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A series discussing all things vegan fitness and lifestyle related and chatting with inspiring vegans who are out there changing the game!

The Aethix Approach Ryan Rakes

    • Health & Fitness
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A series discussing all things vegan fitness and lifestyle related and chatting with inspiring vegans who are out there changing the game!

    The Aethix Approach - S2 Ep2 - ZACK BELKNAP on Competitive Natural Bodybuilding as a Vegan, Plant Based Diets for Muscle, Why Go Vegan & More!

    The Aethix Approach - S2 Ep2 - ZACK BELKNAP on Competitive Natural Bodybuilding as a Vegan, Plant Based Diets for Muscle, Why Go Vegan & More!

    In this episode, I have the pleasure of speaking with Zachary Belknap, a natural WNBF pro vegan bodybuilder and NASM certified personal trainer. Zack placed first in his pro-debut bodybuilding show and despite it not being his direct pursui, also has some impressive strength numbers under his belt with a 495 lb squat, 345 lb bench press and 520 lb deadlift. Zack went vegan in 2015 mainly for environmental purposes but he quickly found himself drawn to the moral aspects above all else. Switching to a vegan lifestyle was a big motivator for him to push his bodybuilding pursuits to the next level. The myth of plant based diets being inadequate for building muscle is still a pervasive theory in the general population, and Zack uses that to drive his ambitions in the sport. Zack is an extremely impressive natural bodybuilder, reaching up to a massive 220 lbs in his off-season at 5’10”, and one of the best examples of what can be achieved without PED’s on a plant based diet. His fellow competitors are almost always in shock to hear about his diet after seeing what he has achieved which is great activism in itself. Zack can be found on Instagram at @boldbodyfitnessllc which is also the name of his personal training business and you can find info on that there. Thanks again to Zack for taking the time to come on the podcast and I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I enjoyed our chat!

    TIMESTAMPS:


    00:00 - Intro to Podcast
    00:45 - Intro to Zack
    2:00 - Zack introduces himself
    3:15 - How and why did Zack go vegan?
    4:40 - When did Zack get into lifting?
    6:00 - Zack is huge
    8:15 - Zack trains heavy, has he ever competed in powerlifting?
    10:00 - What drew Zack to competing?
    12:00 - Zack's competition history
    14:00 - Zack promoting veganism through bodybuilding, using science to support plant based diets
    17:00 - What does being a pro bodybuilder entail? What divisions can Zack compete in?
    19:00 - What's Zack's training look like? Bodybuilding coaches
    21:00 - Pushing to failure, progressive overload, the mistakes we made as novice lifters
    25:00 - Off-season bulks, pushing bodyweight PR's
    26:00 - Progressing after years of natural bodybuilding, Alberto Nunez, seeing bodybuilding shows in person
    29:00 - Was Zack worried about losing progress when he first went vegan? How did his diet change?
    32:15 - Does Zack count calories/macros? Appetite changes during bulk/cut
    34:15 - Bodybuilding is inherently extreme, potentially unhealthy, drugs in bodybuilding
    38:00 - Four pillars of veganism, why Zack went vegan and why others should be interested in going vegan
    39:15 - Zack used to be a hunter
    42:00 - Animal agriculture is extremely impractical and wasteful compared to just eating plants
    44:30 - Whole Food Plant Based diet can reverse atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in arteries)
    46:30 - Going vegan isn't always easy at first but it's the right thing to do
    48:00 - Antibiotic resistance due to animal agriculture and zoonotic diseases
    50:00 - Different diets can result in benefits but veganism has a bigger purpose morally and environmentally
    52:15 - The impracticality of free range, grass-fed meat
    53:00 - Lab grown meat, would we eat it? The ethics of it
    58:15 - How do other bodybuilders react to finding out Zack is vegan?
    1:00:00 - What is the key to success in bodybuilding nutritionally? Plant based diet vs omnivorous diet for bodybuilding
    1:05:00 - Plant based protein, being vegan is easy nowaways
    1:07:30 - Transitioning from omnivorous to vegan diet for lifters
    1:10:00 - Zack's closing statement, things are getting better!
    1:11:45 - Where can people find Zack and his personal training services on social media?
    1:13:00 - Podcast outro

