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    Lukas Fichtner

    By Guest, in Profiles, from legacy VBBF website,

    Name: Lukas Fichtner
    Year of Birth: 1989
    Height: 1,70m
    Weight: 70kg
    Current Residence: Berlin
    Sports: Running, Fitness, Biking, TRX
    Website(s): www.lukasfichtner.com
    E-mail: [email protected]

    Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
    My name is Lukas Fichtner and I am living in Berlin. I'm a food coach and personal trainer. Aside from that, I'm educating as an alternative practitioner. I really love my job. I wouldn't even consider it as a job, it's much more of a passion: I am able to help people in need, be totally straight towards them, motivate people and see positive changes. I like to do all different kinds of sports. At the moment I'm preparing to run a marathon. If you have a question, feel free to ask. I try to answer every message.



    Why did you become vegan?
    (What were the contributing factors, was there anything in particular which made you aware or changed your way of thinking etc?)
    My main reason was a lack of health. I had have nearly every disease while consuming a lot of meat and milk products. I was searching for a way out and I got inspired by a lot of vegan people.

    When and why did you become interested in fitness?-
    My mother signed me on the gym when I was 15, because I was overweight. At first I started training one time a week, but when I propose to myself to become great looking I developed a passion for natural bodybuilding. When I got ill my focus switched from gaining muscle to live healthy, diversified and have fun during my workout.



    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    I eat as much organic whole foods as I can. I eat like 80- 90% raw. The other 10-20% are organic starches. My macros are more or less 80/10/10-90/5/5.
    I smash as much carbohydrates as I can to get a lot of glycogen in my cytoplasm and supply my mitochondrias. I also drink a lot of water to be good hydrated.
    I don't want to eat any animal products, processed food, oil, salt, alcohol or other chemicals.
    My favorite meal is a lot of sliced veggies with a lot of rucola and mushrooms topped off with an avocado/chili cream, cooked onions and basmati rice.

    How would you describe your training program?
    My training program always depends on my goal. For me it's always important to adapt to my nervous system and my muscle fiber.
    In my opinion the most important exercises for nearly every kind of sports are: Deadlifts, Bench Press and Squats, because they are the most complex natural movements.



    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
    I use organic chlorella to divert my heavy metals.

    How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
    They react differently.
    A lot of people even don't believe me and ask for every detail. Others jump instantly into their own point of view and tell me that they could never imagine living this way. And some make jokes and want to sell me meat and milk.

    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    To believe that it's unhealthy, hard and that you have to force yourself into something.
    That your Vitamin B12, iron and calcium blood levels are critically low.

    Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
    Yes, but I wouldn't say that I promote or convince people by forcing them into something. I prefer to be a good example; People can get stoked by seeing results and actions. If they ask me straightly, I try to give them the best answer.

    What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
    Love, passion and fun.

    What do you like best about being vegan?
    It's a great feeling. After 2-3 weeks eating a high carb plant based vegan diet it just felt right and I felt awesome.



    What do you like best about being fit?
    It's one of the greatest values in life.

    What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
    Enjoy, have fun and focus on a clear goal.

    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
    Go for it!

    What motivates you in life?
    Seeing the results of my actions.
    People I look up to or I get inspired by.
    Seeing people who want to change something or want to improve.


    What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
    Yes, it's an awesome website. I got to know Tobias Klingl who was very kind, when I contacted him and asked about a specific scenario.
    Thanks for that Tobias!

    Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share?
    You know...life is full of tough decisions, we have to make. You will maybe ask yourself later on, whether you did the proper thing or not. But there are decisions you'll never regret. Like buying a good racing bike.
    Becoming a high carb plant based vegan was truly one of the best decisions in my life! Thanks to a lot of people who have inspired and helped me in many ways.
    I also want to thank my family and friends.
    Thank you for reading. I hope you can use something for yourself!


