If you ask any vegan the most common question they get – they will undoubtedly tell you it’s: “Where do you get your protein?” The short answer is we get it from veggies, beans, nuts and seeds.

Well, for the past few months I’ve been training to participate in my first ever triathlon and one of my goals is to build more muscle. I recently started working with a trainer, and I’m up against this same thing – the protein issue.

Typical non-vegan trainers tend to believe we can’t build muscle without animal or soy protein. Of course, I don’t believe in consuming a lot of soy products because research indicates that it increases estrogen levels, and consequently increases the chances of getting cancer.

So, this week I’m thrilled to introduce you to a vegan fitness professional I recently met. She is a personal trainer and owns her own fitness studio.

Cynthia Florence is the owner of Pure Energy Fitness Studio in Marietta,  Ga.

Check out this video to find out more about how she builds and sustains her muscles by following a plant based diet.

Cynthia Florence

After viewing the video please leave a comment. Do you believe it’s possible to build muscle on a vegan diet? I would love to hear your thoughts.



  • DrNifa Nixon Posted June 10, 2014 7:44 pm

    Having transitioned to being a vegetarian (I haven’t made it to the vegan stage yet) I must say that my body has never been as fit and lean in 40 years. I love that Cynthia Florence and Pure Energy Fitness promotes not only exercise options but healthy living as well. I hope to eventually transition to vegan status and see how much more amazing my body can become.

    • Latrina Patrick Posted June 17, 2014 3:34 pm

      Dr. Nixon that’s great to hear about your current state of health. I have to tell you transitioning from vegan status from vegetarian status isn’t too difficult. At least it wasn’t for me, but it wasn’t something I planned I just kind of evolved to this state. I love it. Just the fact that you don’t consume meat is great! Keep up the good work. 🙂

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