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Name: Robert Wraith
Year of Birth: 1982
Height: 5’ 10”
Weight: 160lbs
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Current Residence: Toronto, Canada
Sports: Distance running. Former provincial cross-country champion (OFSAA 1996), Yoga.

Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
I work in the music industry, mostly with pop-songwriters, but you can find me late nights playing power ballads on my piano. I also handle a lot of music for film and TV. Currently working on a new electronic project called deadcaa7.

Why did you become vegan?
My initial reason for becoming vegan was for my yoga/meditation practice. In a yoga diet, or satvic diet, meat is considered tamastic. In other words energy is taken away from you when you eat these foods. And I agree!! These days being vegan is still about being satvic, but with the added benefits of not eating the beautiful animals of this planet!

When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I have always been an active person. In my teens is when I really took things to the next level. Hardcore training with a coach and a team can really set you apart from the competition. At that time it was all about WINNING, now I just really enjoy the benefits of being a healthy adult (ie. Being able to walk up the stairs!).

How would you describe your nutrition program?
Complete. I really do focus on keeping my body well fed. I’ve cut out most sugar and sweetners, and I drink a lot of water, which keeps my body very happy.

How would you describe your training program?
1 step below intense. I had a bad injury playing soccer last year. I broke both my tibia and fibula and had to have surgery to patch me up. I’m still in rehab mode but I do push things to my current limits.

What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I focus on protein supplements such as spirulina and sprouted brown rice powder. These really help stabilize my body both pre and post workout.

How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
The ask me why I don’t eat honey lol!! Then they say that they thought I’d be skinnier.

What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
That you won’t get enough protein! Ha! And that vegans are really preachy – I do not preach unless they ask me about honey!

Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
I have. All of my family and friends talk to me about it ALL the time. Which I think is great for awareness. They introduce me saying “This is Robert, he’s vegan”

What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
Intensity – Without it training just becomes a hooby.

What do you like best about being vegan?
Not having to eat meat.

What do you like best about being fit?
The way my clothes fit.

What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Learn how to stretch!

What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Do it now!!

What motivates you in life?
The fact that it took 13 billion years or so for me to be born.

What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
I love the site. I buy my supplements online, and love that I feel part of a community.