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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spaghetti Squash Casserole

by Elana Priesman The Sauce: 1 box of POM strained tomatoes new Frontiers pizza seasoning to taste The Vegeliciousness Roast a halved spaghetti squash in a shallow pan of water open face down for 45minat 400-450 depending on your oven Use a silpat or parchment paper for the rest and watch carefully because they will […]

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Lessons Learned The Hard Way

by Kelly Colobella Right now the year is turning over, people are making resolutions… getting healthier, losing weight, going vegan (hopefully), and doing things they want to do to better themselves and the world around them. I was never a big resolution setter… I figure, if you want to change something enough you will just […]

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Perspective

by Mindy Collette As a full-time employee, living over an hour away from the city now, it can be very difficult to get to the gym. To make time to lift weights, pack protein shakes, L-Glutamine, and BCAA’s. But, where there’s a will there’s a way, and it’s been going well so far. Actually, really […]

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