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New Max Squat/ Bench/ Deadlift: Still Getting Stronger as a Vegan

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I’ve experienced no negative changes to my strength/ physique since going vegan – they’ve both continued to increase slowly, just like before I went vegan.

Still vegan, still continuing to get stronger after being vegan 1.5 years and not having meat for almost 3 years. New pause squat/ bench/ deadlift one rep maxes, the heaviest I’ve ever lifted 🙂

Guide on how to do Smolov Jr: https://youtu.be/kdf_4PeawM4

Most recent progress update: https://youtu.be/7WR_kCTGRIg

What I eat in a day: https://youtu.be/yTqjtImS6QI

Related reading if you’re interested:

Fuhrman, J., & Ferreri, D. M. (2010). Fueling the vegetarian (vegan) athlete. Current sports medicine reports, 9(4), 233-241.

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  1. Veggies for Thought

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Previous PRs:

    1:19 – 335 lbs squat

    1:43 – 230 lbs bench

    5:29 – 315 lbs deadlift

    New PRs:

    3:22 – 350 lbs squat

    4:09 – 250 lbs bench

    6:18 – 320 lbs deadlift

    My training program is mostly Smolov Jr for squat and bench, with some accessories: https://youtu.be/kdf_4PeawM4

    Most recent progress update: https://youtu.be/7WR_kCTGRIg

    What I eat in a day: https://youtu.be/yTqjtImS6QI

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  2. Chris Grant

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    I only really started making gains when I went vegan,. otherwise I was skinny before and had less appetite. You are doing really well, I plan to get around your size and then stay that size.

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  3. Nickolas Cerrone

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Yeah, would be cool to hear about your transition!

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  4. Gregg Roach

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Good lifts man! Some floor presses will help with that sticking point on bench. My advice would be to just do maintenance volume and weight for your squat and really focus on your deadlift. I’ve always found that trying to progress in squat and deadlift simultaneously is very taxing on the CNS.

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  5. king nick

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Congratulations bro! Keep up with the progress!

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  6. king nick

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    I’ll go back to being vegan In a few years however I’m proud that I have been vegetarian for almost 6 years.

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  7. The DJ

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    I had the exact same mentality many years ago that meat = muscle gain.

    Grats on your new PRs.

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  8. Sam Scott

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    With your squat number/form, I would think that your deadlift would be at least 100lbs higher.

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  9. Jason Albano Ⓥ

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Have you ever experimented with high volume hypertrophy training? I really like Dr. Mike Israetel​'s approach of gradually adding sets each week, until you reach your maximum recoverable volume.

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  10. harry macleod

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    I'm really enjoying you videos dude, they seem very different to other YouTube content.

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  11. bestEpic life

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Hey bro thanks for another beautiful vid

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  12. vegmetal 666

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    good stuff, keep up the good work👍

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  13. Aron A

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Congratulations on the PRs. Thank you for being a good example of a healthy vegan and not being scared to call yourself vegan!

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  14. Aron A

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    "You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning." Love this quote!

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  15. Lloyd Christmas

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Pretty awesome. I appreciate the video and also the honesty. I find it interesting that you squat more than you deadlift. 🙂

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  16. Dr. Des Harrington

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Mirin' progress, especially Bench. Why do you think your deadlift is lagging so much?

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  17. Randy Ly

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Life is too short to reinvesting 6 weeks to chase the same numbers

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  18. Anabolic Amaranth

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    If you keep it up you're going to be as strong as Daniella Melo one day. 99% of guys out there wish they were that strong. https://youtu.be/89FuwGV4h-0

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  19. MARIO FERRARI

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    No offense, but I’ve always found it strange that your prof pic shows your upper body, but not your face.

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  20. Iron Vegan

    March 3, 2019 at 5:58 am

    By the way, getting too hung up on the three powerlifts and chasing a number hopefully will not lead to injury and negatively affect your bodybuilding. I seriously incorporated the powerlifts for a time in the 1980s, just to see what I could total (less then 1200 pounds, it turned out), but other than that period, I did the lifts as part of my workouts, but not to the point of maxing it all out each week. Chasing numbers can lead to acquiring injuries, which I learned the hard way over the years, so always keep moderation and super strict form in mind. It does appear that your form is flawless, so I think you have a great handle on that! Man, those plant proteins are powerful 😉

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