Name: Richard Augustus Campbell
Year of Birth: 1976
Weight: 200 pounds
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario Canada
Current Residence: Toronto Canada
2011 IDFA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS & PRO
(International Drug Free Athletes) November 2011
1st show- Bodybuilding Heavyweight Novice category 3rd place
2012 WBFF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
(World Beauty Fitness & Fashion) August 2012
2nd show- Muscle Model Open category 6th place
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have.
I was born and raised in Toronto Canada. I attended Humber College where I received a Child & Youth Worker diploma. I have been Child & Youth Counselor for the past 15.5 years who works in an elementary school for a living full-time.
I started my career in a high school for the first 4.5 years then I transferred to the elementary sector. I deal with the emotional and social need of the students on a daily basis. I am an advocate for the children and I love what I do for a living. It gives me an opportunity to help people in need. I teach social skills lessons for the children from kindergarten to grade 8. I run one to one and group counseling for the children. I my profession I also work in a behavior class room to help assist children who have difficulty with their behavioral issues.
I am also a part-time certified personal trainer for the past two years. I love to read fitness and nutrition articles to help better myself and my clients. I am a fitness competitor in bodybuilding and muscle model competition shows. I started to compete in the fall of 2011. In my first show I placed 3rd place in a natural bodybuilding heavyweight division in the novice category. In my second competition I placed 6th place in the muscle model division in an open category in the summer of 2012. I am now in the beginning stages of my contest prep for my third show which will take place in the fall of 2013 in a natural bodybuilding competition in the heavyweight division. I am very driven when it comes on to fitness and living a healthy lifestyle, it's a way of life for me.
I love to watch NFL football and track and field events. I am always willing to try new and excited things. I am also very passionate about my family out of everything I do in life my two daughters and my wife are my motivation for everything. As a father I want to be the best role model I can be for my daughters so they can life a healthy and positive lifestyle physically, mentally and spiritually. To summarize me in a nutshell, I am a very positive person who likes to help people better themselves and to live life to the fullest.
Why did you become vegan?
I became vegan for moral, ethical & spiritually reasons. Eating vegan feels right for the mind, body & soul.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I became interested in fitness as a young boy growing up in elementary school, playing basketball, volleyball, track & field. I also played football throughout high school for 4 years. I also played football in a men's league for one season after I finished high school. I was sidelined from fitness for a bit due to injuries, then in January of 2011 I continued my fitness journey by getting involved in training in bodybuilding and fitness competitions.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
The nutrition program naturally changes based on the fitness goal. I like to eat very clean. A cheat meal for me may consist of toasted Ezekiel bread with cashew butter, soy butter or almond butter and a piece of vegan chocolate cake. I keep my diet simple, but it is filled with lots of variety. I typically don't count all my calories only when I am starting to prep for a bodybuilding show. I intake the majority of my carbs in the first part of the day. I also incorporate Vega sport protein shake into my diet. I take in roughly three protein shakes a day. I consume 7-10 meals a days depending on the day and what I may be training that day. This includes full meals, protein shakes and snacks. My meals consist of lots of beans, nuts, vegan protein shakes, (brown rice, hemp and soy, & tofu) and for carbs — oats, whole wheat bread and fruits/veggies. I also intake vegan meat alternatives eg: Sol cuisine veggie/vegan burgers. I have no processed foods in my diet. I eat roughly 1.5g of protein for each pound. I drink lots of water, dandelion root tea and green tea for my liquid sources.
This is roughly the intake ratio in my nutrition program:
This will change depending on my goals.
How would you describe your training program?
I would describe my training program typical for a bodybuilder. I typically train 1-2 muscle groups per training session sometimes 3 for 6 day a week with 1 rest day. I tend to train my weaker parts twice a week. I like to focus on compound exercises
A typical week might look like this:
Sunday- Back & Traps
Monday- Chest & Triceps
Tuesday- Legs 7 Calves
Wednesday- Back, Biceps & Forearms
Thursday- Shoulders, Triceps & Traps
Friday- Off -Rest Day (I do stretching on my Rest day)
Saturday- Chest, Arms (Biceps, Triceps & Forearms)
This training plan is not set in stone. I may switch it up depending on how sore I may be that week. I may also change my training plan depending on my fitness goals. I like to take time to focus on my weaker parts. When I get closer to a bodybuilding competition my training changes for contest prep. I spend roughly 1.5 hours per training session.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
Vegans do not get enough protein.
Vegans are weak, skinny and sickly.
The vegan diet is restrictive and boring,
The vegan lifestyle is expensive.
The vegan diet isn't masculine enough.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with veganism or training?
Do your research on veganism/vegan diets.
To be able to make this transition work, some people see themselves as committed vegans immediately, but work it out over a period of a few months.
Get support from like minded people.
Cut out animal products in groups, one week or one month at a time until the transition is complete, starting with whichever ones happen to be easiest to drop.
Find variety in your diet so you don't get bored of the same foods.
Get involve in social media support groups/ holding a social.
Know your limits in regards to training.
Try new things, always keeps it fresh.
Do you have any other thoughts you'd like to share?
Be passionate in everything you do.
Look at the positive thing in life, because things could be much worse.
Never give up.
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