    Guest
    Name: Lyndsay Braswell
    Height: 5'5”
    Weight: Depends on the season!
    Birthplace: Baltimore, MD
    Current Residence: Pasadena, MD
    Sports: Former Figure Competitor, Current Bikini Competitor, although not sure what category I'll end up in next season!
    Blog: http://www.lilgreendress.com
    Twitter: @FitRawChic
    Education:
    MBA, BS in Exercise Sports Science
    NESTA Funtional Training Specialist
    NESTA Sport Yoga Instructor
    Why did you become vegan?
    I chose this diet for health and somewhat superficial reasons (always had bad skin). More so health! I had been introduced to veganism a number of times in my life, but being a competitor I was under the percepetion I needed the bodybuilder staples of eggs and chicken to build muscle when I needed to and lose fat when I neededed to. How could I give them up? After taking a test I found out I was off the charts intolerant to eggs. I immediately gave them up and after doing some research, I soon decided to give up meat as well. I didn't really have much dairy in my diet before as I always suspected I was lactose intolerant. I still was having fish here or there, mainly when I went out for sushi or when I went out with friends or a date and didn't want to seem too uptight. But it was when I met Robert, other vegans, and read “The China Study” when I decided to make the full commitment. Knowing I could be social, have muscles, enjoy greater health and prevent diseases that run rapid in my family is truly what sealed the deal.


    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    Lucky for me I've always had an affinity for exercising. When I was a little girl, still in the single digits, I would watch the leg warming unitard fitness ladies on “Body Electric” and the beach workouts of “Body Shaping” and “Kiana's Flex Appeal.” In 8th grade I was chosen to be part of a program where we weight trained before school called “Bigger, Faster, Stronger.” I never missed one workout and therefore experienced great improvement. In high school I played field hockey and lacrosse and in order to perform better my father felt I should join the gym. Boy was he right! I could hit that ball so much harder and I loved the new lines in my body! So at 15, my dad gave me my first gym membership and I've been hooked ever since!
    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    As far as specifics it really depends on the season and whether I am preparing for a competition. In general, I try to follow a whole food, natural diet plan. I eat very minimal processed foods and stick to home cooking mostly. I find I eat with the season with always the inclusion of lots of greens. I eat smaller portions every few hours or when my body tells me I need to. If I ever go too long without eating I always end up sabotaging my diet and eat way too much. Planning is key to the success of my nutrition program. Some of my staples include quinoa, chick peas, berries, greens, and sweet potatoes.


    How would you describe your training program?
    This too depends if I'm getting ready for a competition or not. I still like to keep my cardio up year round as running is when I do my most creative thinking and I sit a lot at work, plus I really like to eat! Just like nutrition, I believe variety is key. I like to lift full body 3x a week every other day to ensure my muscles get adequate rest. The types of exercises and volume are tailored to whatever my goal is at the time. I do some sort of cardio, mainly running on days I don't lift with some additional leg work which is only bodyweight or very light weight high rep work to get the muscles traditional lifting doesn't. I also like doing yoga or pilates as I feel they really lengthen and streamline the body.
    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
    Hemp, Flaxseed, Vega, & Maca seem to be my mainstays although if I'm using Vega regularly I don't really have to consume the other three. I use them for the fatty acid profile, the extra easily digestible protein, the amino acids, and the vitamins and minerals.


    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    The obvious one, vegans are stick figures. Vegans only eat dirt. It's expensive. All of which are not true.
    What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?
    The character building it gives you. The happiness it gives you. The discipline it instills in you.
    What do you like best about being vegan?
    Knowing that I can control my own destiny and being a vegan will secure me the best life possible. Plus all the great people I meet. A lot of them are for saving the earth and the animals, and with this comes caring people. Plus, I look so much better!


    What do you like best about being fit?
    I can perform better in all aspects of life because it gives me confidence.
    What are your strengths as an athlete?
    Wow, good question! In my sport where drug use is so prevalent, I have made a commitment to abstain from it and because of this I bring a more natural look and therefore can resonate with mainstream and have a positive influence because my physique is believable and achievable.
    What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?
    Just do it! Sorry, is that considered plagiarism? My best advice would be to read as much as you can on it, that way it will motivate you more to stick to it. Make friends with vegans whether it's via internet or through a meet-up group and don't worry if you mess up here or there on your way to becoming 100% vegan.. Some people can go cold turkey but others like myself needed a little tweaking here or there. Also you may want to talk to a nutritionist that specializes in vegan diets. A lot of people quit on it too soon because they aren't eating the right way. Oh, and also give it time. You can't expect to see and feel changes right away.


