Greg Moormann, vegan bodybuilder
Greg Moormann has made an impressive impact on his sport of Natural Bodybuilding with numerous podium finishes in Masters categories.
He is a Pro card holder with both the NGA and ANBF associations, which are only awarded after having reached elite standard.
Multiple tournament wins
In 2015 Greg entered the NGA Night of Champions and walked away with no less than three victories, taking first place in the Masters Physique (age 50+), first in the Novice Physique category and he also won the Open Physique Tall category.
In the same year he also won the Masters Physique category at the Florida State Natural competition. 2016 saw him enter the ABNF Florida Natural Championships where he won not only the Masters Physique 50+ but also the 40+ category. He also took first place in the Open Physique Tall category.
In May 2106 he entered NPC Suncoast Naturals and won both the 50+ and 40+ Masters Physique titles. In August 2016 he entered the Naples Sports Festival and won first place by a large margin (read more here). Later that year her took first in the ANBF Caribbean Championships (read more here).
Unsurprisingly, Greg’s achievements have brought him the attention of others and he has been featured in Vegan Health & Fitness magazine three times and in Natural Muscle.
For many years Greg was satisfied with his diet and had not seriously considered veganism. This all changed in the Summer of 2003 when he was influenced by an existing vegan. “I was dating a vegan that was a few years older than me and she was the healthiest and most beautiful human that I had ever known. This made me very curious. She never pushed her choices on me but she did ask me to read The China Study and to watch Forks Over Knives. I did so and I had thought previously that I was eating super healthy. I found out I had no option but to switch to a vegan diet. I have thrived on plant based foods and am leaner and more muscular than ever before.”
The change happened overnight and Greg is now a committed vegan who achieved all of his competition successes on his current diet. He counts his Pro cards among his greatest achievements alongside winning the titles in the Florida Natural Championships.
Fuelling committed training
Veganism is now part of his lifestyle and he is entirely committed to it. Travelling poses some challenges but nothing that can’t be overcome. “I do my best to pack all the food that I will consume. I usually try to limit trips to 4 or 5 days for this reason. I will even freeze food and pack in luggage when flying, I freeze oatmeal, vegan 6 bean chili and a few other assorted meals in bulk. I always travel with my plant based protein blend for my oatmeal (pea, hemp, and pumpkin seed) as well as flax and chia seeds and hemp hearts. Sunflower butter and Mary’s Gone Crackers. I will eat a lot of fruit when traveling.”
When at home he eats “a lot of steel cut oats with either apples and cinnamon or blueberries (every morning)”as well as “a lot of fruit, fresh veggies, cooked and raw as well as brown rice and seitan. I have been steaming my own seitan and I love it. I also make shakes with assorted greens and fruits. I like to use beet leaves from fresh whole beats as well as spinach and kale.”
The attention to diet helps fuel Greg’s training, to which he is similarly committed.
“When SuzAnne Llano and I train together we usually start by riding bikes 5 miles to the gym and then working one body part per day with glutes and abs alternated every other day. We are usually in the gym for about an hour and 20 minutes. Our favorite HIIT activity follows the gym and that is riding bridge sprints over the intercoastal all up and down the east coast of South Florida. Usually after that we will play tennis for two hours. Many evenings we will go back to the tennis courts for another match.”
Having worked on their knowledge, Greg and his partner SuzAnne have a great understanding of what they need to succeed and stay healthy, strong and injury-free. Greg says he is his own coach, gym and nutritionist, and he works closely with SuzAnne.
They have many more goals to achieve, and are excited about them all. Greg is planning on competing in an NPC competition later in 2016, then making his Pro debut in ANBF as the year closes.
Greg also wants the two of them to become “the elder voice and role models for vegan bodybuilding.”
“We want to influence and educate as many people as possible. Hopefully one day in near future we will travel together and speak and lecture. That would be my dreams and I think that they are reality." He is also working on a career in fitness modelling and an online coaching businesses. “I am a certified Health/Nutrition Coach and specialize in weight loss and energy recovery as well as nutritional consulting. I can always be reached through FB messenger, Greg Moormann NGA Pro. "
When we asked him how far he could go in competing, Greg wasn’t sure. “I really don’t have an answer. I have a strong desire to see where I fit in as far as national ranking for fifty year olds and that road leads to Masters nationals NPC in Pittsburgh in July of 2017.”
The prospects for Greg are good and we look forward to following him. He is also pleased to be running a column in Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine, covering nutrition and readers Q&A.