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Book Review: 10 Minute Toughness by Jason Selk

by Sara Lee   Sara Lee’s Reading Corner I compete in kettlebell sport, the NASCAR version of Olympic weightlifting, in which a competitor has 10 minutes to perform as many lifts as possible without resting. Being mentally tough for that 10 minutes is just as important as being physically up to the task. When I […]

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Sara Lee

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Competition | head games | Mental Strength | training | winning

Sam Shorkey’s Vanilla Blueberry Cheesecake Bites

Okay guys, prepare to be blown away by yet another delicious competition diet vegan treat from Sam Shorkey aka Jacked on the Beanstalk, baby!  These mock-cheesecake bites are RIDICULOUSLY good and oh-so-healthy. Made with my fave Nature’s Food Organic vanilla protein powder AND tofu, you’re getting quite the hefty dose of protein in every bite! […]

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Samantha Shorkey

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bodybuilding treat | cheesecake bites | competition diet | competition diet treat | dessert recipe | Jacked on the Beanstalk | protein powder | Sam Shorkey | tofu | vegan cheesecake

Squash Lasagna

by Crystal Moulton INGREDIENTS 9 no-boil lasagna noodles (or boil some regular lasagna noodles if the others aren’t available) Squash Bechamel: ¼ cup all-purpose flour 1½ cups squash (or pumpkin puree) 2 cups nondairy milk like soy or almond, unsweetened 2 tsp olive oil Creamed Spinach: 4 tsp olive oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped […]

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Crystal Hammer | Powerlifting | Team Members

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Carbs | Crystal Moulton | Food | Lasagna | Noodles | nutrition | Recipe | squash

Principles of Dieting

by Justin Morgan Dieting can be stressful, confusing, and a general pain.  Especially if you are an athlete that also needs to preserve as much muscle, strength, and overall performance as possible while dieting to lose weight. This article will hopefully help to give you some guidelines that will make dieting easier and less confusing.  […]

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Justin Morgan | Powerlifting | Team Members

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Cutting | dieting | Fat Loss | How To | Justin Morgan | macros | nutrition

Protein Toasties

by Holly Noll 1/2 c Vital Wheat Gluten Flour 2 TBS Chickpea Flour 2 TBS Flax Meal 1 TBS Baking Powder 1/2 tea Cinnamon 1/4 tea Nutmeg 1 TBS Creamy Nut Butter (I used Maple Brown Sugar Whipped Jif) 2 TBS Liquid Sweetener (I used Sugar Free Torani Vanilla) 1/2 c Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk […]

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Holly Noll | Powerlifting | Team Members

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bread | Food | gluten | Holly Noll | macros | Protein | Recipes | toast

Done with activism.

by Billy Prusinowski There comes a time in your life when things must change. Personally, after four years of college activism, then moving to Portland, Oregon for a year specifically to further that activism, I needed a change. It was a combination of wanting to live a more mainstream lifestyle and starting to become frightened […]

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Billy Prusinowski | CF

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Activism | Animal Rights | Billy Prusinowski | inspiration | Motivation

Are you in a workout rut- Vlog

by Ndem Nkem

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Ndem Nkem

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exercise | fitness | Motivation | ndem nkem | Weightlifting | Workout

Smoothie Recipes from Lindsay

As a vegan I get asked all the time about what I eat and where I get my protein. Smoothies are an easy way to get fruits, vegetables, and protein all at once. I have a Vitamix blender which is a powerful machine that could practically blend rocks into a smoothie. I love it! In […]

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Lindsay Morgan

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Blueberry | Coffee | Hemp | Lindsay Morgan | orange | Recipes | smoothies

V-log update: Powerlifting accessory work

by Justin Morgan

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Justin Morgan | Powerlifting

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Justin Morgan | powerlifting | Video | Workout

Jacked on the Beanstalk’s Vegan Protein Brownies

It’s no surprise that I am a HUGE dessert addict.  I love anything and everything sweet.  So naturally, my favourite thing about Valentine’s Day is of course, receiving candy and chocolate.  Screw the roses!  But how can I possibly celebrate and indulge on this sexxxy holiday when I’m already dieting for my next bodybuilding competition?  […]