    What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?
    I read a lot and I'm fortunate enough to have successful vegan athletes in my life to support and motivate me. I feel so strongly that being a vegan can prevent so many terrible diseases, if I can inspire someone to eat this way through my athletic accomplishments I would be thrilled and know I am doing my service to the community. It's helped give me meaning to my life.
    How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?
    I would have to say it's the President who has inspired me. The love and commitment he has for protecting animals is incredible, and deeply moving. It's so rare to meet such a giving individual. He's also introduced me to a lot of other new vegan friends and business mentors. AND have you seen this guy's pipes!? All plant protein baby!
    Is there anything else you would like to add about your vegan fitness lifestyle?
    I'm just so happy, and feel more spiritually connected since adopting a whole foods, plant based diet. I believe whole heartedly it's the right diet to follow for optimal nutrition and disease prevention. It also makes a girl's skin look fierce!



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    Mac Danzig

    By Guest, in Profiles, from legacy VBBF website,

    Name: Mac Danzig
    Year of Birth: 1980
    Height: 5'9"
    Weight: 168
    Birthplace: Ohio
    Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
    Sports: Professional Mixed Martial Artist (MMA fighter)
    Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
    I am a professional MMA fighter with the UFC. I am a nature lover with a passion for photography. I love to travel to remote places and capture images of the beauty in nature, whether it be landscapes or wildlife itself. Any time at home is spent with my daughter.

    Why did you become vegan?
    Because I only have control over one person; myself. And I decided that I did not want to contribute to the consumer industries that cause so much unnecessary animal suffering. Once I became Vegan, I realized that there are a plethora of other benefits besides just the moral and ethical reasons, but those are the issues that helped me pull the trigger.
    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    I've always been physically active and interested in sports since I was a young child. I can't imagine living any other way.
    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    Vegan, whole foods. Minimal processed food or refined sugars. Lots of water.


    How would you describe your training program?
    Balancing ridiculous amounts of intensity with mental focus, technique and positivity.
    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
    I use Vega, The Ultimate Meal and also a few other protein powders such as Plant Fusion and Sunpower when i am in hard training and need the extra protein with low calories. Normally, I just try to eat a balanced diet and the need for
    supplements decreases.
    How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
    Most of them are puzzled and/or amazed. I feel like we are still living in the dark ages of diet. Most people have no clue what eating healthy consists of. The information out there in the mainstream is still very poor.


    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    The most common misconception is that it isn't healthy and that you cannot be strong or physically active on a vegan diet. The truth is quite the opposite.
    Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
    I prefer to lead by example. I choose not to wear veganism on my sleeve as though it's a club or religion that I want to convert others to. That sort of approach ultimately pushes people away. Nobody likes to be forced into something, even if it's good for them. I would rather live my life positively and make an impact with the choices I make. I have been lucky enough to gain mainstream success and have inspired many people to become vegan simply by competing. I love hearing from people who tell me that I inspired them to try cutting out all animal products from their diet.


    What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
    The mental aspect.
    What do you like best about being vegan?
    Knowing that I am doing my best as a consumer to not contribute to the awful industries of the world that cause so much suffering.
    What do you like best about being fit?
    It feels amazing. I can't imagine physically existing any other way.
    What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
    Don't stop if you don't see immediate results. These changes don't happen overnight. Training shouldn't be something you "try out", rather it should be a total addition to your life.
    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
    Don't "think", just "do"! It's easy.
    What motivates you in life?
    Specifically: my daughter. In a broader sense: love and happiness; the exhilaration of experiencing life.


    What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
    I'm not specifically into bodybuilding at all, but I think the site is awesome. It is an amazing resource and a very strong online presence, not only for the cause of veganism, but for spreading good information about training and diet. Part of the major misconception about diet today is the idea of meat and protein requirements being of the utmost importance to an athlete. So much of what people go by is based on the ramblings of those who followed and idolized Schwarzenegger and Ferrigno, who were bodybuilders. That diet is overwhelmingly unhealthy. By simply existing, Veganbodybuilding.com is proving that 1) you can be strong on a vegan diet, and 2) bodybuilders do not need animal products to be successful. Therefore, the site is invaluable.

    Guest
    Name: Manny Escalante Jr
    Age: 30
    Height: 5' 3”
    Weight: 135 pounds
    Birthplace: San Jose, Costa Rica
    Current Residence: La Verne, California
    Sports: Endurance Sports, Weight Lifting, water sports, and anything I can get my 2 dogs to do with me.

