Name: Christian Garcia
Division you will compete in: Lightweight Men’s Bodybuilding
Weight/Competition Weight: 160
City: Santa Cruz, California
Years as a vegan: 3 years
Why you became a Vegan: I originally became vegan for health reasons, but I remained vegan for the animals. There’s no better feeling than looking into the eyes of an animal and seeing so much emotion without having to speak any words. Just knowing that animals want the same basic rights humans want is enough: the desires to survive, thrive, and love. I believe that no one should be deprived of these basic rights.
History Competing: NFSS 2014
What drives you to compete: I compete, not for others, but for the animals. Being able to compete allows me to show others that optimal health and fitness can be achieved without inflicting pain and suffering on any living creatures.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: There is a faster recovery time, high energy levels, a clear mind (and conscience), and less inflammation. I also get to eat carbs while still being able to lean out easily.
What types of supplements if any do you use?: I like a good variety of supplements in my life to keep things exciting: BCAAs, creatine, L-glutamine, Sunwarrior Ormus Supergreens, PlantFusion protein, and Vega (performance protein and pre-workout energizer).
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: Carb cycling following a flexible dieting approach.
Favorite food in your prep diet: Pizza!
How would you describe your training for a competition: My training is generally the same throughout the year. The only things that change are the reps I do and cardio. I train hard six days per week with an active seventh day.
Favorite exercises: The ones that make me sore! But in all seriousness, I love weighted pull-ups, weighted dips, t-bar rows, walking lunges, and cable crunches.
How many hours a week do you spend training?: 8-10 hours per week.
Today I am most proud of: Today, I am most proud of being on this team. When I first applied, I had only been lifting for less than five months. I thought I would apply just to do it. I worked hard every day and it paid off: I made the team! Also, competing on the same stage with big names is a huge accomplishment too.
Personal website or blog: www.plantpowerhouse.com (still getting it together), www.thepictureforwards.wordpress.com, and @cgadventure on Instagram.