Patrik Baboumian is an Armenian-German strongman competitor, psychologist and former bodybuilder. He held the title of 'Strongest Man of Germany' in 2011 while on a vegan diet.
Amongst his many achievements Baboumian holds the log lift World Record for under 105kg. He lifted 162.5 kg in his second attempt in the German log lift nationals in 2009. In 2010 Baboumian also set a new German heavyweight loglifting record with 180kg. His heaviest log lift is 190kg. In 2011 Baboumian competed at the loglifting world championship and placed 4th with a new German overall-record of 185kg.
Baboumian has been a vegetarian since 2005, and became a vegan in 2011. In November 2011 he became the new face of a campaign by the animal-rights organization PETA, advocating a vegan diet.
“I just found myself thinking that if I would have to kill the animals I ate with my own hands I couldn’t because I was too compassionate. I felt that I was fooling myself eating meat considering my inability to kill an animal so I just thought I’d better be honest to myself and stop eating meat.”
He has inspired many other athletes to try a vegan diet, and believes it has made him stronger. After setting a new world record in yoke walk by carrying a 550kg yoke at Toronto Veg Fest, he said:
“This is a message to all those out there who think that you need animal products to be fit and strong. Almost two years after becoming vegan I am stronger than ever before and I am still improving day by day. Don’t listen to those self proclaimed nutrition gurus and the supplement industry trying to tell you that you need meat, eggs and dairy to get enough protein. There are plenty of plant-based protein sources and your body is going to thank you for stopping feeding it with dead-food. Go vegan and feel the power!”
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