Kendrick Farris Talks Vegan Pancakes and Weightlifting Prehab in a New Video Series

Kendrick Farris, one of the world’s strongest vegans, has started his own vlog series on YouTube to provide a glimpse into his life inside and outside of the gym.

Farris is promising that the show, appropriately called Set the Bar, will expose “a lot of different layers” of his life and show “how (he) got started in the sport, where (his) beginnings are, and where (he’s) headed to now.”

In the Instagram preview below, we see weightlifting, tire flipping, and rope climbing balanced with his keen interest in alternative medicine like acupuncture and chiropractic therapy.

You can check out the entire first episode, which was just release to YouTube, here:

The first thing Farris does is explain the origin (and recipe) behind his Pancakes for PRs t-shirts: they’re vegan, and made from taro.

“It’s found on the west coast of Africa, China, also in Hawaii,” he explains. “It’s a plant that’s actually underground, similar to a potato. Ground it down with some wheat flour, it still tastes phenomenal. So don’t be caught off guard if you see something where the ingredients may be a little different — it’s still the same thing.”

Farris went vegan pretty late in his career in 2014, after training as an omnivore for over a decade. In an interview last year, he said that he felt compelled to stop eating animal products after his son was born.

“For me it was a time of reflection—on the things I want to teach him, and the example I want to set for him,” he said. “It was like a light bulb went off.”

During the Olympic trials in 2016, he broke the American record in the 94kg class by totaling 377kg — a 168kg (370lb) snatch and 209kg (460.8lb) clean & jerk. He finished 11th at the Rio Olympics with a 160kg (352.7lb) snatch and 197kg (434.4lb) clean & jerk.

The rest of Set the Bar shows a lengthy chat with USA Weightlifting’s Dr. Kyle Pierce, who Farris calls “the Forrest Gump of weightlifting” because of all the historical figures he has crossed paths with in the sport, and we see Farris training a few accessory movements like the bird dog and kettlebell upright rows.

The next vlog will show him giving seminars in New York City. Our opinion? We’re hoping he’ll provide some more actionable training tips in future episodes.

Featured image via Kendrick J. Farris on YouTube.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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