Friday, December 10th, 2010

Review: Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness by Robert Cheeke

by Kristen Suzanne in Uncategorized

I was given the honor of reading and reviewing the book, Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness, by my friend Robert Cheeke. I received the book from Robert when I met up with him two days before I delivered Kamea. Robert is such an amazing guy. He’s passionate, kind, happy, energetic, and full of life.

As many of you know, I used to be a bodybuilder. Unfortunately, my days of bodybuilding were pre-vegan. However, I think it put me in a great position to review his book because I do have bodybuilding experience, even if it wasn’t vegan.

So, what did I think of the book?
I really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. I haven’t stepped foot in a gym since before I was pregnant and I’ve decided it’s time for me to do it. Reading Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness was the motivation and excitement I needed. I don’t have any desire to bodybuild anymore, but I still felt there was great value from his book. Robert holds your hand through the process of diet plans, exercise, and supplements. He gives many details and it left no question unanswered for me – although even if someone did have questions, Robert is personable and accessible via Facebook and Twitter (one of the things I love about him).

I was particularly excited to read about his friend Giacomo who is a RAW vegan bodybuilder. I enjoyed reading about his meal programs especially. Even though I’m not going back into the bodybuilding arena, I am definitely pumped and ready to put on my tennis shoes and head to the gym!

Some other specifics: I liked the 1-week sample training program without weights or exercise equipment because, as a postpartum mom, I won’t always be able to get to the gym. This was exactly what I needed. I also enjoyed reading his section on how he answers the all-too-common question, “Where do you get your protein?” I was especially partial to his clever response #4. And, even though I know where I get my protein, being a vegan for 8 years, I still like seeing the chart of vegan protein foods as a reminder for the variety we have available. It’s a useful and quick reference.

Needless to say, my book has many tabbed pages and highlights. It’s like hiring a personal trainer for the low cost of his book. Gotta love that!

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