Name: Andrea White
Year of Birth: 1978
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Current Residence: Brooklyn
Sports: Track & Field, Calisthenics, Aerobics, Body Building
~B.F.A in Fine Arts-2001~ University of Buffalo
~ Fitness Certification Course- (NASM) 2010
~Dance Fitness /Athletic Coach/ Technical
Dance Training & Choreography
~AAU Junior Olympic Track & Field Coach /New Orleans-2011
~GK Classics 4th Annual Mega Muscle Championships (NC) -Women's Middle Weight Winner, (Best Poser, Best Female Entertainer, and Women's Overall) Winner-2011
~Gold's Gym Body Building Championship (NC) - Women's Overall Winner-2010
~Body Built by Bar Calisthenics (NY)-Women's Overall Winner-2011/2010
~Muscle Sports Magazine Athlete Profile: 2010, ~Times Newspaper: Sports Cover Page: 2010
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have:
As a youth athlete I ran track and I danced. I did them both up into College, majoring in Fine Arts Dance. After graduation I continue to run for endurance an maintenance competing in Open events and Road races. I coach youth athletics, training athlete to compete in games such as the (Junior Olympics. I was a former Dance Fitness Instructor in local organizations such as the YMCA, EL Puente Community Human Rights Institution, NYC Afterschool Programs and
various Dance schools throughout the North Carolina area. Working as a Personal Trainer, I had the chance to train in the Bodybuilding League under Body by Silk Fitness/ Head Trainer and Dominating BB Athlete, Jerry 'SILK' Garner.
I won my first two shows, overall in all events!!! I've always been a promoter of health awareness in my community family and friends; now I'm learning the nutritious ways of being fit as a Raw Vegan; Just fruits & Veggies. Now that's an awesome way to 'hit the stage'...talk about Nutrition!!! With all my exposure in fitness, I would love to compete as a Raw Vegan Athlete!!! I know I can do it and dominate, because with God All things are Possible!
Why did you become vegan?
I first became a vegan years ago after reading up on the maltreatment of animals and how food growth was enhance through chemicals. I disagreed with the methods use in order to increase sales and put food on my plate. I'm an animal lover...lover of cats!!! ~Years past and I return to the SAD diet for Muscle growth in the Bodybuilding Sport. I was advised of this way of eating for better results. I swallowed lots to do this!!!
I recently return back to Raw Vegan because I wanted to reshape what I thought my body needed to be healthy and fit. I wanted to change from the inside out and heal, restructure things in my body which were out of order. So now it's fruits and Veggies for Nutrition.
When and why did you become interested in fitness? I love to see how my body can transform through HARDCORE Intense exercise and Nutrition. I can unwind with exercise, be glam with Physical Fitness, Mentor with Exercise Routines...be more flexible, agile and prepared for any Physical Challenges or Opportunity that come my way.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
Intense!!! I'm learning and reaping the benefits of consuming just fruits and vegetables.
How would you describe your training program? My current training revolves around strength and Cardio endurance. My gym has become the 'monkey bars' in the parks and my treadmill is the Outdoor Track. Calisthenic Training for Body strength include Pull-ups, pushup and series of dip exercises. I alternate from running miles to Intervals of Sprints. For flexibility of my joints, tendons and hip sockets, I dedicate 20-30 minutes of stretch and relaxation in the sun when it's out.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I stop using supplements. I feel I get all the nutrients that my muscles & cells need from Raw Fruits & Veggies.
How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
Some are interested in my foods and want to know how I can still have muscles...others want to know how long do I plan on being a vegan and some even say...”I always eat funny”! They thinks its weird or strange or unhealthy and so are the Rack of Ribs!!!! I'll eat the fruits and smoothies instead!!
What are some common misconceptions about veganism? Is that it's a fad or a movement and a way to be separate. And that we are staving ourselves by not getting enough calories.
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
Absolutely!!! For me this is the highlight of my Healthy lifestyle. I aim to live and promote health by being an example; a picture of wellness. Many know that I've always been active and athletic and that my foods have boosted my body's physique. So I feel a platform has already been set for me to share. I offer my foods, share my recipes and have a good attitude about it and that draws interest. I'm seeing folks become active in researching ways to boost their health through fruits and juicing and counting calories and exercising. I love when those
people who at one point were disinterested in my nutritional regimen begin to ask me about buying fruits, and blending and making salads. So refreshing!!!
What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
Making up one's mind to get started and Be Consistence! And once you are in the zone, PUSH pass your breaking point...and discover how powerful your gains could be when you do not give in to the mindset of “I cant, or I'm tired, It's too much, or I'll do more next time”.
What do you like best about being vegan?
The unlimited source to reaching optimal health! It's like exercise; you can't do out do exercise through different stunts and postures; exercise has always been around, its movement. And Nutrition has always been around providing ways to reach levels in health. Veganism embraces Nutrition, Awareness of one's environment, Developments in Nature and Unity within God's Creation. Being a vegan is the tool to ushering a person to appreciate God's creation and universal purpose for all things; to have consideration, appreciation, and true love for everything; uncontaminated just pure.
What do you like best about being fit?
I get to illustrate discipline through exercise in my community. I consider myself to be 'encouragement passing by; by the folks who have no motivation, the ones who gave up, by the ones who want to get started in being more active in Fitness. When they see me, I hope Motivation is the message walking by saying make a change, c'mon you can do it too.
Furthermore, I like to BE READY for opportunities in the Main Stream Fitness Community for the purpose of advertising and promoting Health & Physical Fitness on a larger scale.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Stick to your goals and surround yourself with folks who will encourage you!
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
If you're thinking about becoming a vegan continue the process and go forth...get around like-minded folks! Research, ask questions, pray and listen to your body!!!
What motivates you in life?
Easy...hmm God Almighty!!! Waking up in the morning and being blessed with a new day, Motivation! So much motivates me...but I tell you, God's Word inspires me to live the way I do. To honor God with everything and show appreciation for all He has given. Resources for Divine Health (Fruits & Veggies)! Resources to be balanced and have peace, His Holy Spirit!
What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
Honestly, I'm revived and charge to come upon this site. I made the statement that I wish I new of it earlier and I wouldn't have transformed at one point to a SAD diet to participate in Bodybuilding. That was the guidance I was given; declaring Vegans can't build muscles. But I'm glad that in this present day, I'm more knowledgeable, humble, disciplined and wise enough to know that's not true.
I hope through this site I can DIVE back into Bodybuilding as a RAW Vegan and show that ALL things are Possible when there is truly a desire. I desire to be excellent in all that I do...and I'm a enthusiast of Health and Wellness, It's the journey God has me on!!!
Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share?
In honor to the creators of Vegan Body Building....I thank you for Leaping into this dimension and providing a way for individuals like myself to flourish in fitness the Vegan Way Baby!!!!