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The Veganbod : After 9 Months

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 3:57 am
by veganbod
So, I was a skinny vegan for over 25 years - and then when I turned 40 I stacking packing on the weight. I couldn't get away with it any longer. Besides, I was skinny but not very healthy.

So, I bought two books : Brendan Braziers 'Thrive Fitness' and Robert Cheeke's 'Vegan Bodybuilding' - these are my training and nutrition bibles.

So my regime has been to pick the best exercises and some nutrition tips from Brendan's book, and bodybuilding inspiration and the top 5 supplements from Robert's book.

Since March 2011, I've been going to the gym 2-3 times a week on average. I've also hired help from a trainer, who I see about every 2-3 months for catch-ups and assigning new workouts (on a budget!).

Vegan bodybuilders are unheard of in these parts (New Zealand), so I would love to hear from anyone if you know of vegan bodybuilders (or just fitness freaks) over here.

So, I'm finally starting to see and feel progress - and I feel that I'm about half way to my goal...

So, with intrepidation, I'm sharing my before/after photo with you.

Finding it hard to build-up my chest, but making slow progress. My arms thickening-up - definitely change but can only really see it when I flex. My stomach... well, I need to do more stretches! My back is now much stronger - I used to always put my back out - but that hasn't happened now for 6 months.

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The Veganbod : 9 months into the Cheeke-Brazier mashup
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Re: The Veganbod : After 9 Months

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:11 am
by Nicholas_Weir
Nice. (no homo)

I can definately see some fat loss!

Keep up the good work!

Re: The Veganbod : After 9 Months

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 4:33 pm
by veganbod
Thanks Nicholas. Trainer says I'm about 15-20% fat, so aiming to get that down to under 10%. But at the same time have to boost my carb intake - a challenge!

Re: The Veganbod : After 9 Months

Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 9:58 pm
by Fallen_Horse
Congrats!

Re: The Veganbod : After 9 Months

Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:17 pm
by Nicholas_Weir
veganbod wrote:Thanks Nicholas. Trainer says I'm about 15-20% fat, so aiming to get that down to under 10%. But at the same time have to boost my carb intake - a challenge!



Yeah, don't worry though, you'll succeed!

eat more fruits and beans (best sources of carbs imo).

Re: The Veganbod : After 9 Months

Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:27 pm
by VeganResistance
Hey VeganBod! Good progress dude :)

Myself and Kumaramash are located in Auckland. I consider myself a slight fitness freak, without it being freaky (Surely those who let themselves descend into unhealthy lifestyles are the freaks?).

Re: The Veganbod : After 9 Months

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 5:11 am
by veganbod
VeganResistance wrote:Myself and Kumaramash are located in Auckland.


Hey, good to know some Kiwis here. Do you know of any other NZ vegan bodybuilders? (I'm based in Wellington).

I've found that the Red8 range is a good affordable source of vegan protein - soy, bean, rice
http://red8.co.nz/product-range/protein-plus-range/

And the Hemp Store in Auckland sells hempseed protein
http://www.hempstore.co.nz/proteinpowder1kg-p-76.html

Anything else you'd recommend that's available in NZ?

Re: The Veganbod : After 9 Months

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 3:03 pm
by VeganResistance
Oh awesome tip about the hemp store, I'll head there very soon :)

Hrm, the Safe shop up here sells vegan omega 3 from algae for a very good price. I don't use much supplementation outside of some protein, omega and b12.

I don't know anybody down in Wellington who's into vegan bodybuilding sorry.