Name: Roxanne Thaler
Year of Birth: 1979
Current Residence: Yorktown Heights,N.Y.
Why did you become vegan?
I Love animals. I couldn't stand the thought that because of my old shopping habits, that was part of the contribution to animals being slaughtered! I just never liked the taste, texture and the look of meat! I was becoming very ill to top it all off. Like I said, I love animals, I LOVE my Doggie Saige, who just happens to be one of the most important love's of my life...she is fourteen years old :)
When and why did you become interested in fitness?
I was always pretty active. I used to dance as a kid and into my teen years. Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, African Dance but I learned mostly on the streets for dance. As a kid, in elementary we used to go behind the red brick house at recess and all of my friends would teach me how to dance;) As I got older, I kinda moved away from dance and became more interested in just being fit. After a while, I had went through some life changes and became very unhealthy as a result. Since realizing where I had started and where I had ended up so unhealthy at a point, I decided to get back into the swing of things. Except this time I took it a step further. I loved my results so much that I decided I wanted to help other people. Thats when I became a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.
How would you describe your nutrition program?
I am a Raw Vegan. A lot of Fruits, Veggies, Nuts and seeds.
How would you describe your training program?
It changes ALL the time. Right now I'm on a little bit of a resting training period, so for me its 3 days total body circuits, HIIT and Steady state cardio. However, in a week that all changes for contest prep.
What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
Sunwarrior protein, Maca, some herbs, Raw Garlic, Chlorophyll and probiotics.
How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
There are two types of reactions. Usually the first is, "wow, what about protein?" and the second is "Really? so what do you eat besides salad?".
What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
That it is Impossible to compete on a Vegan Diet! That Vegans cannot build quality muscle. and last but certainly not least...Vegans are all frail and skinny looking. Do I look Frail and/or skinny? lol
Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? If so, how did you go about it?
Yes. My family and friends have become interested just by my results, so they have come to me for advice and I usually lead them towards the Peta website, alicia silverstone's "The Kind Diet" book or for competitors Veganbodybuilding.com and refer them to my Wellness coach WBFF Pro Channa Serenity.
What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
Consistency, variety (make it fun) and Focus.
What do you like best about being vegan?
I feel healthier than ever, I have way more energy to get me through my workouts, the food is awesome and knowing that I didnt contribute to the harm of any animals for the love of a sport!
What do you like best about being fit?
I feel very balanced and calm. Then of course there is the whole aesthetic part which is just the added bonus!
What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Learn about everything and anything. There is so much info out there. The more variety, the better. Make it FUN! Maybe go to some Fitness camps(alot of famous Non-vegan competitors hold these, I'll be holding some of the first Vegan camps in the near future), You'll definitely learn alot while your there and make new Fitness friends while your at it!
What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
Experiment and have fun. There is an alternative for almost every meat option out there when you are making the transition if need be! Check out Vegan websites for recipes and Vegan forums (such as www.veganbodybuilding.com) where you can talk to other Vegans. Also if you can, Speak to a professional to help you meet your own personal nutritional needs!
What motivates you to continue to be a successful Vegan Athlete?
I feel healthier than ever before. I want to share that with the world and show people in the Bikini Competition and Fitness Industry that competing as a Vegan is highly attainable, just look at these amazing Vegan Athletes on Veganbodybuilding.com's profile section!
What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com? Has it helped or inspired you?
I think that Vega BodyBuilding.com has opened the door for Vegans in the Fitness industry. In fact if it weren't for Veganbodybuilding.com I might not have met my Wellness Coach Channa Serenity, who has helped me tremendously with my health and is guiding me through my next Competiton as a Raw Vegan Athlete. This is the best site to network with other Vegans and help get the word out about who we are and what we stand for!
Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?
Yeah, Vegans are Awesome!