Lenworth Anderson is a strong vegan 61-year-old and the father of two professional athletes. A vegan diet allowed him to excel, he says 'I’ve found over the years that I recover way faster when I consume a plant-based diet' - Media Credit: Supplied to Plant Based News

Strong And Vegan At 61: Father Of Professional Athletes Shares His Secrets

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When the sports culture Instagram page House of Highlights shared a video of 61-year-old Lenworth Anderson mid-workout to it’s more than 22 million followers, the reaction was one of awe. 

Amongst them were his two sons, both professional athletes and inspired by their vegan father’s lifestyle and impressive fitness.

One user said the vegan athlete looks ‘all of 25-years-old’. Lenworth credits his strength to his plant-based diet and says it has allowed him to excel.

Lenworth Anderson’s story

Whilst he has ‘always’ been passionate about fitness, switching his diet to plant-based was a natural progression. It allows him to keep up a ‘rigorous’ routine consisting of martial arts and resistance training.

He told PBN: “I came to the realization that just like every other living species on planet earth, we humans also have been provided a food source by nature.

“And in order to evolve to our true potential, we need to follow nature’s diet for us. Our progress is often hampered by the ability to recover quickly enough from the last workout.

“Remarkably enough I’ve found over the years that I recover way faster when I consume a plant-based diet, and in particular fruits that have seeds and vegetables that have no starch.”

Social media awe

Lenworth regularly shares his workouts via his own Instagram account.

Lenworth says eating a plant-based diet has enabled him to excel

Inspiring professional athletes

One of Lenworth’s sons is a professional basketball player for the Leicester Riders. Jamell Anderson is currently vegetarian but says he is making the transition to veganism to follow in his father’s footsteps.

‘My dad has been a huge inspiration in my life from eating healthy to living healthy. People like my dad are living breathing proof of the upside [of being vegan].

‘I truly believe he is exactly what the vegan community and fitness and health community would want as an ambassador’, he told PBN.

Another of Lenworth’s sons is S.S. Lazio professional athlete and soccer player, Djavan Anderson.

‘Clearly, he’s lead the way with fitness and health for us both’, Jamell added.

Vegan strength

Lenworth hopes to continue inspiring people to ‘reach their true potential through health and fitness’. 

‘As my journey continues, hopefully, this will inspire others to reach their true potential and not be led like sheep to just eat and eat and eat with no real benefit to their bodies’, he said.

More and more professional vegan athletes are coming forward to share their own stories of success and strength after a plant-based diet allowed them to feel their best.

Moreover, documentaries such as The Game Changers are educating more people of the benefits athletes experience when they give up meat and dairy.

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Emily Baker

Emily is a journalist based in Devon, where she reports on issues affecting local people from politics to the environment. She has also written features on feminism for Polyester Magazine.

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lausin
lausin
1 year ago

Do you also know about 63 year old bodybuilding life vegan John Machin? Google John Machin vegan

Alex Moffat
Alex Moffat
1 year ago

Its just such a shame that most foods advertised as vegan friendly aren’t, such as avocados which require the factory farming of bees on trucks in abhorrent conditions. Then there is the environmental impact of the vegan diet (things like soy and palm oil) which is astonishing and would be catastrophic for the earth if it was adopted broadly. Then there is the oxalate problem which can badly affect your health in later years. We have Canine teeth for a reason, and its not because we’re supposed to only eat plants. If you want to go vegan, good for you. But you need to do a hell of a lot of research to go truly vegan and its not easy to do legitimately without expert help. There is also no guarantee your biology will even agree with the vegan diet, for that you will need to know your biomarkers to have an effective diet based on your biology.

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex Moffat

You can also be vegan and not consume avocado and soy if you are concerned 🙂

Alex Moffat
Alex Moffat
1 year ago

Well anyone who consumes avocado and soy or anything with palm oil etc. arent actually vegans, they’re posers.

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex Moffat

That is your opinion. I assume you abstain from avocado, soy and all animal products also?

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex Moffat

And the leading bodies of health all agree that a well planned plant-based diet is suitable for all stages of life providing you are eating the correct plant foods! 🙂

Alex Moffat
Alex Moffat
1 year ago

Suitable maybe, not optimal. And I’m pretty sure that it isn’t suitable for newborns and very young children. And it also takes a lot of effort and research to be do it, depending on where you live or your economic situation it could well be impossible.

Darrell Sawczuk
Darrell Sawczuk
1 year ago
Reply to  Alex Moffat

What makes it now suitable for newborns or young children exactly? And the leading bodies of health all agree that a well planned plant-based diet is suitable for all stages of life, this is including pregnancy, newborns, infancy and old age.

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