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Introducing the comprehensive system for building muscle, burning fat, and getting into the best shape of your life on a plant-based diet...

Including customized meal plans and recipes, plus 5 unique strength training protocols used by top vegan bodybuilders.

I know what you're thinking...

Can you even build muscle and get toned on a plant-based diet?

All our lives we've been fed the story that in order to get strong, you need meat. Lots of meat.

And even now, with all the scientific studies proving that not only can you be healthy and fit on a plant-based diet, but it may actually be an athletic advantage...

There's still that nagging voice filling your head with doubts.

That dang voice.

Not to mention all the friends, co-workers, and family members hammering you with questions about protein and calories.

  • Are you getting enough of the right kinds of protein?
  • How do you know if you're eating enough calories?
  • Do you need to eat differently than most vegans or vegetarians to shed fat and gain muscle?

And even if you somehow get past all the nutrition questions, there's the strength training...

What kind of workouts will help me reach my goals?

Now for some good news:

It's absolutely possible to build the fit, muscular, toned body you want on a 100% plant-based diet. And to do it without long-term calorie counting or hours in the gym every day.

Normal people, just like me and you, can take the lessons from the pros and apply them to our own bodies and goals.

You just need to know how.


Meet Derek Tresize and Marcella Torres (left) and Giacomo Marchese and Dani Taylor (right). They're all four accomplished bodybuilders, vegans, and trainers. And they've been using their experience to help countless people transform their bodies in a healthy, sustainable way.

I've had the pleasure of speaking on a few plant-based fitness panels with Derek and Marcella, and their knowledge and credentials are incredible. Derek is a four-time natural bodybuilding champion, a WNBF pro bodybuilder, and a Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist, and is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition. Marcella, in addition to amateur bodybuilding, is a dancer and a PhD candidate in mathematical biology, researching the effects of diet and exercise strategies on obesity and the dietary causes of inflammation in the body.

And you may know Giacomo and Dani of or from co-founding PlantBuilt, the largest team of vegan strength athletes in the world.

Dani, vegan for 19 years, lost over 80 pounds before going on to be a competitive bodybuilder and figure champion. Giacomo, vegan for over 15 years, has dedicated his life to showing the world what's possible on a vegan diet, and in the process became both a bodybuilding and powerlifting champion. They've both earned certifications in plant-based nutrition from eCornell, as well as personal trainer certifications, so they really know their stuff when it comes to sculpting your body on a plant-based diet.

All four are perfect examples of what you can do on a plant-based diet. They're living proof that you don't need animal protein to build lean mass and strength.

Derek, Marcella, Dani, and Giacomo have decades of experience building muscle on plant-based diets.

And together, they've developed a formula to help you do it too.

I have worked with Dani Taylor since 2012. Thanks to Dani, in the last 4 years I went from being a slightly overweight, slightly out of shape, woman in her early 30’s to a competitive natural bodybuilder.

I choose to work with Dani because she instills confidence in me. She understands real bodies - not just people who have always been athletes and always been in shape, but those of us who let ourselves go a little.

Dani is super realistic and straightforward. She encourages me and supports me but still pushes me to try harder and doesn’t cut me any slack with my diet or workouts. I know that if I follow her plan I WILL succeed and I have complete faith in her as my coach.

-Sara Russert
Vegan Bodybuilder & Powerlifter, PlantBuilt team member


The secret formula for building muscle and burning fat on a plant-based diet.

The Plant-Based Strength and Muscle Formula is our brand new holistic approach to reaching your muscle, strength, and body transformation goals. Instead of just focusing on strength training like many muscle gain programs do, this formula incorporates just as much — if not more — emphasis on nutrition. It's divided into two main parts: (1) The nutrition guide, and (2) the strength training.

These are designed to work together, so that you're tackling both your nutrition and strength training for the best possible results.

To help keep everything straight, we've put together a checklist for the first several weeks so you always know you're focused on exactly the right things.

