About the Author
Vanessa Espinoza Vanessa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She adopted a plant-based lifestyle in 2003, at age 22. Today she owns a personal training business, specializing in strength and conditioning, boxing, and basketball skills. As one of the top 10 point guards in the U.S. coming out of high school, Vanessa was awarded a full basketball scholarship to Colorado State University. She was drafted to play professionally in the WNBA. Due to her father’s passing during that time, Vanessa declined the offer to play in the WNBA and took up boxing, honoring her father who was a professional boxer. Vanessa became a 3-time Colorado Golden Glove state boxing champion. Along with Vanessa’s in-home personal training business, she offers personalized nutrition and training programs on www.plantbasedmuscles.com. She is a regular contributor to Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine, has been vegan for over 15 years, and aims to inspire others, showing that you don’t need to harm animals to have a muscular physique. Robert Cheeke Robert grew up on a farm in Corvallis, Oregon, where he adopted a vegan lifestyle in 1995 at age 15. Today he is the best-selling author of the books, Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness and Shred It!. As a two-time natural bodybuilding champion, Robert is considered one of VegNews magazine’s Most Influential Vegan Athletes. He tours around the world, sharing his story of transformation from a skinny farm kid to champion vegan bodybuilder. Robert is the founder and president of Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness. He writes books, gives lectures around the world, and maintains the popular website, VeganBodybuilding.com. He is a regular contributor to Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine, Naked Food Magazine, Forks Over Knives, and The Dr. T. Colin Campbell Center For Nutrition Studies, is a multi-sport athlete, entrepreneur, and has followed a plant-based diet for more than 20 years.
Co-authored by plant-based athletes with more than 35 years’ combined experience, Robert Cheeke and Vanessa Espinoza, Plant-Based Muscle is the most complete plant-based fitness book to be released since Shred It!. Sharing experiences from different perspectives, and different backgrounds in exercise and sports nutrition, this plant-based fitness duo brings you the information, motivation, and inspiration to take your plant-based athlete lifestyle to the next level. We wrote this book with you in mind. We want this to be an incredibly helpful manual, designed to provide you with the exact tools you need to achieve your health and fitness goals as a plant-based athlete. By athlete, we mean YOU. The inner athlete inside all of us is ready to come out, and this book will give you the confidence to unleash your best plant-based self. From start to finish, this book will provide you with the motivation, instruction, guidance, tips, recommendations, and resources to put you on the path to success. We’ve got you covered on everything from how to create a workout routine, to how to select quality foods and ingredients to prepare plant-based meals, to what to eat for improved athletic performance, to how to prevent and overcome injuries and setbacks. Here are some specific things that you can expect to learn from our 35+ years combined experience as plant-based athletes: Motivation to get you pumped up to achieve your goals Programs for muscle building Programs for fat burning Programs for fitness conditioning Samples of our actual meal plans and workouts Grocery shopping lists and tips Healthy plant-based meal plans Delicious plant-based recipes Meal preparation guidelines A detailed account of our nutrition and fitness philosophies Photo demonstrations of numerous exercises Strategies for effective outreach as plant-based athletes Techniques to prevent and overcome injuries