Name: Amber Sperling
Division you will compete in: CF
City: Saginaw, Mi
Years as a vegan: 2
Why you became a vegan: Health, and environmental benefits, which later transcended into a better form of living by limiting the amount of suffering occurring in the world.
05/11/ 2013 – NPC Powerhouse Pro Am Classic, Tall Bikini Class, 11th
05/25/ 2013 – NPC Grand Rapids Show, Tall Bikini Class, 7th place
6/23/2013 – GLBRT CF Throw down (Team) 6th place 9/29/2013- GLBRT CF Throw down (Team) 6th Place
10/10/2013 – CF Shift Novembrawl (Team) 7th place
1/11/2014 – CF Plymouth Yeti Challenge Rxd (Individual) – 2nd Place
2/1/2014 – Oakland County CF Chick’s and Dick’s Rxd (Partner) Competition – 26th of 100 unisex teams 2014 CF Open, Individual Women – 53rd in the state of Michigan and 259th in the Central East Region
7/19/2014 – CF DV8 Battle of the Sexes Rxd (Partner) Competition – 31st of 100 teams, 7th among the 30 female teams.
7/26/2014 – Austin, TX Naturally Fit Games, CF DSP Wodapalooza Individual Rxd – 2nd Place
What drives you to compete: I have a very competitive personality, and I am always seeking out an opportunity to challenge myself mentally and physically.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: Fueling your body with proper nutrition, allows you to perform at your full potential. When you eat a clean plant-based diet you are in sync with your body, and can identify problems in your nutrition immediately. I can testify that I no longer suffer from uncomfortable side effects that food may ward such as gas, bloating, or indigestion. You don’t have to take a pill to fix these problems, rethink what you are putting in your body, eat to perform, don’t live to eat.
What types of supplements if any do you use?: Ground Based Nutrition’s Superfood Protein Smoothie, I prefer this shake because it’s an all-in-one, with a great source of protein, super greens, fiber, healthy fats, digestive enzymes, and vitamins/ minerals.
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: Increased calories, monitoring of fluid intake, and eating every two hours.
Favorite food in your prep diet: Peanut Butter!!
How would you describe your training for a competition: Programming set-up to train in strength, endurance, and gymnastic skills.
Favorite exercises: Olympic Lifts
Strongest skills: Rowing, Olympic lifts, rowing, box jumps, and running.
How many hours a week do you spend training?: CF: 12 hours, Karate: 6 hours
Today I am most proud of: My 43.5” box jump!! But more importantly, the mental and physical changes I’ve undergone by living a vegan lifestyle, and committing to fitness.
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