One year of vegan fitness

Tobias Sjösten

By Tobias Sjösten on 30 Dec, 2016

A CrossFit L1 Trainer, BJJ practitioner, strength aficionado, and vegan. Building muscles without eating them!

The first Athlegan post was published at the end of last year and this year it’’s really taken off and grown beyond what I’d hoped for.

Athlegan’s mission is to help vegans become athletes and athletes to become vegans, so we can show just how powerful compassion can be. The ultimate goal is to have more vegans and less suffering.

From my correspondence with readers this year I’ve got to say it’s been a thundering success!

I want to thank everyone who has helped Athlegan get to where it is today:

One year of vegan fitness

Articles in 2016

This year a total of 27 articles were published on

These were the most popular articles:

My favorites

These were my personal favorites:

Vegan athletes

Big shoutout also to the vegan athletes who told us of their training and diet:

A course

One of the first and most popular articles – The 8 worst beginner mistakes (and how to fix them) – also turned into a course, to help new athletes avoid mistakes I’ve already made myself.

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Goals for 2016

Last year before New Years Eve I wrote an article on my personal goals for the coming year.

Now’s the reckoning. :)

#1 – Hit a 450 kg total in bench, squat and deadlift (powerlifting)

I started the year with a 351 kg total and by following the Starting Strength program I managed to add 63 kg to this for a 414 kg total. Not too shabby for three months of work!

I didn’t reach the goal in the end though, so that’s a fail.

Long story short, I did what I’ve always done and kept switching between focusing on strength, conditioning, skills (brazilian jiu-jitsu), etc. Jack of all trades, master of none…

Lesson: I easily get restless, so I shouldn’t commit to doing only one thing 100% for a full year, if I can still progress while doing a variety of activities.

#2 – Hit a 180 kg total in snatch and clean & jerk (weightlifting)

I didn’t do any weightlifting this year. My plan was to do half a year of powerlifting and then switch to weightlifting but this changed midway through.

Lesson: Roll with the punches. Planning is vital but the plan isn’t holy.

#3 – Handstand walk ten meters

I managed to increase this to ~5 meters before losing motivation.

A recurring theme, it seems.

As I wasn’t doing any CrossFit last year I never had any external motivation (completing a WOD with handstand walking) and apparently I had little internal motivation.

Lesson: I shouldn’t commit to doing something I don’t actually care a whole lot about.

#4 – Read ten vegan fitness books

For 2016 I took on a challenge on Goodreads to read a total of 52 books. It looks like I’ll end up having read 42 books before the year is up.

Only four of those were in the category of vegan fitness books:

Lesson: If I want to read I have to make time for it. It won’t just happen by itself.

#5 – Participate in at least one BJJ or submission wrestling competition

I participated in two tournaments, fought six people in total, won a gold and a bronze medal. Plus a silver in the absolute category. Goooal!

Lesson: If you want to do something, commit to it early and leave no room to back out of it.

Goals for 2017

Looking forward, this is what I aim to achieve next year:

Happy new year!

I have a lot of good stuff planned for Athlegan next year and I’m psyched to help even more people become strong and powerful vegans.

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2017 will be an awesome year for vegan athletes!