My guest today was on my guest wish-list for a long time. Jon Venus is a strong voice for the animals and a valuable role model for the next generation of happy healthy #plantstrong boys and girls.
I was super happy to discover him on social media when I first made the decision to become vegan. As one of the earliest prominent vegan bodybuilders Jon was proof that all those comments I was hearing: “goodbye lean muscle mass!” were total rubbish.
And then, earlier this year just before I approached Jon to see if he’d come on the podcast he uploaded a video to his hundreds of thousands of YouTube fans where he shared he was no longer identifying as Vegan because of all the hate that vegans were dishing out to Ex-vegans. To be clear Jon never changed his vegan lifestyle – I guess he just didn’t want to be associated with the hate and the judgement.
WOW did he then cop some serious hate and judgement.
I’ll admit I was disappointed. I held back my interview request however I made a point to follow him more closely in the hope that he’d start using the “V” word again. And he did. It didn’t take long at all. I’m sharing all this because to my activist friends I want you to know that Jon is and has never stopped being an amazing voice for the vegan movement. He uploaded a video in a time when his state of mind was “frustrated, angry and sad” after a period of months of being unable to train because of a back injury.
None of us are perfect and all of us make mistakes however most of us don’t have 100,000’s of people watching and judging our every move. I think the true character of an individual is demonstrated by how they handle the struggle-street times. I have nothing but enormous respect for the way Jon conducts himself.
If you look at the highlight reel of Jon’s life you might think he has it easy. He’s an undeniably good looking gent with an amazing physique, a beautiful wife Kathrine and a gorgeous little boy Noah. However there’s so much more to him than that.
I loved this chat. Jon is such a truly genuine individual and I’m so very grateful to have him advocating for a healthy vegan lifestyle. He’s advocating for the animals. Always has been. Always will be.
Let’s chat with
Vegan Bodybuilder Jon Venus About Leading With Compassion As A Fit, Strong, Healthy Vegan….
In this interview we discuss:
- Masculinity and veganism. What would Jon say to the young man who is concerned with how his masculinity will be judged.
- Jon had a social media presence as a meat eating bodybuilder prior to going vegan. Was he fearful at the impact the lifestyle change might have on his physique and even his following?
- The importance of being fit, strong, healthy and happy as a powerful form of advocacy for a vegan lifestyle.
- The pressure to stay in shape despite injury.
- How does Jon hope the world looks when his son Noah is his age.
- What one habit are Jon is yet to succeed in sticking to that he would love to have as a regular part of his routine.
We talk FOOD!
- What surprised Jon about the way you need to fuel your body as a vegan bodybuilder.
- What’s Jon’s fav quick G2Meal when cutting. When bulking. Cheat meal.
- What are 5 things that are always in Jon’s fridge / freezer / pantry.
What an inspiring gent right?
While doing my research for todays chat I watched a lot of Jon’s You Tube video’s (check him out via Jon Venus on YouTube) and listened to many of his podcast episodes (that’s Jon Venus Podcast on iTunes) so I knew this chat would be an absolute joy.
In an industry that can be so dominated by ego – HUGE EGO – I really appreciate a fitness professional who shows true strength is not in the size of your muscles or how much weight you can throw around a gym. True strength to my mind, is shown by your ability to stand up for what you believe in irrespective of whether it’s the easy or conventional path and to have the courage to show compassion for those weaker than you.
To all those meat heads (who surely are not listening to my little podcast!) Might does not equal right!
For some awesome, practical healthy meal prep ideas and entertaining What I Eat In A Day videos I really recommend you check out Jon Venus on You Tube.
If you’re more of a podcast fan, and I guess you are if you’re listening to me (!) then I especially recommend a series of podcasts Jon does with his younger brother Leo Venus who is currently in his final year as a medical student. Soon to be MD Leo, discuss’ whether a Plant Based Diet has been shown to be optimal for human health, debunks the carnivore diet and shares why and how doctors typically have little nutritional knowledge.
For Online Coaching and Meal Plans check out: http://www.jonvenus.com
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