Name: Bryce Draper Age: 19 Height: 5'8 Weight: 140 lbs Birthplace: Chandler, AZ Current Residence: Logan, UT Sports: Cycling, with a bit of bodybuilding on the side.
Why did you become vegan?
I had always known animals were treated poorly but hadn't thought it worth my notice until I was confronted with arguments as to why animal suffering is just as important as human suffering. I was first confronted with these arguments when reading Peter Singer's "Writings on an Ethical Life" though I've since moved beyond his utilitarian framework to a more rights-based approach. Once I recognized that animal suffering is just as real and important as any other suffering, the only option was to become vegan.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I was first introduced to the lifting world when my dad took me to a gym when I was 15. I lifted off and on, never really committing myself or becoming very interested in it, until I was 18 when I entered a shape-up contest hosted by veganbodybuilding. That was the first time I really committed myself and the results were staggering. I've tried to keep busy at the gym ever since.
I got on a bike for the first time in years last spring and immediately fell in love with the sport. I bankrupted myself on a new bike, set aside my car keys, and have been riding on my college cycling team since.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
Being the starving college student I am, I can't afford to eat like a bodybuilder. My first concern is with keeping my stomach full. Other than that, I do my best to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, remember my multivitamin, and eat plenty of carbs to keep me going.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
That vegans are scrawny misguided fools who would rather kick a baby than swat a mosquito.
What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?
I think that dedication and enjoyment are the two most important things. You'll never see real results unless you stick with it and you'll never work as hard unless you actually enjoy what you're doing.
What do you like best about being vegan?
Aside from feeling good about seeing a problem and knowing that I'm doing something to fix it, I feel more energized than I ever was as a carnist. I hardly get sick anymore, I never have digestive problems and I can just get up and run (or ride) miles where once I could hardly run yards. I also think that, because of being fit, I sleep better, even if I sleep less. That's something every college student would appreciate!
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Do it. Do it now.
What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?
I feel fantastic when I'm fit and I never want to lose that feeling. Aside from that, I love breaking stereotypes. People are always flabbergasted when I tell them that I'm vegan. They can hardly believe that one can be fit and healthy (and buff ) as a vegan. I want to continue to prove to people that not only is veganism not unhealthy, it can be one of the best things you can do for your body.
How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?
This was the site that first got me into the sport and has helped keep me in it. The people on the forums are always helpful and just knowing that there is this community out there keeps me going strong.
Name: Carolyn Scott-Hamilton Year of Birth: 1976 Height: 5'3” Weight: 115 Birthplace: Bogota, Colombia, South America Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA Sports: Hiking, Dancing, Yoga, Tennis, P90X and TurboFire Website: www.HealthyVoyager.com Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have: I am the creator, writer, host and executive producer of The Healthy Voyager site, brand and shows; www.HealthyVoyager.com. I'm a holistic nutritionist, chef and author as well as an avid traveler! Why did you become vegan? In 1999, I read Fit For Life, a book from the 70's about health and food combining. The light went off in my head about how animal products directly affects our health and well being and I never looked back.
When and why did you become interested in fitness? I've been a dancer since I was 3 years old, ballet, jazz, hip hop and lyrical. In college I became interested in martial arts as an extension of dance and fitness for the body and mind. Now, I like to practice a variety of workouts and fitness activities for my body, mind and spirit. I love working out because it's the 1 time in my day that I only focus on that and nothing else. How would you describe your nutrition program? I'm a whole foods vegan. I eat clean, pure, plant based foods daily. I try to eat at least 50% raw each day and I leave myself some wiggle room for weekends, outings, events and parties to indulge in vegan treats every now and again ; )
How would you describe your training program? I work out 6 days a week and each workout lasts at least 30 minutes. About 3-4 days a week I work out for an hour and include strength training either with weights or yoga. What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why? I take a pre-natal vitamin, ground flax seed, vitamin c and b complex daily. I rotate out my protein mixes for variety. How do people react when they find out you are vegan? It depends on the context but usually people are very curious about what I eat. Or I get “you don't look vegan” since I guess most folks assume we're all unshaved hippy chicks who don't like fashion or makeup ; ) I welcome all reactions as I have an answer for everyone ; )
What are some common misconceptions about veganism? That we are deprived of delicious food, that we are unhealthy, that we hate all meat eaters and that we're all stinky hippies ; ) Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it? Absolutely! My Healthy Voyager Brand is followed around the world with about 70% being non-vegetarian. I have always led by example, being funny, positive and welcoming. I live my life, eat how I eat and people tend to take more notice to that than if I were preaching. It's worked very well so far as both of my parents are now vegan and many people in my circle of friends and family. What do you think the most important aspect of training is? Finding the right workout for you and not beating yourself up to be perfect. Not everyone will love yoga or get something out of it, not everyone should lift massive weights and bulk up. Do what you can, when you can and be sure you like what you're doing as that's the only way to stick with it!
What do you like best about being vegan? Everything! My energy, my health, the delicious food, the animals I'm saving and the example I set for others to lead healthier lives.
What do you like best about being fit? Feeling good in clothes as well as out of them ; ) What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training? Try every type of fitness that appeals to you, not what you think you should do or what someone tells you to. You may find that a karate class is the best way for you to get fit as opposed to hours in a gym or that a dance class kicks your butt more then a yoga class. Mix it up, have fun and do what's best for you. What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan? Do it! And do your research as it is very easy nowadays to become and unhealthy junk food vegan. If you need to take baby steps, that's ok. Cold turkey isn't for everyone. Get acquainted with the top vegan online resources for information, recipes, tips, products, etc. Also, it's always fun to do something with a friend to keep each other on track and supportive. What motivates you in life? Family. Knowing that I'm on the verge of starting a family, I want to be the best and healthiest I can be for them. My career successes are directly affected by my health and message so it is all combined into 1 big reason to be healthy and fit!
