Year of Birth
: 6ft 1in
: Los Angeles
: My long term goal is to win an olympic gold medal in the triple jump
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
I am currently a Sports Trainer, Referee, youtuber (CerebralPrince10), and Sports Model.
Interests include Philosophy, Logic, Rhetoric, Psychology, Meditation, Music, Sports, Coordination,, Ambidexterity, Health…I really could go on with my plethora of interests, but everything ultimately comes down to knowledge, growth, and happiness.
Why did you become vegan?
When I was 15 I went vegetarian after becoming enamored with the cartoon "Avatar: The Last Airbender". I resonated with the culture of the protagonist's native land "Air Nomads" whom were strict vegetarians and emphasized spirituality, peace, intuition, and freedom. So as childish as it may seem, my inspiration for vegetarianism came from a cartoon. I should note my transition to vegetarianism was driven by externally oriented concerns; the environment, animal cruelty, etc.
As I progressed through my 15th, 16th, and 17th years I increased my study of nutrition, as well as other holistic health practices, and started making connections between the specific substances I put in my body and my well being. I started refining my diet and lifestyle practices more and more with my athletic aspirations in mind. This eventually lead me to fruitarianism, mono eating, and intermittent fasting. I never liked eggs or dairy and in an attempt to deal away with acid forming foods I removed whey protein from my diet. I guess when I went fruit based and added in fasting I noticed that I was, by definition, vegan. Unlike my transition from omnivorism to vegetarianism, my transition from vegetarianism to veganism was for internally focused reasons. I soon realized that what's best for myself and what's best for the greater good of man aren't mutually exclusive.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I couldn’t give you a specific date, I have always been involved in sport. I got very interested in fitness and physiology around the time I went vegetarian as I had aspirations to compete in professional sport.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” is probably the best description. I should note that I don't eat vegetables out of moral concerns. To me, eating a root vegetable is no different than eating meat.
How would you describe your training program?
My training is catered to three principles. 1. Do something you enjoy. 2. Variety is the spice of life 3. Do something that will get you the results you desire (i.e. don't run 100 miles a day if you are trying to be big like Robert Cheeke and don't bench press heavy if you are trying to win a marathon).
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
Does meditation, calisthenics, mental gymnastics, and music count? I don't consume pills, powders, injections, greens, or plain water.
How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
Depends on the person. Honestly, being vegan is not something I wear on my sleeve and people usually find out through other people or it just randomly comes up in conversation. Most people, well I should say most people in MY life, really don’t give a damn what I eat. I am still the same guy on the basketball court, the dance floor, at work, etc.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
“You're missing out” seems to be the underlying mindset of non vegans. Common misconceptions include: You can’t be athletic/ripped. You are instantly feminine. Your social life must suck. You are crazy for putting anything above the pleasure of eating animal products... l'll say the most prevalent one is that as a vegan, non vegans assume I have some resentment towards them when i do not.
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
In a way, yes. Like I mentioned above it is not something I have actively done, until now. Being the example and using an indirect approach has worked. A group of my friends I played sports with found out I was vegan when I was hanging out at their house in the evening and they offered me dinner. I didn’t even mention I was vegan, all I said was I didn’t eat meat. One of our mutual friends, who is a non-vegan vegetarian, told me two days later that the guys tried a one week vegetarian trial. She thanked me because she was always ostracized as the "weird veggie" of the group and appreciated me helping with a little star power :)
What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
Variety! Commonly referred to as “muscle confusion”. Make things fun and not monotonous
What do you like best about being fit?
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was built. Wherever you are work from there and find a way to enjoy every step of the way.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
It may cramp your social life, it may cramp your wallet, heck it may just give you cramps. Being “vegan” isn’t an end all, you have to keep learning, keep progressing, and keep growing as a human being.
What motivates you in life?
Growing up, I recognized just how fortunate I am and how much I have to offer humanity. There is a certain compassion you have for life and a certain compulsion to leave the world a better place.
What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
VBB contributor Richard Blackman has been a great inspiration and source of knowledge being able to get tidbits of his journey. The fellow male in the models section, “Marcus Patrick”, has been another source of inspiration as I have similar aspirations for my own life. Whilst I am fairly secure in who I am and what I am doing, it is still nice to see all the bodybuilders, models, athletes etc on the site as an added assurance from mainstream conventional thinking.
Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?
"People that assume that organisms don't feel pain are basing their belief on their inability to communicate and relate with the organism who is experiencing the pain. Just because not all creatures can cry, scream, run away, etc does not mean it cannot experience pain. Anyways, since when was experiencing or showing pain an excuse for killing?" ß-- My rationale for not eating vegetables
"Nature makes me a new body every few months, comparatively, if the billions of tissue cells are being perpetually renewed, if the oldest of these cells are, perhaps, rarely if ever, more than two years old, why should they appear to be sixty or seventy-five?" Orison Sweet Arden ß-- Always maintain a lifestyle and mindset of being “forever young”
"If you were randomly assigned to be any person on the planet, odds are you would be living under 3$ a day. As much as you hate your life, millions would love it. Out of the billions that have lived, loved, and died in this world you have come to be quite fortunately. Any belief you have that says you are simple, average, ordinary, less than special, limited, ugly, broken, not capable, or anything ...less than extraordinary runs counter to the fact that nobody else, ever, has had your exact makeup, experiences, thoughts, talents, and ideas making you truly one in a trillion. Every molecule of your DNA, combined with every moment in your memory, has been precisely shaped and formed to give rise to something completely, utterly, amazingly, unique. If you can't look in the mirror and see the absolute beauty of a miracle that you are that's a damn shame." –Asmoday <----Recognize just how fortunate you are
"People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. People may accuse you of selfishness & ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity, peace, enlightenment, and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten tommorow. Do good anyway. Give the best you have because ultimately, in the final analysis, it is between you and yourself. It was never between you and them anyway." Nothing causes anything so don’t have some personal vendetta against non-vegans. You can’t blame them for the environment they were raised in, the parents that raised them, or the grandparents that raised their parents. You can’t blame them for the addiction the have, the pleasure they derive from compromised health, nor can you blame them for their ignorance. Be the best you that you can be and spread your abundance where it will be received.