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Strong body, green planet

This online trainer, vlogger and professional large man not only crafts his physique to bodybuilding standards, but he does it without a single chicken breast to his name. Although you wouldn’t know it to look at him, Jon Venus is a vegan.

The stereotypes are gone. Using his platform of nearly 250,000 followers on YouTube, Venus is on a mission to use his plant-based pecs to educate the public about vegan fitness.

“I always thought vegans were skinny and pale and ill,” he tells us.

“I started really overcompensating by getting in as much food as I could. I was eating tons of calories, probably about 5000 calories a day, with vegan pizza and all kinds of bad foods as well as healthy stuff.”

Yes, even on a vegan diet, Venus was dirty bulking, gaining both muscle and body fat. He then had to cut the fat and maintain the muscle, switching from what he calls a “vegan pizza hut diet” to mainly grains and legumes, beans, rice and chickpeas.

“After the cleaning up phase of healthy whole foods and no processed foods at all, I got rid of my fat but my muscle mass actually improved. I think people are more interested in becoming healthier. It’s getting bigger and bigger,” says Venus.

“People are looking for science-based approaches, they’re not just following random advice.”

With a lot of headlines claiming red meat is cancerous, more and more people are looking for alternative diets and lifestyles.

Veganism has grown by 360 percent in the UK alone over the last 10 years, and Venus has seen his YouTube channel go from strength to strength as he documents his vegan lifestyle.

People are seeking information and looking for ways to implement a healthier lifestyle – without costing the earth. So is it cheap and easy enough for the average person to have a healthy vegan diet?

“Yes,” says Venus. “Beans, lentils, chickpeas and seasonal veg, these raw ingredients, are cheap and cost effective.”

As you can see on his videos, Venus buys and preps his meals in bulk.

 “They’re some of the cheapest foods on the planet and you get all the nutrition you need. Unless you’re planning on living off super-foods like goji berries, you can make it super cheap.”

Although Venus’ diet is a feat of incredible work ethic alone, the other half of the equation is his routine. What does a week’s worth of workouts look like?

“I try and change it up quite a bit. At the moment I following a push/pull/leg split, six times a week. One day a push workout – chest, shoulder presses and triceps. Next day a pull – back traps and biceps. Third day a leg workout. I repeat that routine twice a week with one day off.” Daily Mail


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