Division you will compete in: Powerlifting, Raw Modern
Weight/Competition Weight: 225 / 220
Current max lifts Bench/Squat/Deadlift: 195 Bench; Squat and Deadlift still working up to 1-rep maxes while recovering from a back injury
City: Florence, KY
Years as a vegan: 3
Why you became a Vegan: Initially, for the benefit of my health. I had lost 70 pounds following ‘clean eating’ with a conventional diet, but still did not feel healthy. I eliminated animal products from my diet to feel better, and have since gained education and compassion for the treatment of animals and the toll conventional dieting takes on the environment.
History Competing: 10/25/14 Lexen XTreme Fall Classic; Bench Only; 1st Place Female SHW
Competing again 12/7/14 at the Lexen XXX in Columbus, OH – again in Bench-Only. I plan to compete in the Rivercity Barbell meet in April, 2015 in Newport, KY and do Push-Pull, and then Full Power at the NFG in Austin June, 2015.
What drives you to compete: I have always been one to push my body as far as it will go and challenge my mind to be just as strong. I’m a naturally competitive person in every aspect of my life, and the validation of a good performance makes all of the hard work worth it. It also motivates me to compete alongside stronger, more experienced athletes and helps inspire me to continue working hard towards my goals.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: Physically, it’s clean fuel – in general, I always feel clean and ready to train. Being vegan keeps me in touch with my body and lets me know if/when I am lacking any nutrients so I can assure that I stay balanced and am fueled appropriately to sustain my intense training. Beyond my personal benefit, I love being walking proof that a plant-based diet is not only sufficient, but beneficial, for an athlete’s life, and having the opportunity to raise awareness and offer education to people living conventionally.
What types of supplements if any do you use?: Pea Protein from truenutrition.com, BCAAs, L-Carnetine, Glutamine and Pre-Workout. Will be adding Creatine Monohydrate.
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: I keep my diet relatively strict at all times, but I don’t restrict intake as much during prep. I prep and portion my foods in advance and eat every 3 hours, plus drink 1 ½-2 gallons of water per day. And coffee as needed J
Sample prep menu:
Meal 1: 2 scoops protein in water, 7oz baked tofu, greens smoothie (training days, add 1/2c dry oats)
Meal 2: Lentil Chili (training days, add 1/2c brown rice)
Meal 3: Boca Crumble Taco Salad (training days, add 1/2c brown rice)
Meal 4: 7oz baked tofu, 2c steamed green beans
Meal 5: 2 scoops protein in unsweetened vanilla almond milk
If at any time I feel fat/calorie deficient, I add peanut butter, apples, grain crackers etc
Favorite food in your prep diet: All of it! I eat things that I enjoy.
How would you describe your training for a competition: Intense.
With the team:
Tuesday – Heavy Deadlift
Thursday – Max Output Bench
Saturday – Squat
Sunday – Speed Bench
After the main lifts, I do accessory work to strengthen any weaknesses.
Monday – Friday I do cardio in the early morning and any makeup lifts I feel I need. Abs every day.
The week before the meet is a full rest week.
Favorite exercises: Bench Press!! All variations I’m growing an appreciation for deadlifts.
How many hours a week do you spend training?: 20-25
Today I am most proud of: The fact that I am taking the steps to make my life what I want it to be. I have lost over 130lbs, gained a ton of strength, helped inspire and motivate others to live a healthier life, and plan to further my career in the health and fitness industry. Aside from all of that, I am beyond proud of my daughter and what a beautiful, smart, funny and respectful little girl she is becoming.
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