Physique athlete, dancer and mother to a thriving vegan child, Marcella Torres adopted a 100% plant-based diet in 2001 at the age of 19. Half of the husband and wife team of competitive bodybuilders behind popular blog Vegan Muscle and Fitness at veganmuscleandfitness.com, she is also co-owner of plant-based personal training studio Root Force, which seeks 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. An alumnus of the Plantbuilt team of competitive vegan bodybuilders, Marcella is a regular contributor to Vegan Health and Fitness magazine and co-author of The Vegan Muscle & Fitness Guide to Bodybuilding Competitions.
Currently, Marcella is also a part-time professional dancer and instructor and is earning a PhD in mathematical biology, studying human metabolism. She resides in Richmond, Virginia, with husband Derek Tresize and their three-year-old son, where they have worked extensively in that community with local school systems, urban organizations and more to promote a healthy lifestyle. Their 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!
Classes for the 2017 Cruise
Class: Prehab and Rehab: Exercises to Support Pain-Free Long-Term Fitness
The modern, sedentary lifestyle often puts us in unnatural positions for long periods of time, leading to muscular imbalances and reduced flexibility. In this therapeutic fitness class, Marcella Torres and Derek Tresize will address common weak areas, such as the hip and shoulder joints, leading the group in exercises that will strengthen weak muscles and stretch overtight ones. You will walk away from this class with new knowledge and an arsenal of exercises to add to your daily routine that will keep you free of injury and discomfort for years to come!
Class: Healthy, Happy, Hips
Hips are one of the major areas where we hold tension in the body, and sitting for long periods can really tighten this area and cause imbalances that lead to chronic discomfort and even injury. Learn hip stabilizing, strengthening, and stretching exercises that you can easily perform as part of your regular fitness routine during this continuous flow of movement to music.
Class: Total Body Conditioning
This class will work out your whole body using interval training techniques involving a variety of dynamic calisthenics, agility moves, flexibility, core, balance and more - all designed to tone and make you sweat! Derek and Marcella will lead the group in a light warm up and dynamic stretching routine followed by low-, medium- and high-intensity exercises that will burn calories and stimulate increased metabolic rate. A challenging fitness session with modifications available to suit all ages and fitness levels!
Panel Q&A: Powered by Plants with Vegan Bodybuilding authors/athletes Marcella Torres, Derek Tresize, and Robert Cheeke, No Meat Athlete author/runner Matt Frazier and “Fitness Over Fifty” trainer Larry Krug
Do you have questions about what athletes need to fuel their bodies on a plant-based diet? Concerned with getting the right types of carbohydrates to power through your weekend warrior lifestyle, or wonder how much protein you should eat after a tough workout? Learn from athletes who have achieved success in their sports, powered by a pure, plant-based diet. From endurance sports like running to weight training and bodybuilding, these six vegan athletes will help you fuel your athletic endeavors for optimal performance.