Name: Simone Collins
Division you will compete in: Figure
Weight/Competition Weight: 54-57kg
City: Melbourne, Australia
Years as a vegan: 5 years, vegetarian since 1999
Why you became a Vegan: My choice to go vegan was completely ethical. I stopped eating meat due to my love for animals, and a desire to live more compassionately. But since becoming a member of Animal Liberation Victoria (www.alv.org.au) I became aware of the cruel, immoral and unethical treatment and killing of animals that exists throughout ALL animal industries, even dairy and egg farming, and those claiming to be “organic”, “biodynamic” or “free-range”. I believe that animals have their own agenda on this planet just as we do. Their lives are of equal value or our own, and should not be “ours” to exploit, enslave, or take advantage of, especially in our modern society where we have absolutely no need for animal-derived products.
2013 IFBB Australian Amateur Grand Prix, Figure Novice – 4th place
2013 IFBB Victorian State Titles, Figure Novice – 3th place
2014 IFBB Australian Amateur Grand Prix, Figure Novice – 6th place
2014 IFBB O’Mara Classic and World Qualifier, Figure Open – 2th place
2014 IFBB Victorian State Titles, Figure Novice – 1st Place
What drives you to compete: Passion, dedication, accomplishing goals, self-improvement and results. I also see competing as my own form of activism. The consumption of meat and animal-derived supplements is rampant and so entrenched in sports, especially in bodybuilding. By standing up on stage as a natural vegan competitor and place against meat eaters, I hope to lead by example, and change the way people think about veganism, dispel some myths, and prove that meat and animal products are completely unnecessarily – that you CAN build muscle, get lean and achieve your health and fitness goals while living a more compassionate lifestyle.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: I always have boundless energy and speedy recovery times, I get much more variety and leniency on my comp prep diet, I never feel sluggish or run down, even when I’m training really hard, and I rarely get sick. I also have a clear conscience and feel positive and uplifted by my food choices.
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: Much the same as my “off-season” diet, but a little cleaner, and I have less cheats and treats. I stick to mostly unprocessed wholefoods as much as possible, and keep my protein intake fairly high.
Favorite food in your prep diet: Protein mousse made with vegan protein powder, almond milk, berries and maybe some cinnamon, ginger, chia, hemp or flax seeds.
How would you describe your training for a competition: I focus mainly on weights – about 5-6 times a week for 45 minutes to 1 hour, I do some cardio in the first few weeks of my prep, but keep it to a minimum and usually cut it out as soon as possible to protect my metabolism. I find if I’m training hard in the gym, I don’t need to do a lot of cardio, and this helps me to hold more muscle.
Favorite exercises: I love training arms!
How many hours a week do you spend training?: Probably about 5-6 hours, a little more if I’m doing cardio.
Today I am most proud of: How far I have come since I started, and the opportunity to get up on stage representing veganism and make a stand for the animals!
Personal webpage or blog: www.simicollins.com , http://www.evolvedgeneration.com/simone-collins-2/