What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you? I think it's great because it proves to the naysayers that buff doesn't equal beef! Killer bodies require focus in training and clean fuel, not animals. It's a fantastic resource for anyone who wants to reach optimum health as well as optimum bod! Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share? For anyone looking for ways to live and travel more healthily, be sure to visit my site at www.HealthyVoyager.com!
Name: Carter Denne Year of Birth: 1989 Height: 5'10'' Weight: 148lbs Birthplace: Erie, PA Current Residence: North East, PA Sports: Track and Cross Country Websites: http://modernadvocateapparel.com/ http://modernlifestyleblog.com/
PRs: 400m = 51.9 (split) 1,000m = 2:31.7 800m = 1:53.8 and 1:52.7(split) 5k = 16:05 10k = 33:31 half mar. = 1:21 (trail) Why did you become vegan? After my daughter was born I began to understand how precious life is. I just could not justify the taking of life from any other living being after that point.
When and why did you become interested in running? I started out riding my bike with my dad when he would do his running. This became a form of bonding in which we were able to talk and connect. I wanted to continue this father and son bonding, so I began to run with him. I progressed into running a mile or two with him when I was about 12 years old. By age 13 I had run my first 10K and I haven't slowed down since.
How would you describe your nutrition program? I consume a whole foods vegan diet. Eating whole foods allows you to eat in a very flexible manner while maintaining optimal health. I eat a variety of cooked and raw veggies and seeds with raw nuts and fruits. Eating healthy is that easy and that hard!
How would you describe your training program? Because of other priorities, I have a much more limited amount of time to train than other athletes I compete against. Therefore, my training is short and to the point. It is made up of; high intensity tempo runs about three days a week, one day of intervals, and one day of distance. I try to keep all of my workouts to about an hour long with the exception of my longer runs.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
For the past six months I have been using raw meal by Garden of Life. This stuff is great. It is all raw with loads of micronutrients including your B12. It is also higher in protein and carbohydrates making it great for pre and post workouts. To learn more about it check out the product ingredients and my review of it on http://modernlifestyleblog.com/reviews/raw-meal-by-garden-of-life/
How do people react when they find out you are vegan? I avoid telling most people I am a vegan, that is, until after I beat them. Most people peg vegans as some stereotypical tree huger that can't be an athlete. That's why leading by example is the best way to show others what being a vegan is all about. After I tell someone who knows me that I am a vegan, they are sincerely interested and want to learn more. There is no better feeling then helping someone else learn to help themselves.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
The protein comments I get have become so cliché. Also, it gets irritating when people think you only eat salads and tofu.
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
Like I said before, leading by example and giving people the cold hard facts about diet and health is the only way to get people on your side. With that said, my father has become a vegan and many of my close friends as well as teammates have adopted a whole foods diet.
What do you think the most important aspect of training is? Not taking it too serious. If you take training too seriously then it becomes a job. If you relax and work within your limits your body will thank you. Most people burn out through over training and simply don't enjoy something that used to be fun. You will be better at anything that you love over something you hate.
What do you like best about being vegan? By eating in a clean and kind way, you begin to develop a more efficient body and a clearer mind. Aside from the obvious physical benefits, I like to tell others about the surprising mental clarity that comes as well. For years I had struggled with a semi drossy state will in class. After becoming vegan I have been able to reduce studying time and get better grades because of this mind clarity.
What do you like best about being fit? I can do anything I want and no one but myself can limit my experiences in life. profile_carter_4.jpg What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with running? Learn to run properly. If running is painful then you aren't doing it right. It is a skill that requires you to learn how to do it before you can be good at it. Also, learn to love your injuries. Injuries will tell you more about yourself than any PR or trophy.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan? Do it like taking off a band aid. There is more than enough support out there, just ditch your old unhealthy ways and learn as you go. If you become weak, eat more. If you become hungry all the time, eat more. It is that easy and that hard.
What motivates you in life? My family provides me with all the motivation I need and more. A simple smile and hug from my daughter gives me the motivation to perform in all aspects of my life.
What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
Robert Cheeke, Tony Kay, and Brendan Brazier's video
really inspired me to promote the vegan lifestyle to other athletes and teammates. It really helped me break down some barriers and use the negative energy I had been getting to improve my training. I would like to thank all the people at veganbodybuilding.com for making me a better athlete!
Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share? I work for a company right now called modernADVOCATE that is working on a humanitarian project to build a hospital in Napal. This company is working to make the world a better place. Please see the website and support the cause.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.” “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” ahatma Gandhi
Fullname: Casey Krebs www.veganvixen.org Birthday: November 19th (Scorpio) Birthplace: Toronto, Canada Current Residence: Malibu, California Marital Status: Single Family: I'm part of a family of nine. Mom, Dad, Sisters Denyse, Heather, Gillian, Marnie, and Tara and brother Paul Height: 5' 5"
Best body parts: Abs, Calves
Favorite Exercises: jogging on the beach, mountain biking in the Malibu Mountains, push- ups
Least favorite exercises: Chin ups
Traits I admire most in others: selflessness, goal achievers, sense of humor, good hearted
Traits I admire most in myself strong, goal achiever dedicated, fun spirited, good hearted, giving, active, confident
Favorite TV show Sex and the City
Favorite movies: Lost in Translation, Fight Club, Magnolia
Favorite actors: Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, John Lovitz, Ethan Hawke, Brad Pitt
Favorite actress: Katie Holmes
Favorite music artists: Linkin Park, Sarah McLaughlin
Favorite Book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Favorite food: Pasta, Avocado Sushi
Favorite binge-out treats: Chocolate
Favorite Restaurants: Cheesecake Factory, Santa La Brea
Favorite Sports to Play: Waterskiing, snow skiing, volleyball
Favorite Sports to Watch: None
Idea of a perfect vacation: 1. Tropical beach relaxing and playing water sports 2. Traveling to exotic places, rainforest. 3. Going on Safari in Africa 4. Backpacking (I love traveling)
Long-term personal ambitions: To continue living a healthy, energetic and fulfilling lifestyle while educating people and contributing to the betterment of this world.
