It wasn’t until I was 15 years old that I made the decision to go veg, with the positive influence of my older sister. For me it was initially a pure ethical and animal rights decision to go vegetarian, and wasn’t until later on that I realized the health benefits of a vegetarian diet.
When I was younger I always wanted to be bigger and stronger. Attending grade school and middle school, I was frequently the smallest guy in my class. I had dreams of becoming a professional wrestler but my fragile body never allowed too much success in strength-related sports at an early age. When I became vegetarian and focused on using my healthy lifestyle to create an athletic edge, I started gaining muscle and strength. At age 23 I have doubled my weight from my teenage years, and now find myself as a competitive bodybuilder and the most recognized vegan bodybuilder in America.
Without a strict vegetarian diet, I would have never achieved the success I have in the bodybuilding and fitness industry. I attribute that success to a well-balanced animal-free diet, rich in a vast array of natural, healthy foods, providing my body with the appropriate and necessary nutrients to stay strong, steer far from illnesses, and achieve my fitness goals.
Today I’m in a position to lead by example and demonstrate the fact that you can be fit, strong, healthy, and enjoy a vegetarian lifestyle, while at the same time have a positive effect on our environment making the world a better place for all of us.
Challenge yourself to go veg. You’ll rediscover who you are, and perhaps even find the motivation to chase an old dream. Your mind and body will thank you for it."
Robert Cheeke, Vegan Bodybuilder