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Name: Andrew Blakehall
Year of Birth: 08/03/81
Height: 6’0
Weight: 185
Birthplace: Tucson, Az
Current Residence: Portland OR
Sports: Marathon running, Soccer,

Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have.
I workout everyday, I run 5 days a week. I play piano. I write novels. I’m about to become a certified ACE trainer. I travel. I’m into Wing chun, Chess, philosophy, jazz, and art.

Why did you become vegan?
Health, Animal rights, its the best way to become strong. I’ve been a vegan for nearly 10 years. I have never tasted steak, or lamb, (and I never will)

When and why did you become interested in fitness?
It is the best feeling in the world!

How would you describe your nutrition program?
6 meals a day, very alkaline, high protein, especially: Beans, Nuts, Hemp, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Maca, Green Pea, Soy, Flax Seed, Chia Seed, lots of juice, the more ‘unprocessed’ the better.

How would you describe your training program?
Intense. I work my abs 3 days per week, my arms and backs twice per week. I don’t do squats (anymore) Lately I’ve been obsessed with plyometrics.

What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
You can’t build mass which is hilarious. The 10 biggest land mammals are all vegan.

What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with veganism or training?
Write down Why you want to do, then figure out why you must do it. Hire a personal trainer! 3 sessions is well worth the money.

Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?
First, learn the difference between ALKALINITY and ACIDITY. Very few people know anything about them. Second: Don’t waste your time between sets standing around! Use your down time to STRETCH. A lot of body builders don’t stretch. I just don’t get it. Guys (and girls) will do a :45 second pump, then just stand around looking dazed for 2 minutes. Stretch between every set. Stretching is as important as proper form, nutrition and recovery, really, I would say it is becoming a lost art.