    Why did you become vegan?
    I did an internet search based on “why vegan”. After reading about the way animals are treated and the damage done to our environment, my mind was made up. My research began on a Tuesday night, and after 30 minutes I knew there was no choice but to become vegan. I have been vegan ever since that evening.


    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    I was graduating with a degree in Sports Medicine and was extremely out of shape. My brother encouraged me to get fit since I was going to be a health and fitness professional. I made little changes at first, and now live for (and make my living with) exercise and health.


    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    Very tasty thanks to a wife who is an aspiring cook and loves to experiment. We eat a lot of veggies with varying protein sources. Tons of fruit, pea and hemp protein, tempeh, hummus, and some tofu. We try to be very clean (limited processed foods) with a lot of organic foods and much variety. My weakness is beer, (vegan) ice cream, and tortilla chips.



    How would you describe your training program?
    Like with our food, we like to experiment. I train very high intensity and shorter duration. I do intervals, and weight lifting that typically involves full body. When racing I follow a self created structured plan with some long runs, some speed work, and some easy days. I train 5-7 days per week.


    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
    Multivitamin to ensure adequate nutrients and eliminate deficiencies. When lifting heavy I use creatine and glutamine to help maintain muscle mass. I use protein powders since it is an easy way to get good calories into my day.


    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    That it is unhealthy. That it is a fad and people will quickly grow out of it and go back to eating 'normal'. That it is not good for athletes.



    What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?
    Enjoying the journey, spreading the message, and making the most out of everyday.



    What do you like best about being vegan?
    Having a clean conscience and knowing that my choices are making a difference. Serving as a reference for others who may have questions or are interested also.


    What do you like best about being fit?
    They way I feel, the way I look, the confidence it provides, and the freedom it gives to take on challenges.


    What are your strengths as an athlete?
    Staying committed and accomplishing my goals.


    What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?
    Talk to others who were in your shoes once. Educate yourself and be prepared to educate others. Stay strong, and stay committed.


    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
    You are not weird, you are not alone, you will not be unhealthy. Welcome to a community of compassionate, awakened individuals.

    What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?
    To prove the nay-sayers wrong and to motivate others to join our team. Hopefully people will be able to talk about a vegan athlete instead of a person who went vegan and got sick.

    How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?
    Kept the fire alive by seeing others who are just like me. It gives me a chance to express myself, and to ask questions of others. This site rocks and should be at the top of any athletes list!


    Is there anything else you would like to add about your vegan fitness lifestyle?
    Thanks for reading. Contact me with any questions about endurance training, weight lifting, injury prevention or injury rehab. [email protected] or 909.241.4032.



    Guest

    Marcina Frost

    By Guest, in Profiles, from legacy VBBF website,

    Name: Marcina Leigh Frost
    Age: 22
    Height: 5'4"
    Weight: 110 pounds
    Birthplace: Powell River, BC
    Current Residence: Abbotsford, BC
    Sports: Weight lifting

    Why did you become vegan?

    I think many things led up to it. I've always loved animals and wasn't a big meat eater. I was one of those people that refused to believe that my food was once alive.

    I ended up getting a janitorial job cleaning up offices in a turkey factory, called Lilydale. One of the offices was downstairs where they did the slaughtering, with a big window overlooking the room with thousands of hooks. It was really disturbing to see that. One day I saw a video that was sent to me via Myspace. It was a short video showing hidden camera footage from inside slaughterhouses. I was absolutely horrified. I basically became vegan overnight. I had already given up dairy due to an allergy, so all I really needed to do was give up meat, eggs, fish, and other animal products. I found it to be very easy and I haven't looked back.




    When and why did you become interested in fitness?

    I first became interested in fitness in the 11th grade. I used to go to an aerobics class with my friend who was trying to lose weight. The next year in school I took a strength and conditioning class and fell in love with weights. I loved how my body changed. After I graduated, I took a break from training for a couple years and missed it terribly. I invested in some freeweights and started buying magazines to learn how to use them until I met my boyfriend, Silvio. He's my also training buddy and we go to the gym together.

    How would you describe your nutrition program?

    It changes a lot depending on what I'm doing but I always eat clean. In the summertime I was eating mostly raw foods. When it gets colder I eat a lot of homemade soups and stuff like that. Every morning for breakfast I eat a raw cereal made with fruit, nuts, and seeds, topped with hemp milk. Silvio is really awesome in the kitchen and makes some terrific vegan meals. He just wings it, and makes it taste delicious. I don't know how he does it!