Name: Casper Bilton Year of Birth: 1991 Height: 192cm Weight: 80 kg Birthplace: Copenhagen, DK Current Residence: Sønderborg, DK Sports: European Handball Website(s): www.bilton.dk E-mail: [email protected] Achievements: Qualification to the world-cup with Canada Junior national team (3rd place Pan Am Champ.), World Cup with the Junior national team, draft to danish best league team SønderjyskE. Senior Pan Am Champ. Qualification and one of topscorer at Pan AM championship Senior. Social Media: https://twitter.com/Bilton8 https://www.facebook.com/CasperBilton66 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkED27gCPz0
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have: I am a Danish/Canadian professional European handball player, who currently playes for the team SønderjyskE, in the best danish league (3 best league in the world). I practice my sport every single day, and with this I do a lot of weightlifting (around 3-4 times a week). Because of my Canadian background I also play on the Canadian National Team, which we are wright now preparing for the Pan Am Games in Toronto 2015.
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?) I became vegan because that the most important thing is that you are as healthy as you can be. I became aware of the vegan diet from the movie “Forks over Knifes”, and then I afterwords made a lot of research, and read the book “The China Studie”. I will always do what is best, to be a header of my components, and with a vegan diet I will think more clear, move faster, and rest better. When and why did you become interested in fitness? I have played handball since I was 7 years old, and when I became around 14/15 years old, I also began lifting weights, trying to jump higher, and gain bigger muscles. How would you describe your nutrition program? A normal day for me will start with a spinach/fruits smoothie, and a nice bowl oatmeal with different kinds of oats, a banana, and various berries. A couple hours later, I eat a snack - that could be a banana, bagel with peanut-butter. Lunch would be something like a rice-bean recipe or lots of rye bread with avocado, soya-pate, and so on. After every work out I drink a Fiber/carb Soya protein shake, or some pieces of crisp-bread. — I work out 2 times daily. At dinner I make various vegan recipes — mexican bean totilias, sushi, or lots of potatoes with sauce and salad. All day I drink lots of water, and before i go to bed, I will eat fruit and nuts as a snack.
How would you describe your training program? (What do you typically do to work out, how many days, what exercises/movements, what kind of reps and sets do you do, and anything else unique to you) What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why? I do a fiber/carb soya protein shake after a work out, but only after one of the practice on a day. I hope/think that you should be able to get your supplements from you daily meals.
How do people react when they find out you are vegan? People get surprised, because that many people think that you need to eat a steak before you play sports. I get a lot of questions about where I get my protein and why I changed my diet, and in Denmark there is not many who have heard the word vegan before. Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it? Yes, because of the lack of info about veganism in Denmark, then its difficult to spread the word out. Me and my familie are trying to learn danish people about how life saving this diet can be. www.bilton.dk, follows my family on a vegan diet, and my dad has studied the vegan diet for a while now http://www.drmcdougall.com/connections/directory/name/kevan-bilton/
My dream is to inform people trough sports, fitness and studies.
What do you think the most important aspect of training is? The most important aspect of training would be keep working, and always strive for the next level. What do you like best about being vegan? I love how you feel your energy level get better and better, and hope you just can keep on going. For me its also important to feel healthy, and in contact with the earth.
What do you like best about being fit? Being fit is important to make results on and off the court.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training? Be patience, eat good and healthy food, and go for it.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan? A vegan diet is very important if you want to be as healthy as you can, therefore you should take one step at a time; first stop drinking milk, the meat and try to look up books, films and persons who is on the diet.
What motivates you in life? My personal goals in handball, my family. What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you? I think veganbodybuilding is a fantastic website, that can help you get inspired with programs and diet. You find that there is many people on a vegan diet, who is similar to you. Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share? YOLO — you only live once — thats why you should go vegan.
Name: Chad Byers Year of Birth: 1976 Height: 6'4" Weight: 195 Birthplace: Oshkosh, WI Current Residence: Austin, TX Sports: Bodybuilding - 2012 Naturally Fit Super Show - 1st place Fit Model Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have: For the past five years, I have been an Elementary P.E. teacher in Austin, TX. Although, it was rewarding teaching my kiddos about the benefits and importance of nutrition and physical activity, I recently decided to end my teaching career and open my own fitness studio. In addition to running my own studio, I am also focused on competing and modeling. In my free time, I enjoy running around Town Lake and rowing at the Texas Rowing Center in Austin. Sand Volleyball has always been one of my favorite sports and I am always up for a game.
Photographer: Sarah Brightly
Why did you become vegan? I had always considered myself to be healthy, but after reading the China Study, I began to realize that I wasn't as healthy as I could be. So, I began to do more research and watch documentaries such as, Forks Over Knives, Food Matters, Food Inc. and The Beautiful Truth. I knew that I had to make a change, but I had the doubts and fears about a diet without animal protein and my ability to build strength and muscle on a plant based diet. About this same time I found out that my ex Wife had developed endometrial cancer. I decided to switch to a completely plant based diet and urged her to do the same after researching alternative nutrition based treatment options. The research showed that a plant based diet along with fresh fruit and vegetable juices stopped and even reversed the growth of cancer cells. I figured that if a plant based diet could help heal and even cure someone with cancer, then imagine what it would do for someone who didn't have cancer. When and why did you become interested in fitness? I began my love for sports when I first began playing soccer at age 3. From that moment on I was hooked and have continued to play sports and be physically active. How would you describe your nutrition program? My diet consists of whole plant based foods. I eat a variety of raw fruits and vegetables as well as consuming fresh green vegetable juices several times daily. Because a plant based diet is so nutritionally dense, but lacking in calories, it is important for me make sure that I am getting an adequate amount of calories daily. I eat three meals a day and my caloric intake is around 4500-5000.
