samantha shorkey vegan bikini competitor jacked on the beanstalkYeah who is this Samantha Shorkey chick anyway?!

I hate to label myself but it’s probably obvious that I’m a vegan fitness freak who’s passionate about promoting a plant-based diet to the masses!

I’m also an ACE-certified personal trainer and certified Weight Management Specialist who not only “talks the talk” but walks the walk too (in 6” clear, plastic stripper shoes) as a vegan bikini competitor.

My biggest claim to “vegan fame” was winning first place in the bikini-tall division of my first-ever fitness competition in June 2013 against all meat eaters in an untested show!

I was then awarded my pro card in July 2014 when I won first place and the overall bikini title at the 2014 INBF South Western Natural Championships in Austin, Texas– becoming the first-ever vegan WNBF bikini pro!

Shortly after my first big victory, I released an eBook geared towards vegan bodybuilders and bikini competitors called “Jacked on the Beanstalk: Plant-Based Fuel for Vegan Athletes.”  My goal was to share many of my best tips and healthy recipes that make up my vegan bikini competitor meal plans.

Having studied Journalism and worked in online marketing for many years, my second passion is of course, writing– hence this blog. And I co-host my own podcast with my little, big sister Sarah Shorkey.

I’m also a proud member of the Plantbuilt vegan muscle team, brand ambassador for Purely Inspired Nutrition, a featured blogger on MeatFreeAthlete.com and a regular contributor to Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine.

I hope you like my blog.  And don’t be a stranger!  I love hearing from other vegans so feel free to hit me up at sam at jackedonthebeanstalk dot com.

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  1. Paula
    August 17, 2014 at 3:45 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Sam,
    I love your blog/website 🙂 And congrats on your achievements in Austin!

  2. Shelli
    September 3, 2014 at 1:32 pm (4 years ago)

    It would be great if your e-book was available on Amazon.com. Uploading from my Kindle would be a breeze! So glad to have found another vegan (avoiding soy and gluten free) fitness fanatic! 🙂 Congratulations and best wishes!

    • Sam
      September 3, 2014 at 4:13 pm (4 years ago)

      Aww thanks Shelli! Yeah good call on Amazon. You’re not the first person who’s mentioned that. Is it easier if I just email you a PDF? Let me know! Sorry for the inconvenience. And I should mention I’m not soy free. I definitely eat a TON of tofu and tempeh, especially the closer I get to a show. But yeah, whole foods for the most part. Thanks again. I sincerely appreciate the support 🙂

      • Paul Bonner
        September 3, 2017 at 7:10 am (8 months ago)

        Hi Sam
        Ive read some negative reports recently about soy.
        Then a well known athlete stopped advertizing it.

        • Sam
          September 4, 2017 at 9:20 pm (8 months ago)

          Hi Paul! Well there have been many reports that are anti-soy. Feel free to link me up with the one you’re referencing! And I’m love to know the athlete you’re referring to. Feel free to email me if you’d rather keep the discussion private 🙂

  3. Mindy
    September 19, 2014 at 6:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Hello! I have set a goal for myself to get fit again. Two years ago, I was diagnosed with Hashimotos disease, aka Hypothyroidism which caused me to gain 25lbs. Since then, with the help of my doctor, have stopped gaining and have begun to lose (very slowly). My sister recently competed as a bikini competitor this past summer and I have decided to begin training for a show in May 2015. I am currently vegetarian, however, am working towards a vegan lifestyle. I have reached out to a couple coached, which one is a vegan coach, however, I want to see what my other options are. Do you provide nutritional coaching for new clients, and if show, what are you costs?

    Thank you,


  4. Aly
    March 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm (3 years ago)

    I would LOVE info on your nutrition coaching! My first bikini comp is in July and i’m going in totally blind!

  5. Darlene Barrett
    January 31, 2016 at 8:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Sam, I’m a 46 year old women who had a full hysterectomy 5 yrs ago. So I have been plant based for about 4 years. I just can’t seem to gain muscle or lose body fat. I’m 5 4 and 3/4 I weight 128- 132 but right now I’m 132 and feel like I’m still gaining fat fast!! 🙁 I also have hyperthyroid and on a low dose of synthroid. I don’t take and hormones because I didn’t do well on them so I’m in menopause I guess because of surgery. Any help?

    • Naomi
      June 22, 2016 at 5:25 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m 52 years old, had trouble with endless hot flashes and that’s when I made the switch and went vegan. I still had trouble losing weight on a vegan diet and couldn’t figure out why as I was eating clean, well I thought I was. till I took Dr. McDougall advice and eliminated all oil from my diet and soon after I began losing weight and dropped two dress sizes. Make sure you lift heavy, don’t waste your time with light weights and endless cardio. You will gain muscle lifting heavy.