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Samantha Shorkey

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black bean brownies | brownies | competition dessert | competition diet desserts | healthy vegan dessert | high protein | Jacked on the Beanstalk | low carb | low fat | low fat vegan desserts | nature's food | Protein | protein brownies | protein icing | Sam Shorkey | vegan brownies | vegan protein | vegan protein brownies | vegan protein icing

A Typical Day in the Life of an “Aspiring” CF Athlete

by Ben Buhrow In my last post I mentioned that I would share with you what one of my training days consists of so here we go. First off I train 6-7 days a week. A day off is an active recovery day and based solely on how my body is reacting to the training […]

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CF | Team Members

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Athlete | Average Day | Ben Buhrow | CF | training

The Road to The CF Games. Is it Worth It?

by Ben Buhrow I use the term athlete more sparingly than most when it comes to the CF community. The reason being that I think CF as a sport has made a major split from CF as a training methodology and it needs to be recognized. There is a substantial difference in training volume and […]

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CF | Team Members

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Athletes | Ben Buhrow | CF | CF Games | Commitment | Dedication

My story of wrestling and being vegan

by Zackery Bickford I didn’t even know about wrestling until my younger brother did one school season of wrestling. After I saw my brother wrestle I told my parents I wanted to try as well so I started wrestling in the spring of 2004. Freestyle wrestling was the style I started with, and for anyone […]

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Team Members | Zackery Bickford

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college sports | Veganism | wrestling

Another Year, Another On-Season

by Christian Garcia Last year was my first year ever competing in bodybuilding. I was new to the sport. Everything was foreign to me. It was slightly overwhelming. But this past off-season, and now on-season, has been different so far. Although I gained more fluff than anticipated this past off-season, I have trusted the system […]

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Bodybuilding | Christian Garcia | Team Members

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Bodybuilding | carb cycling | Christian Garcia | Cutting | flexible dieting

What the Heck is GS?

By Sara Lee Language and history GS stands for “Girevoy Sport,” and is better known as “Kettlebell Sport” in the US. “Girevoy” means “kettlebell” in Russian. Related words are “girya” referring to the bell, and “girevik” referring to the lifter. GS has its origins in the Russian marketplace where the bells were used as weights […]

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Sara Lee | Team Members

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FAQS | GS | Kettlebell

Sharing Vegan Values

by Kody Kowalowski Until recently, many people didn’t know I was vegan.  My wife and I were always quiet about it until someone wanted to make us a meal.  We never wanted to come off as those vegans who were difficult to deal with and preachy.  Part of it was because we are still fairly […]

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Kody Kowalowski | Team Members

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earthlings | outreach | Veganism

Bodies are Not Commodities: The Overlap of Veganism and Feminism

by Lindsey Morgan Ruby’s Diner is a classic American burger joint, popular in Southern California. After a long afternoon at the beach, nothing is better than a stroll down to the Ruby’s at the end of the pier for burgers and a milkshake while you watch the sun set over the ocean. The walls are […]

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Lindsay Morgan | Team Members

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Animal Liberation | Ethics | Feminism | Human Liberation | Veganism

Commonly Asked Questions

by Kayleigh Hill Being Vegan in today’s world, I have of course encountered the famous “But where do you get your protein?” question a million times. Lately, it seems as though I am answering to the following topics more and more as well. I am not a doctor or health professional, I am simply a Vegan […]

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Kayleigh Hill | Team Members

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FAQS | health | nutrition | nutrition myths | vitamins

romaine green drink

by Ndem Nkem  ingredients 1 head romaine lettuce 1 lemon or lime (juiced) 3 cups water additional greens (optional) cayenne pepper (optional) 2 tsp apple cider vinegar (optional) place all ingredients in a blender (i use a vitamix) and blend. drink throughout the day . This drink is amazing if you feel like you need […]

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Ndem Nkem | Team Members

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health | nutrition | Recipe | Smoothie

Basic Raw Powerlifting Equipment for Women (and everyone)

by Courtney Eastman   I’ve noticed a lot of questions online from people, particularly women, who want to try their first powerlifting meet but don’t know which equipment is vegan or what exactly they they will need for meet day. There have been a couple other blog posts outlining what to expect on meet day so […]

