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Top Athlete: How to Get Enough Protein & Improve Performance

Do athletes really need meat to reach top performance? Hear the personal stories of several top veg athletes and bodybuilders, ask questions, and try FREE samples from Beyond Meat and GU Energy Labs

Panelists will include:

Carly Smolak: soccer
As a four year starting goalkeeper at Stanford University '97-'00, Carly holds the record for saves in a season and saves in a single game. A member of the All Pac-10 Academic Team. Carly played all three years in the WUSA, the first women's professional soccer league in history, 2001-2003. A member of the of the US Australian Football League All-Star team in 2014. Current member of the US National Team for Australian Football, 2015-Present.

Mike Portman: triathlete

Mike was an average athlete from elementary to high school then couch potato in college. Eating the standard american diet, he had little energy and motivation to get out and push himself. When he made his first New Years Resolution to stop eating meat, this crazy thing started happening... he started feeling more energized and stronger. Within two years, he went from a beginner runner to a 50 mile ultramarathoner. Since then, he's qualified for the Boston marathon, won numerous running races and triathlons, qualified for the national world championships in triathlon, and ran from San Jose to San Francisco in under 12 hours. He credits all of this to his vegan diet.

Hashim Mteuzi: coach/strength athlete

Hashim is a Fitness Nutrition & Weight Loss Specialist who takes a holistic approach to wellness. He designs effective, individualized exercise programs and provides in-depth nutrition reviews for clients; ultimately helping clients to achieve health, fitness, and performance goals. Hashim is a competitive Natural Bodybuilder, and is vegan.

Ed Bauer: coach/strength athlete

Ed Bauer started weightlifting in 1995 and became vegan one year later. In 2006, he became a Certified Personal Trainer. In 2010, he won his first bodybuilding competition. In 2011, he opened PlantFit Training Studio in Portland, Oregon. He operated that gym for two years before moving to the Bay Area of California in October 2013. In January 2015, Ed and Holly Noll opened NewEthic Strength & Conditioning in Oakland.

Holly Noll: coach/strength athlete

After becoming vegan in 2006, Holly became certified in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell. She has transitioned from the kitchen to the gym, coaching locally at NewEthic gym. She has been featured with her partner Ed Bauer on the cover of Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine as well as in the following swimsuit issue. Building on the passion for lifting, Holly recently joined the international team of vegan athletes, PlantBuilt, as a powerlifter earning 3rd place for her weight class at the Naturally Fit Games in Austin, TX.

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