Why did you become vegan? Because of health reasons. I had a very high level of cholesterol back when I was still a vegetarian.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I was always in fitness, but I had severe weight problems. Since I am vegan I keep my weight stable.
How would you describe your nutrition program? I stick to a vegan diet with lots of organic fruits, vegetables and fresh produce.
How would you describe your training program? I train whenever I feel my body needs it. Between my long workout sessions in the pool, on the bike or in the studio I take the time to fully recover.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why? I take multivitamins, Iodine, Vitamin D and Vitamin B12.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism? That you won't be able to enjoy good food which is wrong. But I have a passion for vegan cooking and I don't expect my friends to be so passionate about vegan food. But whenever I invite them to a vegan dinner, they really enjoy it.
What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is? To stay natural and don't take too many supplements. Rather go for organic nut butter and give yourself enough time to recover. Primarily I train to stay in shape and feel better.
What do you like best about being vegan? That it's the best way to stay healthy and fit and reduce the risk of diseases of civilizations.
What do you like best about being fit? I lost over 70 pounds during the last couple of years. Back when I was still a fatass I didn't feel as good as I feel today when I look into the mirror. There is nothing more satisfying than to be in shape.
What are your strengths as an athlete? I have a power to succeed, an iron will. I chose the toughest sport, Triathlon and just accomplished my first 70.3 Ironman event. I love how this sport challenges me and how it keeps me motivated to give everything that I've got.
What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out? You need to have a balanced diet. Don't eat so many processed foods and go for lots of organic veggies and fruits.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan? Learn to cook and enjoy the benefits of a vegan diet. It's good for you and the planet.
What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete? To eat a vegan diet is the best way for me to stay healthy and fit. It's the perfect choice for an athlete. As an endurance athlete it is primarily important that you consider the antioxidant potential of the food that you eat. Fruits, veggies and superfoods are a great choice. My big goal is to compete in the IRONMAN HAWAII and I am working on my qualification.
How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you? I know Robert since he started veganbodybuilding.com and it's always great to drop by and see what's up.
Is there anything else you would like to add about your vegan fitness lifestyle? I like to do 90 days challenges. I accomplished to train for an 8-pack in 90 days and I trained for a 70.3 Ironman in 90 days. You need to believe in your dreams. Anything is possible.