Ed Bauer began weightlifting in 1995, with encouragement from his father, a competitive power lifter. He became vegan one year later after learning about the multiple benefits of a plant-based diet. In 2005, he began working at a small local gym. He always felt that he wanted to be a more effective advocate for animals, but didn't know how. It became clear that the impact he could have on others through health and fitness was his way. He hasn't looked back since. Ed is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise, and the National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association. He is also a Certified Fitness Nutrition Coach and holds a CrossFit Level 1 Certificate. He has over 4000 sessions of training experience working with everyone from teenagers to seniors. Ed is also an all natural vegan NPC Champion Bodybuilder and owner of PlantFit Strength and Conditioning in Oakland, CA. He now coaches groups and individuals and is available for nutritional counseling as well.