The third part of the program helps you move on. It's the exit strategy. We believe that any good training program should be designed with a path to transition off, so you aren't always glued to the plan. The Formula provides all the tools and knowledge you need to continue building beyond the plan for long-term success.

Now, let's take a closer look at just what's included in the program:

Part 1: The Plant-Based Nutrition Guide, Meal Plan, and Recipes

Most of our lives we've been told that in order to get fit or have the body you want, you need to exercise more. Harder exercise = bigger muscles.

But now we know that not to be the case.

While the workout is very important when it comes to muscle gain and fat loss, it's only a piece of the vegan pie.

The other half is nutrition — how you're getting your calories, macronutrient ratios, and how much and when you're eating.

And you know what? One size doesn't fit all.

That's why, lead by Giacomo and Dani, The Plant-Based Strength and Muscle Formula starts with nutrition.

Here's what that actually looks like:

The Essential Nutrition Information
Dani and Giacomo believe that physique changes start with nutrition, not the gym. So that's exactly where the program begins. It covers:

Part 1: An introduction to Flexible Dieting. We want you to succeed, and to do that, we know a restrictive diet won't work. The Flexible Diet approach we present in this program is designed to show you how you eat, without telling you what you can and can't consume. Instead, you take this strategy and apply it to your own needs and family situation... which means there are no "nevers" in this program, especially when it comes to your favorite foods.

Part 2: How to calculate your caloric and macronutrient needs. Focusing on your personal nutrient needs is the foundation of the nutrition plan, and Giacomo and Dani share their proven approach your shaping the diet to fit your specific body and goals.

Part 3: The Flexible Diet in action. Once you understand how it works, they break down exactly what the diet will look like and how to structure your meals throughout the week.
The Macronutrient Cheat Sheet
To increase your chances of success, we've made it as simple as possible to follow the plan by including a robust macronutrient cheat sheet with 85 common plant-based foods.

Print it out, put it on your refrigerator, and use it as a guide as you build and plan different meals. There's also a digital version you can use to auto-calculate macro nutrients so you know you're hitting your goals.
20 Muscle Building Recipes

What does the Flexible Diet look like in action?

Giacomo and Dani have written 20 exclusive recipes just for this program, including breakfasts, lunches, pre- and post-workout snacks, and dinners.

With our interactive recipe software, you can adjust for serving sizes, so you always have the right amount of food for your family and needs.

“I need help”, I said as I turned to my husband. I had decided to set the very lofty goal of bodybuilding after seeing a friend compete. I always struggled with my weight and this seemed like the perfect goal to finally achieve the fit body I always wanted and pairing it with my love of weightlifting. There was a problem though, where do I begin?

Through some online searching and talking with Giacomo, I was introduced to the majestic creature known as Dani. I’ve been working with her for about two years and it was the best decision I could have made. With her guidance and support I lost over 50 pounds and competed in three bodybuilding competitions where I placed 4th in two of them.

-Kimberly Louis-Jean
Vegan Bodybuilder

Part 2: Five Strength Training and Weight Programs for All Levels and Goals

While nutrition is key for success, no strength or muscle building program would be complete without the strength training.

That's where Derek and Marcella come in. They've put together a program designed to take just about anyone — whether you're an absolute, never-lifted-before beginner or an intermediate or an avid gym-goer — and whip them into a plant-based beast.

It's a system of five unique tracks, designed to serve a variety of goals:

  • Mobility and Strength

  • Fat Loss for Endurance Athletes

  • Muscle Gain for Endurance Athletes

  • Tighten and Tone

  • Maximum Muscle Gain

Each routine is designed to fit easily in your life as it is now (so you’ll be able to create new, lasting healthy habits). They are completely adaptable, beginning with a 15-minute routine that requires no equipment, and advancing to longer free weight workouts.

