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Kenneth Williams - Bodybuilding

Vegan Athlete Kenneth Williams

Sport: Natural Body Building

Pro/Elite since: My first competition was in September 2003 at the World Natural Bodybuilding Championships in Sacramento. I finished first in my pision.

Date of Birth: September 6, 1967

Website: www.veganmusclepower.com

Favorite fruit: Cold green apples eaten three times a day keeps all types of doctors away.

Favorite veggie: Kale and Broccoli are my favorites. I use them in making sautees and cooked dishes for both flavor and to provide extra energy and vitamins in my meals.

Hobbies/Other sports: Football is my all-time favorite sport. I played defensive back in Junior College at College of Marin, and then at California State University at Fullerton. I became a professional arena league football player suiting up for the Anaheim Piranhas for one season. I was set to join the XFL and play for the San Francisco Demons, unfortunately the league folded after one season.

Outside of bodybuilding my favorite activity is the work I do as the television host for "Under Cover TV." "Under Cover TV" is a creation by In Defense of Animals to educate the American Public about the inhumane treatment of animals. It is currently being shown on public access television in several major US markets. I enjoy the work and the message - defending animals and giving them a voice.

1. When and why did you choose to stop eating animal products?

I stopped eating Animal Products in 2000. It started as a spiritual decision. I realized that I needed a change. I had control over my self and my decisions and therefore decided to immediately stop eating animal products.

The secondary benefit was Health. I learned more and more about the benefits of certain grains and vegetables in conjunction with the dangers of the standard American diet that consists of saturated fats, red meat, pork, and other unhealthy products.

The third and most obvious benefit was the protection of animals. Those who don't have a voice are often the ones that need to be listened to.

2. What has been your experience as a vegan athlete? Have you noticed any performance or health benefits or problems?

The experience has been nothing but positive. From winning my first championship competition to making team USA and competing in the Natural Olympia, being a vegan athlete has changed my life. This lifestyle opens new opportunities every day. I feel great. I am able to help others by sharing my experiences, and others have helped me as well, specifically In Defense of Animals and Healthforce Nutritionals. Together we are strong and can help America and the World regain its health and fight the struggle that is Animal Rights. Being Vegan is not just a diet, it is a noble cause.

My health improved as I started the Vegan lifestyle. I have more energy and my recovery time from workouts is much faster. My muscle growth is solid and stable. I feel more energized and can endure more throughout the day. I have no problems whatsoever.

3. Have teammates and other athletes been supportive or critical?

Some are "jokingly" critical. They mean no harm but I still feel their slight skepticism. I find that the majority of my fellow athletes think what I am doing is great, and they wish me luck.

4. A brief history of your athletic career.

Throughout my youth I played football, playing at both the college and professional level. My football regimen introduced me to weight training in high school and I have not stopped since. I became very serious about weight-lifting in 2001.

5. Most memorable results or achievements (top 5)

1) I am able to squat 425 lbs.

2) I can bench 315lbs on the bench press.

3) I placed first in my first competition.

4) Making "Team USA" as America's First Vegan Bodybuilder was a great accomplishment. I represented the USA bodybuilding team with pride and honor.

5) Being the first vegan athlete to get an endorsement deal for the simple fact of being a vegan. I signed an agreement in January 2005 with Healthforce

Nutrionals to promote their earth-friendly and Vegan workout supplements that will be available in stores this summer.

6. Why did you join OA's PRO-Activist team?

OA's Pro-Activist team has my similar goals and visions. Protecting the Earth, being healthy and competing as a topnotch athlete is what I am all about.