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Name: Marco
Year of Birth: 1984
Birthplace: Trieste
Current Residence: Venice
Sports: Breaking (Break-Dance)
Social Media: facebook/MarcoIXM
E-mail: bboygentile@gmail.com

Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
I'm a professional bboy, I started dancing in 1999 with some friends, i'm a teacher, dancer, competitor, judge, event manager. I do everything I like to do with breaking! In my free time I like to read books, collect minerals and travel.

Why did you become vegan?
I became vegan after a long period of personal research. It was in my mind for a very long time, a friend of mine was vegan and I started to be curious about that. but I was too young to really make the change. Years later I was involved in meditation and clean living, I read some books that where saying that meat and derivates are not good for a spiritual awakening, that was a thing that really impressed me. I was thinking about quitting meat when the movie earthlings (casualmente) came into my hands, and I watched it - and suddently I quit using all animal product. I read more about veganism online, and I went vegan on that day (I always say that my lunch was omnivore and my dinner was vegan, and I never turned back!).

When and why did you become interested in fitness?
My dance includes a large part of physical workout, so I approached it in the same way, mostly bodyweight, and gym training for a total body balance.

How would you describe your nutrition program?

Breakfast: fresh fruit, nuts, whole cereal (spelt) with rice milk

Lunch: fresh salad (lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, chickpeas or tofu) with seeds and seaweed; rice with legumes (lentils, beans...)

Dinner: seitan with vegetables or sandwitch with vegan substitute like hot dogs or similar

Bananas, soy yogurt (or rice) nuts for snacks

How would you describe your training program?
I do my workout in the gym 3 times per week (explosive power program). Then I do my bboy (break dance) training afternoons or evenings, depending on where I am, in which town and who I'm with.

What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I use maca to keep testosterone up, but It depends if I'm under stress at the time (if I'm doing lots of teaching, travelling, training for shows and contest etc). I use hemp protein or soy protein, and sometimes amino acids. But for a lot of the time I just rely on my diet, its not really important to me right now.

How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
They start to ask how I feel, if it's better, and of course, where I get my protein.

What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
People think that we must be weak and skinny, and they are surprised to see how in shape I am and what I do in my dance.


Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
I don't t promote it, I used to and I was really boring. Then I found my way, I show them what I do and how I eat. When they want, I cook for my friends or I go out with them and I invite themto taste my food. In my break dance community the voice is spreading around, and lots of people are talking about my diet and my lifestyle. I'm very proud of it because there are not many vegan bboys (break dancers).

What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
Use your complete person: body, mind, spirit and soul to achieve your results.

What do you like best about being vegan?
The fact that I don't promote violence in any aspect.

What do you like best about being fit?
It's the best feeling ever! Blood that flows in your body makes you feel full of energy.

What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Step by step, every day better, and always keep going.

What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Ask other vegans, read books and use the internet to find all the information that you need. Being vegan is absolutely possible and there are many people who are good examples.

What motivates you in life?
Ambition and the love for my greatest passion: bboying.

What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
It's great, it shows the reality, and of course it helps, you can see many examples to get inspired by,l and to remember that it's a great thing to live a cruelty-free lifestyle.