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Courtney Eastman | Powerlifting | Team Members

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Courtney Eastman | Equipment | FAQS | Knee Sleeves | Lifting Belt | powerlifting | Singlet

Team Plantbuilt 2014 Recap

by Scott Shetler In 2013 a group of vegan physique athletes (bodybuilders, figure and physique competitors) who competed together at the 2013 Naturally Fit Super Show in Austin, TX to show the world what could be accomplished by following a cruelty-free diet. They only represented 10% of the competition, but came away with 40% of […]

My Story

by Elana Titanium Priesman I want to share my story with you. I spent my entire life battling obesity. From a young age I was put on calorie restrictive diets and suffered from the hurtful abuse of bullies. It wasn’t my parent’s fault; I guess they just weren’t exposed to the world of veganism. This […]

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Bodybuilding | Elana Priesman

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Elana Priesman | health | inspiration | Motivation | obesity | plant based

The Weaker Sex?

by guest Samira Menezes, Vegetarianos Magazine Original Interview: I don´t know in US, but in Brazil a lot of people still thinks that the only way to gain muscles is eating meat. Why this is not true, Sara? How do you do to maintain your muscles being a vegan? Muscle is rebuilt using specific amino acids. […]

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Powerlifting | Sara Russert | Team Members

But where do you get your protein?

by Amber Sperling My name is Amber Sperling, I am a plant-based CF athlete. Being vegan in a paleo driven sport, I often get asked, “but where do you get your protein?” Which is why I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 sources of plant-based protein. 1. Quinoa – Quinoa, a seed, often mistaken […]

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Amber Sperling | CF | Team Members

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Amber Sperling | Diet | Protein

PB & J Protein “Pudding” or “Ice Cream”

by Erin Fergus This little creation is something I stumbled on when I saw berries, peanut butter and protein powder as items for one of the meals on my meal plan. I have a Ninja blender and a small food processor, and I recently got into making my own oil free “peanut cream” by blending […]

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Bodybuilding | Erin Fergus | Team Members

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Erin Fergus | Peanut Butter | Protein | Pudding | Recipe

Breaking Gender Stereotypes in Sports

by Kelly Colobella I’ve never been gravitated towards the things “they” say girls are supposed to like. I played with matchbox cars when I was young, hated wearing dresses (because it hindered my tree climbing), and despised the color pink. I’ve always been aggressive, competitive, and athletic. Fortunately, being raised by a very tough Mom, […]

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Kelly Colobella | Powerlifting | Team Members

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Female Strength Athlete | Feminism | Gender | Kelly Colobella | Stereotypes

Redefining “real foods”

by Billy Prusinowski

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Billy Prusinowski | CF | Team Members

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Billy Prusinowski | Diet | Food | Paleo | Whole Foods

Basics of Cutting

by Dani Taylor The Basics of Cutting Diets Dieting is simple, but not easy.  As a fitness nerd and coach who lives to read scientific articles about fat loss, muscle building and the likes, I wanted to make a basic list of tips for cutting.  This list is primarily geared towards people who are already […]

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Bodybuilding | Dani Taylor | Team Members

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Competition Prep | Cutting | Dani Taylor | How To

My First Powerlifting Meet

by Kelly Colobella The week before my first powerlifting meet I scoured the internet for articles about prepping. Reading about how I should be training, what I should eat, bring with me, etc. I read articles from my awesome Plantbuilt teammates, and tried to sort through all the advice and information and digest it all. […]

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Kelly Colobella | Powerlifting | Team Members

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Competition | Kelly Colobella | powerlifting | Practice | tips

The Mental Game

by Ashlee Harrison As I write this blog post I am a mere four days out from my very first NANBF figure competition in Edmonds, Washington. I have been working towards this goal, slowly and steadily for approximately eight months. It seems so surreal just how close I am to stepping on that stage after […]

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Ashlee Harrison | Bodybuilding | Team Members

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Ashlee Harrison | Competition | inspiration | Mental Strength | Motivation