Kody Kowalowski

1233321_10102351793952952_8012173849241340313_nName: Kody Kowalowski

Division you will compete in: CF

Age: 27 (4 Apr 87)

Height: 6’

Weight: 195

City: Melbourne, FL

Years as a vegan: 1

Why you became a vegan: My wife started watching documentaries discussing the negative effects of eating meat and dairy.  They were difficult to ignore and I never knew how much our choices affected the environment.  I also never really understood how commercial farm animals were treated.  As much as I was afraid of quitting meat and dairy because of the “protein issue”, I decided to try veganism to leave less of a carbon footprint.  Overtime, my health and performance unexpectedly improved, which debunked all my preconceived opinions on veganism.

History competing:

  • DisneyFit Challenge 2014 Team – 1st Place
  • Florida Fitness Championship 2014 Mens Rx – 1st Place
  • 2014 CF Open – Top 4% Central East Region
  • Valentine’s Day Massacre at CF Conjugate 2014 Team – 4th

What drives you to compete:  I’ve always been a competitor.  I enjoy the drive I experience in competitions and I like winning.

What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: I feel great and there’s very little, if any, thought that goes into my diet choices outside of avoiding animal products.  I simply eat food and as much as I feel like eating.  It’s helped me gain strength and recover quickly.  I feel that my diet choices actually help me improve and recover faster than my meat/supplement soup (in quantity) eating friends.  I’ve made the bulk of my gains in the short time I’ve been a vegan.

What types of supplements if any do you use?: Warrior Food Protein Powder

How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: I don’t change much in my diet.  If anything, I increase the amount of starches I eat just before I compete for extra energy.

Favorite food in your prep diet: I don’t eliminate any vegan foods though salad is my favorite food.

How would you describe your training for a competition: I build my strength in the off season and add extra conditioning just before I compete.

Favorite exercises: Cleans, snatches, and anything with a kettlebell.

Strongest skills: I have a balance between strength, endurance, and gymnastics, which is important in CF.

How many hours a week do you spend training?: 7-9 hours

Today I am most proud of: being as successful as I am in my sport on a vegan diet. People tease you until your performance exceeds their expectations.  I’m also the proud owner of my own gym, ATK CF.

Personal Website or Blog: http://instagram.com/kode_green, atkcrossfit.com