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    MERCH: http://www.aethixfitness.com/shop

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    The Aethix Approach - S2 Ep1 - LEAH DECESARE on Competitive Powerlifting on a Plant Based Diet, Going Vegan, Diet Sustainability, Intuitive Eating

    The Aethix Approach - S2 Ep1 - LEAH DECESARE on Competitive Powerlifting on a Plant Based Diet, Going Vegan, Diet Sustainability, Intuitive Eating

    In today’s episode, I speak with Leah DeCesare, a 47kg or 103lb weight class powerlifter who’s competed at the Arnold and in several national powerlifting meets with great success. Leah’s been vegan for well over 15 years and built all of her incredible strength and muscle on a fully plant based diet. In competition, Leah’s hit a 275.5 lb squat, a 176.3 lb bench press and a 308.6 lb deadlift at only 103 lbs bodyweight, giving her a DOTS score of 448.28. Leah has always had an interesting approach to nutrition for an elite powerlifter of her status. She’s always leaned towards a more lax, intuitive approach towards nutrition and has never really been much for tracking calories or macros. This was a topic I found to be very interesting to discuss with her about and I think highlights the importance of diet sustainability as well as other factors that may be more influential for strength and muscle accrual. We also got into the details of Leah’s training history, what has worked well for her to skyrocket her numbers, her reasons for going vegan, and much more. You can find her on Instagram at @leahrayex - Thanks again to Leah, for taking the time to come on the podcast and I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed our chat!

    TIMESTAMPS:

    00:00 - Podcast intro
    00:40 - Leah intro
    2:15 - Podcast with Leah start
    3:15 - What drew Leah into fitness and eventually powerlifting?
    9:00 - Leah's first competition and first meets in general
    16:30 - Getting more serious with powerlifting, gyms in NYC, finding a gym
    25:00 - Powerlifting programming, Reactive Training Systems Project Momentum, more competitions
    31:15 - Powerlifting as a super strong girl in commercial gyms
    36:00 - Going to the Arnold Powerlifting Competition, seguing out of Powerlifting, injuries
    45:00 - Future competition?, other interests?, WWF, Eric Bugenhagen
    49:30 - Going vegan, being vegan 15 years ago vs now
    56:30 - Leah's approach to her diet and how other people often treat their diet, what Leah eats often
    1:07:45 - Closing, where can you find Leah?




    COACHING: http://aethixfitness.com

    MERCH: http://www.aethixfitness.com/shop

    TRAINING PROGRAMS: http://www.aethixfitness.com/training

    TRUE NUTRITION - My absolute favorite, affordable, customizable vegan protein powder! Use code "AETHIX" at checkout for 5% off anything you order! Using the code helps support me! http://www.truenutrition.com/

    JACK AND FRIENDS VEGAN JERKY - Super tasty jackfruit based jerky and a great small business to support! Use code "AETHIX" at checkout for 10% off anything you order! https://www.jackandfriendsjerky.com/

    SOCIAL:
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tofustrong
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aethixfitness
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/aethixf
    TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@beeflessbros

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Aethix Approach - Ep 16 - TOM SIMAK on endurance training on plant based diet, soy and testosterone, Goggins 4x4x48 challenge, climate change

    The Aethix Approach - Ep 16 - TOM SIMAK on endurance training on plant based diet, soy and testosterone, Goggins 4x4x48 challenge, climate change

    Episode Notes


    In this episode, I speak with Tom Simak, a plant based endurance athlete and content creator from Queensland, Australia. Actually, this episode with Tom was originally recorded at the end of July, 2021, but life got pretty crazy for me shortly after so I’m only releasing the full episode now in October, 2021. My apologies to Tom and you listeners out there for the huge delay! Back to the overview - Tom has completed some crazy endurance feats including the Goggin’s 4x4x48 challenge which consists of running 4 miles every 4 hours for 48 total hours. Yes, you read that right and it’s exactly as crazy as it sounds. 48 total miles in 48 hours allowing basically no time for any decent sleep. Tom and I discuss the physical and mental stress such an extreme challenge had on his body as well as his other athletic feats, what he eats as a plant based athlete, the state of the environment and climate change and how we can contribute to bettering the world. Tom also hosts an awesome podcast called The Plant Paradigm so I highly recommend checking that out if you haven’t already https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-plant-paradigm/id1454137799



    On a side note - this episode will be concluding season one of the Aethix Approach podcast but I’ll be back in Spring of 2022 with a ton of fresh content for your listening pleasure. Thanks so much for following along so far and I hope you enjoy episode 16!



