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Who We Are

We are Derek Tresize and Marcella Torres, the husband and wife team of competitive bodybuilders behind Vegan Muscle and Fitness, where we have shared their training and nutrition tips, recipes and more since 2009. Owners of Richmond, Virginia's only plant-based personal training studio, Root Force Personal Training, we seek to promote a fit and active plant-powered lifestyle and shatter the perception that strength and athleticism can't be achieved with a plant-based diet.

Derek is a three-time natural bodybuilding champion and WNBF pro bodybuilder. He is also an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer, is certified in Plant-Based Nutrition, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Marcella is a professional meal planner, dancer, and PhD student in mathematical biology studying human metabolism.

Together we have raised two thriving vegan children. Our mission: to generate as many fit vegan role models as possible to get the message across that a plant-based diet isn't a handicap in the world of athletics - it's an advantage! We hope you (and kids too) will wear these shirts while being the fabulous fit vegans that you are and help spread the message!