Many people still believe that to be physically strong, fit and active there has to be an abundance of animal protein in one’s diet – especially if there is vigorous physical training involved. Well, here we are about to reveal the truth.
These 5 individuals exemplify the fact that the protein myth is simply that: a myth! It is completely compatible to live on a vegan diet and train intensely, healthily and safely. Check them out!
Germany's strongest man has been vegan since 2011 and vegetarian since 2006. Due to his incredible physical power, all of which fueled by plants, he managed to smash the previous (unofficial) world record by carrying a staggering 550 kilos for a length of over 10 meters, at this year’s Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival. He really is a “Vegan Badass”, just as written on his t-shirt!
Not only is Scott Jurek a passionate advocate for a plant-based diet, but he is also one of the greatest examples of how a vegan lifestyle can boost and nourish even the most intense of athletes. One of his greatest achievements, becoming the American record-setter for the 24 hour run in Greece with an astonishing 165 miles, really embodies the fact that we can be top performers without animal-based protein.
Mac Danzig, like many other athletes, believed that he couldn't maximise his athletic ability without animal protein, thus actually conflicting with his ethics. Being actively involved and competing at top levels of Mixed Martial Arts, Mac came across a vegan trainer who aided him in transitioning to a plant-based diet in 2004. Who dares ask him where he gets his protein from?!
Rich's lifestyle before the age of 40 consisted of an excessive amount of alcohol and drugs and lacked greatly in health and physical activity. Rich’s life was definitely threatened and exposed to danger, yet he decided to overturn his lifestyle choices and he adopted a veggie diet. Rich sure was ambitious as his aim was to get involved and enter an ultramarathon, completely upending his previous lifestyle. Consequently, in 2009 he became one of the “25 Fittest Guys in the World”, published by Men’s Fitness Magazine. Kudos to Rich!
After suffering from a serious road accident in 2003, this outstanding triathelete and endurance runner, praises his plant-based diet for assisting and relieving his recovery. Brendan Brazier acts as an ambassador of both the vegan and athletic community as he become the Canadian 50k champion soon after his accident and lifestyle change. Brendan is a big supporter of a plant-based diet, especially for athletes, and openly speaks about the advantages of this lifestyle as it allows one to train harder and recover faster.