    TIMESTAMPS: 00:00 - Intro to Aethix Approach Episode 0:45 - Episode overview 2:15 - Episode start 3:00 - Where Tom lives, what the Gold Coast is like in Queensland, Australia, fitness cultures in the US and Australia 10:00 - Why was Tom drawn to endurance training? 14:00 - Preventing injuries from running 23:45 - Tom's personal workout schedule and current goals 29:45 - My approach to cardio as a lifter and for health, recommendations 34:30 - Eating out and processed foods leading to weight gain, healthy eating approaches 41:00 - What is Tom's diet like? 44:00 - Comparing different plant based milks, phytoestrogen intake and testosterone 48:00 - Plant based athletes in the olympics, vegan athletes 52:00 - Tom and the 4x4x48 David Goggins challenge - Approaches towards advocating veganism 1:03:45 - 4x4x48 challenge vs running a marathon 1:08:30 - Current state of the environment and what we can do to help, how diet choices effect environment 1:20:00 - Still having a positive outlook on the future, plant based food options growing, how many vegans and flexitarians in the world 1:25:15 - Issues with the media 1:27:30 - Tom's closing words 1:30:00 - Where can Tom's content be found on social media? 1:32:00 - Episode outro


    WEBSITE: http://aethixfitness.com MERCH http://www.aethixfitness.com/shop FREE TRAINING PROGRAMS: http://www.aethixfitness.com/training TRUE NUTRITION - My absolute favorite, affordable, customizable vegan protein powder! Use code "AETHIX" at checkout for 5% off anything you order! Using the code helps support me! http://www.truenutrition.com/ JACK AND FRIENDS VEGAN JERKY - Super tasty jackfruit based jerky and a great small business to support! Use code "AETHIX" at checkout for 10% off anything you order! https://www.jackandfriendsjerky.com/ SOCIAL: Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tofustrong Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aethixfitness Twitter: https://twitter.com/aethixf PODCAST: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-aethix-approach/id1523507831 Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9waW5lY2FzdC5jb20vZmVlZC90aGUtYWV0aGl4LWFwcHJvYWNo Audible: https://www.amazon.com/The-Aethix-Approach/dp/B08JJQRY9R Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-aethix-approach

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    • 1 hr 32 min
    The Aethix Approach - Ep 15 - EDDIE BAUMGARTNER on Equipped Powerlifting, Caffeine Intake, Alcohol and Performance, Lab Grown Meat, Animal Testing

    The Aethix Approach - Ep 15 - EDDIE BAUMGARTNER on Equipped Powerlifting, Caffeine Intake, Alcohol and Performance, Lab Grown Meat, Animal Testing

    In today’s episode, I’m joined by vegan powerlifter Eddie Baumgartner. Eddie has been competing in powerlifting for years now and has hit a 555 lb wrapped squat, 308 lb bench and 533 lb deadlift in competition. He’s also recently made the switch to equipped powerlifting which queued a discussion about the differences between raw and equipped powerlifting and how raw powerlifting in particular has become so much more popular over the years. We also talk about Eddie’s reasons for going vegan years ago, an average day of eating for him, how alcohol affects training performance, our thoughts on lab grown meat and tons more. It’s clear that Eddie is very passionate about powerlifting and veganism and it really shows in the conversation we had here. I hope you all enjoy the episode as much as I enjoyed our chat!

    You can find Eddie at @eddie.baumgartner on Instagram and at his Twitch at TheAgentBaum. If you'd rather listen on a different platform, check the show out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, PocketCasts, PlayerFM, RadioPublic or PineCast!