Here's a look at everything included:
The Fundamental Strength Training Information
These four overview sections (text and video) will help you understand everything you need to know to get the most out of the Vegan Strength Blueprint, in as little time as possible.

Part 1: The science behind resistance training, and practical tips for getting started.

Part 2: Derek and Marcella's proven approach to plant-based nutrition for maximizing your results, food tracking tips, and sample menus.

Part 3: Gym terminology, how to schedule workouts, and three resistance training workouts with video exercise demonstrations.

Part 4: What to do to keep making progress after you’ve completed the program (up to 20 additional weeks of extra workouts!).

Of course, each part is supported by downloadable workout routines, a schedule to keep you on track, and video demonstrations of each exercise.
The 5 Training Tracks

We want this program to work for just about everyone, regardless of the your goals, so Derek and Marcella created five unique tracks, or paths you can take with your strength training.

1. Strength and Mobility: If resistance training just isn’t your thing, following this track (just a few times per week), will ensure you stay strong, mobile, and resistant to injury. This super simple plan may not seem like much, but trust me, a little rehab and mobility work can go a long way towards improving your performance. 

2. Tighten and Tone: If your goal is a weight loss body transformation, this track will focus on the key fat burning exercises, leaving you tightened in all the right places.

3. Maximum Muscle Gain:  When your main goal is to put on muscle — like lots of muscle — you need a training program designed to do just that. Designed to progress a certain way, target all the right muscle groups, and allow for just enough recovery to stay injury free and healthy.

4. Muscle Gain for Endurance Athletes: Even for runners, cyclists, or other endurance athletes, gaining muscle in commonly overlooked areas of your body can help prevent injury and keep you performing stronger for a longer amount of time. This track is designed to focus on key areas of the body that will greatly benefit any endurance athlete.

5. Fat Loss for Endurance Athletes: Being lean and strong can be a big advantage for endurance athletes, but contrary to what many people believe, endurance training doesn't always result in weight loss. This track focuses on getting lean and toned with your endurance goals in mind.

Each track progresses through four phases, taking at least 12-weeks to complete, but — each phase can be leveled up, adding additional time, flexibility, and customization. By using Derek and Marcella's tips to double up on some of the phases, you could build an entire year worth of training out of each individual track.

16 Workout Videos
What's the next best thing to having a personal trainer guide you through the movements in person? Oh, I know... having Derek (a certified personal trainer himself, not to mention pro bodybuilder) walk you through each exercise in a video you can pull up on your phone, right in the middle of a workout

Part 3: The Exit Strategy

While the nutrition and strength plans are what will help you achieve your transformation, it's this last part, the exit strategy, that is the most important.

Why? Because this is how you stay focused and motivated.

This program was designed for you to be able to move off it when you're ready, without losing the benefits. It teaches you a new way of thinking about nutrition and a comfort level in the gym that, once you're ready, you can shape into whatever plan works best for you for the long term.

And best of all, with the new habits you'll create over just a few short weeks, continuing on in your own style will feel easy.

7 Muscle Gain Nutrition and Training Bonuses

1. 4 Macronutrient Focused Meal Plans

Even when armed with all the information, sometimes you still need a plan to get started.

That's why Dani and Giacomo have created four customizable week-long meal plans designed for different caloric and macronutrient needs.

With recipes for breakfast, lunch, snack (morning and post workout), and dinner, you'll be able to customize the plan to fit your exact macronutrient needs. Here are some of the best features from this meal planner:

  • Adjust the number of servings, so you know how much to cook for your family.
  • Macronutrients are automatically tallied for you each day, so you can adjust the recipes as needed
  • Printable shopping lists are produced at the click of a button.

Here's a look inside:

2. 3 HIIT Cardio and Ab Workouts

All of the strength training tracks included with this program are designed to start where you are now, and progress over time.

But sometimes, when you're short on time or don't feel up for a full workout, you need something quick... So they've added 3 HIIT Cardio and Ab Workouts you can use with any of the tracks.

