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We have talked with 95 athletes who mention vegan fitness.

Mariah Stock
Mariah Stock (female, 26)
How Fitness Taught Me Discipline, Confidence, Strength and Happiness
I prefer to eat my food over drinking it and prefer real food over supplements. On the rare occasion have protein shakes/bars (usually if in a rush). I prefer to have plant-based ones with as natural ingredients as possible as these seem to be better for my gut health.
Stephanie Dunlap
Stephanie Dunlap (female, 36)
How I Went from Couch Potato to Marathon Runner in Less Than a Year
I believe my plant-based diet as well as my willingness to take rest days has helped me to stay injury-free.
Anna Laurell Nash
Anna Laurell Nash (female, 40)
How I Train and Exercise After Retiring From 20 Years of Boxingjj
In the beginning I was afraid of not getting enough proteins, but learnt that is not a problem in a plant-based diet. Today I’m a vegan and have never felt better.
CaliMarco PT
CaliMarco PT (male, 45)
My Body is My Gym. This is How I Eat, Teach, and Train Everywhere
I have tried everything in nutrition. I was hygienist, vegetarian, vegan, fruitarian, pescatarian and in my specific case (everybody is different and everybody needs a different approach).
Clemens Schattschneider
Clemens Schattschneider (male, 28)
I'm an Olympian Athlete. This Is How I Went from Pro Snowboarder to Personal Coach
When I buy groceries, I’m vegan, but when I go somewhere to have a nice dinner or whatever I eat everything. I really like fish or a good BBQ in Summer, like I would never completely turn into a vegan I guess, but 90% vegan!
Muneeta Aneja
Muneeta Aneja (female, 21)
How Training Helped Me to Reconstruct My Body and Manage My Depression
Eventually, your car’s engine would crash down, right? Same rule applies with your body. Well, regarding my diet, I’ve been pure veg. Since childhood and since the year 2015 along with my vegan diet, I follow my spiritual diet strictly, which avoids much use of spices, garlic, onion too. It’s basically called, “Satvik diet” in India and it aids in keeping your mind calm and anger free.
Kara Wirt
Kara Wirt (female, 32)
This is How My Yoga Training Makes Me Calm and Supports My Mental Wellbeing
I am mostly plant-based and try to eat intuitively and mindfully. I used to row as a ‘lightweight’ where I would need to track energy input and output carefully to maintain my strength in that weight category. It has been a transition to really listening to what my body now needs for optimum health rather than just performance based within a weight category.
Nathalia Basso
Nathalia Basso (female)
How an Injury Took Me from Bikini Competitor to Yoga Teacher
I’ll occasionally have seafood and aim for a nice balance of protein, fats, and carbs on my plate. For ethical reasons I would love to be vegan, but it hasn’t worked well for me in the past.
Yasubey Enomoto
Yasubey Enomoto (male, 36)
How I Train to Win World Championships in MMA and Muay Thai
I also gave myself a challenge right now to cook raw vegan food with taste. For me, most of it taste the same. It’s not so easy as the ingredients are always similar with this kind of food.
Christina Longobardi Paradiso
Christina Longobardi Paradiso (female, 35)
How Losing Everything Helped Me Focus My Strength and Dedication
Hi! My name is Christina Longobardi Paradiso! I am a 35-year-old natural, power bodybuilding vegan originally from the East Coast, currently living in Los Angeles, California.
Hedda Liukkala
Hedda Liukkala (female, 29)
How I Got into Circus Training and Became a Cyr Wheel Artist
I am vegetarian, always going towards veganism. I think I have felt best when I was one year vegan and that’s my goal. I have been a vegetarian since 2014.
Peter Corbett
Peter Corbett (male, 27)
How I Got into Pole Dancing Without Having Any Fitness Experience
6 years ago I made the best decision of my life, even better than the decision to start pole dancing, I started eating vegan.
Manon Hallay
Manon Hallay (female, 25)
How Barre Training Changed My Life and the Way I Train
I mostly have a plant-based diet. I have learn to allow myself to eat what I want, which has helped a lot in finding a balanced relationship with food. No bad or forbidden food, I just try to fuel my body the best way possible, giving him nutriments to have the best performance.
