Division you will compete in: Figure
Weight: Off Season: 140/Comp Weight: 130
City: Haverhill, Massachusetts
Years as a vegan: 12
Why you became a Vegan: I was a vegetarian from the age of 12, but never thought anything was wrong with meat or dairy. I stumbled across a website when I was 17 years old that explained the connections between the dairy and meat industries and went vegan overnight because I wanted nothing to do with any of it. Consequently, I went from being 205 pounds and very sedentary to 135 pounds with a vegan diet and exercise.
2014 OCB Spirit of America. 3rd Debut Figure, 2nd Novice Figure, 3rd Open Figure Tall.
2014 Naturally Fit Super Show. 1st Open Figure Tall
2015 OCB Yankee Classic. 1st Open Figure Tall
2015 OCB Battle for the Belt. 3rd Open Figure Tall
What drives you to compete: My team and the statement we can make for how unnecessary animal products are to achieve a competitive physique.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: Recovery, recovery, recovery… did I mention recovery? Also, being able to eat more volume of food than my meat eating counterparts. I like to eat, and being vegan, I get more of it!
What types of supplements if any do you use?: Plant Fusion Protein, KeVita Probiotic Drink, BCAAs, Vega Sport Protein, Healthforce Vitamineral Green, and Vitamin D and B12. Sometimes cycle Kre-Alkalyn EFX. Check out veganproteins.com for any of these!
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: I calculate my macros out to the gram, but they are always changing. High protein, lower fat and moderate carbs. Lots of water!
Favorite food in your prep diet: Protein Waffles with berries forever. 🙂
How would you describe your training for a competition: Consistency is key. Focus on heavy compound lifts and use isolation exercises as secondary. I do not stop lifting heavy just because I am on prep. HIIT cardio is my preference, even though it kicks my butt.
Favorite exercises: Squats, Pullups, Shoulder Press, Bench, Deadlift
How many hours a week do you spend training?: about 15
Today I am most proud of: Maintaining a healthy mindset throughout competition prep and helping my clients to approach competitions in a healthy way as well. I am proud of being able to love the whole journey, not just the final product.
Personal website or blog: veganproteins.com
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