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Name: Claudia Lailhacar   
Age: 38
Height: 5 “4 ½

Weight: Competing -118lbs – off season 125lbs
Birthplace: Chile
Current Residence: Vancouver, B.C.
Sports: Figure Competitor, Weight lifting and yoga
website: www.claudialailhacar.com

Why did you become vegan?

I wanted to make a difference, do something for the environment, animals and my health.

When and why did you become interested in fitness?

I have always been involved in Fitness – Gymnastics at a very young age, Track in high school and have been lifting weights since I was 18. Why? It makes me feel GREAT..physically and emotionally.

How would you describe your nutrition program?
I am a strict Vegan, So I make sure my diet is a balanced and healthy one. I eat 6 meals a day, most consist of veggies and some complex carbs and protein. My protein comes from beans, veggies, nuts , tofu, veggie meats. During pre competition, my protein comes from mostly shakes. 

How would you describe your training program?

I lift weights 4 times a week and cardio 3 times.
Add in yoga when I feel the need to connect
I also walk to work daily which is a total of 7 miles a day.

What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?

I take a multivitamins because no matter how well I eat I thing we all need it.

What are some common misconceptions about veganism?

That we are unhealthy, iron deficient and cannot build muscle : (

What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?
Enjoying it! You need to find something that you enjoy and will stick to. It can be fun and it makes a world of a difference to your health and mind. It makes a happier you.

What do you like best about being vegan?

Cruelty free life,. I can live in harmony without hurting anything..including our environment. Feeling like a million bucks! : )  

What do you like best about being fit?

The way I feel inside and the way I look on the outside.
Having all the energy in the world.

What are your strengths as an athlete?

I am very committed..diet and training. When my head is in it..I go all the way giving it 110%.

What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?
You can do it!! Just educate yourself..knowledge is everything. Eat clean and balanced.
Ask other Vegans who have been doing it for a while…we are friendly and helpful people : )  

What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Same as above – Educate yourself..Not all Vegans are healthy ones. You need to provide your body with all the essential nutrients it needs to run like a perfect machine.

What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?

My accomplishments, my future accomplishments and the recognition I get from other Athletes.

How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?

Yes! It’s great to know there are others out there just like me!