Vegan Ninja Warrior Beats Injury To Regain Top Rankings

Calle Alexander was told he wouldn't be able to train for 10 weeks after sustaining a fracture to his hand but returned to competing just four weeks after the procedure
Vegan athlete Calle Alexander
Vegan athlete Calle Alexander

Vegan Ninja Warrior Calle Alexander has come back from injury to earn back a top 10 US national ranking.

The athlete has featured in the prestigious American ninja Warrior competition each year since 2016 – each as a vegan. He gave up animal products in 2015. He's also broken the record for dead hang - hanging from a bar using hand strength alone and no chalk for over 15 minutes.

But things went badly wrong for Alexander in late 2018 as he suffered an injury to one of the most important assets to competitors in his sport – his hand. The fracture to his scaphoid, a small bone at the base of his hand needed surgery just four weeks ago where a screw was used to enable it to heal. As a competitor in the races which require agility, speed, strength and grip, the fracture was a big loss.

No training

"My doctor said I wouldn't be able to do any obstacle training until 10 weeks after surgery but I did everything I possibly could to accelerate the bone healing and I think it worked," Alexander told Great Vegan Athletes, six weeks away from that 10-week date – and just after competing.

"A few of the main things I did was eat the most nutrient dense plant foods and started including special herbs that are known for bone healing like comfrey, CBD oil, and eucommia bark. I also went to a chiropractor to do laser therapy twice and to use a bone stimulator twice a week."

Vegan in competition

Three weeks after surgery he started training - with his eye on a local competition. "The course was super long and was taking out every competitor one by one," he said. "I was fortunate enough to push through and make it to the final obstacle before I fell and my run earned me 2nd place."

The placing pushed him back into the higher rankings, placing him at #15 nationally. Soon after he was competing in the High Exposure National Ninja League Competition. He took fifth place and moved up to #10 in the national rankings.

"Soon I have to get ready for the National Finals in mid-February and the American Ninja Warrior Show in March. Feeling good and just happy I can train normally again," he said.

Vegan diet

He's previously said: "I hope to one day conquer all four stages of Mount Mydoryama [the challenges offered by American Ninja Warrior] with hopes of making a name for myself in the ninja world.

"I also want to spread the vegan message that you don't need animal products to be healthy and strong because the opposite is true. True strength comes from plants, not flesh.

"As Dr. Michael Gregor says, 'the most ethical diet just so happens to be the most environmentally sound diet and just so happens to be healthiest'."

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