Simone Collins has arms and shoulders to die for, two pug x fur kids and works above her gym.
She competes in figure and cross fit competitions, is a personal trainer, runs figure posing classes, and has a rockin’ music play list.
Here are the deets:
Name: Simone Collins
Age and DOB: 30 years old, 25/10/1986
Current residence: Melbourne, Australia
Years as a vegan: Coming into my 7th year
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You used to do ballet and other dancing – can you tell us about this and how this may have influenced your current interests/sports.
I grew up on sports – netball, swimming, athletics, school sports and dance. I was always encouraged to participate in sports and explore physical activity. As I got older, my focus shifted to dancing and away from other sports. I stopped dancing and exercising all together after I finished high school and went to TAFE, but my background in sports and dance helped gravitate me back to fitness, as I knew being physical and moving my body had always been an important aspect of my life, and something that I missed.
Do you still dance? If not, do you miss dancing?
No, I very rarely dance. I do miss it a lot, but I just don’t have enough time in my days to do it! I would love to get back into it one day. I love performing, so I feel like I can still experience this through figure and fitness competitions.
Tell us about life as a graphic designer. What are some highlights of your graphic design career?
I think the highlight of my job is working in the fitness industry. I think I would actually hate being a graphic designer if I wasn’t working where I am! But I love being able to work on the Arnold Classic, to help bring it all together, and to work for the Gym that I love and is my second home. That’s what makes my job awesome!
What gets you up in the morning (and don’t say your alarm clock!)?
Motivation to achieve my goals, and to progress in all aspects of my life.
Why do you train?
There are so many reasons, the main one is that it keeps me sane! There’s nothing like a great weights session to soothe the soul! It also teaches me life lessons, like how to cope under pressure, how to push myself, how to work towards a goal and stay motivated. It’s taught me discipline and dedication, self confidence, courage, trust and perseverance. It’s also taught me how to push my boundaries to achieve what I though was not possible.
I also train to compete in figure and fitness competitions (bodybuilding) Cross Fit, obstacles races, and many other fitness endeavours.
What are the best and worst parts about being vegan?
Best – that it’s simply the single best thing we can do to help save the planet, the animals, the people and ourselves.
Worst – That the rest of the world isn’t vegan!
What does your average day of food look like at the moment?
Breakfast: Oats, PranaON Phyto Fire, berries and cinnamon.
Snack 1: Potatoes, sweet potatoes or rice cakes.
Lunch: A protein source such as beans, tofu, tempeh, bean pasta or seitan/mock meat, vegetables, salad, and either rice or potatoes topped with nutritional yeast, natural salt and a dressing of some sort (usually salsa or apple cider vinegar).
Snack 2: Nuts, fruit, chia pudding or flax meal mixed with PranaON protein powder.
Pre Workout: PranaON Pure Boost.
Intra Workout: PranaON Intra Strength.
Post Workout: PranaON Power Plant Protein.
Dinner: Same as lunch.
Late Night Snack: Nuts, berries, superfood balls, dark chocolate or PranaON protein pudding.
What vegan foods are your ‘must haves’?
Wholefoods! Any and all! Plenty of green vegetables, good wholefood carb sources, protein sources (beans, lentils, legumes, soy and protein powders) Omega 3 (flax, hemp, chia or walnuts) , b12 (nutritional yeast or supplements) D3 (mushrooms or supplements).
Who inspires you and why?
Gosh, seriously too many to mention! Just to name a few, Billy Simmonds and Robert Cheeke for inspiring me in the beginning of my journey into vegan fitness/bodybuilding, and always being so supportive of me. My boss Tony Doherty for teaching me so much about life and training, and how to live life on your own terms. Dani Taylor, Giacomo Marchesse and the entire PlantBuilt team for being such amazing activists and creating a great platform for outreach through our chosen sports. Noah Hannibal, ALV and the open rescue team for everything they do to help promote veganism, save lives, share the truth with the world, and create the strong vegan community we have here in Melbourne. Crissi Carvalho for being such a strong voice, especially in the world of fitness competitions, helping women all over the world achieve their goals naturally, holistically and healthily. There are seriously SO many more but I don’t have all day!
Apart from training, what excites you in life? What are you passionate about?
Making the world a better place for all living beings who are here with us. I’m passionate about not only helping animals, but helping people, helping the planet, or even just trying to make a single person’s day a bit brighter! I also love art and music.
What is the best tip you can give for people wanting to get fit and healthy on a vegan diet?
Don’t over complicate things: just get started! Eat well, train hard, be consistent and believe in yourself.
Photo on Vee Fit homepage and at top of page by Gary Phillips