Division: Olympic Weight Lifting
Weight class: 85kg / 187 lb
Height: 5’ 9”
Non-competition weight: Approx. 89kg / 196 lb
Snatch PR: 95.5kg / 210 lb
Clean & Jerk PR: 116 kg / 255 lb
Back Squat PR: 190 kg / 418 lb
Front Squat PR: 143.2 kg / 315 lb
City: Oakland, CA
Years as a vegan: 21
Why you became a Vegan: To stop the torture and murder of all sentient beings
2010 NPC Bill Pearl High Desert Classic (Bend, OR) – 1st in Novice Middleweight Bodybuilding
2011 NANBF Washington State Championships (Seattle, WA) – 4th in Open Short Class Bodybuilding
2013 INBF Men’s Physique (Austin, TX) 2nd Place Fit Model Men
2016 May 8th, 2016 Old Skool Iron Classic Powerlifting Meet – 2nd Place in Sub-Masters Division
What drives you to compete: To prove to the world that veganism and my determination can build a healthy, lean, and muscular body.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: One of the biggest advantages is the ability to recover faster because of the amount of nutrient dense foods in a whole foods plant based diet. We are also living in a time where speciesism is allowing humankind to commit inconceivable atrocities on other living creatures. I am passionately driven to be a part of this change that sees non-human animals as living beings that deserve to live their lives free from pain and suffering, just as any of us would want. My role of being a vegan ambassador (Olympic Lifter, Powerlifter, CrossFit athlete, Bodybuilder, etc.) is far more driven than someone who simply is in it to fulfill their ego. This is a huge advantage.
What types of supplements if any do you use?: Creatine, Glutamine, PlantFusion Protein Powder, a Pre-Workout Formula, Digestive Enzymes, DHA Algal Oil, and ZMA for recovery
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: For the cutting phase, I would describe it as low carb, plant based whole foods diet, with a good amount of beans, tempeh, seitan, tofu, some veg meats like “Tofurky” or “Beyond Meat,” and protein powder to balance out my macronutrients. I load carbohydrates around weight lifting, but limit them other times of the day.
Favorite food in your prep diet: Tofu Chick’n Salad on a Low Carb Wrap with Clean Machine Fruit Punch BCAAs to drink.
How would you describe your training for a competition: We focus on the snatch and clean & jerk each twice a week, with front squats, back squats, or overhead squats during those four days. Then an additional day with focus on pulling strength as well as accessory work for hypertrophy goals.
Favorite exercises: Snatches, Deadlifts, and Cleans
How many hours a week do you spend training?: 10 hours
Today I am most proud of: Deadlifting 507 lbs, benching 315 lbs, Squatting 418lbs, Showing people that you can be lean and strong on a completely plant-based diet, as well as owning NewEthic Strength & Conditioning in Oakland.