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Name: Anthony DiNobile
Year of Birth: 1968
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 185
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, NY
Current Residence: Dallas, TX
Bodybuilding – 2012 AZ Natural -4th place,
Motorcycle Road Racing – CCS 2011 4th place Overall Expert,
Dog Showing – 2007 Dogue de Bordeaux National Best of Breed

Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have.

My name is Anthony DiNobile, a 45 year old IT professional and newly Certified Personal Trainer and shortly will be studying for a certification in Holistic Nutrition.  My three loves are motorcycles (Ducati 996 for the street/Suzuki SV 650 for the track), showing dogs in conformation and bodybuilding.  I also enjoy making desserts and make a killer raw, vegan macaroon.

Why did you become vegan?
I have been vegan for a year now. My inspiration was not for a health decision or because of beliefs. Being in my 40's, and consuming typical bodybuilder foods for the last 25 years, I needed to try something different. I needed change. I was getting tired of cooking chicken. LOL. Eating 100% plant based, makes sense to me and I'm very pleased with my results. 
When and why did you become interested in fitness?

When I was younger and was able to feed myself, I became fat.  Kids are ruthless and had enough getting picked on and beat up, so I started working out and eating better.  

How would you describe your nutrition program?
My regimen consists of 5-6 plant based foods meals per day.  Starting every day with either a smoothie or some juiced fruits/veggies.  What I
love about these are all the different combinations what you can come up with and how creative you can be with it.  I make sure to get greens every day and my last meal contains a “big ass” salad.  My protein sources include: Soy, Garden of Life® Raw Protein powder, chia, flax,
spirulina, nutritional yeast and hemp seed. I love coconut oil and make it a goal to eat as organic as possible.

How would you describe your training program?
I train for hypertrophy.  My routine consists of intense, focused resistance training 4 days a week, 2-3 body parts a day using 8-12 reps.  If I’m feeling very strong, I’ll do a 4-6 rep heavier set or two.  I will incorporate more periodization training if I begin to feel overtrained.  My cardio consists of a 10-15 min intense session on the elliptical following each workout.

 What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
I have to go with protein on this one.  The number one question I get asked is, “What do you do for protein?”

What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with veganism or training?
Give it a chance.  I was fortunate to have loved it from the start.  I never in a million years thought I could ever give up chicken.  I don’t even really miss it.  I do miss eggs mostly.

Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?
I believe the time if right for people that are open to trying a 100% plant based diet.  Many restaurants, supermarkets and food retailers have
discovered the demand in this market and added more vegan options.