Athletes Pump Iron Long after World Vegan Day

Many vegan athletes have found success in their fields by adopting a plant-based diet. Use their knowledge and stories as a source of inspiration to encourage your own fitness goals, and guarantee that you also excel.
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Leigh-Chantelle with Athletes Book
Leigh-Chantelle with Athletes Book
Nov. 4, 2015 - PRLog -- Expert Tips from Vegan Athletes, Fitness Fanatics & Exercise Enthusiasts is a collection of interviews with inspiring vegans who are immersed in the fitness world. You will be introduced to over 100 vegans who share their fitness training, knowledge and advice, their favourite foods, and just what to say when someone asks where they get their protein from!

“Sometime in 2012, I read about a vegan bodybuilding champion from Berlin in Germany, Michael Griesmeier,” says Leigh-Chantelle, founder of Viva la Vegan! “I was fascinated about his story - as were many others online - and wanted to interview him.”

Many different athletes from all over the world have been interviewed for this 340-page book, which started as an online series in 2012, and is currently crowd funding on Kickstarter. There are Olympians, professional sports people, personal trainers, and those who simply live for working out and being fit.

“There are so many things I learned when I was editing and compiling the book,” says Leigh-Chantelle. “One of the main things is that you need muscle to be able to burn fat.” One thing Leigh-Chantelle can't believe is how many of the vegan athletes still get asked about their protein sources. “Out of the 111 people featured in this book, 77 of them still get asked about where they get their protein - that’s just under 70%!” she laughs. “Suddenly everyone becomes interested in your health when you become vegan” adds Leigh-Chantelle, who has qualifications in naturopathy, nutrition and western herbal medicine.

“Some of the interviewees are vegan, like I am, because of animal rights and ethics, whilst others are more focused on the environmental and health aspects of veganism. All have found that a vegan diet has helped them to excel in their own area of fitness,” finishes Leigh-Chantelle.

Expert Tips from Vegan Athletes, Fitness Fanatics & Exercise Enthusiasts features a foreword by Robert Cheeke (US), and 111 athletes including: Alan Murray & Janette Murray-Wakelin (AU), Billy Simmonds (AU), Cam F Awesome (US), Christine Vardaros (EU), Derek Tresize (US), Ed Bauer & Holly Noll (US), Emilie & Luke Tan (SG), Fiona Oakes (UK), Georges Laraque (CA), Leilani Munter (US), Meagan Duhamel (CA), Pam Boteler (US), Rob Bigwood (US), Sabina Skala (UK), Simone Collins (AU), Spencer Pumpelly (US), Tia Blanco (US), Weia Reinboud (EU)

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Book Details:

Expert Tips from Vegan Athletes, Fitness Fanatics & Exercise Enthusiasts
Compiled by Leigh-Chantelle
Published by Epicentre Equilibrium
ISBN 978-0-9808484-6-5
eBook ISBN: 978-0-9808484-7-2
Illustrated by Weronika Kolinska
Designed by Adele from Bambi Wants Revenge

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This book is fantastic.Thoughtful and thorough it informs and entertains on so many levels and from so many perspectives.” - Jim Morris, Lifelong Fitness Fanatic and 80-year old vegan


About Leigh-Chantelle

Leigh-Chantelle is a Published Author, International Speaker & Consultant, Singer/Songwriter and Blogger who lives mostly in Brisbane, Australia. She has run the online vegan community Viva la Vegan! since 2005, bringing positive education, information and vegan outreach to a worldwide audience. Leigh-Chantelle gives lectures, workshops, consultations, and coaching for Understanding Social Media, Staging Effective Events and Vegan Health & Lifestyle.

About Viva la Vegan!

Viva la Vegan! started in 2005 to promote Leigh-Chantelle’s recipe calendars, and educate others about the vegan lifestyle. 2015 sees the 10th anniversary of this oft- shared and much-loved Australian site, that has grown to be an interactive, multimedia community for vegans all over the world, focusing on positive education, information and vegan outreach. Through the website, Leigh-Chantelle’s focus is on educating people about ethical lifestyle choices, proving that through compassion we can heal ourselves and each other.

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