    How would you describe your training program?

    Silvio and I go to the gym together on Saturday nights, and sometimes another day during the week. When the weather is nice, we both go jogging together on the trails around my house. On days when I don't get to the gym, I like to lift weights at home. I am currently doing a split routine trying to gain as much muscle as possible. I'm a hard gainer.

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

    I use Ruth's organic raw hemp protein powder, and Vega. I also take a vegan multivitamin everyday and a probiotic.

    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?

    A lot of people have tried to tell me that being a vegan is unhealthy, or is pointless. I have felt very healthy on a vegan diet, and I think that if more people looked into it and tried to understand veganism better, they wouldn't be so quick to judge.



    What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?

    Sticking to a routine. You have to be dedicated to really see any results from it. A lot of people give up fitness because they don't see results as quickly as they want and ultimately lose interest. Once you get into a routine, and start learning new things.. Your body will surprise you.
    It also helps to have a good support network. Someone to keep you motivated and never let you give up.

    What do you like best about being vegan?

    My bum looks a lot nicer! Hahahaha! The best part would ultimately be how much healthier I am. I rarely catch colds anymore.



    What do you like best about being fit?

    I won't lie, looking great is probably the best part! Feeling great is right up there with it.

    What are your strengths as an athlete?

    To be honest, I don't really consider myself an athlete. Just your typical gym rat!

    What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?

    NEVER GIVE UP!! Stick to a routine, and make sure you eat right.



    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?

    It's the best thing you can do for yourself, the animals, and the Earth. The meat and dairy industry has such a detrimental effect on the climate and our environment. We need to leave our carbon footprints as small as possible.

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

    My love for fitness and animals. I also have a lot of support from everyone at veganbodybuilding.com and from my boyfriend Mr. Silvio Lorusso. He's such a great guy!

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

    I don't think I'd be where I am now without it! I've learned more about nutrition and bodybuilding than i could have hoped for. The contests are a blast, the people are very friendly and intelligent, and it's kept me motivated to stay on track.

    Is there anything else you would like to add about your vegan fitness lifestyle?

    Don't knock it til you try it!



    Guest

    Marcus Patrick

    By Guest, in Profiles, from legacy VBBF website,

    Derek Tresize was born and raised in San Diego California where he lived until attending university in northern California. Derek first converted to a plant-based diet at the age of 19 when he began reading about the vast health impacts of eating this way through the works of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Joel Furhman, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and several other prominent researchers and clinicians.
    Throughout his high school and college career, Derek participated in a wide variety of sports and activities including football, cross country, track and field, powerlifting, martial arts, swimming, surfing, and kayaking. When he converted to a plant based diet, he found his
    performance in these areas approved across the board, and he began promoting this diet to everyone around him.



    Since obtaining his bachelor's degree in Biology, Derek has been working as the Director of Personal Training at Gold's Gym in Richmond Virginia where he also works one on one with clients to help improve their diet, fitness, and overall health. He is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), and is Certified in Plant-Based Nutrition through the T. Colin Campbell Foundation and Cornell University.

    Derek has been weightlifting for 10 years and has been strictly bodybuilding for the past 5 years. He has been a bodybuilding/fitness model in the Richmond area since 2009. Derek was voted into the top 20 semifinalists of the Bodybuilding.com Spokesmodel 2011, and plans to compete in his first bodybuilding contest over the summer of 2011. Whenever Derek trains or travels he promotes a plant-based diet for health and athletic performance, and he plans to do so to a greater extent as his bodybuilding recognition grows.


    For more information on Derek, visit his blog at http://www.veganmuscleandfitness.com/, or to contact him directly with an email to [email protected] or [email protected]

    Guest

    Maria Silva

    By Guest, in Profiles, from legacy VBBF website,

    Name: Maria Silva
    Year of Birth: 15/11/1982
    Height: 1,75 cm
    Weight: 55 kg
    Birthplace: Catania (Sicily)
    Current Residence: Milano
    Sports: Body Building, Swimming, Functional training
    Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
    My name is Maria Silva, I'm 29 years old, I live and work in Milan, but I come from Sicily. Since I was a child I was always active, and passionate about what I did, I really enjoyed applying myself to all kinds of things. My passion is sport in all its forms, water aerobics with weights initially, and then pilates and functional training, as well as weight-training. I love reading, travelling, theater, music, spirituality and Zen philosophy, along with all that is vegan, and anything which helps to unite a veg world.


