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About the Author

Robert, a vegan since 1986, has been able to promote vegan bodybuilding on a worldwide stage through articles in FLEX Magazine, Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness Magazine, VegNews Magazine, dozens of other publications, and through his documentaries and websites. Being a vegan, he feels that he has a positive impact on the environment and society and believes that an animal-free diet is one of the best things you can do for your health. He eats a vast array of natural and organic foods that keeps his body fat percentage low, protein intake high, energy levels high, bones strong, and allows him to put on quality muscle. Founder and president of his own company, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness in 2002, Robert also directed and produced an award-winning documentary Vegan Fitness Built Naturally (2005) and was co-director and co-producer of the documentary Vegan Brothers in Iron scheduled for release in 2010. He spends his time traveling around North America speaking at various health, wellness, vegetarian, personal development, and fitness festivals.

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  • Perfect Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Book Publishing Co.; 1st edition (April 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984391606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984391608
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,586 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me start this review by stating that my husband is not vegan, yet I am. He eats vegan at home, or he goes hungry ;) As I was training for an upcoming Figure Show (my very first) I was seeing a personal trainer who didn't believe in the vegan diet and certainly did not believe that a "vegan" could build muscle and look the part for the Figure Show. I had nothing but a challenge with him and ended up dropping him, and he dropped me. I was frustrated and looking for some guidance through other vegan athletes. I have heard the name "Robert Cheeke" before and knew he was a vegan. A year or so ago he was in Az doing a talk on Vegan Bodybuilding and I couldn't make it... so I didn't really understand how it all worked. Then came his BOOK!!! Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness. Right away I ordered it and got to reading. Robert was great at replying to my emails with all the questions I had regarding serving sizes and for 'non-bodybuilding' types :)
My husband, who also was discouraged with the belief that vegans CAN have muscle, looked through the book at Robert's pictures of himself and was in shock. He was wanting to mass build but wanted my help (in having his food ready and prepped for him). I made a deal with my husband, "I will make all the food for you to have a successful mass build and we'll workout together, BUT, you will have to do it all vegan." Without hesitation, he agreed! :) So with the help of Robert Cheeke's book, my husband gained weight and muscle on a vegan bodybuilding diet. I'm thankful for the book and for Robert's knowledge. My husband believes that vegan CAN mass build, gain healthy weight, nice sized muscles and get all the protein they need without eating animal products :)
Now my husband and I eat vegan together, we weight train together and we both believe in Robert's book!!!

Thank you so much Robert!!!!!! And thank you for sending my husband a signed book :) We keep that copy, NICE!
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Robert's book is about one thing: Experience. Robert has led the life of a vegan bodybuilder over the past decade, traveling many different roads to his current path, and he shares everything with you in this book. From trying different protein supplements, deciding what works and what has side effects, and deciphering vitamin and mineral language that can sometime be intimidating, Robert manages to keep the reader informed on a manageable level. He also cites other successful vegan athletes, including a favorite of mine, Brendan Brazier, and discusses things such as our need to keep our bodies in an alkaline environment for best results. He provides a section that will help vegan athletes find the products they need (like non-leather gloves/straps).
Perhaps most helpful is the section where Robert details what he actually does for a workout, and how he preps beforehand and how he cools down afterward. He gives some explanation about each exercise in layman's terms, which is helpful for me due to my limited experience. All throughout the book, he provides concrete information and backs it up with real world experience.
Robert's first tip for improving your work ethic: Get rid of your TV. Nice.
Robert is an incredibly inspiring person, and when meeting him you can't help but get caught up in his glowing demeanor. His book provides great assistance for people looking for inspiration and real knowledge about what they can do to get in shape and stay that way. I firmly believe that having strong, fit vegans in the public spotlight provides countless benefits, for people, for the planet, and for the animals. I'm on my own road to becoming a fit ambassador for veganism. I am already seeing real results, and I owe a lot of my motivation to Robert.
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Let me save you some time and money and summarize the whole book for you:
1.) Robert Cheeke REALLY loves himself
2.) Eat protein and lots of it

There you go.
If you have any knowledge of fitness whatsoever, you will not learn much groundbreaking new information in this book unfortunately. I really wanted to like this book, and to learn from it. Unfortunately it is not really about Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness, it is really about the author and his accomplishments. Not a page goes by without him mentioning that he has won bodybuilding competitions, amongst other accomplishments [including writing the very book you are reading!]. I really felt like the book was more of a personal shrine to himself rather than any kind of primer on the vegan or natural bodybuilding industry. Even things like meal plans are very topline chapters, where he mentions he eats a lot of burritos and sandwiches. This means very little! A burrito comprised of what? Get specific and tell us why. What components would a professional vegan bodybuilder put in a burrito to optimize his performance? I feel like there was really an opportunity here for someone to give an in depth look at bodybuilding within a vegan lifestyle, and unfortunately all we got was a lot of someone patting himself on the back.
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This book is a must-read for anyone seeking invaluable fitness and health information and also life motivation in general. With thorough fitness and meal plans, Cheeke offers useful information for anyone interested in improved health and enhanced fitness. The author's personal narrative is equally compelling and it sets itself apart from other rather cold and dry presentation of fitness material. Another unique aspect of this book is the strong element of passion and purpose that is manifested in Cheeke's physical transformation into a world-class bodybuilding athlete. Cheeke's drive and determination has set him apart in his career, propelled by his desire to live compassionately as much as possible and by setting an amazing example for others to do the same by living their own personal dreams filled with meaning; he has truly made a profound impression upon me through this highly acclaimed book and I am certain he will do the same for you.
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