Strongman Patrik Baboumian - Vegan Athlete of the Year 2013

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Strongman Patrik Baboumian - Vegan Athlete of the Year 2013

Postby alanyst » Mon Aug 26, 2013 2:28 pm

I'm quite fascinated by this guy's achievement. Fuelling himself on a plant-based diet while building those hard muscles...

Patrik Baboumian (born 1 July 1979 in Abadan, Iran) is an Armenian-German strongman competitor and former bodybuilder. Patrik lost his father in a car accident when he was only four years old. Growing up in the Iran-Irak-War he learned many lessons about life and himself that would make him mentally strong and resistant in the years to come.

By the age of nine Patrik had developed an interest in weight training, which led him to pursue bodybuilding as a young man. In 1999 he won the IFBB German junior bodybuilding championship, and in 2002 he became the overall junior champion at the Gießen Campions-Cup.

Patrik currently holds the world log lift record in the 105k-category (165 kg), as well as the German heavyweight loglift record (185 kg) and the title of "Strongest Man of Germany 2011". Since 2007 Patrik been competing on a international level for many times a fourth place at the log lifting worlds in Vilnius Lithuania being his best result so far. In 2012 he won the European Championship in RAW-Powerlifting (GPA) and set world records in the keg-lift and the fronthold.

Here's what Patrik says about his choice of a vegan diet:

"When I started the vegetarian diet 2005 I knew little about the effect it would have on my performance and strength. The reasons for my decision where mainly based on my empathy for all kinds of non human animals and the mental conflict I felt, when consuming meat, which would mean that an animal would have to lose its live for my appetite. Expecting at least a slight inverse effect on my training performance I was amazed by the great gains in lean body-mass and strength I got with the meat-free diet. 2011 after winning the German strongman title I was ready to take the next step and switch to a vegan diet. I am now vegan for more than one and a have years and by now I can say that going vegan was the best decision I ever made in my life."

And Patrik was elated to be Vegan Athlete of the Year in 2013:

"I'm particularly honoured to be named Vegan Athlete of the year" said Patrik, "because it shows to me once again how much the international vegan community appreciates my work. The notion of that appreciation and support gives me tons of energy to go on with my work even more ambitious than before. To all other vegan athletes I'd like to say: let's all put our strength together and show the world what a healthy and physically beneficial lifestyle veganism really is."

Patrik will appear at London's first VegfestUK show on both Oct 5th 6th - more at www.london.vegfest.co.uk/patrik-baboumian
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Re: Strongman Patrik Baboumian - Vegan Athlete of the Year 2

Postby xJimx » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:25 pm

[quote="alanyst"]Patrik currently holds the world log lift record in the 105k-category (165 kg)


Is this still the case? Didn't Graham Hicks do more than this at <105? I'm guessing JP would know for sure since he trains with Patrik.

Either way, yes he's a beast & excellent PR for veganism. Good to see he'll be at the vegfest to counter all the raw spiritual life coaching healing bullsh*t.
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Re: Strongman Patrik Baboumian - Vegan Athlete of the Year 2

Postby ORLYLOL » Tue Aug 27, 2013 8:32 pm

[quote="xJimx"][quote="alanyst"]Patrik currently holds the world log lift record in the 105k-category (165 kg)


Is this still the case? Didn't Graham Hicks do more than this at <105? I'm guessing JP would know for sure since he trains with Patrik.

Either way, yes he's a beast & excellent PR for veganism. Good to see he'll be at the vegfest to counter all the raw spiritual life coaching healing bullsh*t.


Per wiki, he still has it. Hicks is 125 kg per his website.

Edit: I found this though, so you might be right. http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/opencm ... ticks.html
"There is much that is difficult for the spirit, the strong, reverent spirit that would bear much: but the difficult and the most difficult are what its strength demands." - Nietzsche

"In all seriousness a beard will add 100 lbs. to your total instantly." - Brandon Lilly

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Re: Strongman Patrik Baboumian - Vegan Athlete of the Year 2

Postby JP » Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:24 am

yep, was at that comp too where hicks did it :)
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