Name: Tumeria Langlois
Year of Birth: 1960
Height: 5' 3”
Birthplace: Exeter, NH
Current Residence: Maynard, MA
Sports: Body Building
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
I have been working as a personal trainer for over 25 years and have a degree in exercise physiology. My greatest joy is in helping people live a healthy and active lifestyle. I am also passionate about animals and spiritualityand I enjoy Science Fiction (Star Trek, Dr. Who)
Why did you become vegan?
Originally For spiritual reasons and animal rights. Now it also for my health and the environment. I am a vegan for all reasons.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I was diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 12. It was so severe that they fused 70% of my spine. I was in a full body cast for 6 months and gained a lot of weight. Once I was fully recovered I began exercising to loose the weight. I fell in love with exercise and made it my career.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
Whole foods, plant based diet. I try to avoid processed foods and limit myself to one vegan treat a week.
How would you describe your training program?
Intense but not as intense as in my younger days! LOL! I do a 4 day split routine working upper body twice a week for an hour and legs twice a week for 45 minutes. I also do cardio 5 to 6 days per week for 45 minutes alternating between the spin bike, elliptical and arc trainer. I also do a 30 minute core routine twice a week.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
B12, Vitamin D2, and algae oil for DHA/omega 3's. Other than that I rely on lots of fruit, veggies, whole grains, beans and nuts, tempeh, seitan and organic tofu.
How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
I work and lift at a small gym so everyone knows me there and knows I am vegan. I love to wear my “Vegan Fitness Team” tank top when I do my upper body. A member approached me just last week that his 70 year old dad went vegan 2 years ago and is now in wonderful health.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
That you can't get enough protein or all the nutrients your body needs. That you can't build muscle. That being vegan is difficult or restrictive- It isn't!
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
Yes, I have done outreach- handing out brochures, speaking to people in general, helping at a vegan awareness booth. We also volunteer for MARC (MA Animal Rights Coalition) We have done many pro-veg rallies
What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
What do you like best about being vegan?
How I feel! About myself, my body and life! Knowing that I am part of the solution rather than the problem. Knowing I am not causing suffering to other sentient beings. My soul feels free.
What do you like best about being fit?
How my body feels and moves- even at 51 years old. I can still do the things I could in my 20's. I'm not slowing down at all!
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Go slow and build your way up. I would rather my clients work a little lighter with proper form. Also to stick with it. Make it fun, make it a regular part of your lifestyle.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Just Do It! (Wait..that's Nike) Great advise just the same! You won't be sorry-I promise!
What motivates you in life?
To be the best person I can be. To never stop growing or reaching to improve. To come from love in all that I do.
What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
Great site! Wonderful information. It is very helpful and inspirational to be sure!
Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?
You CAN make a difference. One person is more powerful than you may realize. Never let anything stand in your way!