Vanessa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She adopted a plant-based lifestyle in 2003, at age 22. Today she owns a personal training business, specializing in strength and conditioning, boxing, and basketball skills.
As one of the top 10 point guards in the U.S. coming out of high school, Vanessa was awarded a full basketball scholarship to Colorado State University. She was drafted to play professionally in the WNBA. Due to her father’s passing during that time, Vanessa declined the offer to play in the WNBA and took up boxing, honoring her father who was a professional boxer. Vanessa became a 3-time Colorado Golden Glove state boxing champion.
Along with Vanessa’s in-home personal training business, she offers personalized nutrition and training programs on www.plantbasedmuscles.com. She is a regular contributor to Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine, is the co-author of the 2017 new release, Plant-Based Muscle, has been vegan for over 16 years, and aims to inspire others, showing that you don’t need to harm animals to have a muscular physique.
About the All Star Vegan Bodybuilding Panel
Wondering how vegan athletes build muscle, reach protein goals, win bodybuilding competitions, and thrive on a plant-based diet? Get your questions answered by a panel of professional, champion, and elite vegan athletes, including an IFBB Pro who has never eaten meat, a former butcher turned vegan bodybuilder, a 3-time Colorado state boxing champion, an NPC heavyweight bodybuilding champion, and an NPC bikini competitor and personal trainer.
Nimai Delgado – Vegan Advocate and IFBB Pro,
Vanessa Espinoza – 3X Colorado Golden Glove Champion and Elite Powerlifter
Fraser Bayley – Vegan Bodybuilder and Nutritionist, Former Butcher
Ryan Nelson – Champion NPC Bodybuilder, Personal Trainer
Lilian Aguilar – NPC Bikini Competitor, Vegan for 16 years