Division you will compete in: CF
Age: 30 (April 1987)
City: Albany, NY
Years as a vegan: 3
Why you became a vegan: My wife started watching documentaries discussing the negative effects of eating meat and dairy. They were difficult to ignore and I never knew how much our choices affected the environment. I also never really understood how commercial farm animals were treated. As much as I was afraid of quitting meat and dairy because of the “protein issue”, I decided to try veganism to leave less of a carbon footprint. Overtime, my health and performance unexpectedly improved, which debunked all my preconceived opinions on veganism.
Threshold Throwdown 2016 Team (Vermont) – 1st Place
Brevard Open/Egan Cup 2016 – 3rd Place
Strength Within Games 2016 Team (Florida) – 3rd Place
Brevard Open/Egan Cup 2015 – 1st Place (Fittest Man in Brevard County)
DisneyFit Challenge 2014 Team – 1st Place
Florida Fitness Championship 2014 Mens Rx – 1st Place
Valentine’s Day Massacre at CF Conjugate 2014 Team – 4th
What drives you to compete: I’ve always been a competitor. I enjoy the drive I experience in competitions and I like winning.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: I feel great and there’s very little, if any, thought that goes into my diet choices outside of avoiding animal products. I simply eat food and as much as I feel like eating. It’s helped me gain strength and recover quickly. I feel that my diet choices actually help me improve and recover faster than my meat/supplement soup (in quantity) eating friends. I’ve made the bulk of my gains in the short time I’ve been a vegan.
What types of supplements if any do you use?: I don’t use any supplements.
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: I don’t change much in my diet. If anything, I increase the amount of starches I eat just before I compete for extra energy.
Favorite food in your prep diet: I don’t eliminate any vegan foods though salad is my favorite food.
How would you describe your training for a competition: I build my strength in the off season and add extra conditioning just before I compete.
Favorite exercises: Cleans, snatches, and anything with a kettlebell.
Strongest skills: I have a balance between strength, endurance, and gymnastics, which is important in CF.
How many hours a week do you spend training?: 5-7 hours
Today I am most proud of: being as successful as I am in my sport on a vegan diet, with a full time job, and as a parent. People tease you until your performance exceeds their expectations.
Personal Website or Blog: http://instagram.com/kode_green