Giacomo Marchese

Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 8.30.22 PMName: Giacomo Marchese

Division you will compete in: Bodybuilding

Age: 32

Height: 5’10.5”

Competition Stats: 178lbs, 3-5% Bodyfat

City: Haverhill, MA

Years as a vegan: Vegan since 2004 😉

Why you became a Vegan: Initially because I felt that it would make me a better athlete.  I wanted the best fuel possible for my body.  After connecting with other vegans though, I came to realize that being plantbuilt is also by far the best thing that you can do for the environment and also the most compassionate lifestyle out there.  These muscles are now and will always continue to be cruelty free!

History Competing:
2002 INBF (Brooklyn, NY) All Natural Bodybuilding Fitness Explosion – 1st place
2009 INBF (Phoenix, AZ) Best of the West Championships – 6th place
2009 INBA (Clackamas, OR) INBA Northwestern USA – 2nd place
2013 INBF (Austin, TX) NFSS Super Show – 3rd place
2014 INBF (Austin, TX) Naturally Fit Games – 4th place
2015 NFF (Austin, TX) Naturally Fit Games – 2nd place
2015 OCB (Newburyport, MA) Yankee Classic – 4th place
2015 OCB (Burlington, NJ) Battle for the Belt – 1st place
2015 OCB (Biddeford, ME) Maine Event – TBA

What drives you to compete: To show others that not only is it possible to build a muscular physique on a Vegan diet, it’s optimal!

What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: Our meals are LOADED with micronutrients and work synergistically with our bodies to look healthy on both the inside and out.  We don’t contribute to clear cutting of forests to raise livestock or bottom trawling which is the equivalent of clear cutting ocean floors.  It is for these reasons and so many more that I could never dream of looking back and switching to an omnivorous diet.

What types of supplements if any do you use?:
Sunwarrior Sprouted Brown Rice Protein – Vanilla flavor
PlantFusion Protein – Cookies n Creme flavor

VegaOne – Berry Flavor
PlantFusion Phood – Vanilla Flavor
Sunwarrior Ormus Greens
Vega Pre Workout Energizer – Acai Berry Flavor
EFX PH Buffered KreAlkalyn Powder
Vega Maca VegiCaps
Vega Chlorella Tablets
Deva DHA Omega-3 Capsules
Pure Vegan B12 Spray
GHT Vitamin D3

How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: I do actually offer personal training online and for anyone that is interested.  I can create a meal plan or workout plan.  For more details, check out what we offer at !

In the off season, I am currently looking to keep my bodyfat below 15% and as it gets closer to showtime (25% weeks out), I cut down until I reach a bodyfat of between 3-5%.  I do this by gradually decreasing my caloric intake from 5000+ calories a day to around 2000 calories a day over a period of time.  Also, I start to add in some cardio for fine tuning but for the most part my body is built in the kitchen.  Protein intake also starts to go up to prevent muscle wasting as it gets close to show time.  Once I am 16 weeks out, I should be at or below 11% bodyfat and be losing no more than .5-1.5 lbs of bodyfat a week at the absolute most.  In other words don’t cut down too quickly or you will lose all those gains that you worked so hard for.

Favorite food in your prep diet: I’m going to have to go with homemade seitan on this one.  Cheap, tasty and high in protein.  Fortunately, I do not have an intolerance to gluten.

How would you describe your training for a competition: 5 days of resistance training and 2 days of HIIT cardio per week during contest prep. In the offseason the only thing that changes is the HIIT is taken out.  Once I am around 20 weeks out, I like to practice posing 3x or more a week so that my muscles will be able to stay flexed long enough to survive the pre judging.  Believe it or not, this is actually a major part of the training process and quite exhausting!

Favorite exercises: The three staples for me are Squats, Bench, and Deadlifts!

How many hours a week do you spend training?: Anywhere from 15-20 hours a week, schedule permitting.

Today I am most proud of: Being able to improve my body composition each year by staying tighter while making gains in the offseason and getting leaner each time during competition season over the last 3 years. All while being able to eat the foods I love and more of them by reverse dieting properly after shows and following a flexible dieting approach year round.

Free resources:
Muscles By Brussels Podcast

VeganProteins Blog

Online personal training

VeganProteins Coaching

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