Certified Personal Trainer │ Fitness Nutrition Specialist │ Certified in Plant-Based Nutriton
Team PlantBuilt Member │ Natural Physique Champion │ Clean Machine Athlete
I was raised as an ethical vegetarian from birth, and experienced first-hand the benefits of whole-food, plant-based nutrition without ever having consumed meat, fish, or eggs. As I entered adulthood and my passion for health and fitness grew, I learned more about the profound impact our diet and lifestyle choices can have, both on our personal well-being and that of the planet. I made the switch from vegetarian to a fully vegan lifestyle at the beginning of 2015, and haven’t looked back since! From a moral, personal, and environmental perspective, I believe that veganism is truly the way of the future, and the most responsible choice we can make as conscientious citizens of the earth.
Over the past decade of my fitness journey, I’ve had the privilege to work and train alongside some of the top plant-based athletes and coaches in the industry. Foremost among these is Derek Tresize, WNBF Pro Bodybuilder and co-founder of Vegan Muscle and Fitness. I am very thankful for the opportunity to work as a trainer and online coach under his mentorship for the past three years, and I am proud to continue our association to this day.
The desire to challenge myself and to represent vegan fitness at a competitive level motivated me to become a member of Team PlantBuilt, the largest organization of vegan athletes in the world. I realized a lifelong dream by stepping onto a bodybuilding stage for the first time at the Naturally Fit Super Show in June 2017, where I won first place in my class against a stacked lineup of omnivorous competitors. Since then I have gone on to compete a second time at the ICN Melbourne Championships in May 2018, where I was pleased to bring home first place in my class once again.
At the 2017 PlantBuilt meetup I also had the opportunity to meet many inspiring vegan athletes from Team Clean Machine, and I was honored to join the team in 2018. Clean Machine is a company that truly shares my vision of spreading the vegan message through fitness, and they make some of the best all natural vegan sports supplements on the market today. US customers can use my discount code fncma for 20% all orders from CleanMachineOnline.com, and those based in Australia and abroad can now find the full product line available on iHerb.
In conjunction with my physical pursuits, I am committed to staying abreast of the latest fitness and nutrition research so that I can achieve the best possible results, both for my clients and myself. In 2017 I completed a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and Cornell University, which was a fantastic opportunity to learn from pre-eminent plant-based experts in the medical and fitness communities.
Leading by example is one of my core values, and I enjoy breaking stereotypes and drawing positive attention to the vegan movement by being a visibly strong, fit, plant-based role model. I find it very fulfilling to put my knowledge and experience to use, helping like-minded individuals both here in Australia and worldwide to reach their full potential and enrich their quality of life. Whether you are already a vegan, or simply interested in a more plant-based approach, I am keen to work with you! Together I am confident we can tackle your most ambitious fitness goals — one bite, one step, and one rep at a time.
"Forest is a hardworking and compassionate individual, who is dedicated to his craft. Leading by example, Forest embodies the definition of what it means to be both a competitive vegan athlete and noble ambassador for the cause. And he applies this passion to others, by helping them reach their truest fitness potential so that they too can properly represent."
- Giacomo Marchese, Team PlantBuilt Founder, Champion Powerlifter, VeganProteins.com Owner
I've had the pleasure of working with Forest for two years and in that time I've seen him help clients from all walks of life gain confidence while they've improved their physique and their health. Forest is a thoughtful trainer who will try to find the best approach for each person individually rather than looking for a one-size-fits-all model, and he's had many clients working with him for years because of this. He is also a dedicated athlete and plant-based role model, so not only does he talk the talk, he also walks the walk."
- Derek Tresize, WNBF & NFF Physique Pro, Vegan Muscle & Fitness Founder, Team PlantBuilt Athlete
"I highly recommend Forest as a personal trainer. He has a holistic approach to health and fitness, which I love, and a strong focus on whole food, plant-based nutrition. He's had plenty of experience coaching in the US, and it's so awesome to have him Down Under. Along with all that, Forest is one of the nicest, kindest and most compassionate guys I've ever met!"
- Simone Collins, IFBB & NFF Figure Champion, Team PlantBuilt Athlete, PranaON Ambassador