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Vegan Bodybuilders Rock Competition

Vegan Bodybuilders Rock Competition

Bodybuilding may not be everyone’s cup of tea (or protein shake), but for many it is considered a bodily art form, which tests their capacity to tone, build and define their bodies.

When most people think of this competitive sport, they usually don’t think of a plant-based diet, or veganism for that matter. Although many herbivores in the animal kingdom are noted for their size and strength, (buffalo, horse, elephant, and so on) somehow we humans didn’t seem get the memo … until now.

At the end of July, The PlantBuilt Vegan Muscle Team* “dominated” the Naturally Fit Super Show, with four impressive overall champions. From veganbodybuilding.com:

“The team of 15 vegan athletes ran the table in many categories of the International Natural Bodybuilding Federation (INBF) sanctioned event, producing five individual champions, four overall champions, two professional qualifications, and numerous top three finishes, including a 2nd and 3rd place finish in a class of 24. The results from the PlantBuilt athletes sent an unmistakable message to the crowd, the other competitors, and to the large online following who received live updates throughout the 2-day bodybuilding and fitness competition…”

It’s not just a plant-based diet, but a plant-powered diet!

*(Founded in 2012 by Giacomo Marchese and Dani Taylor)

“The tone set by the founders of the team they named PlantBuilt was one of teamwork in a collective effort to stand up for animals and make a loud statement for veganism in athletics” wrote Robert Cheeke from veganbodybuilding.com.

Although it is unclear whether all members of the team are ethical vegans or simply enjoying the benefits of a plant-based diet, this new athletic showing could pique interest in plant-based living and the vegan philosophy in general.

NB: Let it be noted that the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) for protein, in relation to overall calorie intake is, 8 to 10 percent.* You can build strong, lean muscle at this level and a number of studies have shown that going over these levels may not be beneficial for long term health (whatever the source of protein). I personally advocate for a WHOLE Foods Plant Based diet, which is adequate (many would argue superior) for maintaining and improving athletic performance and health.

Sources:
veganbodybuilding.com
On Protein Requirements: T Colin Campbell

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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9:21AM PST on Feb 17, 2014

im trying to get in shape and healthier than what i already am. ive made the decision to go vegetarian and this is encouraging to read, thank you.

8:07AM PST on Nov 26, 2013

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4:46AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

Body building isn't as popular as it used to be.

4:18AM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

sounds like an achievement

7:42AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

thanks

3:39AM PDT on Sep 14, 2013

Interesting. Thank you for sharing.

9:44PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

I would like more information on how to boost vegan protein.

5:07PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Karen , I totally agree with you ------way to go !!!!!!!

2:33PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Thanks

2:02PM PDT on Sep 13, 2013

Well, it may work for them, but what do you do if you are absolutely, totally incabable of swallowing green leaves without throwing up?

No kidding ... that's what my parents' attempts at forcing me to eat greens did to me!

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