Photographer: Sarah Brightly
How would you describe your training program? I believe it is important to train the body as a whole. I train every other day (3-4 times/ week) and I focus on working the whole body each training session. I only use compound, multi-joint lifts, such as squat, deadlift, bench press, overhead press, weighted chin-ups and dips, and I always go as heavy as I possibly can. What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why? I use plant based protein supplements like Sunwarrior and Vega. Although, I get plenty of protein from the fruits and vegetables in my diet, there are times when it is more convenient to drink a shake or smoothies (especially post workout). I also like to add spirulina and chlorella to my shakes. They are high in B vitamins, minerals and protein. How do people react when they find out you are vegan? People are surprised when I tell them that I don't eat meat. They are usually very curious about my diet and the reasons why I chose to be vegan. Of course, they also want to know where I get my protein. What are some common misconceptions about veganism? I find that most people believe that vegans are weak and skinny and that vegan food s can't possibly taste as good. People also believe that they will lose muscle mass and won't have any energy. I like to point out to them the various successful vegan athletes such as, Mac Danzig, Rich Roll, Carl Lewis, John Salley, and Brendan Brazier to name a few.
Photographer: Sarah Brightly
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it? Yes I have had success in promoting veganism and I talk to people all the time about my diet and ways to improve their health by switching over to a plant based diet. Some of my clients have already or are in the process of transitioning to a plant based diet. One of my clients in particular has made amazing progress in less than a year by following a plant based diet and a strength and conditioning program. She recently went back home to New York for a friend's wedding and her friends and family didn't recognize her, after just seeing them 5 months earlier. I also started having a monthly Plant Fit potluck for my clients, friends, family and community, in order to help introduce them to great tasting plant based foods, meet new people and to share their successes on a plant based diet. What do you think the most important aspect of training is? Nutrition is by far the most important aspect. Nutrition is the foundation that everything is built upon. If your foundation is built with processed foods, meat and junk then you should expect results that are poor. Our bodies need quality foods that are nutritionally dense in order to build and repair cells and tissues effectively. I went for years struggling to gain strength and lose body fat on a meat based diet. Since switching over to a plant based diet, I am stronger, leaner and healthier than I have ever been. What do you like best about being vegan? There are so many great things about being vegan, but the best thing is my health. I feel better now and have more energy than I have ever had in my life. What do you like best about being fit? I like the feeling of knowing that I am healthy from the inside-out. What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training? If you really want to see the most amount of progress in the least amount of time with your training then you must change your eating habits and diet. You cannot out train a bad diet.
Photographer: John Conroy
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan? I would recommend reading the China Study and watching a few documentaries such as Forks Over Knives and Food Matters. If they are looking to make improvements on their health, such as lowering their cholesterol and blood pressure, then I would recommend watching the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. This documentary shows what can be accomplished by changing your diet with minimal exercise. What motivates you in life? I am motivated every day by my passion for helping people become more than they have ever been, from the inside-out. What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you? Veganbodybuilding.com was one of the first places that I went to in search of information on becoming vegan. It was inspiring and incouraging to know that others were able to build and maintain there physiques on a plant based diet.
Name: Charles Parker Year of Birth: 09/26/1985 Height: 5'9 Weight: 185lbs Birthplace: Nashville, TN Current Residence: Fort Lauderdale, FL Sports: Track and Field / Bodybuilding (NPC Men's Physique) Social Media: Facebook: Cp3 Nutri Fit Twitter: @cp3nutrifit Instagram: @cp3nutrifit Website(s): www.cp3nutrifit.com E-mail: [email protected] Affiliate: 2014 Team Vega Ambassador
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have. I was born and raised in Nashville, TN. My wife and I decided to relocate to South Florida to increase career opportunities and networking abilities. I currently own my personal training and nutritional consulting business known as Cp3 NutriFit. My hobbies include weight training, running, reading, and meditating. I am most interested and passionate about helping people live healthier and happier lives through changing their fitness and eating habits, as well as coaching them into changing some lifestyle factors that could lead to disease and chronic stress. I have a mission to show other athletes that being a vegan can elevate their performance by nourishing their bodies and minds with living foods.
Why did you become vegan? I become a vegan after making friends with a co-worker at Fed-Ex. He taught me the basics of veganism and why he and his wife adopted the lifestyle. He would always bring plant-based snacks to work for me to sample and even gave me some recipes to try at home. 1 year later, after moving to South Florida, I met a couple whom I worked with and they shared more information about being a vegan athlete. They both had fitness and nutrition backgrounds, so they knew exactly I needed to eat without sacrificing my performance. What finally convinced me was the documentary “Vegucated”. It enlightened me on the Industrial Food Industries malpractices and animal cruelty practices. When and why did you become interested in fitness? I become interested in fitness back in 2002, when I joined my high school's track team. My mother, being a personal trainer and natural bodybuilder, educated me on the importance of eating the right foods during the season and how to stay conditioned during the summer months. She has been my biggest motivation in the world of fitness. I guess I can say, I wanted to follow in her footsteps of being fit and teaching others to do the same. She was my role model and still is to this day.
