There’s nothing like have a good friends on the show to talk about their deep knowledge and expertise. Our guest, Scott Shetler, definitely has both. We met Scott through the local vegan channels and Hope and Dave both follow his facebook page as well as enjoy his work in the vegan power and strength community. His work and dedication to an ethical lifestyle while showing what exceptional functional strength training can do for athletes and the average joe alike, is astonishing.
We had a great time talking with Scott about overall benefits of functional strength and power training from swimmers, to mma fighters, to those of us that want to shed extra weight and enjoy a healthy life. In true Curiously Veg fashion we managed to detour into discussions about infighting with the plant-based community and Scott’s love to pull some great pranks on his lifting buddies. Of all the interviews we’ve done this is absolutely like being the fly on the wall, while good friends laugh and talk about eating plants, lifting iron, and meditating (as Scott so perfectly puts it).
Scott is the owner of Extreme Performance Training Systems, a professional training center located in Atlanta, Georgia, and Plant-Based Performance, a book series that donates 100% of all sales to animal welfare. He has a degree in Health and Physical Education and is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). In addition, Scott is the host of Strength and Health TV, a video blog series where he talks about, and interviews others, on topics related to strength, health and fitness.
He has authored numerous books including his most recent “Abundant Health: Fitness for the Mind, Body, and Spirit”, co-authored “Eat Plants, Lift Iron” with Stic of hip hop duo Dead Prez and holistic nutritionist Afya Ibomu.
Scott has served as a strength & conditioning contributor to the leading Mixed Martial Arts magazine, Fight! Magazine; Physique MMA Magazine; and is the Kettlebell Training Specialist for Tapout’s Virtual Training Center (VTC) program.
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It's rare we have a repeat guest but when you enjoy talking to someone so much and the bring a lot to the table for us and the community you can't turn them away. Few exemplify that more than Dustin Harder, The Vegan Roadie YouTube sensation. Dustin jumped on a call with us a couple months ago to talk about his travels, starting out on the road as The Vegan Roadie and allowed us to get personal with his past and his journey. Now that the feel good stuff is under our belts he dropped by again to talk about the good stuff: season 2 and tasty food.
Season 2 of The Vegan Roadie starts July 7th, subscribe so you don't miss it. Don't worry about having to sit through long episodes, Dustin knows you have cat videos to watch. To give you a time to watch all the Charlie Bit Me's and talking dog videos, he broke his episodes into 5 minute blocks and drops a fourth of an episode every Thursday. You can watch The Vegan Roadie in pieces or wait till the end of the month and watch the whole episode.
We managed to get Dustin to admit to some of his favorite restaurants around the country, some dishes that really surprised him, and a few touching stories about people he's met. I think me managed to make us laugh and cry throughout this episode. Which makes us even more excited for season 2.
We dug into some tips to get local places to either add to their menu or start placing vegan options. Many of the places Dustin visits have starting putting options on their menus through the work of the local community applying some of our suggested techniques and showing we're here and we're a powerful market. Listen to what we had to say and start employing our suggestions on your local dining places, you'll find it actually works.
Dustin Harder is the host and creator of the web series The Vegan Roadie. A plant based personal chef and graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC, he believes plants not only make the world a beautiful place but a tastier one as well!
Living la vida vegan since 2009, Dustin has served as a recipe developer in the test kitchen of Food Networks Cupcake Wars winner, cookbook author and restaurateur Chef Chloe Coscarelli. A road warrior by trade, Dustin has traveled the country since 2003 as an actor in song and dance and also as a theatrical dog handler under the tutelage of renowned animal trainer, Tony award recipient and rescue advocate, William Berloni.