Natural Bodybuilding Competition, 2009.
Born March 2, 1980. He is a vegan bodybuilder,
activist, motivational speaker and author. He became a competitive
bodybuilder in 2000. In 2005, he took the title of INBA Northwestern USA
Natural Bodybuilding Overal Novice Champion. In 2009 he took first place
in his class at the Northwestern USA Natural Bodybuilding Championships.
In 2002, he started
Bodybuilding & Fitness, a company dedicated to promoting vegan
fitness and lifestyle, empowering vegan athletes, and living by the
words "healthy food defines you". He is the author of the 2010 book
Vegan Bodybuilding & Fitness
and appeared in the
Vegan Fitness Built Naturally.
He is the National representative for
Vega, a line of vegan foods developed by Brendan Brazier. You can
find his website at
He grew up on a farm in Oregon, surrounded by farm
animals. Members of his family where faculty at a local university's
animal science program teaching people how to produce animals for food
production. He became vegetarian after helping his older sister Tanya
organize an Animal Rights Week in their school. Ten months later he
Quotes by Robert Cheeke:
is NOT an Oxymoron."
|"The most important recommendation I have
for people who want to to start vegan bodybuilding and build
muscle, is to continue with the same calories but simply use
plant calories instead. ... The biggest mistake and a common
problem I see, is that people simply start avoiding animal
calories, but don't replace these with proper plant calories.
That's when they experience weight and muscle loss, and they
|"I definitely have more energy, an easier
digestion, increased metabolism, and much reduced recovery time
after workouts. I have less inflammations, can train harder and
faster, and my heart and joints are much healthier - there is
really nothing negative I can think of as being a vegan
|"As a vegan bodybuilder, I want to show
others that it is possible to gain significant muscle and
strength on a vegan diet and I want to inspire others to follow
this lifestyle. I love being vegan and knowing that I am having
a positive impact on our society."
|"My mission with vegan bodybuilding is to
reduce animal suffering and to promote the ideas of caring and
|"I always had a love and appreciation for
animals, and from an early age, I was concerned about their
|"Once you open your eyes to the cruel
realities that animals endure in farm factories, test labs,
etc., you become more compassionate towards everything around
you, and start making a difference for those who suffer. This
benefits not only yourself, but also every other life you are
|"If there is a question vegans hear more
than any other, it is, How do you get your protein? I often
respond by asking the individual if they know anyone with a
protein deficiency. Protein is found in nearly all foods and
they are abundant in seeds, nuts, legumes, fruits, vegetables
and other plant-based foods. "
|"In North America, we are taught from a
young age to believe that the only good sources of protein come
from animals. This is simply not true. In fact, it is proven by
scores of scientific studies that plant-based sources of protein
are easier for the human body to digest and absorb. Plus
plant-based foods do not come with many of the negative health
implications associated with a diet rich in animal protein such
as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and cardiovascular
|"My protein comes primarily
from hemp, tofu, tempeh, beans, nuts, seeds, grains, rice,
fruits and vegetables. By getting my protein from a wide variety
of sources, I am ensuring my body receives a balance of
essential amino acids."
|"Though I try to get as much
protein as possible from whole foods, I often supplement with
plant-based protein powders to help me meet my target of 1.5g of
protein per pound of bodyweight for building muscle mass. My
favorite protein powder source is hemp."
|"Keep in mind that a high protein diet can
be taxing on the liver and kidneys so it is important to drink a
lot of water."
|"When I am on the run and don't have time
to prepare a meal, I take a complete plant-based whole food meal
Formulated by Brendan Brazier, a professional Ironman triathlete
and fellow vegan. ... I also snack on
Vega raw energy bars
before and after workouts for an extra boost."
|"I have been drug-free my
entire life including alcohol."
|"Too many people lack the
motivation and optimism to maintain their health due to simply
being unhappy. Most people donít realize that exercise is more
than a treadmill; exercise can be dancing, exercise can be
walking your dog, playing soccer, swimming, whatever! Itís not
just throwing weights around in a gym unless you like to throw
weights around in a gym."
|Robert Cheeke also helps to
promote the movie
Forks Over Knives
as a marketing associate.
|"This is the single most important movie
that everyone should see - vegan or not.
Forks Over Knives
can literally save lives and has already proven to have a major
impact on people and how they choose to prevent or reverse
diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and
Quotes are from a
article on his website, his
interview with Vegan Mainstream, his
2011 interview with Bluey's Snippets and a
2011 interview with Belsandia.