Articles tagged with: vegan athletes

Professional Athlete Finds His Way Back to the Game by Way of a Veganism

on Thursday, 05 October 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Professional Athlete Finds His Way Back to the Game by Way of a Veganism

In a recent video NBA comeback star and forward for the Denver Nuggets, Wilson Chandler shares his vegan journey. The video by Sentient Fitness (a vegan wellness group) focuses on Chandler's story of finding his way to veganism in 2016, after watching documentaries on the topic and doing independent research. He now credits his faster recovery times, higher energy levels, ability to wake up feeling refreshed, and overall having a clearer mind, to his plant-based diet. "Especially in the black community, a lot of the things we eat affect us," said Wilson. So cool to see these big-time athletes rockin' and reppin' cruelty-free living!

Watch the Sentient Fitness video featuring Chandler at Stack.com.

"Vegan Alert," NBA Player Damian Lillard Announces his Veganism on Instagram

on Thursday, 21 September 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Books & Media

It seems as though veganism is truly taking hold in the world of professional athletes. What's even more exciting is when they use their high-profile public platforms to share their veggie journeys. Welcome, another professional basketball player to the growing vegan mix, a one mister Damian Lillard! In a short video clip posted to his Instagram account earlier this month, Lillard proclaims, "I've changed; getting my life together," after announcing that all the food the viewer is seeing is in fact vegan. Point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, Lillard spent the offseason nursing a leg injury and has turned to healthy vegan eating as a means to aid his body in a speedy recovery. So cool, Damian! Keep it up!

Check out Damian's 'Vegan Alert' IG post HERE on Instagram.

'What The Health' Documentary Inspires NFL players to Eat Plant-Based Foods

on Thursday, 17 August 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

'What The Health' Documentary Inspires NFL players to Eat Plant-Based Foods

What do professional athletes Theo Riddick and Trent Williams have in common, other than being players on National Football League (NFL) teams? They've both switched to eating a plant-based diet thanks to a new vegan documentary! In separate interviews with The Detroit News and ESPN respectively, both athletes have shared that their recent shifts in dietary choices and resulting health benefits were inspired by What The Health (currently streaming on Netflix). "Watching things like that is alarming on a lot of levels because of a lot of things you don't know...such as [eating] chicken and drinking milk has no nutritional value..." said Theo, running back for the Detroit Lions. Trent, of the Washington Redskins, said, "I'll never go back to eating like I used to...it's a choice. There's no temptation. No one is policing me saying I can or can't eat meat." Nice work, team. Keep it up! ::wink::

Check out the source piece on VegNews.com.

These Vegan Bodybuilders Just Broke Fitness Records Like It's Their Job

on Thursday, 15 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

These Vegan Bodybuilders Just Broke Fitness Records Like It's Their Job

Last weekend was the Naturally Fit Games in Austin, Texas — bringing together world class athletes to compete in live tests of fitness of various categories and levels. PlantBuilt (a non-profit bodybuilding group that supports vegan athletes and raises money for farmed animal sanctuaries) showed up in all their plant-powered glory, demonstrating unmatched strength and vigor. Of the 1,000 competitors who attended, the PlantBuilt team brought 39 members who ended up collectively winning 32 medals (22 being first place medals!) in categories including powerlifting, CrossFit, bodybuilding, Olympic weightlifting, and kettlebell. "...we will continue to educate and dispel the myths that you need to eat meat to build muscle and strength," said PlantBuilt co-founder, Giacomo Marchese in an interview with VegNews.

Learn more about this organization and how to join at PlantBuilt.com.

Vegan Athlete to Cycle Across Europe for Animal Rights & Plant-Based Living

on Thursday, 08 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Vegan Athlete to Cycle Across Europe for Animal Rights & Plant-Based Living

Professional bicyclist and vegan athlete, Jackson Long will take on a cross-European bike tour in an effort to raise funds for animal rights groups and showcase the strength and stamina of athletes who choose to exclude animal products from their lives. "We live in such a disconnected world...and I deeply desire a society more educated on the ethology of farmed animals and beyond so that we can gain a higher level of compassion and respect for all beings," said Long. Jackson will be sharing his voyage milestones through his social media pages while promoting healthy vegan living to those he meets along the way.

