"I never imagined I would ever be an athlete, but here I am, a competitive powerlifter at the ripe old age of 34, proof against the stereotypes rampant in the fitness world that vegans are weak and you need meat to be strong."
In my late-twenties I found myself working in finance in the heart of Manhattan. Life was comfortable, but I felt like I was coasting through it without passion, or a purpose. I knew I needed to make a change. I had to find a way to make my difference in the world.
It was around this time that I started going to the gym regularly. As I got stronger, I gained energy and confidence. I realized the future I dreamed of was entirely in my hands. Fueled by my passion for fitness, I started studying to obtain my personal training certification. I had been so transformed through my fitness journey that I felt compelled to help others achieve the same life-changing benefits.
My newfound purpose and positive outlook gave me the strength to make some very tough decisions. Within the span of a year I completed my certification, quit my job, learned a new language, moved overseas and landed my first coaching gig at a gym in Brussels, Belgium! Talk about making a change…
I know I made the right decision when I see the proud smiles of the dozens of clients that I have helped become more fit, healthy and confident over the years.
My fight for animals has become an integral part of my life’s work. A vegetarian from age 19 for ethical reasons, and now a forever vegan, I continue to be amazed by the wondrous physical and mental health benefits I’ve reaped through embracing a plant-based lifestyle.
I never imagined I would ever be an athlete, but here I am, a competitive powerlifter at the ripe old age of 34, proof against the stereotypes rampant in the fitness world that vegans are weak and you need meat to be strong. I now find myself exactly where I dreamed of being all those years ago, living and working at the merge point of my two greatest passions in life.
– SAHY, founder of KALE & BARBELL