Stan is a personal trainer based in Sydney, Australia and he’s a great example of a fit, strong vegan athlete who walks his talk. He is very blessed to have a great area in Sydney to train outside and therefore is a leading example to others of how to thrive on a vegan diet. Thanks Stan for all you do.
How long have you been vegan?
What made you decide to become vegan?
I started feeling disgusted about eating meat with blood in it, especially when shops had fresh meat for sale and pictures of cows. It kind of didn’t feel right. Then, a friend of mine started sending videos about animal mistreatment and cruelty in farms.
What differences have you noticed with your training or lifestyle?
Definitely better digestion. I never feel bloated or have any sick feelings in the morning like I used to before i.e. food not digested from the previous night. I have more energy now, eat more vegies and carbs, my mind is sharper, I communicate and understand better, thereby my productivity has improved. I’ve had the most successful year at work. Training is insane, I feel stronger and have even I put on extra 5kg- all muscle.
Tell us about your chosen sport and training. What does it involve?
I mix bodyweight and weight training. I mostly spend time at the outdoor gym at Bondi Beach, doing Muscle Ups.
How often do you train?
Almost everyday, sometimes twice a day. I take a rest when needed. I think I have more energy than my muscles can handle.
Tell us about some of your achievements to date?
Competed in the Street Workout World Championship in Kazakhstan representing Australia. That was an amazing experience and so many memories. A great opportunity to meet and train with athletes from 76 countries.
How do family and friends react to your vegan lifestyle?
Family is fine although they are still trying to understand. Meat eater friends make fun, pulling jokes all the time. I am making a lot of like minded friends, vegans who are very positive and supportive.
How do you promote your vegan lifestyle?
Through social media as much as I can and by talking to people. I often get asked what do you eat to stay so strong.
What do you eat in a typical day?
I make smoothies twice a day – nutrient rich. I also eat plenty of vegies, good fats, like avocados, nuts. Superfoods are daily on my place.
What is your favourite food or recipe?
Oat pancakes with chocolate and fresh fruits.
Do you take any supplements?
Yes, plant based protein and BCAA although only when I feel like. I don’t really feel like I force myself.
What advice would you give to people thinking of going vegan?
Study, research, follow vegan athletes, or people of interest to you, see what they eat, get as many ideas as possible. Eat out in vegan restaurants, focus on healthy meals.
Don’t be afraid of challenge or ask other vegans for help with meal nutrition. Talk to everyone as much as you can.
What events or other exciting things do you have planned in the next 12 months?
Planning to make few speeches on vegan nutrition for everyday fitness and write exercise programs for everyday vegans.
What do you do outside of your sport/training for fun?
Play pool, hiking, taking photos, travelling, reading books.
Who are your biggest motivators in life?
I don’t have one in particular, if I see someone trying hard at work or training I feel motivated.
Stan’s website is coming soon at www.moderndayvegan.com
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Thank you so much Stan. Keep an eye out on the blog every Fitness Friday for more vegan athletes.