Melbourne Vegan Strength (MVS) is an informal training crew formed to show how easy it is to be vegan and gain huge amounts of strength.
The crew was started in 2006 by a few aspiring powerlifters tired of hearing ignorant opinions about veganism, such as that you can’t be strong without eating meat and other animal products.
Since MVS began the participants have been getting consistently stronger, with some bench pressing well over 400 pounds in drug tested competition. These results directly challenge anyone who says that going vegan is going to result in a loss of strength. The best part is that when people see strong vegans lifting heavy weights it causes them to reconsider any anti-vegan attitudes they might hold.
The Melbourne Vegan Strength crew trains regularly at the Vegan Strength Backyard Gym in St Kilda, Victoria. Training is free and open to all. If you are interested in attending a session please visit the Melbourne Vegan Strength Facebook group. The gym has the following equipment
- Competition grade Ohio Power Bar
- Australia Barbell Co. Power Bar
- Calibrated plates and bumper plates
- Squat racks
- Bench Press
- Deadlift platform
- Landmine Press
- Glute Ham Developer
- Chin up bar station with rings
- Dip station
- Lat pulldown
- Farmer’s Walk Handles
The Vegan Strength website will also be use to report on the competition results of some of the strongest vegans from around the world.
StrengthShop. If you are looking for vegan powerlifting gear, all Strength Shop products are vegan, including their IPF approved competition belts.
Uproar Vegan Store. Online vegan store (Australia) which stocks vegan proteins and supplements.
Vegan Essentials. Online vegan store (USA) which stocks vegan protein, supplements and equipment.