Name: Edward James Goins
Birthplace: San Jose California
Birth Day: September. 20, 1980
Current Residence: Washington D.C.
Sport: Rugby, Surfing, Le Parkour plus Free Running, B.M.X and I dabble in Trials Bikes
Why did you become vegan?
My reasons for becoming Vegan was Animal cruelty. The fact that a country that prides itself on being innovators and people of peace yet who still choose to settle in their barbaric ways such as eating meat and treating animals cruelly eludes me. We have so many other options that are so much better for us and the environment.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I started keeping my health in mind at a very young age, I would always put my self in situations where strength and wit would have to come in handy to prevail, I think I just lived my life that way from there on.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I don't use any, I have always been proud to say that I have gotten this far being 100% natural. Although, If I decide to rise above my weight level and find myself at a plateau in my workout I'm definitely going to go with VEGA, I trust it and all the great Vegans use it .
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
The first one that comes to mind is, and I quote," all vegans are really small, almost sickly looking" I don't think I'll ever fit in that category. Another one is, "all vegans are depriving their body of the nutrient and protein by not eating meat". (REALLY?!) that just shows how small minded and uneducated some people are, Don't worry, I'm here to help.
What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?
Cardio. . . If you can't keep up your wind you'll never make it though my fitness training, "stamina is key".
What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?
The "WoW" factor,the look people give me when I tell them I'm Vegan or how long I have lived this lifestyle. They look at me all wide-eyed in disbelief and They always have the coolest questions. Staying an athletic vegan is just a way to keep the disbelievers I meet in awe. I do not want people to believe the rumors about vegans, whether it's the misconception of how we look or the fact people think what we do and how we live is unnatural. We have to always keep them guessing.
How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?
"HOW HAS IT NOT" I love this site. I have met so many people on here who I'll keep in touch with for years to come who have great perspective on all kinds of things, Awesome workout schedules, meal plans, great restaurants and just fantastic conversationalist. I'm very grateful for all I have gained from this site and hope to contribute as much back.
Is there anything else you would like to add about your vegan fitness lifestyle?
I have so much I want to say, I do not know where to start. But if you have any specific questions just shoot me an email and I'll get back to you.
What do you like best about being vegan?
There's so much I love about being vegan. My energy level is through the roof compared to Most people. I love the fact after going out to eat with friends, They feel stuffed and lazy and I'm just charged and ready to go, radiating pure energy. I love that I'm apart of something so great that's making a change for the better of all "life kind", Because as man kind we should always speak up for those without the ability to.
What do you like best about bodybuilding?
I like how its totally different for everyone. For me, Its about getting my self to work those awkward muscles the ones most people don't really think about. Finding a great routine and sticking with it until you fall in love with them usually everyone ends up falling in love with the results and it pushes them to do more.
What are your best muscle groups for bodybuilding and strength?
I would have to say my core. What ever work out I do my core and stabilizing muscles are activated, Some people would look at me and say my legs but that was just a natural given.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Ask questions. No question you have will go unanswered especially if you spend time getting to know all the awesome people on veganbodybuilding.com. We love people who are interested in knowing how to live a wise, long loving lifestyle.
What are your strengths as an athlete?
Rugby: Speed is my asset as a winger, Strength got me moved to inside center. Being able to power though opponent. Parkour: Flexibility and consistency, Its a very dangerous sport especially when you get to the level of rooftops and high drops. Trial biking: Stamina, hopping around on a back wheel stalling, I love when people see me doing it and tell me they think I'm great and then they find out I just started training for it. Its hard making the hard stuff look so easy.
What are your favorite foods to eat?
Fruit: Pomegranate and star fruit. Vegetable: Broccoli and asparagus. Meal: vegetable lasagna with shredded rice cheese
What is your training like
I have never had a real set training style, Most of my life I just followed my coaches instructions, whether it was when I played semi pro football for North Coast Outlaws or Rugby for Cleveland State or even Quantico Hooligans. I'm working on putting a solid workout program together. I do stick with my morning regiment because I feel that preparing the body is always a good idea. I start with 200 push ups changing the spread of your arms from diamond out to wide and also above your head and down to your waist. 100 crunches " not to be mistaken with sit ups". 50 pull up full arm extension and 40 air squats with three second pause in squat position. Then I workout or go on a 7- 9 mile run.
Have you got any other sponsors?
No sponsors but if (P.E.T.A, Vega, No Fear or Adidas) want to give me a call, I'm your man lol.
What are your plans for the future?
Live a long healthy life to the extreme and spend as much time as I can enlightening people who are interested in a ethical lifestyle.