Rachel Rose
Rachel Rose (female, 24)
How a Binge Eating Disorder Got Me into Competitive Fitness and Modelling
After workouts, I take my 310Nutrition plant-based protein! It’s a super clean COMPLETE protein that tastes great and mixes well.
Kim Bilyk
Kim Bilyk (female, 35)
I'm a Yoga Therapist. This is How I Improve My Life Mentally, Physically, and Spiritually
People are often shocked when I tell them I am a bikini competitor and VEGAN! But where do you get your protein?!? Lol. That’s the first question all the time. My answer, be creative.
Teresa Cesario
Teresa Cesario (female, 32)
I Love Yoga and Meditation! This is How Fitness Helps Me Overcome Body Dysmorphia
From that point on, I began a plant-based diet, which in my 20’s included lots of quesadillas and veggie pizzas.
Tertia Dippenaar
Tertia Dippenaar (female, 30)
This is How I Prevent Injuries While Performing Eight Shows a Week
I went vegetarian four years ago so I aim to be predominantly plant-based and I think intuitive eating so I don’t have to track calories. I’d say I’m about 70% whole foods and 30% junk.
Katherine Petronaci
Katherine Petronaci (female, 35)
I'm an International Pole Athlete. This is How I Went from Pole Teaching to Winning Competitions
I’ve learned to really listen to my body and respect what it needs to be healthy and strong. So I don’t use any supplements at all, I stick to a primarily vegan/vegetarian diet. But I guess you can classify me as a flexitarian.
Aimee Corry
Aimee Corry (female, 26)
I'm a Personal Trainer. This is How I Combine Fitness and Acting
There are so many meat alternatives out there now that I have found it really easy to still hit my protein numbers and be meat free. Marks and Spencer’s do a great plant-based range.
April RaQuel
April RaQuel (female, 44)
I'm an Entertainer and Model. This is How Fitness Helps Me Stay in Shape
There are some areas that I think I’d like to explore some change, for example, possibly exploring a vegan diet to see how my body may respond.
Amie Behave
Amie Behave (female, 30)
I'm a Vegan Personal Trainer. This is How I Got Stronger After Brain Surgery
As I’m currently training for strength I have a lot of leeway in terms of my diet; I’m vegan, so eat loads of fruit / veg (probably around 12 portions per day) and I’d say I’m on around 2500-2800kcals, hitting about 120-140g protein – including 1 protein shake, per day.
Holly Noll
Holly Noll (female, 33)
I'm a Plant-Based Sports Nutritionist. This is How I Eat, Train and Stay Motivated
In terms of tips for faster recovery, it’s really more like eat nutrient-dense food, ice/heat, do mobility, etc. Nothing game-changing. Be vegan, lol cause we heal so much faster than carnists!
Bianca Solo
Bianca Solo (female, 25)
How Fitness Helped to Overcome My Postpartum Depression
In the past few years, I’ve tried and played with different diets including vegan, vegetarian, caveman, pescatarian, no carb, low carb, and high carb diets. I’ve also tracked calories and macros. I was always curious of how eating differently would affect my body, and instead of just reading articles about it, I really wanted to try it myself.
Sebastian J. Flowers
Sebastian J. Flowers (male, 31)
I’m a Transman Bodybuilder. This is How Fitness and Diet Helped Me to Transition from Female to Male
When I’m not acting or modeling, I work as a substitute teacher for special education and elementary students. In my spare time, I intern as a creative consultant, fashion stylist and run my own vegan delivery business. Recently, I’ve published my first book and memoir, available on Amazon called, Kisses For A Hummingbird.
Hulda Waage
Hulda Waage (female, 35)
I'm a Vegan Powerlifter. This is My Plan to Become World Champion
Recovery is very important to me but I am very lucky that I can recover quickly. I think it might be because I am a female and we tend to recover quicker than males, also because I am fairly little (163cm) and because I am vegan.
Adam Kuncicki
Adam Kuncicki (male, 25)
How I Work as a Vegan Bodybuilder and Supplement Ambassador
I recently finished dietetic and earlier geodetic studies. Now I work as an online dietitian. I am also the company ambassador with vegan supplements, “Siła Roślin”.
