“After years of not searching for ‘the correct’ diet and exercise routines I’ve finally come across someone who knows what they are talking about. Sylvia practices what she preaches.” Matthew – Austin, TX

“Working with Sylvia was absolutely my pleasure. She’s very knowledgeable and dedicated to her work. The results show throughout training with her. I would definitely recommend listening to her advice.” Justene – San Antonio, TX


Lifelong Fitness on a Budget!

Broke Single Mom Fitness (BSMF) is not just about being broke or being a mom; it’s also not about helping only moms, women, or broke people. Broke Single Mom Fitness can be interpreted as a metaphor for reaching and maintaining fitness goals despite life’s challenges. To be fit for life, as this site advocates for, you’ll have to know how to adapt and push through conditions that aren’t ideal – be it a low budget, a busy schedule, or a pandemic lockdown.

BSMF Founder – Sylvia Petro

By Sylvia:

I’m a fitness enthusiast who started working out days after giving birth to my son in 2002. I’ve since worked as a personal trainer at numerous gyms, where I trained men and women. Throughout it all, I’ve been a single mom (for the most part). My greatest challenges over the years have been a limited budget and limited time. Still, I managed to reach and surpass my ever-evolving fitness goals. Through this website, I will do my best to tackle fitness and nutrition how-to, inline with my training philosophy and perspective. A bit of which is tackled below.

The BSMF Health & Fitness Perspective

My specialty is a mix of calisthenics, bodybuilding, fat loss, and maintenance. Although I started training before the advent of the “Strong Is the New Skinny” and “Strong Is the New Sexy” campaigns, my training and aesthetic goals align with those ideas. A skinny body is an empty canvas. I’m long past any belief that becoming skinny is a real fitness goal. Long gone should be the days of women striving to be thin to appear delicate and weak. If you haven’t figured this out yet, historically, that ideal serves to make men feel bigger and stronger by contrast.

In keeping with that understanding, I advocate for women to learn how to plan and craft exercise and nutrition techniques on their own – because It can be done. As a prior competitive figure athlete, a personal trainer, and gymrat for nearly two decades, I saw a common imbalance: women relying on men to reach their training goals, while it was rarely the other way around – and rarely did those dependent women reach their goals on their own. Ladies, whether it’s laziness or general confusion about where to look for sound information, I believe it’s time to stop this trend of waiting for help — either through men or a heavy dependence on group fitness. We can instead learn the science and techniques ourselves. Besides, life has many twists and turns. You won’t always be young and turning heads; you won’t always have a gym buddy; men won’t forever come up to you offering help – promising you to be the next IG sensation. – Yes, I’ve observed all this through the stories of other figure, bodybuilding, bikini, and fitness competitors and fitness models. Oftentimes these young women are some guy’s pet project — blindly following what he instructs, which in the world of bodybuilding and aesthetics “fitness” often leads to the introduction of pharmaceutical use because, too commonly, these guys rely on bro-science: part bodybuilding techniques; part pharmaceuticals; part unhealthy, unsustainable BS that is not compatible with lifelong health and fitness. To be fit for life, at some point, you’ll have to learn how to plan, strategize, and stay motivated without external support. Might as well start now. This website aims to be a starting point of basic strategies and knowledge to get you self-sufficient.

The BSMF Training Technique

I love muscle and strength, but my primary goal is lifelong health and fitness, and above all else, maintaining an agile body. There’s nothing like freedom of movement and good health. With these goals, I mix training techniques that help prevent muscle imbalances, build muscle, and improve flexibility.

The BSMF Nutritional Technique: DON’T DIET. EVER! Learn how to eat well for life

With lifelong health and fitness as my goal, I practice eating habits that can be followed for life and remain effective! I don’t diet; I eat smart. My knowledge of macronutrient ratios, caloric requirements for muscle gain and fat loss, and nutrient timing, make that possible. All of which, I write about on this blog.

If my health and fitness perspective aligns with your goals, check out this web site periodically for tips and information on how to get and stay strong and fit for life.

Sylvia Petro 2010 with son


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