Division you will compete in: 198 men’s raw
Weight/Competition Weight: 212/198
Current max lifts Bench/Squat/Deadlift: 310/425/500
City: Greenville, SC
Years as a vegan: 1
Why you became a Vegan: Originally, I chose to become vegan to get my body into optimal health. Then, I spoke with a vegan friend and began to educate myself on how the factory farms and the meat industry treat these defenseless animals. After seeing these atrocities, I could no longer be someone who contributed to these industries.
History Competing: Apex Games (2013), Nautilus Fitness Center Bench Competition (third place men’s heavyweight), South Carolina’s Strongest Man (fourth place men’s heavyweight)
What drives you to compete: I love to bust the myth that vegans cannot be strong or be able to lift heavy weights. Getting out there and proving that we actually are strong and do excel in strength sports fuels my fire.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: I love the opportunity to have so many more chances to spread a very positive message. The clean conscience, great energy and recovery perks are incredible also.
What types of supplements if any do you use?: Raw Fusion protein powder, creatine monohydrate, preworkout, glucosamine and MSM and a multivitamin.
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: I eat lots of green stuff, sweet potatoes in any way shape or form, protein shakes, peanut butter, oatmeal, ungodly amounts of tofu, seitan, beyond meat and Gardein products.
Favorite food in your prep diet: Any veggie burger with sweet potato fries and Gardein’s “chicken strips”.
How would you describe your training for a competition: Usually nine week cycles. Focusing on squat, bench, deadlift and allowing for one shoulder day. Two to three cardio and ab days. I also really enjoy hiking.
Favorite exercises: Deficit deadlifts, block deadlifts, bent over rows, incline axle bar presses, farmers carry, weighted dips/pull ups, weighted planks and lots of heavy rope crunches.
How many hours a week do you spend training?: Anywhere from 12-15
Today I am most proud of: How far I have come in my fitness journey.