The only things most of us about weightlifters is that, other than being able to lift heavy things, they have to eat all the time.

To keep such a hell-ripped physique, the usual six-meals-a-day menu features protein pretty heavily.

Foods like eggs, chicken, red meat, fish and cheese. It’s a vegan nightmare.

Which is exactly why Olympian Kendrick Farris is so fascinating.

He’s the only bloke in Rio who’s representing the US in weightlifting, and he’s been a vegan since 2014.

I mean, these guys lift more than 350 kilograms. Surely there are not enough avocados in the world, right?

It was animal cruelty and a general distrust of the way food is processed which spurred Farris to completely rule meat out.


 “I don’t agree with the way the animals are mass-slaughtered. So that’s one thing that kind of got me looking at what they call a vegan diet,” he told the Huffington Post.

His wife Katrina initially, well, laughed.

“It was so random,” she said.

“He sent me a text message – when he’s at the gym, he always sends me these random things – and I believe he said, ‘Hey, I’m thinking about going vegan’.

“I was like LOL.”

She said that before he went full vegan, Farris loved meat, especially burgers.


“So I didn’t think he was going to stick with it. But two years later…”

 Farris admits he feels lighter, clear-headed and, for someone who grew up with a bad temper, says he isn’t so controlled by his emotions.

“Doesn’t mean I don’t have [emotions]. I’m human. But I’m not easily moved.”

So what does a typical day’s food look like?

Breakfast – oats or pancakes

Morning snack – a vanilla or chocolate flavoured plant-based protein shake


Lunch – avocado quesadillas

Afternoon snack – guacamole and black bean chips

Dinner – black bean quesadillas.

“I use black beans for everything,” Katrina, a non-vegan, said. 

If he’s still peckish, Farris will smash another protein shake before bed.

“I don’t view it as restriction – I look at what I can eat, what’s going to be the best source of energy for me,” he said.


While Farris is currently yet to place in Rio, he broke the US record at the Olympic trials in May this year by lifting 168kg in the snatch and 209 kilograms in the clean and jerk.

Farris killed it, so to speak, in the past two Pan American Championships, taking out gold.

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