Lynn Montoya
Lynn Montoya (female, 50)
How I Made Fitness Part of My Life and Now Train 20+ Times a Week
I eat super clean, primarily vegan. I cook all my own foods and rarely eat out, so I can be confident about what is going into my body, and I focus heavily on beans and legumes in most dishes.
Pamela Jean Noble
Pamela Jean Noble (female, 31)
I'm an Actress and Model. This is How I Stayed Healthy During My Pregnancy
So I am plant-based. I have been this way for almost a year and a half now and I love it. It can be difficult when traveling sometimes and finding options in certain regions but so many places are adapting their menus now with these options.
Simone Collins
Simone Collins (female, 33)
I'm a Vegan Bodybuilder. This is How I Eat, Train and Compete
When I started bodybuilding, I didn’t think there was anyone else doing it as a vegan, but to my surprise when I googled “Vegan Bodybuilding” I came across Robert Cheeke and his website and purchased his books.
Steve Cotter
Steve Cotter (male, 50)
I'm the Founder of IKFF. This Is How I Combine Martial Arts and Fitness
There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about vegan and plant-based eating and I like to be a positive example of how we can be strong and healthy without eating meat.
Tameika Gentles
Tameika Gentles (female, 33)
How I Lost 100 Pounds Naturally and Became a Nomad Personal Trainer
Recently, I’ve started to transition to a more plant-based diet. I eat three meals a day, and two of those three meals are usually vegan. During one meal I’ll enjoy a small piece of fish, and/or some cheese.
Hellah Sidibe
Hellah Sidibe (male, 29)
I'm a Personal Speed, Agility and Quickness Trainer. Here's Why I Love Running and Fitness
Four years ago after watching the documentary, forks over knives on Netflix, I went vegan. Just straight up cut every animal product out of my life. I’ve never once second guessed my decision and never will. There’s no going back. I saw an immediate change in energy and mentality.
Stiina Casandra
Stiina Casandra (female, 30)
How Yoga Has Made Me a Better Version of Myself
I am mostly vegan, meaning that I occasionally eat clean wild fish and reindeer meat when I am up north in Norway visiting my family, particularly if I am there during the winter months. I find that my body is asking for more “fuel to the fire” to keep my energy levels high when it is cold & winter. I aim to listen to learn, not to control – so when my body is giving me clear signals to change something for its benefit, I do. That is when my body and being is function at its best.
Danielle Natoni
Danielle Natoni (female, 41)
How I Became a Full-time Fitness Professional and Got Featured in Fitness Infomercials
I am proudly obsessed with health and fitness. I am partnered with Beachbody, so I take our plant-based pre-workout. I energize myself every morning before I press play or start my routine.
Olly Esse
Olly Esse (female, 34)
How I Moved to India and Became a Powerlifter by Day and DJ by Night
I usually have my vitamin C when I wake up, then I have my vegan breakfast, then my black espresso. In the gym, I just have my intro workout which I prepare personally at my house. Then, as usual, shower, lunch, and protein shake as a snack.
Sandy Lieu
Sandy Lieu (female, 32)
How Fitness Makes My Life Full, Beautiful and Happy
I have been on a whole food/plant-based diet for the last six months. I occasionally do fish if there aren’t any good vegan options. But most of the time I am 98% plant-based, 2% fish.
Csillag Sulyok
Csillag Sulyok (female, 40)
I'm an Ethical Vegan and Bikini Model. This is How I Eat, Train and Workout at 40
As I never trained professionally (except a few shows to raise awareness for vegan bodybuilding), my main motivation is to keep myself fit and healthy. So even days when I feel a bit down, I remind myself to get a 20-30 minutes done at home because I know how it makes me feel afterwards.
Aleksi Paju
Aleksi Paju (male, 33)
Here's Why Weightlifting and Strength Training Make Me Stronger and Better
I’ve been on a plant-based diet for over four years now so it means that I don’t eat any animal products like meat, dairy, eggs, etc. I became vegan purely for ethical reasons, for the environment and animals. It was also an experiment that could I maintain my current physique and further most, improve it.
