Vegan Hong Kong bodybuilder Hin Chun Chui wrestles protein myths and shows you don’t need meat or dairy to be a winner
In the Western elite sports scene, you wont be hard pressed to find those who follow a vegan diet tennis ace Venus Williams, British heavyweight boxer David Haye and American ultra-trail runner Scott Jurek, just to name a few. But in Hong Kong, plant-powered athletes are rarities. Bodybuilder Hin Chun Chui, 2016 champion of the Hong Kong Body Building Tournament Youth Group, is among that small group. This year he achieved second place at the 2017 YOT Bodybuilding Open Competition (a mens sports model category). The athlete, who trains around five hours daily, stopped eating meat and animal by-products three years ago after having a nightmare about chickens and learning about inhumane animal farming practices. With a friend, the 21-year-old launched Revol Vegan Fitness in Cheung Sha Wan this year to help others learn about the vegan diet and fitness. This meat-free convert admits its a struggle to highlight plant-based diets in a city where most people prefer carnivorous lifestyles. Many locals find it hard to fathom he is a herbivore bodybuilder and accuse him of being a steroid user. Its an uphill battle for this athlete in the bodybuilding scene, too, where many of his carnivorous peers prefer champs that promote whey protein or other sponsors non-vegan friendly products to make a living. People say Im fighting in bodybuilding games but I say Im also fighting the system, he says. In the early days of his career, this bodybuilder hid his vegan life to compete at events, but now, being part of Hong Kongs bodybuilding team, life has become much easier.
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