Name: Korin Sutton
Year of Birth: 06/07/1985
Birthplace: Bronx, NY
Current Residence: Pompano Beach, FL
Sports: Stand Up Paddle Boarding “SUP”, Competitive Bodybuilding,Waka Kickball, Racquet Ball, Recreational and Competitive Shooting
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have.
I'm a ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, Mad Dogg Athletics Certified SPIN Instructor, and right now college student majoring in Exercise Science. I'm a Iraqi War Veteran that served OIF III and IV and was in the military for 8 years, 4 years Active in the United States Marine Corps Hoo-rah!! and 4 years Active Reserves in the United States Navy. ANBF 1st Overall Novice, 2nd Men's Open/ NPC 1st Overall Open Novice, 2nd Men's Open Middle Weight, DFAC 3rd Men's Open Heavy Weight
Why did you become vegan?
I became vegan because of Gary Yourofsky. June 2011, I listened to his speech at Broward College and he totally open my eyes. I always had a misconception on how animals were being treated and raised for human consumption. I also had a big misconception on animal nutrition. From that day on I decided to become vegan. It wasn't easy at first, I stopped eating all land animal products and for 2 years I was 80% Vegan and 20% Pescatarian. Now I've been Vegan for a year and it feels great to not be involved with any type of animal killing or cruelty and being on a plant-based diet.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
Fitness was always a passion for me. I started lifting when I was 16 years old, but never gained any true size because I was in the Marine Corps for 4 years active; once I went to the US Navy Reserve I had time to put on mass. Once I got out of the service everything just played its part, being vegan.
Since I was 7 years old I was into fitness and sports. I played multiple sports growing up, at 7 the first sport I played was baseball. Played baseball for about 2 years, then transition to tennis. I actually was enrolled in a summer tennis camp which boosted up coordination and technique. Once I was done with tennis I started to play racquet ball and I played that sport for years until I left the military.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
6-8 meals a day. It would consist of :
Morning: Organic oats, organic brown rice protein shake w/ almonds, peanut butter and almond milk, 2 tsp of truvia or raw sativa.
Morning Snack: Almonds and 2 Boca vegan patties on organic brown rice bread, and any type of organic fruit source.
Lunch: Organic brown rice pasta w/ Tofurkey sausage and organic tomato sauce and any type of organic vegetable source.
Lunch Snack: Almonds, 2 Boca Chik'n patties on Brown Rice Bread, and any type of organic fruit source.
Dinner: Special dish I make myself baked in a slow cooking pot. It's all organic quinoa, mixed vegetables, sweet potatoes, tofu, and a little bit of vegetable broth.
Dinner Snack: Organic brown rice protein w/ almonds, peanut butter, almond milk, and 2 tsp of truvia and homemade vegan brownie that I will have occasionally.
How would you describe your training program?
3-4 days out of the the week I would do my normal bodybuilding routine workout, which consists a lot of failure drills and pyramids. 3 days out of the week will consist of strength conditioning workouts. Cardiovascular workouts every day. There is a mixture of low impact cardio for example, stair master or walking on the treadmill on a high incline. And High impact cardio for example, sprints and SPIN classes. 1 day out of the week which is my rest day where mostly I would do yoga and myofascial release on a foam roller.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
Where do you get the Protein? I get asked that question every single day especially as a personal trainer. A lot of people are misguided on protein and where you can get it from. There are so many different sources of protein you can retrieve without harming a single soul. The Earth has all the nutrition we need to survive and become extremely strong and healthy individuals. Another misconception especially for most men that workout is "I will lose my muscle mass". I tell most of my clients that yes you will lose some muscle mass but, the size your at is not natural. I myself used to weight 220 pounds and I was fit. The difference now is that I'm way cleaner, less sluggish, more cut, and my mental clarity is ridiculous. My energy levels are always high, my libido increased a lot, and I'm actually 10x stronger in the gym when I workout. I'm currently 175 and I never looked or felt better. It's all about the quality of your strength, power, and stamina your body can produce not just how big you are.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with veganism or training?
You have to crawl before you can walk. You're trying to break a habit that you've been doing since you were born. It is going to be hard at first, but remember why you are doing it and the cause you're doing it for. My cause was to say no to animal cruelty and yes to life preservation. Start off with vegan alternatives food products; this will be extremely helpful and will give the taste buds time to adjust from all the high sodium and saturated fats that you're used to eating.
Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share?
Being vegan is great and to me it's not just a diet, it's a lifestyle. If you're starting veganism remember you still have to replace the calories and nutrition that are missing from animal bi-products. This is one of the reasons why a lot of people fail trying to become vegan. My motto is just eat more vegetables, fruits, and grains. The nutrition is there, just increase your meals and you'll be in tip top shape.