How would you describe your nutrition program? Breakfast: Protein Shake (w/ Peanut Butter, Quick Oats, Spinach, Coconut Milk, Soy) Snack: Odwalla Soy Protein Bar w/ Orange Slices Lunch: Black bean Bowl (w/brown rice, tomatoes, ground soy, peppers, corn) Snack: Mixed Nuts w/ Protein Shake (same as above) Dinner: Veggie Burger Salad (peppers, mixed greens, dried cherries, walnuts, balsamic) Before Bed: Protein Shake How would you describe your training program? When I am training for Track and Field competitions my cardio training consists of Sprints, Tempo Runs, Plyometric, Form/Technique Drills, Speed, Agility, and Dynamic Flexibility.
My Weight Training consists of Olympic Lifts (Clean and Jerk, Power Clean, Overhead Squats), and explosive power lifting in which every exercise last only 5-6 reps @85-90% 1RM. Other days I work on Strength training exercises (Bench Press, Squat, Deadlift, Single-Leg Lunges, and Step-Ups) typically for 10-12 reps per set.
When preparing for Bodybuilding (Physique) Contests, my cardio focus is interval training on treadmill and/or outdoor track for on average 30minutes in duration.
Weight Training consists of Body-Part Specific Training, which includes Concentration Curls, Military Press, Triceps Pull-down, Leg Press, Calf Raises, Walking Lunges, Deep Squats @ 8-10 reps of Max Effort during the Hypertrophy Phase on training and transitioning to higher reps(@15-25) and shorter rest times up to 15 seconds leading up the week of show.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why? Supplements: Lysine — Help to repair muscle tissue and build collagen fibers Green Tea Extract — Great for burning stored fat for energy and fights off free radicals after intense training sessions Vitamin C — Supports my immune system, helps my body absorb more iron, and helps to use fat for energy. Saw Palmetto — Decrease my DHT levels and protect my prostate from inflammation (Prostate Cancer runs in my family also) Multi-V/M — Added support of nutrients that my body needs to repair and grow stronger. Flaxseed Oil — Support my immune system, regulate inflammation process, maintain elastic and clean arterial walls
How do people react when they find out you are vegan? Some friends and family were shocked because they believed I couldn't be a bodybuilder as a vegan. They would constantly entice me with meat and animal based foods to get me to convert back. Now, when I tell people I am vegan, their first question is “How did you build muscle eating plants?” or “I couldn't do that forever, maybe for detox, but not every day!”
What are some common misconceptions about veganism? Veganism is some of kind of religious or cult practice You have to be a mean, diet-pusher that criticize people who eat meat Vegan athletes can only be successful in endurance-based sports You have to be a health saint and can no longer eat anything considered “junk” Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it? Yes, I have had success in my promotional efforts. I would talk to friends, clients, and family about why I decided to become vegan, share some negative facts about the food industry and it's practices, ask about their love and respect of domestic animals and how to relate that to cows, chickens, fish, etc. that eat every day. Then finally show then the same documentary that convinced me “Vegucated” What do you think the most important aspect of training is? The most important aspect of training is consistency because without it, there can be no significant progression in performance.
What do you like best about being vegan? I love the way plant-based foods makes my body feel. I have more energy, better mood, and sleep and recovery a lot better. I also love knowing that I am not contributing to the suffering of animals in cages and the inhumane practices they have to endure.
What do you like best about being fit? I love feeling strong and able to take on physical challenges without worrying about by my health condition and fitness capacity. I have a sharper thinking ability and motor skills as a result of practicing fitness. Lastly, I enjoy being acknowledge about my physique and motivating others because of it.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training? I would advise them to take it slow and master proper lifting and running technique first. I would also suggest they assess their current fitness level and find a program that will allow them to progress on a consistent basis. Lastly, find a strong support team with experience in training who can guide you through the process of becoming fit.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan? I would advise them to try a vegan diet for 1 week, and each day record (in a journal) their energy levels, sleep quality, clarity of thinking, and emotional status. Also, meet with practicing vegans in their local community for additional information and advice. Lastly, I would advise they educated themselves on plant foods and nutrition to make the transition smoother.
What motivates you in life? What motivates me the most in life knows that I have the power to change lives each and every day through sharing my testimonies of being a successful vegan athlete, entrepreneur, and role model for adolescents and for those down on their luck. I wake up every morning knowing that I live in a world that needs me and the knowledge and wisdom I have attained throughout my young life. I am motivated to constantly strive to be the best Charles Parker I can be, not for myself, but for the person who needs a source of inspiration. What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you? I love the website. It provides a plethora of information for vegan athletes as well as those looking to convert their eating habits. I love the community of fellow athletes, seeing the success they have acquired, and advice they share to make others better in their sport. It motivates me to continue with the mission of changing lives through diet, fitness, and providing education on veganism and its true essence. I am inspired by the relentless pursuit this company has in not only spreading the news of vegan fitness but also enriching the lives of those who contribute their efforts. Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share? I support the efforts and vision of this organization and know that it is helping to raise the human consciousness.
Name: Cheryl Coelho Year of Birth: 11/09/70 Height: 5'4' Weight: 118 lbs Birthplace: Rhode Island Current Residence: Rhode Island Sports: Running Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have I was born and raised in this little fantastic State of Rhode Island along with my two grown kids. I have always worked in an office setting most of my life but, sense I could not sit still for more than 5 minutes, I knew that I had to do something else. I decided to go back to school for my passion in fitness. I recently earned my bachelors degree in health & wellness and I also obtained my personal trainer certification. I am an avid runner and I am pretty competitive. 5 years ago, I was lucky to be able to run a mile, today I have run so many 5k's that I have no more room for all the t-shirts (It's all about the t-shirt) and a dozen half marathons. I am pretty competitive and happy to say that my new best time is 1:45 for a half as of last week and I average 22 minutes for 5ks. I have also completed the Tough Mudder race in Vermont. I want to continue growing in my athleticism and I am training for a full marathon. Besides running, I am very much into being healthy as a whole, I also attend yoga, kick boxing, Zumba, biking, and hiking. I am still fairly new to working in the health industry and I eager and excited to expanding my career.
