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Name: Anthony Mann
Year of Birth: 1968
Height: 5ft 7
Weight: 77kg (169lbs)
Birthplace: rochdale uk
Current Residence: Northampton uk

Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have:

I'm a personal trainer. Hobbies are weight training, fitness and boxing. My passions are animal rights issues, and trying to look better in my physique and improve my fitness.

Why did you become vegan?
I first become vegan through my brother, Keith Mann, when I was 15 all because of the cruelty to animal aspect.

When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I've always had a basic interest, but it wasn’t till I was 30 that I joined a gym to try and get bigger. I was only just over 9 stone (126 lbs) at the time and I was doing a charity full monty show

How would you describe your nutrition program?
When I'm focused it's perfect. Majority of the time it's oats with soya milk protein shake and banana or apple for breakfast, then for a snack, wholemeal rice cakes and peanut butter, lunch brown rice scrambled tofu and asparagus, homemade protein flapjacks, nuts, dinner repeat of lunch but add broccoli. Then either tofu salad or soya chunks and asparagus and an apple. I do have treats like homemade apple pie and soya custard, and like most, I do off / cheat days where the vegan cheesecake comes out to play or doughnuts and chips...

How would you describe your training program?
I train a min of 6 days a week, one body part a time but I always change routine each week. Some weeks heavy weights, low reps, then light weights, high reps with drop sets and pyramids. For arms i find I dont have to go super heavy. My rest periods are short for maximum pump, and for cardio I do boxing training and sparring etc 
. For legs I focus on around 20 sets of leg extensions for max burn out. For everything else, I change routines often to keep the body guessing.

What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I don’t focus too much on supplements as I try to get all from food but I do aim for 3000 mg of vit c and a zinc supplement sometimes I do buy protein powder, but I feel I can get enough from my diet.

How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
Shock horror - especially in the gym as they always say I bet you eat loads of chicken etc.

What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
That it's unhealthy and you can't gain muscle.

What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
To prove to people that at 44 I can look okay, and I'm fitter than most people half my age.

What do you like best about being vegan?
Knowing that no animals have been murdered for my benefit.

What do you like best about being fit?
Being able to run a marathon or do 100 meter sprints in 12 secs and just showing others you can do it if you want it.

What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Research, learn from those who do it and get to know how your body responds.

What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Do it.

What motivates you in life?
Trying to better myself.

What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
It’s a great website to help people who haven’t got a clue about being a vegan in the fitness market.