Name: Anthony DiNobile
Year of Birth: 1968
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, NY
Current Residence: Dallas, TX
Bodybuilding — 2012 AZ Natural -4th place,
Motorcycle Road Racing — CCS 2011 4thplace 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 youhave.
My name is Anthony DiNobile, a 45 year old IT professional and newly Certified PersonalTrainer and shortly will be studying for a certification in Holistic Nutrition. My three loves aremotorcycles (Ducati 996 for the street/Suzuki SV 650 for the track), showing dogs inconformation and bodybuilding. I also enjoy making desserts and make a killer raw, veganmacaroon.
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 feedmyself, I became fat. Kids are ruthless and had enough getting picked on and beat up, so Istarted working out and eating better.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
My regimen consists of 5-6 plant based foodsmeals 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 creativeyou 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 organicas 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 periodizationtraining if I begin to feel overtrained. My cardio consists of a 10-15 min intense session on theelliptical 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 Icould 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.