Name: Florian “Floey” Boge
Weight: 89 kg atm
Birthplace: Engelskirchen (Germany)
Current Residence: Duesseldorf (Germany)
Sports: Natural Bodybuilding
Why did you become vegan?
I became a vegan for ethical reasons mostly. I haven’t eaten meat in about 15 or 16 years and for a long time, I thought that an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet would properly serve the purpose of saving animals from getting tortured an enslaved.
Then I learned some facts about farm animals and how they’re treated every day…I read some literature, that encouraged me in getting more involved in animal rights activism, and decided to cut out all animal products too.
When and why did you become interested in natural Bodybuilding?
I was quite an unsporty kid, when I was younger, but I was always relatively strong, compared to other people of my age. At first I just wanted to get into a bit of a better shape, get nice abs and some definition. But after a while I discovered, that I loved lifting weights and started learning the right techniques. I bought a weightlifting bench and some heavier weights and just started working it.
I think I really started with Bodybuliding-training at the age of eighteen.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
I don’t really have one. I just try to eat enough proteins and complex carbohydrates everyday, but I mostly eat what I feel like eating.
I love to eat hot and spicy and I do enjoy a nice dark chocolate and a good pie once in a while. :]
How would you describe your training program?
I often like to change my workout routines. I love split systems and often work every muscle only once a week. I also like to combine intensity techniques with a certain amount of volume, sometimes raise the frequency and lower the number of sets and/or the intensity of the workout. On most exercises, I go as heavy as I can for the number of reps I choose for the set. I always try to do what works best for me and not to get influenced to much by what other people say.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I irregularly use a vitamin-mineral-complex pill, some soy protein, some dextrose for post workout nutrition and sometimes creatine.
I use the soy protein to get better gains, because using shakes, you really can feed the muscles what they need, without charging your metabolism too much. The dextrose helps the muscles to regenerate much faster, which can be a big advantage, when you like to work out as often as possible and useful.
The creatine really gives me some good help, increasing my strength once in a while, especially during plateaus.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
Many people are shocked, when they hear that I’m vegan, because they picture vegans as rawboned, unhealthy people, which in my opinion couldn’t be more wrong.
I myself was fooled by the claims of many people, saying that you can’t live healthy without animal proteins. In my opinion, quite the opposite is true! I’ve never felt healthier in my life and I never was as convinced in doing the right thing with anything, like I am with being vegan.
It was quite funny, when I once was training with some friends for a while, after I started eating vegan. The witnessed, how I was able to increase my bench pressing weight in quite a short time an one of them just shook his head an said: ”Those vegans…”
What do you like best about being vegan?
Well, there’s not a thing I dislike about it!
But I think, the things I like most are a clear conscience, the awesome people, you get to know, the awesome food you get to eat and the increase of health you experience.
What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?
A very important aspect of training for an increase of strength and muscle mass is persistence! It takes a certain amount of time for everyone to grow to a certain level. And you will need some guts to go through all the workouts it takes, until you see some effects.
Many people are very concerned about over-training and it surely is a dangerous factor, that can keep you from growing. But you also should be concerned about doing enough, as your muscles will need some inducement to grow.
Just eat right and enough, give yourself some rest once in a while and keep up the good work!
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Go for it! It’s the right thing to do! Once you’ve adjusted to this lifestyle, you will love it!
What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?
Well for one, it keeps me motivated to look at the success other people had in Bodybuilding (especially those of the 60ies, 70ies and 80ies) and to try to come even a little close to them. I once read a metaphor, saying that if you reach for the stars, you might at least make it to the clouds, which I think is true somehow – although you always have to be realistic and do not forget about the massive use of steroids in professional Bodybuilding, that you don’t wanna do as a natural.
And it also helps me to think of my training as a mission to prove to other people, that veganism certainly does not make you weak and skinny, and that you’re not risking your health by being vegan.
How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?
This website has shown me, that there really are some people around, who are as crazy as I am and that you can make some things come true, if you just go for it.
Especially the great achievements of Alexander Dargatz were an inspiration to me and I hope, that I can also inspire other people and get them interested in veganism!
Thank you so much!
You’re welcome! Thank you for support and inspiration!