I’ve been into bodybuilding/ weightlifting/strength training for about four years. I worked out with a personal trainer for almost three years and got decent results. Starting in 2020 when COVID hit and I wasn’t able to go to the gym anymore, I found an online vegan fitness academy that changed my life. I already was good about working out regularly before joining this academy. The academy taught me about vegan nutrition and shredding and bulking.
Over six months in 2020 I went from around 20% body fat to 10% body fat through shredding. In the summer of 2020 I maintained and then in the fall until today I’ve been bulking. I’ve gained quite a bit of muscle and some fat but not too much.
I started shredding again in February 2021 with a goal to get to 10% or lower body fat. At 56 years old, I’m the strongest I’ve ever been and have more muscle than I’ve ever had in my life. I’m in the process of a complete body re-composition. I can’t wait until I finish my shredding. I will post photos in May 2021 once I reach my goal.
Many meat eaters ask vegans how they will get enough protein. I have no trouble getting enough protein to support muscle building. My protein sources include pea, soy and beans. I consume around 120 to 150 grams of protein per day. There is still a myth I hear that soy will make men grow breasts. I can tell you from my personal experience that this is not true. See links below to research regarding plant protein and resources to help you decide for yourself about vegan sources of protein.
Cardio is important during shredding and to maintain cardiovascular health. I’ve found that while bulking, cardio slows my progress. I only do cardio occasionally while bulking. I do walk my dog a mile or so every day whether I’m bulking, shredding or maintaining.
My favorite form of cardo is running. I can get the better results in a shorter time period than other forms of cardio. However, I also do enjoy biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, snowshoeing, and all forms of outdoor activities.
Visit the FitVegan.Life Blog for more resources
Visit the FitVegan.Life Blog for more vegan protein information