Year of Birth: 1982
Weight: btw 130 - 118 lb (depending where I’m from my competition)
Birthplace: La Pinya (Spain)
Current Residence: Barcelona (Spain)
Sports: Fitness, Bikini competitor, Soccer, Ski, Padel, Tennis, etc
Social Media: twitter “martagb8”, instagram “martagb”
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
I’m originally Catalan, moved to USA where I lived for 10 years and since a year ago I’m back to Spain. It’s hard for me to say what I do for living now because I’m trying to adjust and find my place. When living in USA I worked as massage therapist, personal trainer, model, and compete in fitness and soccer. Now, in Barcelona, I work as a personal trainer and doing some rehabilitation as well. I'm also planning to study orthomolecular nutrition
Why did you become vegan?
The way I become vegan was gradually but most of it because all my digestive problems and lately finding out I had a lot of food allergy. I stopped eating meat long ago, but after finding out all my allergies and all the consequences I was having I had to change my diet. I didn’t need to be fully vegan, but I made the choice after reading and finding out a lot more information, and now I’m vegan happy and healthy.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I become interested in fitness a long time ago. I was a teenager I think. But was something rare where I’m from. I joined the gym, I lift weights and play soccer. When I moved to USA it’s when I got into fitness and started competing. I found competitors, learn that being a fitness lovers was not rare and finally found the part of “my passion” I was missing.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
I try to eat as clean as possible, like any other competitor. And also gluten free. I don’t eat bread, pasta or cereal (although I like it). Carbs, fats and protein in each meal. Chocolate is my big weakness. So all my protein shakes are chocolate.
How would you describe your training program?
Lift and cardio. I love functional training and I try to put some extra exercises in each routine. I love doing HITTS & cardio.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
Spirulina, vegan protein and glutamine. Also some multivitamin depending how I feel (my stress level, season, etc). I also buy super green powder that I usually add at my protein to add some extra green power! Every other month I take aleo vera too.
I’m a huge fan of spirulina for all its benefits. Great great supplement to have.
How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
In Spain most people ask me “what that means?” . If I’m lucky to meet someone who is vegan of vegetarian, perfect, no problem. But if not, I need to explain what it is and they put this “oh, weird face” that don’t understand why I eat like this. Not everybody accepts it. A lot of people still believe I need to eat “jamon serrano”, “tortilla” or “steak”.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
That we only eat lettuce, tomato and onions. Frustrating!!
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
That’s actually one of my goals I have in Spain, or at least my community. It’s not easy, but I’m promoting living it, doing some blogs, showing/teaching others, finding local vegan products and trying to work with them, etc
What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
What do you like best about being vegan?
How do I feel!! Energy, health, etc
What do you like best about being fit?
EVERYTHING!! I can not pick one thing. I thing being fit it’s an option, a lifestyle. And that’s the way I like to live.
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Do not give up. Little steps will take you long way. And to enjoy it. It does not have to be a task, it should be a “hobby” or something you do it and like it.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
It’s a different way to eat but you will not regret it because you will feel better than ever.
What motivates you in life?
My goals. I keep putting goals on myself and it’s what’s keep me going. Looking forward to need adventures, new dreams, new experiences. And if I can motivate people on the way even better.
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