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Hi I am Tom; 23 year of age, I have been Vegan over two years now and was veggie 4 year before that. I am a Business Studies student based in London and should attain a BA Honours degree by April 05.

I Studied Health and Exercise: on the side a UEL in 2003 and became serious about weight lifting after I gained a specialised understanding of health related fitness.

My Training

As well as a weight lifter I am also a martial artist and runner. I have to try very hard to fit these three activities together without over training.
I have been studying and teaching Wado Ryu Karate for over six years,
I will be performing a Karate display at the Heart of England Vegan Festival, see HERE for further details.

I like to keep my training simple these days with very high resistance low rep workouts. I currently perform pure strength training on my entire body except my legs. I am unable to run and perform endurance based martial arts as well as squat in the same week; this has led me to serious over training in the past. I normally have 1 week on one week off from endurance to strength training on my legs, I find these breaks always improve my endurance based activities sometimes negatively affect the 1RM of my squat.

I don’t have time for to many days off between training due to the fact I have to fit Karate into my schedule all days are performed systematically one after the other, this is a rough guide to my routine it is always evolving and is not set in stone, I always listen to what my body tells me.

Week one:

Day 1
Jogging – 6 Miles

Day 2
Bent over rows
Bench Press

Day 3 – Easy day
Vertical Sit ups – Gravity boot and chinning bar
Bicep Curls
Neck Curls
Shoulder press
Forearm pronation to supination
Leg Abduction
Grip work – Pinch grip and crushing grip

Day 4 – Rest / optional Jog – Eat plenty of carbs

Day 5 - Karate

Day 6 - Karate

Day 7 - Rest

Week two:

Day 1 - Changed
Hip-box squats: Sumo from the floor
Stiff Leg dead lifts

Day 2 - Changed
Bent over rows
High Pulls
Bench Press

Day 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7 are the same

Current Stats

Weight..... Squat...... Bench...... Dead....... Total.......
83kg........ 130kg...... 75kg........ 140kg...... 345kg......

Training Pictures

This is me performing front splits followed by almost compete side splits below.

I am the flexibility guru of my dojo a regularly perform belt stretches etc as shown below

This kind of extreme flexibility helps me prevent injuries from occurring if any techniques were to be applied practically in a defence situation, I can perform high kicks as below with no stretching with a decreased chance of injury to my self.

I don’t have the perfect physique yet but I am working on it; here are some pictures.

My diet

I am very lazy and am not into making complicated foods, I eat purely to fuel my body, and these are my most commonly eaten foods:

Kidney Beans
Wholemeal Pasta and bread
Soya mince
Lentil Mung (30% protein)

This is probably not the best example of good vegan eats but it is functional as all of the above are high in protein.

I also mill my own flax seed for my omega 3s and take B12 and multivitamin supplements.


As you can tell I have excess body fat which I have been struggling to get off for over 3 years, I don’t believe in dieting unless in extreme circumstances as it can seriously harm your health; if you don’t know your nutrition but: I have given up that creed for now, I plan to get my body fat down to six percent, I am currently losing 1 to 2 pounds a week while maintaining my muscle though strength training, I hope I will not lose to much of my hard earned muscle in the name of vanity.

Finally here's a picture from September 2004 for comparison

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