Just back from Charlottesville! What a great day we had. Josie and I spent the day talking to folks about vegan bodybuilding and vegan fitness. We handed out tons of flyers, business cards, "why vegan" brochures and Vega supliments. Thanks to Rob for hooking us up with so much cool stuff!
I was pleasantly surprised to meet Mike aka "petabodybuilder" who recently joined the board. He had a table set up right next to ours where he was doing free bodyfat testing and offering exercise and nutrition advice! Way to go Mike!!! Hopefully we will see more of Mike on the board, it's not often you meet a competetive vegan bodybuilder/ultramarathoner. Oh, and he's super nice to top it all off!
Erik Marcus, proprietor of vegan.com and author of the new book on factory farming, "Meat Market" stopped by for a chat. He was the keynote speaker at the festival. He seemed excited about the vegan bodybuilding idea and promised to mention us in his next internet radio show and link us on his web site. I read "Meat Market" a few weeks ago, it's a great book to introduce animal rights and a good refresher for us old timers.
Another fun part of the day was the Captains of Crush grippers we brought along. Not a single person at the festival could close the #1 or #2.
Made for some great looks of astonishment as I picked either up and closed them for reps.
My favorite was a fairly big frat-type guy who was telling me how he likes to eat "steak and potatos". He had one of the strongest grips of the day, but couldn't close either gripper. He wandered away saying "meat and potatos" over and over again as I advised him to go vegan so he could get stronger and close the Captains of Crush.
To finish the day off, we headed out to the Ming Dynasty restaurant for dinner. They gave away some awesome free samples of their Vegan Chinese offerings at the festival. I of course had to have more!
I've got pictures, but can't upload them on this computer. Check back later in the week for pics.