Name: Ramiro Rodriguez
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas
Current Residence: Same
Sports: Boxing, Surfing
Why did you become vegan?
Animals are treated as if they have no feelings or thoughts. Humans have no right to steal freedom from any one of those beautiful creatures. We were all created equal, and if we've fought for our own rights, then why not fight for their rights. Animal Liberation!!!
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I've always been interested in fitness, but it wasnt till I went vegan that I realized that there is more to fitness than exercising. After starting this vegan diet I found that being fit and exercising came more natural and easier. All the extra energy and disciple I got after being vegan automatically made me more interested in fitness.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
Not so good right now, I'm mostly just trying to get as much protein and fiber I need, lots of nuts and beans. I'm also trying to eat as many whole and raw foods as possible. I learn more everyday, but I feel like I could do better.
How would you describe your training program?
I make it to the gym usually four days a week. There I do a lot of cardio: jump rope, hit the bag, spar, speed bag..... Takes about two hours to get done. On the side I also try to jog and lift weight as much as possible.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
No supplements, just vitamin B-12 and ginseng extract.
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
That it makes people weak and unhealthy.
What do you think the most important aspect of fitness is?
What do you like best about being vegan?
My body just feels all a round healthier and normal. And feeling I get knowing that I dont contribute to animal cruelty.
What do you like best about being fit?
Feeling and looking good all day, everyday.
What are your strengths as an athlete?
Stamina, mental capacities, strength, and quickness.
What advice do you have for vegan athletes who are just starting out?
Eat as much raw, whole, organic fruit as possible, it is seriously amazing how good you will feel.
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Do it, and stick with it, after a while you will realize it is one of the most healthy and conscious decisions you can ever make in your life. You will never get over how great it feels. Just do it right, take it slow, and find out as much information as possible.
What motivates you to continue to be a successful vegan athlete?
It just feels better and better the further I get into it.
How has the website www.veganbodybuilding.com helped or inspired you?
It's just great to know that so many others are doing the same thing and getting the same results.
Is there anything else you would like to add about your vegan fitness lifestyle?
I love it!!