If you ever assumed vegans all come in one size — skinny — think again.

Meet Patrik Baboumian, a German bodybuilder who is smashing soy-based stereotypes.

“I’m probably the most unthinkable vegan on the planet for several reasons,” says Baboumian, who’s built like Popeye and has broken several powerlifting world records.

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His passion for bodybuilding stems from a childhood spent in Iran during the 1980s with the backdrop of war with neighboring Iraq.
 
“I always had that desire of being strong and being able to protect myself, being able to protect others,” he recalls.
 

Plant power

His family moved to Germany when he was seven years old and it was here that he would begin his journey to weightlifting success.
 
By the time the gentle giant became “Germany’s Strongest Man” in 2011 he was already a vegetarian. But he really started going from strength to strength when he chose the vegan lifestyle, which meant refusing to eat any food that came from animals.
 
“I got heavier, I got stronger, I won the European championship title in powerlifting, I broke three world records so everything was going perfect … my blood pressure went down, and my recovery time was so much faster so I could train more.” Read more...
 
 

Published by General Olomu