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Strength and Endurance

Strength and Endurance – Scientists tell us what we already know

 

Scientists at the University of Arizona have just confirmed through a rigorous study what many vegetarian athletes already knew. Vegetarian athletes have just as much peak muscle strength, and even more endurance than their meat-eating counterparts. This is borne out by the many athletes who are choosing to be vegetarian or vegan these days, because they find that it improves their performance.

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David Carter, defensive lineman with Jacksonville Jaguars

Take football player David Carter, a defensive lineman with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and formerly with the Oakland and Dallas teams, for example.  He became enthusiastic about his vegan diet after seeing the results and learning about the effect of his food choices. Eating an entirely plant-based diet, David experienced more energy and his stamina went through the roof. All his numbers in the weight room actually went up. Read more

Veg Runner Sets Another Record

scott-jurek-appalachian-trail_hOur very own Scott Jurek has broken another record! Scott completed the 2,189 miles of the Appalachian trail in 46 days, 8 hours and 7 minutes – an all time record. The 41 year old ultramarathoner averaged almost 50 miles a day. His run, as with his others, was fueled by his healthy vegan diet. In 2010 he set the American record for most miles run in 24 hours at 165.7 miles, not to mention his seven consecutive victories from 1999-2005 in the Western States 100-mile Endurance Run.

According to Chris McDougall, author of “Born to Run”, Scott Jurek is the top ultrathon runner in the US, maybe in the world, arguably of all time. While he lived in Seattle, he was a member of Vegetarians of Washington and a popular speaker at Vegfest.  Scott says, as a result of his vegan diet, “I have noticed improvements in recovery time, stamina, endurance and strength during my demanding training sessions. I’ve also noticed an improved vitality in my everyday life and a greater appreciation for the consciousness of choosing healthy foods.”

By the way while we’re talking about sports, we’d like to mention that Serena Williams just won the tennis championship at Wimbledon on a plant fueled diet. Way to go veg athletes!

Scott Jurek – Vegan Ultrathon Champion

According to Chris McDougall, author of “Born to Run”, Scott Jurek is the top ultrathon runner in the US, maybe in the world, arguably of all time. His biography lists victories in almost all the major ultrathon races on both trail and road, across the world, including the Spartathon, a 153 mile race from Athens to Sparta in Greece. He has won the Western States 100 mile endurance run a record seven straight times. While he lived in Seattle, he was a member of Vegetarians of Washington and a popular speaker at Vegfest. He credits his superior endurance, recovery and overall health to his 100% plant-based diet, and has been a strong advocate for vegetarianism for many years. Scott says, as a result of his vegan diet, “I have noticed improvements in recovery time, stamina, endurance and strength during my demanding training sessions. I’ve also noticed an improved vitality in my everyday life and a greater appreciation for the consciousness of choosing healthy foods.”