Vegan Gains (real name – Richard Burgess) is a Canadian vegan natural bodybuilder, YouTuber, animal rights activist, who shows off his vegan diet, fitness routines, and debates on his YouTube channel.
Burgess was born on June 26, 1991, in Canada.
In 2011, after reading the works of physician/cardiologist Caldwell Esselstyn and nutritional biochemist T. Colin Campbell and watching a YouTube video of animal activist Gary Yourofsky, Gains became vegan.
”I went vegan about 4 years ago. It was back in April, so a little over 4 years now.”
Richard went on to say:
”I watched a Gary Yourofsky video, somebody linked it on Facebook. I’d never heard any great arguments about going vegan until then.”
Note – the word ‘vegan’ was initially defined as a diet free of animal-based foods, such as honey, eggs, dairy products, and meat (including fish). According to The Vegan Society:
”Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
Gains started his YouTube channel on December 12, 2014. So far, the channel has over 351,000 subscribers and more than 67 million views. His total views would be much higher if he didn’t delete many of his videos.
In his first youtube video, “Why a Bodybuilder Became Vegan,” (now deleted) he told viewers:
“I ended up finding out meat was actually the cause of many of our chronic diseases included diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.”
“I even found out that meat is actually bad for promoting muscle mass in athletic performance.”
The most popular video on the channel is titled – ”Rich Piana is Suffering From Bigorexia.” It has over 2.9 million views.
He also has a popular series called Worst of the Fitness Industry.
Richard filmed his own grandfather having a heart attack. According to Burgess, his intention was to use the video to spread awareness on how it is unhealthy to consume animal products, especially meat.
Repzion (real name – Daniel Sulzbach), a fellow YouTuber, made a video about the whole incident. Later, Richard threatened Repzion. In a 2019 video, Gains apologized to Repzion.
Furious Pete Incident
Furious Pete (real name – Peter Czerwinski) is a Canadian competitive eater and YouTube celebrity who has set Guinness World Records in a few eating categories.
In October 2014, Furious Pete shared in a YouTube video that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Gains uploaded two response videos, titled – “Furious Pete: Worst of the Fitness Industry” and “Furious Pete Has Cancer Again! Oh No!”
During one of his videos, Burgess said:
“Furious Pete is a dumb selfish c### who continued to eat meat, dairy, and eggs even after he learned about all of this.”
Richard later added:
“Now it looks like he’s gonna die of cancer and if you ask me he’s getting exactly what he deserved.”
Furious Pete responded with a video, titled – “THE PROBLEM WITH VEGANS: THE CULT.”
On February 2, 2018, Burgess uploaded ”I Might Have Cancer (Not Click Bait) And Other Updates.” According to the description of the video:
”There’s a hard lump causing pain in a very sensitive region of my body and it could be cancer.”
One commenter wrote: ”Furious Pete is probably laughing at you right now.” Another one wrote: ”That’s what happens when you make fun of another person with cancer than you get ball cancer.”
Vegan Gains is married to Jasmine Gains. She is her manager. In addition, Jasmine has her own YouTube channel, with over 9,000 subscribers.
The couple doesn’t have any children. Richard had a vasectomy (a minor surgery to block sperm from reaching the semen).
Burgess once said:
”When I see babies in a commercial I start to gag and almost throw up. I have to look away and mute it.”
His regular diet includes – green smoothies with tons of greens, sweet potatoes, fruits (especially -apples, cherries, blackberries, blueberries, and bananas), oatmeal, and beans.
During an interview, Richard said about his diet:
“It’s pretty mixed between fruits and starches.”
Burgess also said:
”I don’t have like a super, super heavy fruit diets, not a super starchy diet, you know, like starch solution.”
His favorite junk food is doughnuts.
Richard weights about 180-185 lbs (81.8-84 kg).
Gains is 6’3” (1.90 m) tall.
”There’s also this thing called The China Study, the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, and it found that those following a plant-based diet excluding all animal products have the lowest risk of chronic disease.”
[Regarding Joe Rogan] ”All of your claims about a vegan diet being unhealthy and not having any environmental benefits are bogus.”
“If you are eating enough calories you are eating enough protein.”
”They want to sell supplements. They want to sell their lifestyle. They want to get money from sponsors.”
In 2015, a petition was started on Change.org for Richard to be admitted for psychological help. About 334 people signed the petition. According to the petition:
”He has demonstrated violence, aggression, and delusions. He talks about already having mental problems, which may be a key foundation for his unstable behavior.”
Richard has a number of response videos and debates with raw carnivore dieter, Frank Tufano.
On Nov 30, 2018, Gains made a video about Dr. Eric Berg.
Vegan Gains – Net Worth
Gains earns most of his wealth from advertisements on his YouTube channel. His channel has more than 67 million views, meaning about $120,000 in revenue. Keep in mind that his revenue from ads on YouTube is lower than that of other famous YouTubers since many of his videos are demonetized.
Additionally, Richard makes money from donations while streaming on YouTube (he was banned on Twitch). Also, he sells merch on teespring.com/stores/vegan-gains as well as he has around 140 patrons on Patreon. Therefore, Vegan Gains has an estimated net worth of $0.1 million.