Trainer Highlight: Sara Claflin, USAPL Coach and Certified Personal Trainer
Updated: Jun 7
Coach Sara re-discovered her fitness passion after turning 40. Growing up she played several sports and led a pretty active lifestyle. After graduate school, she became less than active and led a sedentary lifestyle.
“Turning 40 was a defining moment for me. It scared me to my core. How could I be 40? How could I be overweight and so unhappy? Things needed to change, and I knew I was the only one who could make change happen. It took four months after turning 40 to get my head in the game. The only way I can describe it is like a light switch went off. I woke up one day and decided that was the day I was going to take the first step towards a healthier, happy life.”- Excerpt from her article as featured athlete in Natural Bodybuilding Magazine.
Sara joined Coach Royce’s Power drills class and never looked back. Her coach made her accountable and committed to a lifestyle change. Group classes with team members inspired her, and one on one personal training sessions drove her to her goals. Moreover, changing her nutrition allowed her to lose 54 pounds (14 pounds past her goal) before her 41st birthday.
In 2015, Sara competed in natural bodybuilding, winning 1st place, earning her OCB/IFPA Pro card at the Newburyport Yankee Classic. She has since competed in OCB Pine Tree State, where she placed second. She continues to be involved as a judge at OCB bodybuilding shows throughout New England and has trained several clients for their success on stage.
“I realize I began my journey as a 40-year-old woman wanting to improve her health, rekindle a passion for fitness, and to reach goals I thought were reasonably attainable,” said Sara. “However, this journey became more than losing weight, it became a path of discovery, pushing my boundaries, going outside my comfort zone, and exploring new ways of living a full and healthy lifestyle. I love this community, my profession, and I LOVE competing on stage.”
Sara holds all TRX® Qualifications: STC and GSTC, and is the only Certified AGTC TRX – Black Rank instructor in the seacoast area. She is also a certified USAPL Powerlifting Coach and trains athletes for bodybuilding and powerlifting competitions. Sara has clients from the age of 10 to 65. No matter where you are in your fitness journey, she will help you reach the goals that are best for you!
Sara is known for her positive outright energy, especially when leading group training classes. Some clients have referred to her as the “energizer bunny.” She continues her educate and enhance her fitness knowledge daily to craft the most unique and successful sessions. Sara strives for excellence and brings it into every session and class. Her goal is to support and inspire others, and to contribute to the community that has given her so much.
Sara lives in Dover with her husband Royce Claflin, a coach and personal trainer at Integrated Fitness of Dover, and their adorable lop-eared bunny, Tucker. Both Sara and Royce love their profession and will often be found sharing newly found movements and creating new, modified movements with each other at the studio. You will get to know Team Claflin and their infectious laughs and collaborations throughout your time at Integrated Fitness of Dover!