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Name: Josh Treiber
Year of Birth: 1978
Height: 5’-10”           
Weight: 170
Birthplace: Bronx, NY
Current Residence: Manhattan, NY
Sports: scuba diving, cycling, softball

Tell us a little about yourself, what you do for a living, what hobbies / interests / passions you have
I’m an architect at a large firm currently working on a commercial high rise. I’m a scuba divemaster, certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. I recently completed my second 42 mile NYC 5 Boro Bike Tour. When I’m not doing something active I enjoy listening to vegan metal/hardcore bands like Earth Crisis.  My wife, who is also vegan, and I enjoy going to the many vegan restaurants around NYC.

Why did you become vegan?
I grew up in a jewish family so I started off kosher, not eating any shellfish or pork. In college I heard about the band I mentioned earlier Earth Crisis, whose lyrics are about veganism and animal rights. It made sense to me and I gave up meat all together and became vegetarian. After I met my wife, who was also vegetarian at the time, we both decided that we believed in the animal rights movement and being vegetarian was not enough so we became vegan and haven’t looked back.

When and why did you become interested in fitness?
As far as I can remember I have been into sports, playing little league baseball, basketball, football, skateboarding, etc. Now that I’m in my thirties, it is important to remain active since I spend a lot of the day at my job sitting at my desk.

How would you describe your nutrition program?
Strictly vegan. I’m also straight edge, which means that I don’t drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes or do drugs.  I’ve recently cut my sugar intake dramatically. I eat a lot of fruit, vegetables, brown rice, beans, quinoa, etc.  I pretty much only drink water.

How would you describe your training program?

I ride my bicycle to work. I ride more on the weekends. I like to swim laps at my gym. Weightlifting.

What kind of supplements do you use if any, and why?
I like to mix Vega plant protein with almond milk after a workout.

How do people react when they find out you are vegan?
Reactions vary. Fortunately, veganism is common where I live. Often it seems like people are forced to question themselves and their choices when they find out that I haven’t eaten meat or dairy in years and am a healthy person. This is especially the case when they find out that I don’t drink alcohol either. 

What are some common misconceptions about veganism?
Protein deficient granola eating passive hippy crybabies.

Have you had success in promoting veganism / vegetarianism to others? 
If so, how did you go about it? I’ve done some activism with PETA. I gave the book Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Boer to each member of my family. I am a member and supporter of the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary in upstate NY. I try to live by example and show those that know me that it’s not difficult to be vegan and happy. I like to wear shirts that say vegan right on them so people know my choices without even talking to me.

What do you think the most important aspect of training is?
Motivation. It’s easy to loose it and get lazy. Create a routine and stick to it.

What do you like best about being vegan?
I’m not participating in the unnecessary and unjust murder and suffering of non-human animals.  It’s also fun to find yummy vegan food alternatives as well as nice looking non-leather vegan clothing alternatives.

What do you like best about being fit?
Not feeling limited by my own body. I do not want to be an old man with a walker or in a wheel chair.

What advice do you have for people who are just starting out with training?
Start off slow and gradually do more. Don’t over do it.

What advice do you have for people who are thinking of becoming vegan?
It’s ok to do that gradually as well. Start off eliminating beef from your diet. After a while remove chicken, then fish, etc. Watch the Mercy for Animals undercover video on factory farming. It might make you cry and throw up, but it’ll definitely make you think twice about eating meat again. 

What motivates you in life?
My wife motivates me and I try to do the same for her. The beautiful fish and sea life that I scuba dive with belong in the ocean, not on our plates. The adorable animals at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, that are thriving and happy, remind me that I am making the right choice.

What do you think of veganbodybuilding.com?  Has it helped or inspired you?
It certainly has, knowing that there is a real community of vegan athletes out there. It’s an excellent resource for tips on food, exercise, etc

Do you have any other thoughts you’d like to share?
The argument that humans are meant to eat meat is completely false. Humans are not meant to fly, yet we have airplanes. We’re not meant to breath under water, yet I do when I scuba dive. These are great examples of advances in technology, just like iphones and hybrid cars, but that also includes food, like Dayia cheese and Tofurkey.  Many say that animals would eat us, but animals don’t have to option of going to the store and choosing to buy something else.