Josh Verdi

17838625_1628869967140657_236929431_oDivision you will compete in: Olympic Weightlifting, Mens 85KG weight class

Age: 28

Height: 5’11

Weight/Competition Weight: 85kg

Snatch PR: 102kg

Clean&Jerk PR: 118kg

Back Squat PR: 145kg

Front Squat PR: 127kg

City: Oakland Years as a vegan: 6

Why you became a Vegan: I was 10 pages deep into Robert cheekes “vegan bodybuilding and fitness” book when I decided there was absolutely no reason for me to consume animal products anymore. I’ve been a vegetarian since I was 15 years old which was entirely for ethical reasons so it’s no wonder why I finally made the plunge to become vegan.

History Competing: Rite of Passage at Speed Power Strength in Oakland, Ca. Fools Open at Tamalpais Crossfit in San Rafael, Ca.

What drives you to compete: challenging myself in new aspects and to be better than I was yesterday.

What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: Smashing the ideas that men need to eat meat to be “manly” and “strong”. To not contribute to the destruction of the planet by supporting animal agriculture. Eating foods that create my ideal needs for recovery, digestion, and health.

What types of supplements if any do you use?: branch chain amino acid supplement after I finish a work out sometimes. Mostly just eating good food

How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: When I first started lifting it was primarily bodybuilding along with a meal plan so I got used to having that structure and understanding the amount of food my body needs for fuel. Now I just eat intuitively depending on the day.

Favorite food in your prep diet: sweet potatoes w nut butter, smoothies, and burritos

How would you describe your training for a competition: I follow a structured weightlifting programs from Catalyst Athletics

Favorite exercises: The snatch. Such a technical movement and the exact reason I love it

How many hours a week do you spend training? 8-10

Today I am most proud of: working two careers that are both dreams of mine. I finally became a crossfit coach in January 2017 and it’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. My main job is a body piercer which I’ve been doing about ten years now. To be able to do two things Im passionate about is one of my greatest accomplishments

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