For those of you who still have doubts about whether one can train as a “serious” athlete while following a vegan diet plan, we’d like to introduce calisthenics expert, fitness trainer and athlete Frank Medrano—one of many body builders and super athletes that have busted the vegan athlete myth wide open.
Frank eats a low-fat diet rich in plant-based protein and fiber and steers clear of all meat and dairy. He says his meals are enriched with an abundance of superfoods and some of his favorite foods are vegetables. We wholeheartedly agree that the variety of colors, shapes, flavors and textures as well as their health benefits should put veggies at the top of any vegan’s favorite foods list.
“Stay humble, be positive, support anyone who decides to put
in their best effort to better themselves. We ALL started at the
bottom…I’m impressed with ANYONE who decides to challenge
themselves to be a better person at ANY level.”
Frank says he fell in love with calisthenics training at a time in his life when his body was in poor shape and he even felt embarrassed to take off his shirt. He says he felt constantly tired, slow and weak and that he knew his diet was only making things worse. Since starting his training, Frank has inspired thousands of others around the world to follow their dreams by taking control of their minds, bodies and lives. His videos and interviews have appeared in five large media companies online including Right This Minute, Fitness Freaks, 9GAG, Free From Harm, and Collective Evolution.
Frank performs a plethora of insane muscle-building exercises every day using the resistance of his own body weight, and often his favorite pull-up bars, a brick wall, or simply a chair. He says the beauty of calisthenics is in the simplicity—that all you really need is your own body. Unlike a gym, “your body never closes!” Calisthenics can be done anytime, anywhere. “The point is, whenever you want an effective workout, you can have one…no matter where you are, you have an effective physical training method at your disposal.” He trains six days a week, up to 2 hours a day and loves how the practicality of the muscle strength he builds carries over into his everyday life.
Frank says the change in his diet did wonders to improving his lifestyle and advises that what you eat is one of the most important parts of getting in shape and becoming stronger—as an athlete as well as a human being. Frank says that living the way he does puts him in control of his mind and body, and the feeling he gets from that motivates him every day to challenge himself to continue to improve.
“My biggest accomplishment has been motivating and inspiring millions of people onto fitness and helping them making healthy changes in their lifestyle. Hearing their success stories and seeing their photos/videos on how I’ve helped them make that happen is priceless. Not only helping and motivating them to improve their health but also to improve their quality of life. That to me is my motivation to push harder.”
Frank sets small and realistic goals for himself and pushes himself more every day. He says, “Being consistent is a necessity for progression and without it, motivation dies. I want to be in the best shape possible and my dedication and progression keep me motivated.”
Frank’s favorite fellow athlete and inspiration is vegan fitness competitor and model Nathane Jackson, “an inspiration to all that you can be super healthy, strong and build muscle on a healthy vegan diet.”
We’re proud of athletes like Frank Medrano and Nathane Jackson who have chosen to break the mold of mainstream fitness and choose a healthier, plant-based path. It takes true strength of character to think outside a box so tightly built. But the proof is in the puddin’. Today, hundreds of athletes and fitness freaks are building a better body and lifestyle for themselves entirely around a 100% plant-based diet. It’s possible all right. And it’s a wiser choice in the long run for anyone.
Find out how Fresh N’ Lean can help you take the first (or fiftieth) step down your journey to weight loss, fitness, or simply a healthier, better-feeling you. Our vegan meal delivery and vegetarian meal delivery service is an easy way to get more plant-based wholefoods into your diet and improve your wellbeing. Not only will your body feel better, your mind will rest easy knowing you are investing in your short and long-term health. Plus, our freshly prepared meals are always completely vegan, gluten-free and taste amazing!