A vegan fitness trainer from North Carolina has won the State Powerlifting Championships.  She was also awarded the Best Female Lifter title.

Katya Gorbacheva competed in the 75 kg raw class (which doesn’t allow straps) as the only known vegan and continued her impressive record in powerlifting. 

She opened with a 180 kg squat, well over double her body weight.  She bench-pressed 95 kg and finished with a 190 kg deadlift.  

“I just felt really good” she says “It’s important to focus on you, ignore everybody, you, do you.  That applies to all things in life.”

She also received a lot of questions about veganism so she gave out some recipes and information and definitely made people think.  There was still a lot of open scepticism even after she took Best Lifter.

Last year she was the overall Best Lifter at the Lionesses Arise meet and took three wins at the Mr America Sports Festival.  She’s qualified for the US nationals.

Katya’s been vegan since a gradual transition in 2016.  She’s motivated by health matters, environmental concerns and animal rights.  

“The ethical part makes sense,” she says. “I wouldn’t eat my dog. Why would I eat a pig? Why would anyone?”

Follow Katya’s achievements on her Instagram or Facebook and check out her profile on Vegan Athletes.

Great Vegan Athletes is a not for profit website run by ethical vegans.  They aim to address outdated stereotypes regarding strength and fitness among vegans, and encourage people to try veganism.  They’ve been running since 2010 and have profiled hundreds of elite athletes across a diverse range of sports. As well as on their website they can also be found on Facebook, X and Instagram.