Plant-Based Fitness Takes Root in Portland Oregon

by Sharon Nazarian - Big City Vegan on 2:20 am

Portland Oregon is super vegan friendly.  It’s a little slice of vegan heaven on earth. As such, of course it makes perfect sense that there would be a fitness facility with an all vegan approach to strength training and physical fitness. We found that at PlantFit Training Studio in Portland while attending the Vida Vegan Con 2013 vegan bloggers conference.

Now I would have been completely clueless had it not been for Miss Christy Morgan, aka The Blissful Chef. You can check out her blog and cookbook, Blissful Bites, for more inspiration. Not only did she reach out to PlantFit to organize this awesome group class, she gave me the wake up text that got my sorry butt out of bed at 6:30am. On top of that, she was kind enough to film this interview with PlantFit Coach & Owner, Ed Bauer and Coach Jason Morris. Thank you Christy!

In this interview, Ed and Jason talked about PlantFit, why Portland, their approach to vegan strength and conditioning, healthy eating for a healthy fit lifestyle and how to get the nourishment needed to get through grueling workouts.  They talk specific foods and they also shared their favorite places to go out to eat in Portland.

When we talked where to go to get healthy vegan fare and where to go to get your vegan junk food (aka, your seitan ribs, daiya cheese pizza, cupcakes & donuts, etc), I like what Ed said, “A concept with healthy nutrition is it’s not about all or nothing but it’s about what you do most of the time.”

Ed’s and Jason’s restaurants and eateries topping the list of places to go include Canteen, Blossoming Lotus and Prasad for healthy vegan eats. Some of their favorite vegan junk food fare can be found at Los Gorditos, Portobello and the most certainly not-to-be-missed Homegrown Smoker food cart.

It wasn’t just me, a bunch of Vida Vegan Con goers showed up to play. Here we are, feeling good after our workout, ready for a green juice and some sustenance.

PlantFit Training PDX

Crossed the Hawthorne Bridge to get to PlantFit with new friends Ashley and Dawn.  Enjoying the view.

hawthorne bridge pdx

Our awesome workout routine for the day.

High Intensity Interval Training Workout at PlantFit in Portland

Has anyone else visited Portland, Oregon or are you lucky enough to live there in this vegan paradise?  What are some of your favorite places to go? Fellow Vida Vegan Con attendees, what did you love?

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jesse.anne.o June 10, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I was there as well (I know I ran into you a few times – hi!) and my favorite part about Portland is the number of vegan food trucks – and how almost every restaurant had vegan options. I know we’re not lacking in NYC but there’s something about vegan visibility there that’s lacking in NYC.


Sharon Nazarian - Big City Vegan June 11, 2013 at 3:40 am

Hey Jesse, it was great seeing you at the conference! Did you get to go to any of the food trucks? That one the PlantFit guys recommended, Homegrown Smoker, sounded amazing. I love that too about all the vegan options on just about every menu. You are so right, takes veganism right into the mainstream. NYC has lots of great vegan spots, but Portland has us beat in a lot of ways. :)


jean white June 11, 2013 at 1:48 am

Wow! What a cool fitness concept. It must be nice to work out in a gym where people don’t worry about where you get your protein! I enjoyed the interview too. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea and featuring strong, healthy vegans.


Sharon Nazarian - Big City Vegan June 11, 2013 at 3:45 am

Thank you Jean! I’m so glad you liked it! So true about the protein thing. All anyone has to do is look at these guys, those biceps, I mean come on, ridiculous! :)


Christy June 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Awesome! Have you been keeping up with your workouts? ;P Thanks for the shout-out and I’m so glad you came to PlantFit with us! Until next time!


Sharon Nazarian - Big City Vegan June 22, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Yes, been working out, need to do more though. That workout inspired me for sure. I wish they were here in NYC. :)


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