Read Jackon's interview on MarcyForAnimals.org.

The Game Changers Documentary—by James Cameron—to Showcase Vegan Athletes & Icons

on Thursday, 01 June 2017. Posted in Inspiration, Books & Media

The Game Changers Documentary—by James Cameron—to Showcase Vegan Athletes & Icons

When a mega force like James Cameron takes on a project you know it's bound for the big time. The award-winning director recently announced a documentary he's working on called The Game Changers. It's intended to highlight vegan cultural icons, soldiers, and athletes to demonstrate how one can live more healthfully on a fully plant-based lifestyle. Cameron will be working with Louis Psihoyos (the director of the Oscar-winning documentary, The Cove) and James Wilks, a mixed martial arts champion. "We're trying to dispel the myth that you need protein from animals to become a real man...It's a call to action" said Psihoyos. Cameron has long considered himself an environmentalist and given his high profile status and influence, it's super inspiring to see someone like him taking great strides in spreading the importance of eco-conscious, cruelty-free living. Thank you, James!

Stay tuned for the movie's release on GameChangersMovie.com.
(Image by Reuters)

All-Vegan Soccer League Breaks Out of 128 Year Status

on Thursday, 25 May 2017. Posted in Inspiration, News

All-Vegan Soccer League Breaks Out of 128 Year Status

If you were with us—receiving the Meatout Mondays e-newsletter—back in the fall of 2015, you may remember a story about a professional soccer team all members of whom went vegan. Well, the Forest Green Rovers (FGR) are back in the news thanks to their success. Last weekend in London the world's first all-vegan soccer team won a conference play-off final marking them as having official league status, a first for them in 128 years! According to reports from VegNews.com, "FGR's owner Dale Vance removed all animal products from the team's New Lawn stadium in 2015—in addition to installing solar panels, a chemical-free lawn, and a solar-powered lawn mower." The stadium offers veggie burgers, vegan pizzas, and vegan Quorn products, which led to an award from The Sports and Leisure Catering Magazine in 2016 as Menu of the Year." Keep repin' the good life, you guys! Woohoo!

Read more about it in the source article on VegNews.com.

Inside The Vegan World of Pro Wrestling

on Thursday, 13 April 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Inside The Vegan World of Pro Wrestling

n a great and in-depth article published last month by Ryan Dilbert on Bleacher Report, we learn about the unexpected trend of veganism within the world of pro wrestling. Dilbert highlights interviews with the outspoken independent wrestler Markus Burke, Allie "Impact" - a former Impact Wrestling Knockouts champion and Women Superstar Uncensored titleholder, and Zach Sabre Jr. who holds the Revolution Pro Wrestling British heavyweight title, the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla World Championship and Evolve Championship. From feeling drawn to cruelty-free living as kids to educating themselves through documentaries, like Forks Over Knives, we get an insider's look at how each wrestler has grown into steadfast, hard hitting vegans for the long haul—and how they are changing the face of what it means to be a vegan athlete today.

Read the full article on BleacherReport.com.

Vegan Football (Soccer) Club in The UK

on Thursday, 09 February 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Vegan Football (Soccer) Club in The UK

Did you know that the England-based Forest Green Rovers Football Club (that we might also know as "soccer")—a professional football club of the National League—is 100 percent vegan? Yep, and it is because of the club chairman, mister Dale Vince. "Thanks to Vince, the club has been fully vegan since June 2014. That means no meat, fish, dairy, or other animal products of any kind...at the club, whether for players, visitors, or fans," notes a feature about Vince on the UK's Independent. A vegan and long time eco advocate, Vince explained his passion for providing healthy food to the football players. Surprisingly, or maybe not, the gradual transition has gone quite smoothly. Very cool, Vince! 

Read the interview with Dale Vince on Independent.co.uk.

