AMC’s “Game of Arms” athlete Rob Bigwood doesn’t just hold the title of professional arm wrestler. He also holds the title of animal rights activist and vegan.
Bigwood, 31, of New York, is featured on “Game of Arms” as the only vegan competitor – and with biceps measuring about 46 centimeters in diameter, you wouldn’t expect this 234lb. contestant to have lived solely on a plant-based diet since 2007.
Bigwood is part of the arm wrestling team “New York City Arms Control” alongside Mike Selearis (a chemistry teacher and seven-time national champion), Dan Fortuna (who can fold a frying pan in half with only his hands), Mike Ayello (who may look familiar if you have the 2013 FDNY calendar), and Kevin Nelson (who is known for his mind games during competition).
Clearly, being vegan is no disadvantage to the “New York City Arms Control.”
When asked about his protein intake Bigwood stated, “It’s a huge misconception [that you need to eat meat]. I get just as much protein as anyone else.”
In a recent interview with AMC, Bigwood stated that before his lifestyle change he ate meat for every meal. “I was not a light meat eater.” He said, “If I didn’t have bacon or sausage it wasn’t breakfast.”
Bigwood’s passion for activism was noted in an earlier interview with Wild Donna where he stated, “It’s pathetic to take the life of another to satisfy yourself.”
In addition to competing in “Game of Arms” Bigwood is recognized as a signed athlete with the World Arm Wrestling League and has been featured in VegNews Magazine.
In this arms race, being vegan is only beneficial. Hands down.
See Rob Bigwood take on Bill Logsdon of the Kansas City Rolling Thunder tonight at 10 p.m. on AMC.