Ah yes! The common misconception... well, I am here to say that you can indeed get strong as a vegan!

I had the opportunity to 1RM test and it was a hell of a lot of fun! What is a 1RM test exactly? Well, 1RM stands for 1 rep max. So essentially you try to lift as much weight as you possibly can for 1 repetition in your lift of choice, in this case it was the squat, bench and deadlift. Now, although I am in no way shape or form a professional powerlifter, I do have a strong love for the sport and finally being able to test things out to see what I am capable of was exciting!

Interestingly enough, despite having strength trained for a number of years, and taking advantage of the squat, bench and deadlift as a foundation of strength, this was the very first time I ever completed a 1RM test. In my defense, I never really felt it was necessary since in past I didn't have plans to compete in powerlifting. But that all changed after competing in a men's physique competition last year.

I had relied heavily on the squat, bench and deadlift during my men's physique contest prep to allow me to retain as much muscle mass as possible and keeping strength up while losing weight to be lean enough for the stage. What I found interesting is that I always looked forward to the squat, bench and deadlift components of my training while the accessory movements and hypertrophy work was always an afterthought. So let's just say I was slowly but surely starting to catch the powerlifting bug... 

After my men's physique competition I decided that I would focus primarily on strength and prime myself to potentially compete in powerlifting when I felt ready. I am still in the process of figuring out a date for my very first meet, but with just a year under my belt of training specificity for powerlifting, it is pretty awesome how much stronger and proficient in the main lifts I have become. No meat, no eggs, no dairy, no problem! 

This 1RM test was a conservative one, meaning that I could probably hit higher numbers than this, but it was still a great indication of where I might be at and how to structure training moving forward. So without further ado here are all the successfully completed lifts...

SQUAT: 400/425/445

BENCH: 205/215/230


DEADLIFT: 430/455/480


There is just something special about putting a bit more weight on the bar week after week and seeing the fruits of your labour actualize itself in a successful lift. Proving that each and every previous effort creates a stronger you... something that can be applied to many facets of life.