Strongest Hearts Extra; Ice Breaker Cross Country Relay Run

Six ultrarunners are attempting to run 3100 miles cross country in just 24 days- that’s over 20 miles a day for each runner! They are raising awareness and funds for mental health resources. We caught up with the legendary ultra runners Charlie Engle, Catra Corbett and David Clark to discuss addiction, veganism and what it’s like to embark on such an epic journey. Follow the run here:...

Strongest Hearts Extra; Stic of Dead Prez and Nutritionist Afya Ibomu

  Last year we sat down with Stic of Dead Prez and Afya Ibomu, a nutritionist and cookbook author. I chatted with them about Hip Hop, veganism, and health- 3 of my favorite things! I remember vividly when my good friend said to me in 2000- you have to hear this Hip Hop track on veganism. I was apprehensive, but boy was I wrong. After hearing Let’s Get Free that one time I immediately bought it and listened to it non-stop. Needless to say, I’ve been a big fan since day one and was stoked for this interview! You can read more about Stic here and be sure to check out his post on Plant-based on a Budget. He also has a book out with Scott Shetler, our star from the pizza prank video: Eat Plants, Lift Iron. You can find Afya’s books here....

Strongest Hearts 16; Plant Built Bodybuilders

Strongest Hearts 16; Plant Built Bodybuilders from Strongest Hearts on Vimeo. It’s the end of the year, and we’ve saved our best episode for last. We’ve come to the final installation of our trip to Austin, Texas to the Naturally Fit Games this summer. We covered the crossfit competition, the weightlifters, and now the biggest group on the Plant Built team, the bodybuilders. Between our pre-competition video and our week in Austin with the Plant Built team we learned a lot about the fitness community and everything that goes in to these kinds of competitions. I’d first like to say thank you endlessly to Giacomo Marchese and Dani Taylor, the founders and leaders of Plant Built for having us, and for putting together such an amazing group of people to speak on behalf of animals and showcase the strength of vegans. And, of course, thank you to the athletes for speaking with us throughout their competitions. The Plant Built team had competitors in the physique, bikini, and figure categories. The competitors are judged by a panel on criteria regarding symmetry both up and down and side to side, muscle size, and leanness. Each category has different criteria of muscle development and leanness. It takes months of extreme dieting and intense exercise to develop the muscles and lose the body fat to get the bodies that these athletes have for competition. Going in to shooting this episode we were wary on highlighting an athletic endeavor that promoted such strict dieting that can sometimes lead to development of eating disorders, as well as further the noise regarding what a perfect body...

Heater the Mascot!

A little while ago we visited with our friend Ryan in, of all places, Bakersfield, CA.  Previous to this visit I didn’t know this place even had sports! In fact, there are a couple minor league franchise teams with ties to majors elsewhere in the country.  We went to Sam Lynn Park, home of the Bakersfield Blaze, an affiliate with the Seattle Mariners team for the 2015 season. Being a small park in a small town, one might expect it to be difficult to get folks out to baseball games, especially in the heat of the summer.  One way is to have really exciting things happening besides the sport. And to the Bako Blaze, this means mascots! And lots of them! There are three at the ballpark, Heater, Panda D. Bear, and Torch (which I believe is a dragon, though he sort of looks like an alligator/sea horse). Our friend Ryan has been the Bakersfield Blaze mascot for two years, traveling by bus from San Francisco to Bakersfield for home games to wear the coveted Heater costume.  He’s perfect for it, too. Outgoing, fun, and super into sports, even if he’s embarrassed by it. We caught up with him during the playoffs this year to talk about being vegan in a tiny town (he eats burritos on the road, shocking I know) and the divide between vegan activists and sports.  What we learned was, what we all knew already.  Its ok to be less than 100% serious all the time, and that includes enjoying things like local sports teams. Thank you to Assistant General Manager Fillup Guiry for hosting our little film...

Web Extra! Matt struts on the Catwalk

We like to keep things lighthearted around here. So when we hit Austin and were surrounded by highly intense athletes on the verge of their biggest competition of the year, we had a time of fitting in.  Luckily our new friend and professional bodybuilder, Derek Treesize, was there to lend a hand.  He gave Matt a quick crash-course in the art of the cat walk, a very important part of a bodybuilder’s night show where its time to to showcase not only your muscles, but your swagger.  Watch the video to find out if Matt has either! Don’t forget, in case you missed it, we have already posted videos from Austin with the powerlifting team, and the crossfit team! Its a vegan muscle overload! Very soon we will have our last installment of the Austin Naturally Fit Games episodes dedicated to the bodybuilders!  Also on deck, a professional baseball mascot, a vegan cardiologist and triathlete, a juggler, and Sticman from Dead Prez.  We know, we spoil you.  Thanks for watching, stay...