Why did you become vegan? I first became a vegetarian about 4 years ago after watching the movie Food Inc which had got me totally hooked and has changed my like and how I look at the food industry. A year later I went to a vegetarian / vegan festival and decided to become totally vegan. I have read many books such as, Fast Food nation, The China Study, Food Revolution, White Wash, and more. I have watch documentaries such as, Folks over knives, King Corn, Thrive, and more. I have made it my goal to learn everything I can about the industry so I can education others. Being vegan and an athlete is hard for most people to comprehend and I get a lot of questions. I want to help people understand that this lifestyle is in fact much healthier. I am in better shape now in my 40's than I was in my 20's.
When and why did you become interested in fitness? I have a personality that is very energetic and needed something to direct that energy in a positive way. I bought my first elliptical back in 2002 and could only do it for about 5 minutes while gasping for air. But, I didn't give up and continued to work my way up to the 90 minutes that I do on it now. I did my first 5k 5 years ago and finished in 26 minutes. I am always eager to try new classes, gyms, and exercises. Fitness is a big part of my life because of how it makes me feel. I am more energetic, alert, healthy with rarely getting any colds or flu. My hair, skin, and overall physique is young and vibrant.
How would you describe your nutrition program? I would describe my nutrition program as being very dedicated and structured. However, I do like to go out to eat at local vegan restaurants and I enjoy trying new dishes. On of my favorite people who I like to follow is Brendan Brazier. I find his methods of applying food and fitness together interesting. I buy most of his products and cook many of his recipes. I also, keep my diet mostly raw with little cooking and I make most dishes from scratch. I try and shop at local farmers markets because I believe in supporting the small family owned businesses and farms. My biggest challenge is when I am out with family and friends and there are not many vegan options on the menu however, most place I found will accommodate you.
How would you describe your training program? I am pretty strict dedicated on my training and I always make sure I fit in a work out no matter what that may be. If it is raining out, I will go to the gym or jump on my elliptical. During running seasons I run more outside and participate in races. On days that I work I usually work out in the morning doing some free weights or cardio before I go into work. Also, I will do some weight lifting during my lunch breaks. During the summer I try and get some long distance biking in at least one day a week. Although I consider myself a runner, it is very important for met to not get stuck in the same routine and to change it up with different routines and exercises to gain more endurance, strength, and muscle. What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why? I am not a fan of a lot of supplements and I try to get all my nutrients from whole foods. However, I do a powered protein either Garden of Life Raw Protein, Brendan Brazier's recovery powders and endurance gels. I also, sprinkle some nutritional yeast on my tasty dishes. Due to my high activity level some supplements are important to ensure I am getting the proper nutrients. There are a lot of supplement out there that are not what they claim and some have ingredients that can be not so healthy and are loaded with fillers or sugars.
How do people react when they find out you are vegan? I used to hide the fact that I was vegan when I first decided is was the lifestyle I wanted. I would just tell them that I don't eat meat. Now I am proud to tell people that I live this lifestyle and on my car window is a sticker of a runner and next to it is a the Vegan symbol. People often react with a confused or why would I do that look on their faces. They simply say, “oh really? How do you get protein? You should be careful that you are not calcium deficient”. I simply say that I am getting all the nutrients that I need and if they would like to know more about I will be happy to tell them. Also, that there are many wonderful dishes that are flavorful and delicious out there. When people have had a particular way of eating and being told what is good for them and what's not their whole lives, it can be difficult to understand something that they simply don't know about.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism? The most common misconception that I found is also stated in the last question, where I vegan get their protein and calcium. That we are nutrient deficient and need to take multiple supplements to make up for it. We are more prone to developing diseases due to lack of nutrients. I will often get people who will ask me if I eat rabbit food or they think I only eat salads and foods that have no flavor. Also, most people will ask me how I can afford all the specialty foods and expensive natural food stores. Sense when was broccoli an expensive specialty food?
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it? Although I am the only one in my family, out of my friends, and co-workers who is vegan I face a bigger challenge. There are simply not many of us around me. However, I have successfully gotten my children to try and enjoy vegan dishes. My daughter will only eat vegan treats sense she say the taste much better. When I am cooking a dish they will often watch me and I will always offer them a taste and explain what is in it. I have also brought different dishes and foods to work with me and offer to share some of it so that way people can see how tasty it is and it clearly does not resemble “rabbit food”. I try to introduce new foods and go to more vegan restaurants with family and friends as much as I can to teach them about being vegan.
What do you think the most important aspect of training is? The most important aspect of training is to be dedicated and love what you do no matter what it is. Find something that is most enjoyable and stick with it. Also, it is important to incorporate different routines, gyms, out door scenery, or working finding someone to work out with , build friendships with people who have similar interests, and love what you. If you stick with all this than you will have a healthy lifestyle that will last a lifetime.
What do you like best about being vegan? What I like best is the fact I am not contributing to the inhumane killing of animals who live in awful conditions, I am not contributing to the growing environmental concerns, I am not supporting big corporations where their only concern is the mighty dollar, I am experiencing a world of wonderful foods and dishes that are far more nutrient dense and flavorful, and that I feel like a million bucks! What do you like best about being fit? What I like best about being fit is that I have more energy than the kids who I work with that are in their 20's. I am going to be 42 soon and I have the body of a 25 year old (or so I have been told). I enjoy working out and working to stay healthy and feeling young inside and out.
