Vegan Named 'Fittest Man In The Netherlands' After Victory At CrossFit Games Open

He is hoping to inspire others to adopt a plant-based diet
Jeremy Reijnders has been vegan since 2015 (Photo: Supplied)

An Amsterdam athlete has been named 'the fittest man in the Netherlands' after clinching the number one spot at the CrossFit Games Open in his country.

The CrossFit Games is a worldwide competition to find the fittest man, woman and team on Earth. The Open is a global qualifier, anyone aged 15 or over can take part, and hundreds of thousands of people compete around the world. After the Open, the best 20 people from each region will continue to the Regionals. The best five athletes(or teams) at the Regionals can earn a spot for the CrossFit Games, competing for the title 'Fittest on Earth'.

23-years-old CrossFit athlete and coach Jeremy Reijnders won the number one spot in the Netherlands, qualifying for the Regional competition in Berlin on May 18-20.


Jeremy Reijnders told PBN: " I switched to a plant-based diet and vegan lifestyle in November 2015.

"It is my goal to inspire others by showing them that it is possible to thrive and perform well on a plant-based diet - fighting the myth that you need animal products to do so.

"Last week, I hopefully got a little bit closer to achieving that goal by winning the title 'Fittest man in the Netherlands'."

CrossFit includes a range of different physical challenges (Photo: Supplied)


He added: "It's an incredible feeling that my hard work is paying off. By achieving this, I can hopefully make a positive impact on this world.

"I want to show people who think they need animal products to be fit and strong, that it is possible to do it without these products - and you even might be better off without them.

"I want to do my bit in helping the vegan movement grow."

You can follow Jeremy Reijnders on Instagram here

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