Bradie Crandall Aka ‘Vegan Hercules’ continues his winning ways with another victory. He’s previously broken US state powerlifting records on seven occasions and taken a win at the USPA National Championships. He’s also enjoyed Strongman success, including competition wins. He’s beaten the state record for Keg Toss and won the Mr. America sports festival.

Next, Bradie turned his attention to the PA Dutch 13 Strongman competition. At stake was a place at the US Strongman Corp Nationals. He had to compete with a tear in his meniscus. He says it left him at “about 75%”. “It definitely impacted almost every event, particularly the moving events. I had to slow my pace to make sure all of my steps were perfectly controlled so I wouldn’t irritate my knee.” The events included:

  • 255 lb (115 kg) in each hand farmer’s walk to a 650 lb (295 kg) yoke walk – which he won.
  • Log press, where Bradie attempted the state record of 295 lbs (135 kg), currently held by Bradie’s vegan friend Ric Carroll. He didn’t break the record but placed well.
  • 275 lb (125 kg) sandbag carry, for which he managed 370 ft (113 metres) and an event win.
  • Deadlift medley 545 lb (247 kg), 585 lb (265 kg), then 685 lbs (311 kg) for 4 reps.
  • Atlas stones of 265 lb (120 kg), 290 lb (132 kg), and 330 lbs (150 kg).

The win at PA Dutch means a lot to Bradie as it’s “one of the most gruelling competitions in the area”. “The weights at this competition are heavy and it attracts some of the toughest competitors. Last year, Tom Evans won PA Dutch and he is now competing at World’s Strongest Man and is arguably one of the top 10 strongest men in the world.” Bradie is now captain of the Vegan Strong Plantbuilt team for Strongman. Already he’s putting together a large and formidable team for the next event.

Bradie has been vegan since 2017, considering the change while studying Chemical Engineering. “Gaining a deeper understanding of the causes of climate change led to the discovery that animal products have a huge impact on the environment. Also, a diet based on animal products is no longer sustainable as [the] population rapidly grows.”

He’s already looking forward to the Nationals in September – with two good knees. “Come nationals in September, I’ll be operating at 100% again and will absolutely be in contention for a podium spot if I show up at my best”.

Follow Bradie’s achievements on his Instagram or Twitter and check out his 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.