They're a quick and effective (and intense) way for you to shed body fat and chisel your midsection.

3. 20 Oil-Free No Meat Athlete Recipes

For when you're in a fat-loss phase, or if you just prefer to eat oil-free, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of recipe options that excluded oil.

These recipes include smoothies, breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners, so you can build an entire plan on the additional recipes.

Remember, these are in addition to the 20 recipes from Giacomo and Dani that are already included.

4. Interview Series with Robert Cheeke, Jason Fitzgerald, and Christy Morgan

In this interview series, created exclusively for the No Meat Athlete Academy, we talk to three leading experts in building strength:

- Certified running coach Jason Fitzgerald on strength training for runners.
- Expert bodybuilder Robert Cheeke on whole-food, plant-based nutrition for muscle gain.
- Author Christy Morgan on building muscle as a female athlete.

But when you join the Formula program today, you'll gain instant access to these interviews.

5. Live Strength Training Q&A with Derek Tresize and Marcella Torres
Derek and Marcella will an answer your strength training questions, and help you customize your training to fit your exact needs and goals, at home or in the gym.
6. Live Plant-Based Nutrition Q&A with Dani Taylor and Giacomo Marchesi
Giacomo and Dani will cover all the "flexible dieting" nutrition advice as it relates to building muscle and strength or body transformation, plus how it fits within your long-term nutrition goals.
7. Derek and Marcella's Getting Started eBook for New Clients

As with anyone who's about to start a life-changing journey, Derek and Marcella's clients have questions and concerns. All of which they address in their Getting Started Guide exclusively for new clients.

To help ensure you start the program without any questions, they've shared the guide for you as well.

8. 7 Plant-Based Meal Blueprints Recipe eBook

When you need more flexibility than a standard recipe can allow, these seven blueprints help you build plant-based for specific macronutreient profiles.

They include meals like smoothies, burritos, stir-fry, pastas, plus three others.

Start with the base and add the ingredients you have on hand, with all the calculations down for you.

You're expecting me to say "Nobody!", right? 

Nope, I'll be straight with you... as versatile as the Plant-Based Strength and Muscle Formula is, there are a few people who it probably isn't the right program for. If you aren't interested in eating a plant-based diet, then you won't be into this (and by the way, what are you doing here?).

If you're already well-versed in strength training as a vegan — a fitness competitor or bodybuilder, for example — then you'll want something more tailored to your specific needs. 

Finally, this program isn't the best bet for the very overweight, the frail elderly, or anyone with a moderately severe injury, as anyone in these groups requires a more specialized program.

Not in one of those groups? Then have at it!
I hope I've done a good job of explaining just how much is inside this program. It's all the nutrition, strength training, and habit change information you need to go from a beginner, gym newbie to experienced (and I'll go ahead and say it, ripped) plant-based fitness buff, enjoying the best shape of your life.

And since this is a brand new program, we want to do something very special. Right now, we're offering the entire Plant-Based Strength and Muscle Formula for just $97.

You'll gain access to all the nutrition information, plus the new strength tracks, for a fraction of the price as everyone else.

And of course, there's no risk for you, thanks to our 100% results guarantee: if you’re not totally thrilled with your progress within a few weeks of using this program (technically, you've got 2 months), just shoot me an email, and I'll send you a 100% refund. No weirdness, no questions asked — if you think I don't deliver, then it's on me.

