Name: Patrick Reiners
Birthplace: Delmenhorst /Germany
Current Residence: Hamburg/Germany
Sports: Bodybuilding, Wakeboarding
Why did you become vegan?
My first inspiration was my journey to South Africa. I lived there with an Indian Family and they didn’t eat Meat and stuff like that, because of their Religion. When I was back home I became a Buddhist and in my eyes, its one of the easiest and most important things in Buddhism, to eat no Animal products. With the time I read a lot of Articles about the horrible lives of Cows, Chickens and other animals used for food or clothing. That was the final point to say: Just Vegan. I don’t want to be the reason why Animals have to die.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
Well I started to play American Football in the Year 2000. I saw very fast, that the most important thing in football is, to have a body like a Machine. If you want to be alive on the Field, then you need Muscles. So in the year 2001 I went to a Gym and signed my first Fitness Contract. I saw that my Body gained and it felt beautiful. In the Year 2003 I met a very good Bodybuilder and we went together to the Gym and did our Practice weekly. He showed me the Bodybuilding lifestyle.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
I divide my Nutrition program for the year into 2 parts.
The first part is to gain Mass. The second part is the diet.
Both parts are High Protein (about 2 grams per Kilogram Bodyweight)
In the diet I use a low-carb diet. I eat one meal every 2-3hours.
In the morning I have the most carbs out of all my meals and the ensuing meals contain less carbs throughout the day.
My fat is just from Nuts and Flower oil.
I drink about 4 Litres of water per day.
How would you describe your training program?
My training is the famous, but not loved by everyone, program HIT.
I go to the Gym 3 times per week and I use a Split program.
Monday work out the Chest, shoulders and Triceps. On Wednesday Legs, Calves and Abs and on Friday Back and Biceps.
To explain the whole background of HIT we have not enough space but I do only ONE set per exercise. For the big Muscles I use 3 exercises and for the small Muscles about 2. In the diet I do Cardio of course.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
Usually none. Sometimes Zinc but not more. Because I think the companies try just to earn money I don’t use supplements. A lot of products are very expensive but they are just cheesy.
Of course there are a few good products and companies but I am serious that is possible for everyone to get all the Proteins carbs and stuff on a way without Sups. But if you have enough money and like the easy way then do it.
What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?
Do it only for you and on a healthy way. I met a couple of people who took a lot of drugs and they didn’t know anything about what they were taking. If you ask them for the reason, you got a answer like; “My Girlfriend like muscles,” or “I have a lot of trouble so I need the muscles to make the people scared of me.”
But that is not Fitness. It’s just stupid. I think the important aspect is, to feel good and that your body works well. If’ you have a strength and healthy Body, you can life longer and better.
What do you like best about being vegan?
I feel so much better. In the past I ate about 1Kg Chicken per day and felt so lazy and bad. After one week without Animal products I feel like I could fly. All the pain in my joints passed. And of course I make certain my mind is clean. All together I have two positive aspects. My body feels fit and my brain and system are clean.
What are your strengths as an athlete?
Focus on the important things. I don’t waste time with stupid things. I know my way for success and how I reach my goals. I would never say; “Well today it’s my day for the chest work out but outside is perfect weather. I’ll go to the beach instead of the gym!”
The way is the Goal.
What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?
Believe in yourself! Don’t trust everything that people think about Vegan Nutrition! Listen to them and then find the difference between important and not important.
There are so many good books and published literature with great information out there. Read them and become smarter.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Do it! But do it right and smart!
What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?
On the one hand of course to see that my body gain muscles. And on the other hand to show the people that is possible to have a great body without Animals.
There is no reason to go my ethic way without a strength body.
How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?
The website has helped A lot. The first time I visited the Site I read all articles and I saw the versatility of Vegan nutrition. I saw that I am not alone on the vegan way.
I felt for the first time not alone with my way.