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Beginner’s Mistakes

by Erin Fergus I said in my Plantbuilt application video that I made all my beginner’s mistakes during my first competition season of summer 2013. The night before the first competition, I posted on Facebook all the other times that I made beginner’s mistakes (during running races and triathlons) and how I was going to […]

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Being Vegan and understanding that not everyone understands you

by Athena Iglesias I have been Vegan for 4 years now and every holiday or get together I encounter the same questions, obstacles, and cold veggie tray. I admit, in the beginning of my life as Vegan, I was super excited and didn’t understand why nobody wanted to hear my pages of nutritional facts I […]

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My Experience with “Cheat Meals” as a Vegan Bikini Competitor

By Samantha Shorkey I call them “cheat meals.” Some say “treat meals.” And many bodybuilders don’t believe in them at all. As with any diet, different strokes for different folks. I can only speak for myself and what works best for me. And I for one, am an advocate of a weekly cheat meal. I […]

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Strike a Pose

by Dani Taylor Torre never breaks for even a second when on stage. Although flexing every muscle in his body, he is always graceful. How you hold yourself on stage is everything. You have spent months (maybe years?) building up a foundation of solid muscle to create a certain frame, and then dieting down and […]

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Fitness is a journey, a lifestyle, but not a destination

by Sara Russert I am using this blog post as an easy way to make an announcement, consider this my coming out… I have decided to switch my sport to Powerlifting this year instead of Bodybuilding. The short story is that I was struggling with food and decided that taking a break from a deficit […]

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Let’s Get Real

by Paola Deocampo Jackson I am often told that I look great, that I’m so fit and tiny, that I’m skinny and one to be envied.  These comments are all made in reference to my social media pictures.  Pictures from prior competitions and bikini photoshoots.  Shoots that were very carefully timed during intense training and […]

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the year of the open-mind

by Billy Prusinowski I have been a huge proponent of functional fitness for the past few years now, after sharing thoughts and tips with fellow personal trainers at my Gold’s Gym Santa Cruz (my former employer). Things like triple-extension movements (lifts where your ankle, knee and hip joints all involve themselves [like the CLEAN]) just […]

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FACE IT

by Mindy Collette •Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Their Lip Tar is like nothing I’ve experienced in the past. Yes, it’s THAT good. This stuff stays on, doesn’t feel tacky, and is 100% cruelty-free and vegan! If you’re in the NYC area they have a store front in the lower east side. The only down side to […]

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Beauty Products | Cruelty Free | Hair | Make-up | Mindy Collette | Skin | Vegan

Dealing With Injury

by Crystal Hammer Weightlifters can be stubborn, honestly that is what makes most of us keep going. When people tell us “no” or that we cannot do something, it only motivates us to push harder. But when it comes to injuries, we need to put these hard-headed attitudes aside and heal. Injuries can take many […]

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Have a Heart in February

by Jennifer Moore February is heart month. Focusing on our hearts should direct our attention to the vegan lifestyle for several reasons. First, a vegan diet has been shown not only to prevent heart disease but to actually REVERSE coronary artery disease, the main cause of heart attack. Check out Caldwell Esselstyn’s research and angiograms […]

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Just D it!

by Elana Priesman A lot of people unDerestimate the importance of this essential hormone that we call Vitamin D. Sunshine is the optimal way of getting it, but sometimes we can be “D-ficient “ for many reasons. It is very important to know where your levels are, so you can have the optimal immunity, bone […]

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Vegan Since Birth

by Jehina Malik My older sister Kishema Pendu Malik is also vegan since birth! She goes by Pendu! She has been dancing since was 5 years old! Kishema has taken all dance styles and choreographs mainly afro jazz but does it all! She danced for Cirque du Soleil “Beatles Love” for 5 in a half […]

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Grow that Booty

by Sally Andersen This no-hipped, flat-butted girl is proud to brag that I successfully added an inch to my behind in a month and am continuing to see growth with my new leg workout plan. For my first leg day of the week, I go heavy and hard with less than 15 reps of classically […]

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Maintaining your Vegan Muscle While Dieting

by Jonna Edwinson I take pride in being a no meat, drug free athlete. The amount of time and effort it takes to build during off season makes muscle a very special product of hard work in the gym. Now a big question that I run into a lot is how do you get from […]

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Staying Motivated in a “Not-So-Motivating” World

by Tiffany Burich In my experience (as a trainer, friend, relative, acquaintance, ect.) there are two things I hear over & over again as to why people have trouble starting/sticking with workout routines & eating regimens : 1. “I don’t feel I deserve it” 2. “I don’t have support from anyone in my family” No […]