That means you have no excuse — no excuse not to try the Plant-Based Strength & Muscle, and no excuse not to commit yourself to getting into the best shape of your life and showing what a plant-based diet can do. 
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"I was losing faith in vegan bodybuilding... I can now say I’m a ‘whole-foods’ vegan thanks to Derek. And as you can see from my pictures I’ve had a huge success. "

Max, before:
Max, 16 weeks later:
I turned vegan in late 2011 for ethical and health reasons. I was also in the midst of trying to get back into shape because I’d kind of let myself go and I’m the type of guy that easily puts on body fat. I was having a bit of success because I’d known about fitness for quite a while but being vegan really put a spin on most of my conventional ideas. I was a bit lost at the start and mainly just drinking obscure vegan protein shakes a lot. I was losing faith in vegan bodybuilding but then I saw Derek and thought wow so it is possible! Then I found out this guy could be my personal trainer and it reinvented my enthusiasm for fitness. Derek really helped me out by shaping my workouts but most of all his wealth of knowledge on plant based diets. Each week my diet became cleaner! I can now say I’m a ‘whole-foods’ vegan thanks to Derek. And as you can see from my pictures I’ve had a huge success.

I thought I was enthusiastic about fitness but Derek is amazing! Whenever we have a consultation he’s always really energetic and motivational, I swear the guy is always 100% go. That kind of attitude can really pick you up and motivate you if you’ve had an off-week in the gym.

-Max (now a personal trainer in Derek and Marcella's organization)
"If you had told me a year ago that I would drop 22 lbs. on a vegan diet, I would have called you crazy. ..."
 If you had told me a year ago that I would drop 22 lbs. on a vegan diet, I would have called you crazy. Alas, that is indeed what happened. I knew that my soon-to-be trainer was vegan, but little did I know that he expected me to be one too! 

When I signed on to train with Derek Tresize, it was business from the get go. Right away he laid out the four food groups – whole wheat, fruits, veggies, beans/legumes – and it wasn’t necessarily presented as an option. He told me that he expected his clients to follow a plant-based diet. Not only did we discuss eating vegan, but in order to drop some those first stubborn pounds he put me on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday raw fruits and veggies diet. Aghhhhh! 

In addition to my rigorous new eating habits, we discussed my fitness routines. He was very interested to know what I liked – heavy lifting, cross training, circuit training. He was also very interested in creating a workout plan that could realistically fit into my life – a full-time working, single mom. 

Derek is so passionate about educating people on good nutrition and he was more than generous with me by sharing recipes and ideas for my day to day meals. I did not feel like I was on my own. Derek had me keep a food journal, which he graded once a week (with a red pen!) when I saw him for our workout session. That really held me accountable for what I was eating! Throughout this process I learned so much about food! I learned that vegan meals can be awesome, warm and filling. I learned that even on a vegan diet, you still have to be selective because it’s not all healthy.

To give you an idea of how much this diet transformed my body – I lost about 10 pounds in the first two weeks, my skin improved, my energy levels went up... I just felt great. Now, here I am, 22 lbs. lighter. I have received a priceless education on nutrition and health and to top it all off Derek has provided me with an arsenal of workouts that I plan to use. 

-Karen Getty
"I’ve lost 80 pounds, run my first marathon, and discovered a whole new level of mental clarity and sustained energy."
Working with Derek has changed my life.
In November of 2011 (at nearly 240 pounds), I became a vegan. While I lived a meat-free life, I didn’t lead a very healthy one. I made the commitment to lose some weight and initially had great progress (even though I was eating mostly processed food and next to no vegetables). Eventually (thanks to working long hours, not sleeping enough, and over-exercising) my progress stalled.

One night, I stumbled upon Forks Over Knives on Netflix and 2 hours later decided that I needed to do something to improve my health as well as my fitness. After some research online, I found Derek and was fortunate enough to take part in his first remote group training session (Team Gazelle), and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the results. The people were amazing, the resources abundant, and the progress (of everyone) was inspiring. In addition to feeling like I had access to a trainer of the highest quality, I was also surprised and encouraged to know that Team Gazelle provided me with a customized diet/training plan and a network of support.

Since I went vegan and started taking my training and diet seriously I’ve lost 80 pounds, run my first marathon, and discovered a whole new level of mental clarity and sustained energy. If these are the types of things you are looking for (and if you’re willing to put in the work), I have no doubt that Derek is the best person out there to show you the way.

- Erik Rapprich
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