Name: Chris Lodge Year of Birth: 12.06.86 Height: 170cm Weight: 10 stone (140lbs) Birthplace: Basingstoke UK Current Residence: Basingstoke UK Sports: Parkour/Freerunning Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have. Part of world famous team 3RUN. www.3run.co.uk Passionate about my lifestyle Veganism/Freerunning
Why did you become vegan? I woke up and took the wool from off my eyes. I love animals. I'm the kind of person who never really looked into 'diet' until finding veganism. Always thought I ate pretty well, fish for my 'omegas' milk for 'calcium' and chicken for 'protein' etc. At the age of 25 I was suffering with heart palputations bad exzema and generally feeling aweful. The main person to thank is a good friend Adam Frewer (Rawsome Living). He had been Vegan a few years before me, an amazing athlete doing the vegan lifestyle was very inspiring! After living with Adam for a month in Scotland 2011 and having a lot of vegan talks/foods It was from there on I would convert to where I am today.
I looked about for health/nutrition advise and came across a few great youtube channels like 'life regenorator' Dan McDonald, Durianrider and Freelee where I was inspired to the max! Once I realized what I was putting into my body in the form of dead animal flesh, chicken's periods, cows secretions etc I had an awakening about what we are all eating. (Yes most people that eat animals don't associate their food as that of a Dead animal). My health keeps getting better and better and am thankful for where i'm at today. Becoming VEGAN has changed my life in a dramatic way. I feel alive.
When and why did you become interested in fitness? Always have done from a young age. Just keep pushing my limits now on the Vegan lifestyle
How would you describe your nutrition program? VEGAN WHOLEFOODS FRUITS AND VEGGIES LOTS OF WATER FOR THE WIN! My general guideline for eating is 80/10/10 High Carb, Low Fat, Low Protein. I occasionally use more nuts and seeds like Hemp/Almonds/flax if I feel like it depends on how i'm feeling at the time .I'm not one for worrying about my protein as long as I get enough calories from plant food i'm good LOVE the sweetest ripest fruit I can get my hands on, go to the wholesale markets in London where I get good priced fruit/veggies. Usually start the day with a pint of water followed by 10-15 banana and date smoothie or add other fruit like berries if I have them, I use oatmeal if I don't have good quality fruit. Lunch varies from a mono fruit meal to a high carb cooked meal like steamed sweet potato quinoa/brown rice salad. Dinner normally a HUGE salad it changes from day to day depending on what we have, I like to use avocado or a good quality oil when I like. I like to juice a lot so get the mineral and nutrient dense greens in like cilantro/spinage/kale etc.
How would you describe your training program? I am a Professional Freerunner part of world renowned team www.3run.co.uk I train most if not everyday the movement of Parkour/Freerunning. We have a specifically build Academy where we teach all age gropes www.3run.co.uk/academy. I like to incorporate parkour related movements into a warm-up before a session, Precision jumps, monkey crawls etc. With the team we would do different moves daily as to what we feel like so no real training routine or structure. I do body weight conditioning about 3 times a week after a session with the boys that is very intense! For the training we'd take it in turns to do different exercises and it normally turns into who's the last man going, or our hands are too blistered (we do a lot of swinging on metal bars). I get out on the streets in my home town Basingstoke for training and when i'm away doing shows ill find a gym if I feel the need to. Another passion of mine is riding Downhill Mountain Bikes, getting out into nature and spending time with Family Friends and Girlfriend. Keep your loved ones close and make others smile.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism? The biggest myth is that being Vegan isn't healthy, It's quite the opposite from my experience. Always go with how you feel physically and mentally. Since cutting the death from my being I feel like a new born person. My aim is to help those that need it but not to preach and push people away (iv'e been in their shoes) People ask me the common question's like the classic 'where do you get your protein' or 'don't you need milk for calcium' etc. It's easy enough to find the answers but most people are not willing to give up their lifetime habits and look into it. I'm no nutritionist but how I feel now is enough to say it works for me! I'm all about helping the animals / planet / people / environment and debunking the Vegan myth!
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with veganism or training? Eat as much RAW fruits and veggies as you care for, low fat high carb FTW Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share? Love yourself.
Name: Chris Snedeker Year of Birth: September 11th, 1991 Height: 5'9 Weight: 156lb Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi Current Residence: Flower Mound, Texas Sports: Martial arts, swimming, cycling, rugby, parkour
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have: I'm a student at University of North Texas studying Kinesiology. My work and passion is fitness: I work as a personal trainer and greatly enjoy helping others reach their goals physically, mentally, and spiritually. I believe your outward appearance gives insight to the inner workings of your body, mind, and soul...and in taking care of both inside and outside, you further yourself as a being in your entirety. All fitness goals start as an internal desire, and by applying your wish to be more fit and/or healthy, you grow in all aspects of life. I also have a bleeding heart to aide in ending suffering in this world, and the topic of animal rights is one that strikes home. Our world has so many issues and despairing faces, and it can be disheartening when you think about the contribution of one person: it's hard to see you can make a difference. However, by refusing to take part in the support of one of the greatest injustices going on in our time...you take a stance for something greater than yourself. In turn you gain a sense of peace, love, and harmony that really is second to none. Not to mention, your health and spiritual life both improve greatly! We can better ourselves and become a beacon of light for others when we stop looking inwards, and start making life choices that better the world around us. Something as small and seemingly insignificant as your diet can make a huge difference inside and out.
