance bar on shoulders, arms extended parallel to the floor as you descend into deep squat. Do 12 reps x 3 sets, slowly with medium weight.
Banks on Weight Training
‘Before WWE, I never lifted weights. I just wanted to do cardio because I thought that would make me lean. But I’ve noticed since I started lifting, I’m leaner, fitter and more confident in my body than ever before.’
Banks on Her Workout
‘Me, Bayley, Seth Rollins and Cesaro try to find a CrossFit gym any town we’re in.’
Banks on Her Time Investment
‘We probably spend 2 hours in the gym.’
Banks on The Time Commitment
‘If you want to look like me, that’s the way it goes.’
Banks on Deadlifts
‘When I first started, I didn’t know how to lift a dumbbell, and now my max deadlift is 215!’
Sasha Banks’ Supplements
Besides her daily protein shake, Banks is keeping quiet on any other supplements she might be taking. So, below are options that may benefit anyone following a similar diet plan.
Anti-inflammatory omega-3s are a good choice for athletes and just about everyone else for brain, heart, overall health, and well-being.
Sasha Banks’ Lifestyle
Serious Head Injury
In 2018, Banks suffered a serious head injury that more or less incapacitated her. She couldn’t drive, sleep, eat, or do much of anything except rest.
Banks started emailing wrestling schools when she was 12. At 18, she signed herself up and told her parents after the fact. Her mother was not thrilled, but has since come around to the idea.
Banks is one of the most celebrated female wrestlers in the world, and has been called a ‘once in a generation’ talent.
Famous First Cuz
Banks is first cousins with rapper Snoop Dogg, who is a big fan of pro wrestling. When she was 16, Banks begged him to take her backstage. He obliged and she met some greats including John Cena.
Banks loves Asian pop culture, particularly K-pop. Rain and G-Dragon are some of her favorite musicians, and she loves the anime series Sailor Moon.
Banks carries a notebook with her when she travels and records all her matches and personal thoughts in it.
Banks’ husband Sarath Ton was also a pro wrestler, and now designs costumes for the WWE. Banks’ costumes are inspired by Beyoncé and her wrestling hero, Eddie Guerrero.
Banks on Becoming a Wrestler
‘I was 17, about to turn 18. I told my mom, “I’m 18 now. I just signed these papers by myself, and I’m going to do this.”’
Banks on Her Mother’s Reaction
‘My mom was like, “What did I do as a mom for you to want to become a wrestler?”’
Banks on Herself
‘I’ve always known that I wanted to be different…I want everything big.’
Banks on Women’s Pro Wrestling
‘We are at a point now where people respect us and respect our work. The guys want to sit down and watch the women’s matches.’
Banks on Friends
‘The Boss doesn’t need friends, but the ones I do have, I keep very close.’
Banks on Her Travel Journal
‘It’ll make a great book one day!’