      • Sam
        June 23, 2016 at 4:45 pm (2 years ago)

        That’s awesome, Naomi! Congrats on losing the weight and making the switch to veganism. I definitely try to limit my fats as well. I too, respond better to a higher carb diet, lower fat. I just wish peanut butter didn’t taste so damn good. 🙂

  6. Andrea McDevitt
    February 23, 2016 at 10:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you Sam:)!! I am a gluten free vegan who has just decided to start training for her first competition. I will be buying your book as soon as I’m done posting! It has been challenging to find different fun things I can make and still be on point with my macros so I am super excited I found your site:)! Thank you for all you share. It is such a help and inspiration. I wasn’t sure how many gluten free vegan fitness freaks like me I’d find out there. I just google searched and prayed and their you were:) This is really going to be so helpful to me thank you Sam:)!

    • Sam
      February 24, 2016 at 12:05 am (2 years ago)

      Awww thanks so much, Andrea!! **blushes** And hell yes, it’s MORE than possible to compete AND kick ass on a vegan diet! Good luck with it and don’t be a stranger!! Always happy to help a fellow vegan bad ass babe out 🙂

  7. Delanie Balanay
    March 6, 2016 at 2:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Samantha!

    My name is Delanie and I just re dedicated myself back to a plant-based diet and I could really use some spiffy knowledge and encouragement as I prepare for my first ever NPC Bikini competition on November 5th of this year. I have been looking for the right vegan coach for so long with no luck and I thank God that I stumbled across your webpage and your sister Sarah was so awesome in providing me with information on how you coach and train your clients. Right now I already have a DVD in home training program called P90X 3 and I will be starting it in the next few weeks and I heard it has delivered amazing results to many women who have also competed as bikini competitors however when I checked the meal plan the DVD program included, it mostly contained meat and dairy so would it be possible for me to achieve the bikini body I’ve always wanted before my show by only purchasing your customized meal plan for $125 and by consistently utilizing my current P90X 3 DVD program for 90 days or more??

    Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    I wish you all the best and many blessings to you! Keep on doing your thing missy!! 🙂

  8. Kate Winchester
    May 12, 2016 at 4:33 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Samantha,
    rapt to see your success as a vegan! I have been inspired as an older gal to get into this field of training. I am a runner from way back, vegetarian now almost vegan! I have a fit body and thought to myself lets try this before it’s too late! I have horses and have always lifted weights and am pretty fit but the hardest part for me will be the food as I have a history of food issues! thanks for this great blog!

    • Sam
      May 12, 2016 at 3:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Awwww thank you sooooo much, Kate!! And funny you should reach out just now. I am such a (meatless) meathead but one of my clients has just convinced me to train for a half marathon. And I LOATHE running! But I love a good challenge. So I’m even starting a running club for the members of the gym I train clients out of haha. Going full-on hardcore “into it” mode 🙂 So you can expect a few blog posts on this experience soon too. But yeah seriously – my calves are hating me already and my feet are starting to look like battered troll feet. Good times! But let’s do it. Thanks for reaching out and don’t be a stranger!

  9. julie watkins
    August 11, 2016 at 8:48 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello! I love to lift and love being vegan! With that said, I do struggle with meal planning! I have such goals for myself and my body and I work better with structure. I was so tickled to stumble on this site, I just purchased your cookbook. You look amazing!

    • Sam
      August 11, 2016 at 9:39 pm (2 years ago)

      Awww thank you so much, Julie!! For the ego boost AND buying my cookbook 😉 Hope you like it and if you post any pics of your culinary creations, be sure to tag #JackedontheBeanstalk so I can see and stalk you 🙂 All the best and a big, sincere thanks for the support!

  10. Shawnda
    May 31, 2017 at 12:26 am (11 months ago)

    Hi! I’m aggressively learning about being vegan and body building. I’ve been body building for about a year, I eat clean (tho I’m an omnivore), and have watched my macros closely. I’d love to learn more about how you do maintenance (not during competition). What’s your macros? How many calories do you intake? And I’ve tried a day in vegan world and could not get enough protein!! I keep hearing vegans say it’s doable, but I’m so confused because everything that has protein has at least the same amount of carbs and most of the time more carbs than protein! Ha! I found tempeh that I love (no grains) but it has 7 g of fat per serving and only 13 G protein.
    Anyhow, that’s the wall I’m hitting! But I’d love to know your non comp season macros/calories.
    And have you met any bodybuilders who were following macros, switched to vegan with same macros and got leaner?


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