Name: Mike Wolf
Division you will compete in: Powerlifting
Weight/Competition Weight: 240
Current max lifts Bench/Squat/Deadlift: My goal for the competition is a BP of 405
Years as a vegan: Since 2006
Why you became a Vegan: I initially went vegetarian when my dog Curly died. That was very hard for me and opened my eyes to a lot of things. I realized that there are countries where dogs are eaten, and if he were born into one of those countries he would have been on a factory farm and then on someone’s plate. I then realized that there is no difference between a dog, cow, cat, pig, chicken, or turkey. After being vegetarian for about 6 months, I went vegan and then completely cruelty free. I am proud that I don’t support any industries that thrive on torture and murder.
History Competing: PlantBuilt 2014-1st place in bench only 242lb weight class open
What drives you to compete: I am driven by all the people who stereotype vegans as weak and think that real men eat meat. That is simply not true. I am driven to prove that you do not need to eat animals in order to be an animal.
What do you see as the biggest advantages of being a vegan athlete: I feel the biggest advantage is that I have more energy than ever and I barely ever get sick.
What types of supplements if any do you use?: PlantFusion (Chocolate Raspberry and Vanilla Bean), Vega Performance Protein (Chocolate), Genuine Health Vegan Proteins + (Natural Vanilla), and sometimes Vega Sport Energizers, Recovery, and Electrolytes.
How would you describe your diet while preparing for a competition: Large quantities of everything. Oatmeal for breakfast, and a heavy protein diet consisting of baked tofu and Gardein.
Favorite food in your prep diet: Peanut butter tofu.
How would you describe your training for a competition: INTENSE. I blast metal and focus only on lifting.
Favorite exercises: It’s all about the bench. Bench press is pretty much the only exercise that forces you to be on top of your game on every rep. With other exercises you can dump the weight without injury, but when you lay on a bench you better have the confidence to press it.
How many hours a week do you spend training?: About 10
Today I am most proud of: My work within the Animal Rights movement. I spent almost 4 years working as an Undercover Investigator and I am currently the Investigations Manager for Compassion Over Killing.