    Why did you become vegan?
    Because life for me is love in all its forms. Whatever happens is good or not because depending on whether there is love or not. Respectively, nothing depends on the outside, by others or by chance, only from the mind of one who loves.
    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    I did 12 years of dance from when I was 5 years old, and then devoted my time to weight-lifting, fitness and body building. Now I train as a bikini athlete. I have become a personal trainer and I studied nursing at University, and I'm currently working in the surgical ward.
    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    My diet consists of lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, vegetable proteins such as legumes, tofu and soy. I give preference to raw foods rather than cooked because they maintain their nutritional properties. I eat several times a day and I try to drink enough. Often I allow myself some chocolate cake that I love too!


    How would you describe your training program?
    I train with weights 2 times a week, to allow my body to recover naturally. One or two days a week I also do swimming, running or functional training, and once a week I do pilates.
    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
    I do not use supplements, my diet is varied and rich in natural foods, I do not feel the need to add to it. The best supplement to a diet is recovery and rest.
    How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
    Most people ask me where I get my protein. In fact, our body acidifies with a high proportion of protein. Also fruit, vegetables and plants contain sufficient proportions of protein, good enough not just for everyday people, but also for those serious about sport. Just reach a certain caloric intake. Other people ask me the reason for this choice, the others remains silent and just gives me compliments!


    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    An example is protein. which people bring up too often. We need aminoacids, not just protein, and vegetables already contain such split protein forms. Another misconception is that the scarcity of iron and vitamin B12 in the vegan diet, in fact plants actually contain the right amount that is necessary to the body. We must think in terms of biochemical transformations and substitutions. Just think of the bull and the horse that eat only grass.
    Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
    Of course, I recommend books that have helped me to understand more about the vegan diet, and friends and acquaintances are also aware of my success with this lifestyle.
    What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
    You have to train hard. You must destroy the muscle, boost strength, beyond yourself. Then rest and recover in order to allow growth and therefore muscle definition.
    What do you like best about being vegan?
    I am able to be stronger in the gym, more joyful, emotionally, and with a better health without contributing to the killing of any living being.


    What do you like best about being fit?
    Sport strengthens your person, your character, it's a proof of life. If you can stand fatigue and resistance, you are more able to overcome the hardships that life poses.
    What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
    Do not give up if at first you're tired or you do not see big results. Only persistence and determination will reward you.
    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
    It's the same. The body has to detoxify and adapt to the new diet, and any ups and downs are part of the transition.


    What motivates you in life?
    I thank every single moment. If I'm here, if I'm alive, if I can move, this gives me the strength to go ahead and enjoy everything I do.
    What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
    This is a great site. It helped me a lot in motivation and broke down misconceptions in sport, so It helped me combine veganism and bodybuilding.
    Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share?
    I love life, sport and animals... Go vegan now!!!!

    Guest
    Name: Marina James-Galvin
    Year of Birth: 11/29/70
    Height: 5'4
    Weight: 120
    Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA
    Current Residence: Santa Rosa, CA
    Sports: Running & Trail Running . I just ran my first Ultra- Marathon- 50K on trails. I was amazed at how strong I felt at the end. I look forward to many more marathon and ultra- marathons on trails in the new year ( 2012 and beyond) .
    Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have:
    I am a certified nutrition consultant and personal trainer. I am certified through ACE & NASM for my personal training. I work as an independent contractor in a small gym with eleven other trainers. We all support each other.
    Hobbies & Interests: Trail Running, hiking, walking my 2 black labs, spending time with my husband ( traveling, hiking or enjoying a night out together).
    Passions: Helping educate anyone I can about choosing vibrant & healthy eating in a loving way. I also love working with rescued animals & organizations. My husband and I have 2 rescued dogs and 2 rescued cats. I look forward to the day when I have many more.


