Sylvia Petro

As a young, broke single mom, Sylvia, had no choice but to teach herself the principles of fitness and nutrition. After years of following unhealthy dieting practices and rarely exercising, she finally decided to get a handle on her overall health. For the first time in her life, she researched the basics of nutrition and began regular exercise. Two years later, she was in the Air Force and graduated as the Top Physical Readiness female (Top PRT) and Warhawk. But despite her newly realized physical abilities, she knew she had more to learn to reach her new goal of lifelong fitness. One year after setting that goal, she became a certified personal trainer, and through training dozens of people and maintaining personal health and fitness for 18 years, she has developed, practiced, and administered many practical, affordable, and maintainable nutrition and exercise techniques. Broke Single Mom Fitness (BSMF) teaches healthy exercise and nutrition techniques that can be followed for life — no cocktail of supplements or crazy diet prescriptions necessary. Welcome to!

About Sylvia Petro:

Specialties: strength, conditioning, fat loss, calisthenic strength, sport’s nutrition, lifelong training and nutrition, and bodybuilding

  • 2002 – Became a mom and started fitness journey
  • 2004 – US Air Force Top PRT (Top Female Physical Readiness Trainee)
  • 2004 – US Air Force Warhawk (for fitness excellence)
  • 2005 – Became a certified personal trainer
    • One-on-one personal trainer: 2005-2012
    • Online personal trainer: 2010-Present
  • 2009 – Texas Roundup bodybuilding competitor
  • 2010-2015 Fitness modeling contract with Khall – Austin, TX
  • 2010 – Insane Home Fat Loss video series participant
  • 2015 – Began calisthenic strength specialty & adult gymnastics
  • 2016 to present – continuing lifelong fitness mission

Sylvia’s Health and Fitness Perspective

In 2004, Sylvia was awarded Warhawk and Top Physical Readiness Trainee in the U.S. Air Force after training herself at home in her living room or hitting the pavement outside. She started exercising regularly for the first time in her life soon after becoming a new mom — three days after giving birth to her son, to be exact. Now she’s stronger than the Sylvia of the past, including the girl who earned Warhawk and Top PRT. Sure, that girl was younger, but she lacked experience and knowledge in training and nutrition.  Since 2005, she has worked as a Certified Personal Trainer at Gold’s Gym, Spectrum, Blast, several private gyms, and now online. Sylvia does not believe in fads or trends, only what works for long-term health and fitness. In the 18 years since starting her lifelong fitness journey, she’s never been without a six-pack, high energy, and most importantly, well-developed muscle. 

Sylvia Petro 2010 with son

Sylvia is knowledgeable and experienced in creating nutrition and training programs. Her areas of expertise are natural bodybuilding and calisthenic strength. For her, fitness is more about how she feels than aesthetics. More importantly, she believes in setting a positive example for her son, whom she wants to know that adulthood does not equate being out of shape, as so many adults are these days. With his whole life ahead of him, she wants her son to look forward to being comfortable in his skin and having the energy and discipline to reach any goal. If you’re a parent, be fit for your kids. Set a healthy lifestyle example as a strong, disciplined adult.

BSMF tank coming soon

Sylvia Was in Mike Chang’s Six Pack Shortcuts’ Home Workout Video Series: “INSANE HOME FAT LOSS”

Insane home fatloss


In 2014, she dropped the low-wage reality of personal training and decided to provide fitness advice online. Broke Single Mom Fitness deals with the realities of being a broke single parent, but mostly shares practical lifelong fitness and nutritional practices anyone can follow.

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