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Vegan Powerhouse: Malina Schwager’s Rise to IFBB Pro Status

Christiana Mikesch, CPT
Published by Christiana Mikesch, CPT | Senior Coach
Last updated: February 12, 2024

Malina Schwager, a vegan bodybuilder, has earned the prestigious Pro Status from the International Fitness and Bodybuilding Federation (IFBB). This accolade, the highest in bodybuilding, allows Schwager to compete in Olympia Qualifier bodybuilding competitions.

Schwager, a natural and vegan athlete, relies solely on plant-based nutrition to shape her physique, steering clear of hormones or performance-enhancing drugs. “The IFBB Pro Status is an important achievement for me. It proves that no dream is too big and makes it possible to inspire other people to work hard as well,” Schwager shared with Plant Based News.

Malina Schwager's Rise to IFBB Pro Status
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Schwager’s journey to veganism began at 15 when she became a vegetarian for health reasons. Two years later, she fully embraced veganism. “Veganism is a win for me when it comes to health benefits and learning to be grateful for all the products nature offers us,” she said.

Her success challenges the common misconception that animal products are necessary for muscle building. Schwager is a testament to the power of plant-based protein. “I want to inspire people to open their eyes against old beliefs like ‘you need to eat meat and eggs to get your protein’,” she stated.

Schwager’s rise to the top underscores the importance of nutritional education in achieving health and fitness goals. She credits her success to “listening to my body and interpreting its signals,” and her knowledge about nutrition and psychology. She also acknowledges the role of her coach, Christian Kuess, in her journey.

Schwager’s story is a beacon of inspiration for a new generation of athletes who are discovering the health benefits of veganism. As Giacomo Marchese, co-founder of PlantBuilt, a team of vegan strength athletes, previously told PBN, “Plants have all the protein you need.”

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