    Why did you become vegan?
    I started reducing my animal protein intake after watching a lot of the PETA & other animal videos a few years ago. It just feels right to my body, mind and spirit to let go of animal protein.
    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    When I was a teenager and was battling a weight problem. My athletic older brother bought me my first pair of running shoes. He supported me 100% instead of teasing me.
    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    I emphasize lots of greens. I usually start my day with a green smoothie and always rotate my greens & veggies. I usually have a big salad with colorful veggies, raw nuts, and beans
    for lunch and then gluten-free grains ( quinoa, millet, wild rice, or brown rice) along with sauté veggies for dinner. I do enjoy a small piece of 70-80% dark chocolate with a cup of green tea in the afternoon.


    How would you describe your training program?
    I train with a very supportive & local running group ( heart & sole ) in Santa Rosa, CA. The group keeps me motivated. I run 3-4x a week and then cross train with weight training 3x a week , stretching with the foam roller, use the stationery bike at the gym-2x a week and power walk the dogs daily.
    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
    Vega Protein Powder, Vega Sports Energy Bars, Spirulina, L-Glutamine, Amino Acid Balance, Vitamin B 12, Vitamin Code Multi for Women. I take these supplements to feel more balanced. My body recovers faster from adding these in .
    How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
    Some people are very supportive and want to know why I have chosen this lifestyle and some seem uncomfortable around me.
    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    That you can't get enough high quality protein from a plant based diet. I am always being asked “ Where do you get your protein”. I love looking at them and saying “ The Earth & Do I look like I am not getting enough protein? “


    Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
    Yes- I have been leading & supporting groups through Kris Carr's 21 Day “ Crazy Sexy Diet” Vegan Cleanse for the last year. Many of them feel amazing after letting go of animal protein for 21 days. They feel happier, cleaner, less bloated, less cravings, sleep better, more energy, and easier bowel movements.
    What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
    Being on a specific routine for your goals with yourself or with a group.
    What do you like best about being vegan?
    That I am saving the animals!! And my body feels happier ( Less anxious)
    What do you like best about being fit?
    That my body feels strong & lean and I can do things that I didn't think I could do . My body likes being challenged.
    What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
    1. To start out slowly- be gentle with yourself
    2. Join a group for additional support or connect to one or more people who are
    mentors for support.
    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
    1. To start out slow- consider meeting with a vegan nutritionist for support
    2. read supportive books like “ Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr” or “ 30 Day Vegan
    Challenge by Colleen Patrick- Goudreau”
    3. Watch the movie “ Forks over Knives”
    4. Got to a Vegan Potluck in your area
    What motivates you in life?
    Being & Feeling Healthy & Happy. “ Happiness is a choice”


    What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
    I am so grateful for all that vegan body building has shared with all of us. It has definitely inspired me with all of the valuable information and stories.
    Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share?
    I am grateful for all we have now ( information, books, movies, websites, blogs, restaurants, potlucks) that are supporting this kind of lifestyle. Thank you

    Guest

    Mark Coates

    By Guest, in Profiles, from legacy VBBF website,

    Name: Mark Coates
    Age: 27
    Height: 6 feet
    Weight: 190 lbs
    Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
    Current Residence: Ottawa, Canada Sports: Ultramarathon running Email address: [email protected]

    Why did you become vegan? I originally became vegan to help improve my running performances. I had noticed before that I tended to run best when I ate very little meat. Although my veganism started as a sports nutrition experiment, my reasons for being vegan have since evolved to encompass animal rights and environmental concerns.




    When and why did you become interested in fitness? I've been interested in fitness all my life. There has never been a time in my life when I wasn't involved in sports and fitness in some way. From the time I can remember, I was involved in little league baseball, soccer, cross country running, and biking. I competed as a springboard diver for five years, culminated in me going to the Canada Age Group Nationals at the age of 16. I started lifting weights at the age of 14, and have been doing so on and off ever since. I rediscovered my love for running in 2001 and have been racing ever since.

    How would you describe your nutrition program?

    II don't have a very well defined program. I try to eat fresh, whole foods as much as possible. When I'm training heavily for a long race, I follow the general principles of the "Thrive Diet". I prefer to graze rather than eat big meals.



    How would you describe your training program?

    My running and weight training programs go hand in hand. If I'm preparing for a long race I'll usually spend more time running and less in the gym. Before a 100-mile race I'll peak at just over 100km per week of running, which includes at least 50km of aerobic zone running. After a long race I usually ease off the running, hit the gym more frequently and build up my strength. I use free-weights and bodyweight exercises almost exclusively.

