Name: Richard Middlebrook
Division you will compete in: CF
Height: 6 ft 0 in
Weight: 185 lbs
City: Saginaw Mi
Years as a vegan: 2
Why you became a vegan: For my health, and the health of the environment, also I am studying to become a zoologist because of my love of animals. One of my professors taught us the benefits of veganism for the environment during my first semester of college. During this time, I started training in MMA and a few of the people I trained with were trying to be vegan and I had no more excuses to ignore the possibility of being a better person without losing any athletic ability.
10 years in martial arts, MMA, 7 months in CF.
What drives you to compete: I have a very competitive personality, I was always athletic and I need physical activity daily. When I see people in the gym who can lift heavier or go longer than myself I am slightly aggravated but mostly inspired.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: By being a vegan ( mostly raw, or natural foods) I eliminate sources of food that would slow me down, in other words there are no empty calories in my diet. Even my worst meals are used as energy, I hate waste.
What types of supplements if any do you use?: I take ground based nutrition protein shakes, and have occasionally had creatine but don’t feel the need to use it anymore.
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: The only difference in prepping for a competition would be to increase calories from all sources ( I eat around 150 g of protein a day, and consume around 3500 calories on most days).
Favorite food in your prep diet: Peanut butter with apples, rice and broccoli with beans, or spaghetti.
How would you describe your training for a competition: I don’t focus too hard on competitions when it comes to CF. Everyday in the gym I’m trying to improve in all aspects. If I know the wods before, I’ll do a few trial runs. For martial arts I always learn everything I can about my opponent. For any competition, I try to relax as much as possible the day of the competition and I go about 50% the day before to keep my body active, but I make sure that I wont be sore the next day.
Favorite exercises: Clean and Jerk, Power cleans, Muscle ups, and I’m beginning to learn to like the snatch
Strongest skills: Clean and jerk, my work ethic, and my endurance.
How many hours a week do you spend training?:
14 hours minimum when in school sometimes over 20 when I’m not.
Today I am most proud of: My ability to be a well rounded athlete and person in general. I have never found a sport I am bad at, and I believe it was because I’ve been training in karate since I was 12. Besides being athletic, I am also proud of myself for my academic accomplishments. I was never a 4.0 student, but entering college has given me the opportunity to find a field of study I am interest in learning about. Furthermore, I can now I say that I am a honor student. Which is something I never thought would happen. I believe the body can only go as far as the mind can lead it.