I don’t know about you, but when I picture a strongman diet, I picture meat— lots of meat — and protein. So imagine my surprise when I found out Luke and Tom Stoltman, Myprotein’s favourite strongman brothers, have decided to switch up their diet and supplement regime for vegan substitutes this January.
As a strongman, any changes to your diet can hugely impact your training — it can result in a loss of strength or a reduction in energy — so the brothers taking on such a change is a big deal, especially with prep for the Arnolds and Britain’s Strongest Man in full swing. Here’s hoping their vegan supplements won’t make them any weaker.
Let’s check in to see how Tom and Luke are getting on.
Time to go vegan
Luke, like a lot of people on TikTok, is partial to some overnight oats. Great news – that’s one way to make some vegan swaps.
He includes organic chia super seeds, vegan protein blend and white chocolate FlavDrops. All pulled together in a tasty jar of overnight oats.
The reviews are in…
“It was actually quite tasty; I was quite surprised at how tasty it was… It’s a little bit different but it still tastes like chocolate still. I think it’s OK… If nobody told you that was vegan you wouldn’t know — it is what it is, it’s just another protein shake. Like Tom said, the protein content is the same, it’s not a big deal.”
Tom’s opted to keep things simple. Instead of having an Impact Whey Protein shake, he has a Vegan Protein Blend shake. But there’s one non-negotiable. It must be chocolate.
“I normally take three scoops of whey, but three scoops of this is exactly the same, but this is better for the immune system as well. It even looks like normal protein… Smells alright. We’ll see by Friday if my tastebuds have adapted to it, but it tastes better than I thought.”
Time to do some deadlifts
With competitions coming up, the brothers are in full training mode. That means deadlifts. And they don’t mess around, with both managing more than 20 reps of 280kg. We’re not sure if the sound effects are due to the vegan supplements or if they’ve always been there. Either way, it’s pretty clear they’re as strong as ever.
By the end of week one
“As you can see it hasn’t really affected us in any way, it certainly hasn’t made us any less strong. That was a really hard deadlift session as well… The message we’re trying to get across is everybody can make a little change that can make a big difference… It hasn’t been massively different. There’s been no negatives.”
Take Home Message
It’s no surprise to us that FlavDrops are a big hit with both brothers. Tom likes vanilla drops in his coffee and Luke likes white chocolate drops in his overnight oats. You really can’t go wrong with FlavDrops, a certified fan and Stoltman favourite.
Let’s finish on a “top tip from big Tommy”:
“The Clear Vegan Protein is my favourite stuff. The normal stuff and that stuff, I love that. It’s just like juice. My recommendation: two scoops in it, leave it for 10 minutes and then drink it.”