Maria Lee
Maria Lee (female, 33)
How I Went From Editor to Fitness Entrepreneur and Vegan Activist
I’ve been a @VeganAthleteWear ambassador for a year now, and also sponsored by a local plant-based meal delivery company in Vancouver called Planted Meals (@plantedmeals). I also have a friend in LA who started a Brazilian jiu-jitsu streetwear brand called @aetculture who sponsors me as well!
Carmen Demske
Carmen Demske (female, 51)
Here's How I Cut, Bulk and Plan My Fitness Training Program
Currently, I’m in a bulking session ending by the end of the year. Cutting usually begins after the new year begins. I am a vegan so bulking is a bit more involved than you would think. Vegans are generally carb-efficient so we must add more fats to bump up the bulking action.
Anne Navarro
Anne Navarro (female, 40)
How Continuous Self-improvement and Development Helps Me Get Better and Stronger
I study a great many things and an avid reader. I am a big believer in continuous self-improvement and development. I study many topics ranging from Astronomy, Human Analytics and Behavior and Vegan Nutrition and Fitness of course!
Matteo Maximilian
Matteo Maximilian (male)
How I became a CEO, Plant-Based Athlete, and Wildlife Conservationist
These days-Berkeley, California is where I call home. The perfect place for a plant-based entrepreneur to start a business and indulge in the infinite cosmos of delicious, mouthwatering plant-based foods that the city of Berkeley has to offer.
Nidhi Mohan Kamal
Nidhi Mohan Kamal (female, 35)
I'm a Nutritionist, Strength and Yoga Trainer. This is How I Eat, Train, and Meditate
Although, recovery and rehab are a lot to do with mental health as well, but I have put a lot of emphasis on my recovery diet. I have been on a 100% plant-based vegan diet for four years now, it has helped me tremendously with recovery and healing. Post illness, I increased my intake of raw fruits and vegetables, raw nuts and whole meals.
Ryan Rakes
Ryan Rakes (male, 29)
How I Become Stronger and Leaner After a Decade of Bodybuilding
I’ve been vegan for four years now so I follow a 100% plant-based diet. I was also vegetarian before that for another four years. I’m vegan mainly for moral and environmental reasons, although I do also believe it’s a very healthy diet that has specific health advantages as well.
Emma Hurst
Emma Hurst (female, 38)
From Bodybuilder to Politician. How I Still Keep Fit and Healthy with a Plant-Based Diet
I follow a whole foods plant-based diet. My carbs and protein are moderate and my fats low. In a typical day, I may have a smoothie in the morning with berries, greens, coconut water and protein powder, lunch I’ll have scrambled tofu or proats (protein and oats), afternoon tea will be peanut butter on rice cakes, and dinner will be mostly veggies like broccoli and cauliflower with seeds. My calories work out to about 1600.
Norma Reynolds
Norma Reynolds (female, 34)
How I Went From Car Accident Victim to Natural Vegan Bikini Pro
A pro bikini athlete and friend I admire, is a wife, mother, and also a vegan athlete – Jacalyn Costello. She won multiple pro bikini shows last year, showing everyone that you can thrive on a plant-based diet.
Shelby Guillaume
Shelby Guillaume (female, 28)
I'm a CPA IFBB Athlete. This is How I Found My Identity Through Bodybuilding
I was vegan for a year and a half, recently I got super sick when I was outrageously low in body fat and had a reaction to soy. So I now eat fish as my main protein source. I currently follow a cal/macro meal plan and adjust as to coaches orders.
Wendy Broekx
Wendy Broekx (female, 51)
How I Started Competing in Natural Figure Bodybuilding in My Late 40s
I eat extremely healthy year-round and mainly plant-based, have been a vegetarian/vegan for over 40 years.
Ghia Walker
Ghia Walker (female, 36)
How My Bodybuilding Journey Lead to Creating a Protein Treats Company
As an added bonus, it’s also been fun to help people realize that you can be strong with a vegan lifestyle.
Marc Mullen
Marc Mullen (male, 38)
I'm a Vegan Personal Trainer and Fashion Model. This is How I Push and Motivate Myself and My Clients
I eat a 100% plant-based diet, or we can say I am a vegan. I have been completely animal product-free for almost three years. I used to eat animal products on a daily basis for most of my life, I changed my diet over a period of time as I believe that all lifestyle changes should be for the long term and sustainable.
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