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No excuses!

by Emily Zukle We’ve all heard the typical “reasons” people don’t go to the gym to workout. Time is the most common one I hear. But really? We all have the same time in a day and we tend to make time for whatever matters to us whether it’s television viewing or social networking or […]

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The Girls I Got to Know and Love this Summer

by Richard Middlebrook In the summer of 2013 I started training in CF. Some of the workouts are named after girls, the founder and President of CF explains, “I want to explain the workout once and then give it a name. I thought that anything that left you flat on your back, looking up at […]

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Learning to Pull

by Jason Morris Over the last year I have transferred my deadlifting technique to a conventional stance. Before that I pulled from a sumo stance because it felt better. So why the change? Two reasons: First, I’m a coach and I need to be able to coach various movements and secondly, because I don’t want […]

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Jason Morris | Powerlifting | Team Members

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Injuries Suck!

by Christian Garcia As humans, we’re able to endure a lot of things; we’re a resilient species. However, just because we can endure those things, it doesn’t mean we come out just fine. As an athlete, I am more than familiar with people call injuries. I’ve had my fair share of injuries ranging from thoracic […]

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Post Workout Smoothie

by Brent Henderson Nutrition before and after a workout is wildly debated and just about everyone you ask will have a different answer, I’ve heard everything from super expensive glow in the dark pre-workouts that contain who knows what kind of chemicals, to precise instructions of 13 ½ strawberries and a piece of toast with […]

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Weightlifting, how do I get started?

by Kelly Colobella I had a friend mention to me the other day that she wanted to start lifting weights and that she wasn’t really sure where to start. I remember that feeling all too well… walking into the gym and looking at all these machines, weights, treadmills and starting to panic. Seeing the large, […]

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Goals

by Chris Piontek Its that time of year again where people scream and shout, “NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!!” I truly applaud the zeal with which they proclaim the new directions and motivations for their life. However, its no secret that by the end of February or beginning of March the fire starts to dwindle. By […]

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A Recap on My First Individual CF Competition, and 2nd Place Overall Win at The 2014 Yeti Challenge

by Amber Sperling On Saturday, January 11th, I competed in my first Rx’d (prescribed) individual cf competition at Plymouth CF. I’ve been training in the sport for six months now, and have made great progressions in my endurance, speed, and strength. I had an understanding of how I stacked up in my local gym, but […]

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Vegan Banana Ice Cream

by Chad Byers Want a healthy, delicious, low fat, non-dairy, non-soy alternative to ice cream? Give this banana ice cream recipe a try. Ingredients: 5 bananas (brown spotted) 1-2 dates 1 scoop PlantFusion Chocolate Protein Powder 2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup Almond or Rice milk (less if thicker consistency is desired) Directions: Slice bananas, place […]

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More than me

by Austin Barbisch paragraph I feel something  very special when I think of this PlantBuilt team. I have been competing in bodybuilding shows since 1996, with 13 shows under my belt (thong). Up until meeting this awesome group of people, my goals in competition were purely for a love for competing, and to  get the […]

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Austin Barbisch | Determination | Ethics | inspiration | Motivation | Purpose | Veganism

Reaching Goals as a Vegan Athlete

by Ed Bauer Many people have a hard time getting stronger, leaner, more muscular, or in better shape, etc. If you want to improve your fitness in some manner, you must first determine what your specific goals are. Now there are two different types of goals, outcome goals and behavior goals. An example of an […]

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You Can’t Change a Skeleton…

by Erin Fergus But you can build around it.  I didn’t believe that for most of 2013, but I do now. Think about the traditional body types, such as the hourglass, the pear, the apple.  Now think about the “ruler” – straight up and down, which is sometimes referred to as “boyish,” “straight,” “the banana,” […]

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The Biggest Secret for Ripped Veggie Muscles

by Melissa Hauser   I am about to reveal my number one tip for achieving a killer physique.  This is the ambiguous truth that everyone has been dying to hear.  It’s the magic pill that tightens and transforms a body.  I’m asked over and over what the secret is, and at long last, it will […]

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7 Ways to Make Healthy Choices Convenient

by Marcella Torres We are all creatures of habit and will always choose the easier, most efficient option. Often this works against us when we’re rushed in the morning or starving at work, but a little forethought can actually make these tendencies work for us and not against us! For example, if you’ve prepared a […]

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Jamaican Red Bean Stew

by Crystal Hammer Rest and calories are just as important in gaining strength as time in the gym, but if you’re like me, you’re starving the instant you get home and need calories NOW! Enter the crockpot. I can throw stuff together in the morning and come home at night to a hot meal that […]

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