Professional Athlete Runs On Plants

on Thursday, 05 January 2017. Posted in Inspiration

Professional Athlete Runs On Plants

During a feature on MTV Fit Session professional athlete Morgan Mitchell, a 400 meter track runner, said that she "became vegan for [her] health, obviously [because of] the animal agriculture—that was quite horrible, I watched a few documentaries and it just changed the way I saw the world." She continued, "I guess it just came down to the fact that I didn't want to my career before anyone's life." The 22 year old hails from Australia and competed in the 2016 Olympic Games, coming in 8th place in the 400 meter relay. We first "met" Mitchell about five months ago she was preparing for the Olympics. It is so cool to know she is steadfast and physically strong in her plant-based endeavors. We love it, Morgan! Thank you for sharing your journey. 

Watch the short video about Morgan here on Facebook.com.

New Deadlift Champion Sets Record in Iceland - And She's Vegan!

on Thursday, 17 November 2016. Posted in Inspiration

New Deadlift Champion Sets Record in Iceland - And She's Vegan!

With a record-setting deadline of 452 pounds, Iceland native Hulda B. Waage says it was her vegan diet that helped her pull out the win. "You can be strong without eating meat and animal byproducts," she said. "I've reached the age when the body produces more swelling. I believe my diet helps with this, and I recover more quickly after practices." Hulda has her sights set on the 2023 World Weightlifting Championships. Awesome, Hulda! Way to represent vegan athletes in a most wonderful way. And thank you for all you do to help inspire and forward a cruelty-free world. 

Learn more about Hulda's achievements at IcelandMonitor.mbl.is.

Olympian Credits Veganism with Success

on Thursday, 18 August 2016. Posted in Inspiration

Olympian Credits Veganism with Success

With the Olympic Games in full swing it is exciting to see a number of news stories featuring some of the vegan athletes that are making waves and breaking records this year. One of them being Australian sprinter, Morgan Mitchell. "I have been vegan for a year and a half. That's really helped with everything: energy, health, the environment. I am one of those people who actually cares. It's what I chose to do," said Mitchell in a recent interview with The Sydney Morning Herald. Mitchell joins fellow vegan Olympic athletes like Carl Lewis, legendary Murray Rose, and Alexey Voyevoda.

Read Mitchell's full interview on SMH.com.au.

Vegan Olympian Weightlifter - 2016 Games

on Thursday, 11 August 2016. Posted in Inspiration

Vegan Olympian Weightlifter - 2016 Games

The United States Olympic weightlifting men will have a single vegan among them at the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympic Games! Back in 2014 Kendrick Yahcob Farris said, "I transitioned to a vegan diet...and I'm happy to report that my life has changed for the better. My whole journey is a lot bigger than myself." Twenty-nine year old Farris is a three-time Olympian and will be joined by fellow vegan Olympian athletes Morgan Mitchell (sprinter) and Marquise Goodwin (long jumper and NFL player). Best of luck to you, Kendrick. We're excited to see more vegans reppin' in the Olympic Games!

Read more & check out the sources article on VegNews.com.

Olympic Medalist: "I'm at my strongest [since becoming vegan]"

on Thursday, 04 August 2016. Posted in Inspiration

Olympic Medalist:

A recent article on Mind Body Green showcases Olympic Medalist volleyball player, April Ross as she notes the benefits of consuming a plant-based diet. "I'm at my lowest weight I've maybe ever been while playing beach volleyball, and I'm at my strongest," said Ross. "So, my power-to-weight ratio is the highest it's ever been...I'm at my strongest." Ross took a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games with her volleyball partner, Jennifer Kessy. The duo will compete in the upcoming Olympic Games, which start this month. Good luck, April! We're so excited for your vegan (and athletic!) adventures!

Check out the original article on MindBodyGreen.com.

Pro Football Players Support Each Other's Veganism

on Thursday, 30 June 2016. Posted in Inspiration, News

Pro Football Players Support Each Other's Veganism

After the encouragement of football teammate Marc Ramirez, and being inspired by his weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal, retired professional football player Greg Skrepenak has chosen to consume a fully-vegan diet. "I've been extremely pleased and kind of shocked by some of what's been going on, and Marc has been there every step of the way," said Skrepenak. The two athletes met when they both played for the University of Michigan Wolverines. "[Marc] has been on me for the last three or four years to get on this whole-foods, plant-based diet," he said. Since retiring, Skrepenak has struggled with unhealthy dietary habits, weight gain, and a diagnosis of artial fibrillation. Best of luck to you, Greg! We know you'll continue loving the vegan life. 

