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Name: Marcina Leigh Frost
Age: 22
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 110 pounds
Birthplace: Powell River, BC
Current Residence: Abbotsford, BC
Sports: Weight lifting

Why did you become vegan?

I think many things led up to it. I've always loved animals and wasn't a big meat eater. I was one of those people that refused to believe that my food was once alive.

I ended up getting a janitorial job cleaning up offices in a turkey factory, called Lilydale. One of the offices was downstairs where they did the slaughtering, with a big window overlooking the room with thousands of hooks. It was really disturbing to see that. One day I saw a video that was sent to me via Myspace. It was a short video showing hidden camera footage from inside slaughterhouses. I was absolutely horrified. I basically became vegan overnight. I had already given up dairy due to an allergy, so all I really needed to do was give up meat, eggs, fish, and other animal products. I found it to be very easy and I haven't looked back.

When and why did you become interested in fitness?

I first became interested in fitness in the 11th grade. I used to go to an aerobics class with my friend who was trying to lose weight. The next year in school I took a strength and conditioning class and fell in love with weights. I loved how my body changed. After I graduated, I took a break from training for a couple years and missed it terribly. I invested in some freeweights and started buying magazines to learn how to use them until I met my boyfriend, Silvio. He's my also training buddy and we go to the gym together.

How would you describe your nutrition program?

It changes a lot depending on what I'm doing but I always eat clean. In the summertime I was eating mostly raw foods. When it gets colder I eat a lot of homemade soups and stuff like that. Every morning for breakfast I eat a raw cereal made with fruit, nuts, and seeds, topped with hemp milk. Silvio is really awesome in the kitchen and makes some terrific vegan meals. He just wings it, and makes it taste delicious. I don't know how he does it!

How would you describe your training program?

Silvio and I go to the gym together on Saturday nights, and sometimes another day during the week. When the weather is nice, we both go jogging together on the trails around my house. On days when I don't get to the gym, I like to lift weights at home. I am currently doing a split routine trying to gain as much muscle as possible. I'm a hard gainer.

What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?

I use Ruth's organic raw hemp protein powder, and Vega. I also take a vegan multivitamin everyday and a probiotic.

What are some common misconceptions about veganism?

A lot of people have tried to tell me that being a vegan is unhealthy, or is pointless. I have felt very healthy on a vegan diet, and I think that if more people looked into it and tried to understand veganism better, they wouldn't be so quick to judge.

What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?

Sticking to a routine. You have to be dedicated to really see any results from it. A lot of people give up fitness because they don't see results as quickly as they want and ultimately lose interest. Once you get into a routine, and start learning new things.. Your body will surprise you.
It also helps to have a good support network. Someone to keep you motivated and never let you give up.

What do you like best about being vegan?

My bum looks a lot nicer! Hahahaha! The best part would ultimately be how much healthier I am. I rarely catch colds anymore.

What do you like best about being fit?

I won't lie, looking great is probably the best part! Feeling great is right up there with it.

What are your strengths as an athlete?

To be honest, I don't really consider myself an athlete. Just your typical gym rat!

What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?

NEVER GIVE UP!! Stick to a routine, and make sure you eat right.

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

It's the best thing you can do for yourself, the animals, and the Earth. The meat and dairy industry has such a detrimental effect on the climate and our environment. We need to leave our carbon footprints as small as possible.

What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?

My love for fitness and animals. I also have a lot of support from everyone at veganbodybuilding.com and from my boyfriend Mr. Silvio Lorusso. He's such a great guy!

How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?

I don't think I'd be where I am now without it! I've learned more about nutrition and bodybuilding than i could have hoped for. The contests are a blast, the people are very friendly and intelligent, and it's kept me motivated to stay on track.

Is there anything else you would like to add about your vegan fitness lifestyle?

Don't knock it til you try it!