Division you will compete in: Bodybuilding and/or Physique
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight/Competition Weight: 187-198 lbs / 169-176 lbs
Any Other Measurements: I never do any measurements
City: Duesseldorf, Germany
Years as a vegan: Almost four
Why you became a Vegan: For pure moral reasons! I just couldn’t accept any longer that other sentient beings have to live under horrible conditions and finally die just for my food. Without all those bodybuilding myths about protein and the aleged need of animal products, i would have become vegan a lot earlier. Fortunately i know better now…
2006 NABBA/WFF Southern German Championship 2nd place
NABBA/WFF West German Championship 5th place
NABBA/WFF North German Championship 3rd place
NABBA/WFF East German Championship 3rd place
2008 NABBA/WFF North/West Cup 4th place
NABBA/WFF German Championship 2nd place
NABBA/WFF World Championship 3rd place
2011 NAC West German Championship 5th place
NAC German Championship (not in the finale)
2013 NAC West German Championship 6th place
2014 NAC West German Championship (not in the finale)
What drives you to compete: I just love getting into the best shape i can reach and presenting my physique on stage, but since i’m vegan it’s almost more important to me to get the chance to show people that you don’t need any animal products at all to get big or ripped, and that being vegan doesn’t automatically mean that you’re pale, weak and skinny.
I like busting myths and breaking stereotypes!
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: It’s a great feeling to know that no animal had or has to suffer just so you can reach your athletic goals. Everyone and everything benefits from the vegan lifestyle… the animals, the planet, the world population and last but not least yourself, in terms of health and performance. But the animals and our environment always come first for me, good health is just a sort of bonus.
What types of supplements if any do you use?: Meanwhile i reduced my supp intake a lot. I don’t use protein powder and creatine any more and get all my protein from natural whole foods. Only after my workouts, if i don’t eat immediately, i take 5-10g of glutamine/bcaa. I sporadically use herbal super food supps or vitamin/mineral supps (depending on my diet plan), but the only one i use on a daily basis is vitamin B12 (methyl cobalamine).
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: My diet doesn’t really change during my contest prep, only the overall calorie amount. I follow a high carb / low fat diet year round, including all kinds of fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes.
Favorite food in your prep diet: Since my diet is pretty much the same during a preparation, I could list a lot of foods, but some of my favourites are quinoa, couscous, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, peas, kidney beans, bananas, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli…
How would you describe your training for a competition: My weight training remains the same year round, which usually means that i do three full body workouts per week or a push-pull-split where i train every other day. I mainly focus on compound exercises and very few isolation exercises. I only do very little cardio training, diet is much more important in my opinion. My personal experience is that too much cardio has a negative impact on muscle volume, recovery and metabolism.
Favorite exercises: Bench Press (all variations), Chin Ups, Barbell Press Behind the Neck, Romanian Deadlift
How many hours a week do you spend training?: About 4 hours (off-season without cardio)
Today I am most proud of: The fact that several people told me i’ve been their major source of inspiration and motivation to go vegan! That’s really awesome and gives me a lot of energy to keep doin’ my thing!
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