I’m passionate about reshaping bodybuilding into a healthier lifestyle.
My name is Chris Willitts, and I’m the founder and owner of Vegetarian Bodybuilding.
A few months after our launch back in 2013, I realized there was a great need for a bodybuilding system that made plant-based nutrition easy.
This was the basic premise for creating the V3 Bodybuilding System.
Vegetarian Bodybuilding also discusses “non-bodybuilding” methodologies that focus more on strength, flexibility, functionality, and mind-body fitness.
This site is for vegetarians, vegans, or anyone who has the desire to eat more plants and less meat.
Word on the Street Is…
1. I’ve been plant-based for a while now, and I’ve never been stronger (225lbs on a 6’0″ frame) – I mention this simply to illustrate that folks who go plant-based don’t have to be frail and skinny. That being said, I’m a lightweight compared to 280lb vegan strongman Patrik Baboumian. He’s a beast. Here’s more of my personal story.
Patrik’s personal best: Bench press 210kg (462lbs), Squat 360kg (793lbs), and Deadlift 360kg (793lbs).
Arnold’s personal best: Bench press 200 kg (440lbs), Squat 247kg (545lbs), and Deadlift 320kg (710lbs).
2. Bodybuilding has been a passion of mine for over 20 years.
I remember getting hooked on weights as a teenager by watching Schwarzenegger, Stallone, and Van Damme movies with my father.
Although I’ve never had a desire to be a professional bodybuilder, I’ve always wanted to be as strong as hell, and I have a deep respect for the discipline.
I love lifting heavy iron.
Also, my commitment to fitness played a huge role in my recovery from a debilitating drinking problem years ago.
My favorite gym to train at is the world-famous “Mecca of Bodybuilding” (Gold’s Gym in Venice, California) – I’ve trained there for the past four years. A close second place is World Gym, San Diego, California.
3. I’m a contributing writer for the following prestigious health and fitness publications:
- Muscle & Fitness (online)
- Men’s Fitness (print)
- Vegan Health & Fitness (print)
- VegNews (online)
- NaturalNews (online)
- Natural Muscle (print – made the cover of several issues)
4. Meditation has been a passion of mine for almost 10 years. Seven years ago, I founded Mindful Muscle, a website that advocates meditation, mindfulness practices, and mindful living, fragranced with the scientific method (Eckhart Tolle meets Sam Harris meets William Tiller).
I also created and taught a form of meditation that integrates positive psychology and group dynamics into a six-week course called Meditation Illuminates.
5. I attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I studied business, psychology, and consciousness studies. I’m also a proud alumnus of the LeaderShape Institute, a highly regarded leadership development program, where I joined the ranks of another alumnus, Google co-founder Larry Page. A year after successfully completing LeaderShape, I was selected to be a facilitator of the program (considered to be a high honor).
The Plant-Based Nutrition Movement
Bodybuilding has long advocated eating copious amounts of meat, but that’s starting to change.
Where we are going: Plant-Based Nutrition Goes Mainstream and Future Predictions.
Bodybuilding and fitness have joined forces with plant-based nutrition. The result is a hybrid lifestyle that’s supremely effective in building beautiful physiques, as well as fostering vibrant health.
That’s a big deal, because traditional bodybuilding involves sacrificing your health to look good and get ahead.
Because of a mountain of growing empirical evidence, eating plants and creating harmony within the body is becoming the new frontier in fitness. The simple truth is, most bodybuilders and “gym rats” don’t care to look freakishly muscular, anyway.
Let’s Attract People, NOT Berate Them
This is a judgment-free environment that discusses plant-based fitness, regardless of one’s reasons for pursuing a ANY form of vegetarianism. Our tribe is about bringing more people together, not driving wedges between us.
So if you find yourself with hate in your voice when speaking toward your meat-eating brothers and sisters, remember that you probably weren’t born a vegetarian or vegan.
Most of us had to learn about this lifestyle at some point. We will attract more people if learn how to teach and approach people with a smile and in a more loving way.
It’s not always easy, but isn’t compassion part of what we stand for in the first place?
Finally, I want to say that advocating ANY form vegetarianism is a step in the right direction. Let’s keep moving forward!