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In today’s episode of The Plant Trainers Podcast we talk to Alex Ciccone about strength training, powerlifting and the mental edge. Alex has an amazing presence in the Instagram world and we have been following each other for a while. We were able to meet face to face at the Animal Justice event in December and immediately hit it off.

Today we talked about a few interesting things. We talked about his journey to Veganism, his soccer career and how he got into men’s physique and powerlifting competitions. We hit the topics of nutrition for building muscle as well as the “P” word…protein. Whether you’re 15 or 50 there is something to be taken away in this episode. It’s a good share for anyone who hits the gym.

Alex Ciccone is a vegan lifestyle social media influencer who found his love for spreading awareness soon after going vegan over 4 years ago. His primary reason was for the ethical treatment of animals. Alex provides education and entertainment through different creative content across Instagram, his blog, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat (and coming soon a YouTube channel). Whether it be vegan infographics, news stories, memes and everything between, for Alex it’s about keeping things positive and loving. He wants to not only align with vegan values, but also to reach as many individuals as possible and help in their journey to being or becoming vegan.

Alex has a particular interest in fitness as he grew up playing competitive level soccer. After falling in love with strength training, he became a certified personal trainer. Fitness is a very important part in his story of becoming vegan – as he uses this motivation to debunk the myth that vegans are “weak and malnourished”. That lead Alex to compete in a men’s physique competition as a vegan and pursue powerlifting. At the end of the day it is always about spreading awareness for Alex – to show all the amazingness that the vegan lifestyle has to offer!


In this episode we discuss:

  • Win, win, win
  • Growing up playing soccer
  • Animal-based protein
  • The vegan journey and people’s reactions
  • The fluffy bunny
  • The mental edge and change
  • Teens and making good choices
  • Complete protein
  • Men’s physique and powerlifting
  • Supplements
  • Creatine
  • Infographics
  • Hunger cues
  • How can parents help?
  • How can teens help?
  • Finding your why


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2 thoughts on “Strength Training, Powerlifting and The Mental Edge with Alex Ciccone – PTP243”
  1. Avatar Ethan Rotstein

    I really enjoyed listening to this podcast, and found it to be very informative and helpful in understanding how being vegan can coincide with strength training and muscle building. Being a younger teenager, I have grown up hearing about the importance of having a good amount of protein in my diet in order to allow for proper growth. However, I have been under the impression that this protein usually comes from animal-based diets. So whenever I thought I needed more protein, it would usually come from chicken and beef. After listening to this podcast I have learned that protein can come from so many other places and that as long as you plan out a proper diet you can get a proper amount of protein from eating so many different foods. Not only did I learn from this podcast that not all of my protein must come from meats, but I learned that eating on a plant-based diet can actually increase my energy during workouts and allow my body to feel better. One part of the podcast I agreed with, was when the “Win, Win, Win” concept was talked about. The three wins in this are (in no particular order) Animal rights, personal health, helping the environment. I recently went on a trip to Kenya. On this trip, along with my family, we went on a week-long safari. Throughout the week we did not have access to wifi, and we unable to make contact with anyone else outside of the camp. This allowed me to really appreciate the wildlife and nature of our world. I saw so many different animals living freely in the environment and was also able to experience how beautiful the nature was there with minimal pollution and waste. This really helped to show me that animals and nature should be taken care of with more responsibility to fully appreciate what they have to offer. This is why the “Win, Win, Win” concept makes sense. There are not a lot of bad things that come out of being vegan, so as Shoshana said, it is a great thing to try because you cant lose anything from trying it and have so much you can gain.

    • Avatar admin

      You must’ve had such a wonderful experience seeing animals live in the wild. We can learn so much from them. Thanks for listening to the show! Let us know how things go for you in your vegan experience!

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