Check out Skrepenak's interview on MLive.com.

First Vegan to Successfully Summit Mount Everest

on Thursday, 16 June 2016. Posted in Inspiration

First Vegan to Successfully Summit Mount Everest

Around this time last year we highlighted vegan athlete Kuntal Joisher in his effort to summit Mount Everest. Upon that attempt Joisher became trapped in an avalanche and was unable to complete his mission. But he's not one to give up! "Over 300 people have died trying to climb Everest, and all of them were meat-eaters, but something goes wrong with one vegan, and it's the biggest news across the planet," he told VegNews. As of May of this year, the 36-year old became the very first vegan to reach the top, after a 45-day expedition. In an interview with VegNews Joisher said, "I climb as a vegan, and hopefully I will inspire a lot of people to go vegan, and that will probably save a lot of animals." Way to be, Kuntal. Congratulations!

Read the full interview on VegNews.com.

Bodybuilding Couple Proudly Celebrate Their Vegan Anniversary

on Thursday, 07 April 2016. Posted in Inspiration

Bodybuilding Couple Proudly Celebrate Their Vegan Anniversary

Named 2014 Mr Universe, Barny Du Plessis and his fiance, named UK's strongest woman, Josie Keck are excited to share and to celebrate their one year vegan anniversary this month. In a comprehensive interview by British publication, Daily Mail, the vegan power couple are "...serious about [their] crusade to save the Earth, the animals, [themselves], and our dignity as a species," said Barny. The articles noted that, "Barny is on a mission to destroy the idea that eating meat is associated with manliness." He said, "I'm living proof that you simply don't need to eat meat or animal products to make great gains, be strong, healthy, fit, and feeling mighty." We couldn't agree more, Barny. Congratulations to you both on your anniversary! We're so jazzed you're passionate about veganism.

Learn more about this power couple on DailyMail.co.uk.
(Photo by Artefact Magazine)

UFC Fighter Nate Diaz's Surprise Win; Attributes Victory to Veganism

on Thursday, 17 March 2016. Posted in Inspiration

UFC Fighter Nate Diaz's Surprise Win; Attributes Victory to Veganism

With only 12 days notice before being put up against featherweight champion Conor McGregor, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Nate Diaz was considered the underdog in last Saturday's fight. A vegan of 12 years—the last few years of which he has been eating a high raw vegan diet—Diaz has noted that he believes eating vegan gives him a "competitive advantage in the ring," per VegNews Magazine. The victory was a surprise upset and has left the UFC community abuzz ever since! So awesome, Nate. Keep it up!

Read more about Nate & his opponent on VegNews.com.

Vegan Breaks World Record in Push-Ups

on Thursday, 18 February 2016.

Vegan Breaks World Record in Push-Ups

A vegan from Kerala (a South Indian state) has just broken the Guinness World Record for knuckle push-ups (press ups). K.J. Joseph—a manager of an ayurveda centre in Munnar—completed 82 push-ups in 60 seconds, beating out Ron Cooper from the US who held the record at 79 push-ups in 2015. "Joseph has already entered the Universal Record Forum by doing 2092 push-ups in an hour. He is currently the record holder in the India Book of Records," notes OnManorama.com. Thanks for making us vegans look good, Joseph. And congrats on your win!

Check out the original story on OnManorama.com.

Vegan Arm Wrestler: Rob Bigwood

on Thursday, 04 February 2016. Posted in Inspiration

Vegan Arm Wrestler: Rob Bigwood

"Some of his opponents say that since going vegan Rob is stronger, his stamina grew, and he became more difficult to pin," notes an interview-style Facebook post by 'Starry N Ight.'

A competitive arm wrestler since 2000, Rob Bigwood has been making a name for himself in the arm wrestling community—not only as the one to beat but also as the guy who eats plants. Rob has said, "I was concerned at first [about not eating meat for strength] but didn't care. I made a conscious and ethical decision to give up meat...It is more important to practice what I believe in than to worry about being a strength athlete. I have never felt better in my entire life and it was one of the smartest decisions I ever made."

Check out one of Rob's interviews on Scribd.com.

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