Strongman Patrik Baboumian has been voted Vegan Athlete of the Year 2012 by visitors to www.GreatVeganAthletes.com
Patrik has had a great year, winning the European powerlifting title in the open category and setting two world records in the 125-140kg category. He also set a record for fronthold and keglift, and won the German loglift championships.
He has not been publicity-shy and has been keen to explain his dietary choices and philosophy of compassion to TV and media.
“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 beat four other excellent vegan athletes who have each had an incredible year, and we would like to congratulate and thank them all.
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 live 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.
When I started the vegetarian diet in 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.
Vegan Strongman Patrik Baboumian breaks the world record for most weight ever “carried” by a human being, traveling 10 meters with a 1216 lb (550 kg) yoke on 9.18.13 in Toronto, Ontario.
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Patrik Baboumian, vegan strongman
Patrik was born in Iran and lives in Germany. In 1999 aged 20
he won German Junior Bodybuilding title.
He holds the world log lift record for under 105kg, with a 165kg lift, as well as the German heavyweight log lift record . His heaviest log lift is 190kg. In 2011 he won Germany's Strongest Man, 105kg category.
In 2012 he continued his success by winning the German log lift title for the fourth time in a row, and setting a keg lift world record (115 kg). He took the European Powerlifting title in Finland, and set a world record for fronthold by holding a 20kg weight for 86 seconds (video below).
By late 2012 he had continued to grow in size and strength and weighed 127kg, so is no longer considering competing above 105kg. In 2012 he competed in the European Powerlifting Championships and despite a number of setbacks squatted 300kg, bench pressed 200kg and deadlifted 330kg. This gave him the European title in the Open category. (Read more here)
Also in 2012 he set a World record by lifting a 150.2kg beer keg overhead. He also made an attempt at the fronthold record which involves holding a 20kg weight with straight arms in front of the body. He added 10 seconds to the World record. (Read more here.) He finished the year with the first ever title of Vegan Athlete of the Year.
In 2013 Patrik was invited to compete in the FIBO Champions League against some of the sport's elite. He proved he could compete at that level and even recorded a win in the crucifix hold (read more here).
His personal bests are: Bench 210kg, Squat 360kg, Deadlift 360kg.
In 2011 Patrik turned vegan after a number of years vegetarian. “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 to 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.”
In doing so he' inspired athletes and other people to try veganism, something he is very proud of. He's also found disbelief among people who discover what he eats, although most respect his decisions.
In 2014 he published a book on sports nutrition, and worked on translating it to English.
In 2013 he set a world record in yoke walk by carrying a 550kg yoke at Toronto Veg Fest. After the amazing feat he told the audience:
“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!”
Patrik's website and blog
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