Name: Jahari Jackson
Year of Birth: 7/24/80
Birthplace: los angeles, Ca
Current Residence: Wrightsville, Ga
Sports: Cardio training, Yoga, Bodyweight training
Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
Well as of now I'm a self-employed personal trainer for issa and I'm enjoying it. I enjoy all types of cardio training, mostly stuff I see others do and recreating it in my mind. After doing and watching Insanity Fast and Furious three times, I've learnt how to do it on my own in my head and do it three times a week, along with other cardio training and body weight training. It's my passion and I love/enjoy it.
Why did you become vegan?
I became vegan on april 16 2012 after I celebrated my one year anniversary of being vegetarian. It just felt right so I just said, "sure why not?" and took the next step, and it wasn't hard at all. It's one of the best decisions I have made so far in 2012 and don't plan on turning back.
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I can't remember exactly but I have been working out on and off since 1995 but staying on top of it since 2007 when I just started jogging and before too long I was doing cardio training and fitness on a weekly basis.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
Don't really have one but after drinking Shakeogoly for about one year I switched to Vega shakes and they are the best I have ever tasted. I still drink the vegan Shakeogoly along with Vega and enjoy them both. I also eat mostly green salads like spinach and kale. Other foods cabbage, veggie sandwich, green shakes, onion and garlic soup and a lot of other stuff that will take up this whole page! lol
How would you describe your training program?
My training programs depends on the day. Like if it's Friday or Sunday I run for 10 mins, then I jog, stairs, sprints, stairs again, jog, and finally run back home all in that order. Do different dvd workouts, HIIT training, and some workouts I have created. On days I don't do cardio I do bodyweight training. I stopped lifting weights because I have seen more improvemnets doing bodyweight training than weight training.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I don't take anything bout vegan Shakeology and Vega!
How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
Not to many people know but everyone is cool with it, and they do ask me "how do you do it?" All I say is "one day at a time".
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
Can't think of any right now but I will say just because you're vegan it doesn't mean you can't get everything your body requires all in one day. As for me I try to get all the protien and everything else my body requires but sometimes I don't - so I do what I can and go on from there.
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
When people find out that I was vegetarian they ask me questions and some asked if it was safe and how to get into it. I told them to take it slow crawl before you walk and ask your doctor. I also tell them to look online on certin websites that tell you all about how to become vegetarian. But mainly I tell them to start slow before they even think about becoming vegan.
What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
Safety is my first aspect. I always stretch and warm up before I do any kind of training so I can prevent injury. Set a reasonable goal to reach and go from there.
What do you like best about being vegan?
No dairy, no meat and healthy clean living! Can't change the world, but I hardly ever go out to eat anymore, I rather just make my own food.
What do you like best about being fit?
Watching my body transform in a natural way. Without taking any thing to help me. I also love the fact I can take my body to another level!
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Always talk with your doctor. If you have never trained before in your life, If you can, get a trainer, or a workout buddy who has been training for some time. Enjoy it, have fun, be happy and remember training of all kinds is not a job but adventure!
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Like I always say life's not hard unless you make it hard! So do a little research, take small steps because the last thing you want to do is be a meat eater one day and go cold turkey the next because your body will go into shock! Before I even became vegetarian I tried doing that and I didn't last 5 hours. But I did more reasearch and months later I took small steps to become vegetarian and after a year later i'm vegan.
What motivates you in life?
As a personal trainer I enjoy helping people reach their goals. and I enjoy taking my body to a whole new level of traning. Just when i feel like giving up I think back to Shaun T in the Insanity dvds and I hear the voice saying "dig deep!" and I push myself to the next level. Also the fact I can do anything if I try hard enough and not giving up.
What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
I love it, in fact after I create my first website I plan to post it on there and I already spread the word! I love this site more than bodybuilding.com
Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?
Live long, stay strong, stay fit!