Name: Rob Bigwood
Weight: 230 lbs.
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey
Current Residence: New York, New York
Sports: Professional Arm Wrestler
Why did you become vegan?
After realizing what exactly I was putting into my body. Growing up you don't think about what is in those pretty package designs. I ended up doing some research online and was horrified to find out how these animals were being treated up until being butchered. Factory farming is a real disgusting industry and people should take the time to look into it.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I have always been good at arm wrestling, only been beat twice in my entire life before turning professional. My mom use to beat up on the guys when she was younger - I guess I got those genetics!
How would you describe your nutrition program?
It's pretty simple. Lots of oats, grains, nuts, tofu, fruits, beans, vegetables and Vega products after certain workouts.
How would you describe your training program?
My entire workout is done in my apartment. Dumbbells, garage springs, weighted pull-ups, push-ups and static holds. I also arm wrestle with a couple guys from Brooklyn.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
Vega Protein (I'm an ambassador), a Multivitamin + Vitamin D , Flaxseed Oil, Glucosamine and Chondroitin.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
That being a vegan or vegetarian is feminine and we don't get any protein with all the salads we eat!
What do you like best about being vegan?
My entire diet and lifestyle is guilty free. I'm an animal lover and don't consume or hurt any for my own personal benefit.
What do you like best about being fit?
I'm honestly not that fit, just a really strong arm wrestler.
What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?
Do some research and make sure your getting the right protein, fats and carbohydrates. Find the right supplements that work for your body. Also, it isn't the quantity but quality of what your putting into your body.
What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?
I enjoy educating people and I also enjoy breaking stereotypes and proving ignorant people wrong.
How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?
It gives you an opportunity to meet other link-minded people. It's always a good thing to surround yourself with people of the same positive interests. It's a great place to learn and educate yourself with this particular lifestyle.