Scott Shetler

scott shetlerName: Scott Shetler

Division you will compete in: I compete in powerlifting and am currently a deadlift specialist.

Age: 39

Height: 5’10”

Weight/Competition Weight: 85kg in kettlebell sport, 198lb. in powerlifting

Current personal records in the jerk, snatch, and/or long cycle: My current records in the long cycle are 85 reps with the 16kg kettlebells and 72 reps with the 20kg kettlebells. Currently I have a rank 2 lifter classification in the AKA/IUKL Federation. My personal record in the deadlift is 463 lbs.

City: Atlanta, GA

Years as a vegan: 2 years

Why you became a Vegan:  First for the animals, second for the health benefits.

History Competing:

7th place – 2000 SNBF Georgia State Bodybuilding Championship; open lightweight division

1st place & best lifter overall – 2004 NAKF / Atlanta Iron Sports Kettlebell Sport Championship; 90+kg long cycle division, 24kg kettlebells

2nd place – 2005 NAKF / Atlanta Iron Sports Kettlebell Sport Championship; 90+kg long cycle division, 24kg kettlebells

1st place – 2005 WNPF Georgia State Powerlifting Championship; 220lb open equipped powerlifting divison

1st place – 2005 WNPF National Powerlifting Championship; 220lb open equipped powerlifting division

Bombed out – 2006 WNPF Georgia State Powerlifting Championship; 198lb open equipped powerlifting division

3rd place – 2006 AAPF/APF Georgia State Powerlifting Championship; 220lb open equipped powerlifting division

1st place – 2006 WNPF Battle of the Countries Powerlifting Championship; 220lb open equipped powerlifting division

1st place – 2007 WNPF Georgia State Powerlifting Championship; 220lb open equipped powerlifting division

1st place – 2007 WNPF World & International Powerlifting Championship; 220lb open equipped powerlifting division

1st place – 2008 WNPF Georgia vs. Tennessee and Alabama Powerlifting Championship; 220lb open equipped deadlift-only division

3rd place – 2008 AKC Classic Kettlebell Sport Championship; 90+kg long cycle division, 24kg kettlebells

3rd place – 2009 Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic Sports Festival Kettlebell Sport Championship; 90+kg long cycle division, 24kg kettlebells

1st place – 2009 AKC/WKC Georgia State Kettlebell Sport Championship; 90+kg long cycle division, 16kg kettlebells

1st place – 2009 AKC/WKC Southeast Regional Kettlebell Sport Championship; 90+kg long cycle division, 20kg kettlebells

1st place & best lifter overall – 2013 AKC/WKC Punch Gym Sarasota / Florida State Kettlebell Sport Championship; 85kg long cycle division, 20kg kettlebells

1st place & best lifter overall – 2014 AKA/IUKL Punch Gym Sarasota / Florida State Kettlebell Sport Championship; 85kg long cycle division, 20kg kettlebells

1st place – 2014 USPA Simply Fit Austin / Naturally Fit Games Powerlifting Championship; 198lb sub-masters equipped deadlift-only division

What drives you to compete: I mainly compete to test myself on the platform and love the atmosphere and camaraderie at kettlebell and powerlifting meets. I want to be an example that it is possible to be stronger and healthier by adopting a plant-based lifestyle.

What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: Recovery is a huge advantage. It’s pretty easy to stay in my weight class as well, so there is no need to cut weight for a meet.

What types of supplements if any do you use: I have been using Warrior Force, Plantfusion, and some Vega products since the 2014 Plantbuilt event, but mainly the only supplements I take are B12 and some flax oil.

How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: It’s about 85-90% clean and 10-15% not so clean. If my weight is on the high side I keep it cleaner. I typically eat the same things every day – a green smoothie for breakfast; fruit and nuts for snacks; oatmeal or a peanut butter sandwich around lunch-time; a protein drink post-workout; and rice, beans and greens for dinner. I only drink water, fresh pressed vegetable and fruit juices, unsweet tea, nut milks, and probably a little too much coffee. My favorite not so healthy foods are pizza, cookies and chocolate – and I tend to be pretty vocal about that with the bodybuilders during their final weeks of contest prep!

Favorite food in your prep diet:  Chocolate protein, almond milk, peanut butter and banana smoothies are pretty awesome and taste great post workout!

How would you describe your training for a competition:  I follow a 4 day split with two lower sessions, in one I push the squat heavier and do assistance work for the deadlift, in the other I push the deadlift heavier and do assistance work for the squat. The other two sessions are upper body sessions one is dedicated to heavier bench work and lockout assistance exercises, the other is overhead pressing and dynamic effort bench work. I also practice Taijiquan, qigong, and meditation daily and train with a Shaolin Monk 3x a week. This is a pretty standard off-season template and basically what it looks like when I’m training for a powerlifting meet. When I start peaking for a kettlebell meet (12-16 weeks out) I cut back on the powerlifting work, except the deadlift, I push that hard all the time, and emphasize the kettlebell lifts more. I also add in a few days of running when prepping for a kettlebell meet as well.

Monday

-squat

-deadlift accessory work

-glute/ham raise

-kettlebell long cycle work

-abdominal work & grip work

Tuesday

-bench press

-bench press accessory work

-lats/upper back

-biceps/triceps

-kettlebell snatch work

Thursday

-deadlift

-squat accessory work

-reverse hypers

-kettlebell long cycle work

-abdominal work & grip work

Friday

-standing press

-dynamic effort bench press work

-lats/upper back

-biceps/triceps

-kettlebell snatch work

Kettlebell meet prep looks like this:

Monday

-long cycle (kettlebell clean & jerk)

-squat

-abs

-running

 

Tuesday

-long cycle (kettlebell clean & jerk)

-bench press

-rows

-running

Thursday

-light long cycle technique work

-deadlift (heavy)

-deadlift (accessory)

-pull-ups

-abs

-kettlebell snatch

Friday

-long cycle (kettlebell clean & jerk)

-1-arm kettlebell jerks

-pull-ups or pulldowns

-running

Favorite exercises: kettlebell long cycle (clean & jerk), deadlift, pull-ups, Indian club swinging

How many hours a week do you spend training: 10-12 hours a week

Today I am most proud of: The fact that I understand my life’s purpose which is to help people experience true health by integrating the mind, body, and spirit through a holistic approach to health and fitness; and to help support efforts to end cruelty to animals.

Personal website or blog: www.extreme-fitness.org, www.scottshetler.com, www.plantbasedperformance.org