Why did you become vegan? I originally became vegetarian, and later transitioned to vegan. My reasoning started for animal rights: I wanted to stop participating actively in the injustice that is factory farming. I grew up with my mother and little sister being vegan, and I always looked down on their lifestyle. 5 years ago though, I felt a spiritual desire to start living the vocation of “earth stewardship” that my faith calls humanity to take part in. As I awakened and discovered the peace and calm of the mind and soul that came with my new lifestyle, I began learning more about the nutritional, economical, and ecological sides of veganism, and stumbled upon more faces of the lifestyle that keeps me never looking back. By finding multiple pillars to keep my passion strong, part of the foundation that makes me who I am, I have been solidified in standing up and refusing to take part in suffering of other beings. The added health and nutritional benefits are certainly a plus
When and why did you become interested in fitness? I grew up very active in martial arts. Some call martial arts a sport, but for me it was and always will be a lifestyle. It focuses on bettering oneself physically, mentally, and spiritually, and the self-discipline aspects have shaped who I am today, having started at the age of 3. About 4 years ago I began weight lifting moderately, about 3 times a week, and about a year ago began lifting about 5 times a week. The focus and adrenaline I feel on the weight floor is a wonderful place to push myself and find my inner peace. It betters me in my martial arts, always having to set goals, and also keeps me sharp and on the ball when it comes to performance. Strength, flexibility, and endurance are all important to me, and have been since I was able to walk. One of my major goals was to be able to dumbbell press the 100 pounders, and 8 months ago reached my goal of 3 sets of 6 reps. I've improved since then and love the feeling of accomplishing something you set your mind to!
How would you describe your nutrition program? I believe nutrition is over half the battle in aiding on the road to overall fitness growth. I focus mainly on heavy fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and legumes. I keep it pretty simple, but I really enjoy cooking so when I have time I love to go all out and make various vegan meals. Typically day to day though, it's a mix of the above, giving me great recovery, and a fantastic boost in energy and stamina!
How would you describe your training program? Intense. I wake up every morning before school and workout weights and end with a quick cardio routine. I throw on my headphones, hit the floor, and don't stop until I can't go any longer. I focus usually 2 body parts a day and switch them out when the other isn't able to go on. Then I go back to the first until I decide I've pushed it enough and need to leave. Minimal breaks, high weight, low-medium rep range, and a lot of focus are essential for my workouts.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why? I'll cycle creatine occasionally until I decide if I feel it works for me or not. With all the “broscience” out there, it's one of those things that I am still figuring out, but I definitely do notice a slight increase of strength during my cycles. I'll occasionally use Vega/Sun Warrior protein after my workouts, but it gets quickly expensive. I prefer to eat well rounded, and in high quanity. If eating enough and the correct balance of foods, I don't think you are in dire need of any supplements; some are there however, to give a slight edge.
How do people react when they find out you are vegan? I'm a very social, outgoing person, and I don't wear my beliefs on my sleeves. I prefer people get their impression of me, so I don't impress my own views of myself onto them. Usually there is a reaction of either worry and concern, or disgust and misunderstanding. The latter mainly because our society pushes a diet of high animal products...and those who eat plants and mock-meat/ fruit/grains...things from the earth, are for some reason crazy! The worry/concern usually because they believe (and I've heard them all) that I'm low on protein, going to lose my teeth, going to get heart disease, going to get cancer, going to die of deficiency...etc. The most common reaction I'd say though is: WHY!?
What are some common misconceptions about veganism? That we lack variety in our diet, and that we have deficiency in macro and micro nutrients...also, that we are all radical hippies that promote animal life over all other forms and walks of life. None of which are true! Not to mention the conception that we are all scrawny and unable to perform athletically. I've even heard some say we are less sharp mentally. I chalk it all up to ignorance and bad education. I don't hold it against anybody; I believe it's our job to be a living testament to the opposite.
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it? Here and there yes. I for one would want somebody to become vegan/vegetarian because their journey in life as brought them to a place where they feel the need to make a change. If I am to be an instrument in doing so, I am always beyond honored, and will always take the opportunity to share my beliefs on the subject, be it spiritually, mentally, physically, ethically, etc. Veganism affects everything from economics, to ecology of our earth, to our own bodies, minds, and souls. Everyone has something to gain from it, and I feel by staying educated and passionate on the subject, we can transform others when they are open to being so. I'm not a fan of using offensive tactics to gain favor. Shock value can work, yes...but offense just turns people away and confirms their original impression of the vegan culture.
What do you think the most important aspect of training is? Frequency and intensity. Workout because you love it, not because you have to. If you don't love it, find something active that you do love, and do it! Movement is one of the most freeing aspects of the human experience, and by keeping your body in good shape, you keep your mind sharp and ready for the day. Train hard and train frequent...you'll love where you end up.
What do you like best about being vegan? The noticeable sense of peace of mind and body you feel. I feel a oneness with the earth and the animals, and feel a sense of self-worth when I think about the human races purpose here. A major step towards clarity and peace can be as simple as looking outwards instead of inwards, and making changes accordingly. I also love the fast recoveries after my workouts. Fantastic results!
What do you like best about being fit? When I am in shape everything feels clearer. I feel sharper and more on the ball...I'm able to take whatever life throws at me, be it a weight or a problem! What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training? Take it slow and stretch. Push yourself but not beyond your limit, and be frequent with your workouts. Allow time to recover, and train smart. You know when too much is too much. Also get educated in nutrition. Learn your body inside and out, and treat it with respect...take care of it and it will take care of you.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan? Find multiple passions for your reasoning to transition. That way if one of your pillars slips, you'll have other ones to support you. Get involved and find friends or people from work/school that share your interest. Don't listen to the skeptics; you're going against the flow of society to be a healthier and more peaceful person. Research the health benefits to find the concrete evidence of how it's the way we're meant to live. Don't let anyone tell you that you aren't able to make it work. You can!
What motivates you in life? Physical pursuits, a drive for knowledge both academically and otherwise, and helping others. A call to love all beings, human and animal, and to see all around me thrive.
What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you? It was the first website I found about vegan athleticism. I figured a few years ago I'd be meatless, but I'd just have to live with maybe being a little smaller. I got into weight lifting to prove the world wrong, and this website has helped a lot in my pursuits to be a stronger and healthier person.