    TIMESTAMPS: 00:00 - Intro to Aethix Approach Episode 0:45 - Episode overview 1:35 - Episode start 3:00 - Who is Eddie Baumgartner? 3:45 - Eddie's history with going vegetarian/vegan 6:15 - Purposes for being vegan? 8:45 - Athletic history and vegetarianism/veganism 15:00 - Equipped powerlifting was more popular than raw lifting before 16:30 - How long has Eddie been training equipped and what does his programming look like? 19:00 - Why did Eddie want to switch to equipped powerlifting? 22:00 - Johnnie Candito and internet resources for lifting information 26:30 - Approaches towards advocating veganism 28:30 - Differences between equipped and raw powerlifting 36:30 - Caffeine consumption and lifting - how much is TOO much? 39:00 - Alcohol, physical performance and body composition, hormones 48:00 - Situations where alcohol may actually improve physical performance 51:00 - Disc golf 54:00 - Lab grown meat 56:45 - Animal testing 1:02:15 - Hunting vs buying meat from grocery store, morality as a spectrum 1:05:30 - Eddie tells everyone to try equipped powerlifting, how to get into it 1:09:00 - Where can people find you on social media? 1:10:00 - Episode outro




    WEBSITE: http://aethixfitness.com MERCH http://www.aethixfitness.com/shop FREE TRAINING PROGRAMS: http://www.aethixfitness.com/training TRUE NUTRITION - My absolute favorite, affordable, customizable vegan protein powder! Use code "AETHIX" at checkout for 5% off anything you order! Using the code helps support me! http://www.truenutrition.com/ JACK AND FRIENDS VEGAN JERKY - Super tasty jackfruit based jerky and a great small business to support! Use code "AETHIX" at checkout for 10% off anything you order! https://www.jackandfriendsjerky.com/ SOCIAL: Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tofustrong Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aethixfitness Twitter: https://twitter.com/aethixf PODCAST: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast ... Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0 ... Audible: https://www.amazon.com/The-Aethix-App ... Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-aet ..

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Aethix Approach - Ep 14 - TAYLOR PATTERSON (TheVeganTrainer) on personal training & life coaching, men’s health, masculinity & veganism

    The Aethix Approach - Ep 14 - TAYLOR PATTERSON (TheVeganTrainer) on personal training & life coaching, men’s health, masculinity & veganism

    In this episode, I speak with Taylor Patterson AKA The Vegan Trainer, a personal trainer and life coach who specializes in working with others to help improve various aspects of their life above and beyond just physical fitness. Taylor has a unique approach to his coaching that aims to improve various lifestyle facets such as work, social and financial health, to name a few, with the approach that improving each aspect will contribute to overall well-being. Taylor and I discuss his philosophies on this as well as what got him into fitness and strength training, what drew him to veganism over a decade ago, making healthy yet sustainable diet choices,  his take on masculinity and how veganism can tie into that and so much more. Taylor is very well-versed in what he does and I particularly love his story about what drew him to going vegan as well as his work in men’s health and views on masculinity. I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I enjoyed our chat!

    You can find Taylor at @thevegantrainer on Instagram and at powerplantbody.com. He also has a YouTube channel and Facebook page as well.

    If you'd rather listen on a different platform, check the show out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, PocketCasts, PlayerFM, RadioPublic or PineCast!

    TIMESTAMPS:


    00:00 - Intro to Aethix Approach Episode
    0:45 - Episode overview
    1:30 - Episode start
    2:15 - Taylor Patterson (TheVeganTrainer) intro
    2:45 - What sort of coaching services do you specialize in?
    4:15 - Developing from stereotypical personal training to his current coaching approach
    7:00 - Training at local boxing gym, kickboxing
    11:15 - What drew you to fitness/lifting?
    15:00 - Growing up skateboarding, similarities to lifting weights
    19:30 - Bench pressing safety and progression
    23:00 - Benefits of building strength
    25:15 - Mental practices when hitting new PR's
    30:00 - Ever competed in powerlifting or bodybuilding?
    34:00 - Why not compete in bodybuilding? Mental aspects, dieting
    37:30 - Individual progression, progressing as an advanced lifter
    41:00 - Why Taylor went vegan
    46:00 - Lifting and veganism in late 2000's - How Taylor went about it
    48:00 - What's Taylor's diet like now?
    50:30 - Taylor's work in men's health and masculinity
    59:30 - How does veganism tie into masculinity?
    1:04:00 - Making healthy eating decisions, balancing healthy foods with junk foods for mental/social health
    1:07:00 - Where can people find Taylor on social media? What about his coaching services?
    1:08:30 - Resources for men's health

