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Patrik Baboumian won the title of German Junior Bodybuilder, 1999 at the young age of 20 and his achievements didn’t stop there. His current titles include the world record for under 105kg log-lift with a 165 lift and the German record for heavyweight log-lift, which he was won 4 times consecutively.

Further on in his athletic career, Baboumian increased in size and strength and started competing in European Powerlifting Competitions, enabling him to attain the European Open title in 2012 and setting personal bests of Bench 210kg, Squat 360kg, Deadlift 360kg. (Quite the paradox to the misconception of vegans being weak and having no muscle!)

As at stands in 2007, Baboumian has the following build and achievements:

  • Height: 1.68m
  • Bodyweight: 116 kg
  • Biceps: 50 cm
  • Bench 215 kg
  • Squat 310 kg
  • Deadlift 360 kg

After being vegetarian for many year prior turning vegan in 2011, Baboumian proudly became an influence for other athletes and people to go vegan or try veganism.

“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.”

After taking a break from his athletic career to write a book on sports nutrition then translate it into English, he proceeded to break his own previously set yoke-carrying record, setting a new, mighty impressive record of 555kg! (Baboumian beat his last record of 550kg which he set at Toronto Veg Fest).

Other achievements include:

1999 int. German Champion Jun. Bodybuilding-IFBB
2007 German Champion -105 kg Strongman-GFSA
2009 German Champion -105 kg Strongman-GFSA
2009 German Team-Champion Strongman-GFSA
2009 German Champion log lift -GFSA
2009 World record log lift -105 kg (165 kg)
2010 German Champion log lift -GFSA
2010 German record in log lift +105 kg (180 kg)
2011 4th place at loglifting worldcup (185 kg)
2011 German record in loglifting +105 kg (185 kg)
2011 German Champion and total winner in log lifting -GFSA
2011 German record in beer keg lifiting (13 repeats)
2011 Germany’s Strongest Man 2011
2012 European Champion in Powerlifting Class –140 kg division (GPA)
2012 World record beer keg lifting (150,2 kg)
2012 World record Front Hold 20 kg (1:26,14 Minuten)
2013 World record yoke-walk, 550,2 kg uber 10 m in Toronto

2007 (China) 14.
2009 (Ukraine) 9.
2010 (USA) 23.

Baboumian aptly quoted: “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!”

Image Credit: Alchetron | Ozy