Name: Emilie Tan
Division you will compete in: Sports Model
Age: 29 (born 24/07/1984)
Weight/Competition Weight: 128 lbs (115-118 lbs competition)
City: Melbourne, Australia (originally from Montreal, Canada)
Years as a vegan: 2
Why you became a Vegan: It was first for health reasons as I could not digest animal products properly. I then felt a great sense of relief to know that I was not responsible anymore for the suffering of fellow earthlings. I never looked back.
History Competing: I competed for the first time in October 2013 in the IFBB Bikini division at the Victorian titles here in Melbourne. As a teenager, I represented Canada on the international scene in Short Track Speed skating. I competed three years in a row at the ISU Junior World Championships with a 5th place as my best result in 2003.
What drives you to compete: I love having a goal and working towards it. What I love about bodybuilding is that you are in control of the results you get, as opposed to short track speed skating in which luck plays a big part.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: Plant food being a lot more nutrient dense than animal products, our diet always stays very nutritious, even in the grueling “cutting down” phase. This makes it a lot easier to keep on training hard and get the desired results.
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: As I respond well to a high carbohydrate diet, I do keep this macro high all throughout the process. I just make sure to keep my overall calories quite low, meaning that I eat very little fat and moderate protein.
Favorite food in your prep diet: “ice cream” made out of frozen berries and chocolate protein powder.
How would you describe your training for a competition: I surrender to my husband Luke’s evil masterplan 😉 He changes my program quite often to shock my body as much as possible and closer to the competition, we play it by hear and see which body parts need work and improvement.
Favorite exercises: I am first and foremost a runner… Love cardio! At the gym, I like cf/circuit style fast paced exercises.
How many hours a week do you spend training?: depending how close I am to the competition, anywhere from 5-6 hrs to 15-20 when having to pull out of a few “doubles”.
Today I am most proud of: living a lifestyle that is true to my heart.
Personal website or blog:
Facebook: Emilie T Evolvedstrength