    I always make sure to listen to my body and take a rest day (or week) whenever I'm starting to feel sluggish. Lots of runners that I know will never deviate from their training schedule, regardless of how they feel. But if you show up at the start line of a 100 miler injured then you're probably not going to be able to "tough it out" as you would in a shorter race. So resting is an essential part of my training.

    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
    I use Vega as a meal replacement or snack fairly often, but apart from that I use no supplements.



    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?

    It is surprising to me that some people still believe that vegans cannot be top tier athletes. While many vegan athletes are told that they can't compete unless they eat meat or eggs or whey protein supplements. There is relatively little of this criticism within the ultramarathon community, in large part because the top ultramarathoner in the world right now (Scott Jurek) is vegan. I wish that this attitude would catch on in the wider public.

    What do you like best about being vegan?

    I feel much healthier. I also appreciate the fact that I do not directly contribute to the exploitation of animals or the environment.

    What do you like best about being fit?

    I like the fact that any day of the week, I could choose to put on my shoes and run for four hours. Or go to the gym and do a hard, hour and a half long workout. Being fit means being able to do more, and I love that kind of freedom.

    What are your strengths as an athlete?

    I push myself right to the limit in training. That does not mean that I'm reckless or nonchalant about injury; just the opposite in fact. I am able to push myself so far because I make such an effort to be aware of the signals my body is sending me. Years ago my diving coach coached asked me, after I had painfully landed flat on my back from the 5m tower, "Are you injured or are you hurt?" Learning the distinction between pain and injury is absolutely vital in a sport like ultramarathon running, and I think my ability to do so is my greatest strength.

    What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?

    Know that there is nothing about being a vegan that limits your athletic potential. Eating well is likely to boost your performance, and veganism is one excellent path to healthy eating. Get advice from other vegans, whether through friends, books, or websites.



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

    Just plain old love of sport. I love to compete, but I also love to just run for the sake of running: no watch, no training plan, no set route, no time limit. Same thing at the gym. While I've had great results following set programs, sometimes I like to work out for the sake of working out.

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

    I have been inspired seeing other people improve their fitness through veganism and hard work. Taking part in the 2007 spring challenge motivated me to stick to my weight-training program more closely than ever before.


    Guest

    Mark Martell

    By Guest, in Profiles, from legacy VBBF website,

    Name: Mark Martell
    Year of Birth: 1968
    Height: 6'3”
    Weight: 212
    Birthplace: NY
    Current Residence: NY
    Sports: Tennis
    Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
    I'm a pharmacist, but more importantly a Team Beachbody Coach. I love to inspire, motivate & educate. My passions include playing tennis, training & helping others achieve better health & fitness. I enjoy traveling, experiencing life & being in the present moment. One of my dreams is to be selected for the reality show “ Survivor” & win, bringing even more awareness to those interested in the vegan lifestyle.


    Why did you become vegan?
    Because I believed that there was a better way to live life. I wanted to the best bang for my buck. I have always been in search of the best nutrition. I never felt good after eating meat, steak in particular. Always felt lethargic. Wanted to obtain the highest level of health & fitness.


    When and why did you become interested in fitness?
    I became interested when I was 17 and was “asked” to “gain” weight in order to continue to play college baseball. I had always been an athlete. Basketball, football, hockey, track & field, baseball etc..



    How would you describe your nutrition program?
    99.99% raw vegan.... Pretty extreme, but that is me... extreme ....


    How would you describe your training program?
    Extreme... high intensity level... P90X has been my base for the past few years.
    What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
    I have supplemented with SunWarrior raw protein, Shakeology, many superfoods to include chia, maca, goji etc...



    How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
    Usually they say, “really? You have muscle... how can you maintain your lean muscle and be a vegan? Where do you get your protein from ?”
    What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
    It's boring... you'll get really skinny... can't build functional lean muscle ....



    Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others?
    If so, how did you go about it? Lead by doing....


    What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
    Intensity
    What do you like best about being vegan?
    It feels right....

    What do you like best about being fit?
    Because being fit allows life to be fully enjoyed....
    What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
    Be consistent.. train smart... get the handle on nutrition...
    What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
    Try it for 30 days.. set small goals... eventually, your body will guide you....
    What motivates you in life?
    Challenging myself, experiencing change, helping others


    What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
    Yes, it has helped me. Hoping to pass along the inspiration..
    Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share?
    Want others to feel as light, grounded & healthy as I do since evolving into vegan life.




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