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  1. Thanks, man! Yeah, some hard flexes, good lighting, and decent pumps help with some of my Instagram and Facebook photo updates. I'm still over 200 pounds, weighing in at 204 (with clothes on) yesterday, so I'm sitting at right about 200-202 most days. Things have been going fairly well, but like you, I have nagging issues like my lower back that still gives me trouble. I'll get some workouts posted here soon. Have a great one!
  2. Sorry about the injuries and setbacks. I know how that goes. In fact, I think most lifters who have been at it for decades kinda know how that goes. It tends to kind of go hand in hand with the sport of pressing, pulling, lifting, carrying, or moving as much weight as possible with full effort. Things are bound to happen every now and then, and muscles get pulled, strained, tweaked, or full-on injured. How's the gym doing? Sure seems like quite a while since I have been back out there! I used to tour the east coast a lot, but really haven't been there much in years, aside from Florida, and sometimes New England. Hope to catch up in person again soon! Keep after it! And say hi to your family for me!
  3. Hi, everyone. If any of you are in the Tempe, AZ area, there is a vegan owned and operated gym named Los Campeones to check out. Vegan Bodybuilding, Ryan Nelson, owns the gym. In the next town over, in Mesa, AZ, Will Tucker runs a plant-based fitness studio as well, named Will Tucker Fitness. So, if you're in the Phoenix Valley, you've got multiple options for vegan gyms.
  4. Welcome back! You were one of the first to reach out when the forum was down for more than a year. I think I'm going to try to "email all users" to let people know that we're back online once I ensure we fixed everything, and hopefully we can get some traffic here again. Great to hear from you.
  5. Hi, everyone! Since the forum was down for a while, here's my reintroduction and bio. I'm Robert Cheeke. I founded Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness in 2002, and launched www.veganbodybuilding.com in 2003. This forum came along in 2005. I'm happy to have you as part of our community! My general bio: Robert grew up on a farm in Corvallis, OR where he adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1995 at age 15. Today he is the bestselling author of the books, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness, Shred It!, and Plant-Based Muscle. As a two-time natural bodybuilding champion, Robert is considered one of VegNews magazine's Most Influential Vegan Athletes. He tours around the world sharing his story of transformation from a skinny farm kid to champion vegan bodybuilder. Robert is the founder and president of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness. He writes books, gives lectures, and maintains the popular website, VeganBodybuilding.com. Robert is a 4-time magazine cover model and has appeared in more than 40 magazines including FLEX, Ironman, Natural Bodybuilding, Health Science, VegNews, Vegan Health & Fitness, Naked Food, and numerous international publications. He is considered to be the “Godfather of Vegan Bodybuilding,” building the industry from infancy in 2002, to where it is today with half a million online followers of his own brand, a fully funded national tour, and a network comprised of celebrities and influencers. He is a regular contributor to No Meat Athlete, Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine, Naked Food Magazine, and Forks Over Knives, is a multi-sport athlete, entrepreneur, and has followed a plant-based diet for more than 23 years. Robert lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife and two rescued chihuahuas. He can often be found hiking among the cactus and wild horses in the Tonto National Forest when he’s not on his Vegan Strong national tour or in front of his laptop writing books.
  6. An article I wrote for No Meat Athlete a couple of years ago that is still one of their most popular articles: https://www.nomeatathlete.com/build-muscle-plant-based/
  7. I'm back! We switched servers for the past 15 months, and the forum disappeared. I thought it was gone forever, but we had it restored and it appears to be back in action. I've trained 8 of the past 10 days, and I figure I can start to log my workouts here like I did in the old days. Our first forum was created in 2003, and this version of the forum came along in 2005, nearly 15 years ago! Wow! Time sure flies. It's good to be back. I'll update this soon.......
  8. Hi, everyone! After a couple of years offline, the Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness forum is back! Welcome back to our community we started a decade and a half ago. -Robert
  9. Thanks for the feedback! I've seen you around the forum a lot over the years. You've got 1,500+ posts too, so it looks like you're quite active. I really appreciate that. This forum was crazy-busy back in 2006-2009, especially 2007-2008. Some posts had 1,000+ views in half a day and it was an awesome, active place. I don't know that we can ever get it back to an active community with all the other social media platforms, but it nice to know that people still use this space and still enjoy the community. I know I mostly use the forum as a place to host text and images for a contest or announcement or something like that. I'm active on a bunch of Facebook pages and groups with probably 100k posts, on Bodybuilding.com 3k posts, and Twitter at more than 60k posts between my various accounts, and I don't get over here very often. I'll try to drop in a bit more. I hear you on the negative stuff on FB, Twitter, and especially YouTube. I have always stayed away from it, remaining positive all the time. Maybe this could be a good sanctuary away from that negative world. Thank you for your kind words too. I appreciate it. Have a great one! I have a cross-country flight tomorrow to head to DC to attend the National Animal Rights Conference. All the best!
  10. Thanks man. It's an uphill struggle for sure. I even wondered if we should keep the forum and thought of closing it down a while back. It doesn't take too much work to maintain, though I do get a fair amount of emails from people with login issues, and such. We'll probably keep it going, as-is. Most people have ventured over to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and other social communities, even for the forum experience, like we have in our Facebook groups that are still super active. I haven't spent much time here over the past 3 years, but I'll browse around to see what's new. Thanks to all of you who are still part of the community! Sorry I haven't been around much. I run about 6 Facebook pages, 3 Twitter accounts, and have been writing books and touring.
  11. Open to people in the USA and Canada (excluding Quebec). I forgot to mention that, but it says it on the link under the official rules. I host a bunch of my own contests open to worldwide audiences on Facebook. If you look up Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness on Facebook, you'll likely find us there. Thanks!
  12. Yeah, I know. This place was a mad house back in 2007. This forum was really quite busy from 2005-2009, and then it slowly died down and Facebook took over as the place to go. It was fairly active again in 2011 or so when I ran the New Year New You program, but it has been fairly quiet ever since. Most people moved over to here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/VeganBodybuildingAndFitness/ We're about 20,000-strong there. I created a new community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/615575988564537/ This one has about 6,000 members and is quite active as well. Forums like this were really popular around 2003-2009 and then other platforms (like Facebook, Twitter, etc.) really took off. Now Instagram and many others are some of the most visited places. I always appreciate the people I've met through this community. Thanks for being here!
  13. This is an interview about my latest book, Shred It!, available on www.veganbodybuilding.com:
  14. You heard it. Enter to win A Year Supply of Vega + $1500 Visa Gift Card + a Vitamix Blender Vega's Sweepstakes http://bit.ly/1HxTqE5 Enter by August 31, 2015
  15. Thanks! So glad you enjoyed it. Hope you had an awesome workout! I have other threads in this section of the forum that contain samples from at least 4 different chapters from Shred It!. Enjoy reading. The Table of Contents and general information about the book is listed here: http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/?page=shredit
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