    1:10:30 - Episode outro



    WEBSITE: http://www.aethixfitness.com MERCH http://www.aethixfitness.com/shop FREE TRAINING PROGRAMS: http://www.aethixfitness.com/training TRUE NUTRITION - My absolute favorite, affordable, customizable vegan protein powder! Use code "AETHIX" at checkout for 5% off anything you order! Using the code helps support me! http://www.truenutrition.com/ JACK AND FRIENDS VEGAN JERKY - Super tasty jackfruit based jerky and a great small business to support! Use code "AETHIX" at checkout for 10% off anything you order! https://www.jackandfriendsjerky.com/ SOCIAL: Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tofustrong Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aethixfitness Twitter: https://twitter.com/aethixf PODCAST: Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast... Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0... Audible: https://www.amazon.com/The-Aethix-App... Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-aet..



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    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Aethix Approach - Ep 13 - LANCE JAMES on competing in bodybuilding as a vegan, macros/calorie counting and toxic veganism

    The Aethix Approach - Ep 13 - LANCE JAMES on competing in bodybuilding as a vegan, macros/calorie counting and toxic veganism

    In this episode, vegan bodybuilder Lance James and I chat about what drew him to competitive bodybuilding, how his training programming and philosophies have developed over the years, body dysmorphia in bodybuilding and how his plant based diet has affected his results in the gym. We also discuss our reasons for being vegan and our personal forms of activism as well as issues with the online vegan community and how veganism is sometimes portrayed on social media. As someone who’s been vegan for over a decade, Lance has a lot of great input on the subject and I found myself personally resonating with just about everything he had to say about both veganism and lifting during our conversation. I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I enjoyed our chat!

    You can find Lance at @sirlanceawholelot

    If you'd rather listen on a different platform, check the show out on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, PocketCasts, PlayerFM, RadioPublic or PineCast!

    TIMESTAMPS:
    00:00 - Intro to Aethix Approach Episode
    0:45 - Episode overview
    1:35 - Episode start
    2:00 - Lance intro
    2:30 - What lead Lance to bodybuilding?
    5:20 - Dieting for bodybuilding
    9:00 - Counting calories/macros
    13:00 - Getting into lifting
    15:30 - Dreamer bulk as a beginner
    18:30 - Body dysmorphia in bodybuilding
    19:30 - How has training changed over the years?
    23:00 - Balancing recovery to progress
    24:45 - Progression model in training
    25:30 - Deloads, caffeine, NYC/Texas vegan food, travel
    31:00 - How does training and diet change closer to competition?
    33:45 - Individual differences for caloric intake/appetite
    36:45 - Individual differences when performing squats
    39:00 - Bad form in the gym
    40:15 - When/why did you go vegan and how you approached it?
    45:45 - Why did I go vegan?
    52:00 - Average day of eating?
    55:30 - Refeeds on a cut
    58:00 - Toxic veganism - what could be improved with the online vegan community
    1:00:30 - Exploiting veganism for the clout
    1:05:45 - Vegan protein deficient joke
    1:07:30 - Macro intakes for vegans
    1:10:30 - Where can people find you on social media?
    1:13:15 - Episode outro




    WEBSITE:

    http://www.aethixfitness.com

    MERCH

    http://www.aethixfitness.com/shop

    FREE TRAINING PROGRAMS:

    http://www.aethixfitness.com/training

    TRUE NUTRITION - My absolute favorite, affordable, customizable vegan protein powder! Use code "AETHIX" at checkout for 5% off anything you order! Using the code helps support me! http://www.truenutrition.com/

    JACK AND FRIENDS VEGAN JERKY - Super tasty jackfruit based jerky and a great small business to support! Use code "AETHIX" at checkout for 10% off anything you order! https://www.jackandfriendsjerky.com/

    SOCIAL:

    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/tofustrong

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aethixfitness

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/aethixf PODCAST:

    Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast...

    Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0...

    Audible: https://www.amazon.com/The-Aethix-App...

    Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-aet..

    Support The Aethix Approach by contributing to their tip jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/the-aethix-approach

    • 1 hr 14 min

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