Patrik Baboumian, a 34-year-old German strongman, recently lifted 550 kg (approximately 1,212 pounds!) at Torontoís Vegetarian Food Festival, and carried it 10 meters, potentially breaking the world record for “heaviest yoke carry traveling 10 meters.”
Can you guess what he yelled after he finished this feat?
No, not owwww! He yelled “Vegan power!”
In an interview with Toronto’s Star,†Baboumian says: “Itís a bit stupid to do things like that, it really hurtsÖ But, the point is to inspire people and break stereotypes that tough guys need to eat a lot of meat.”
Baboumian, a life-long animal lover†became a vegetarian in 2006.
He tells the Star, “‘One day, I just thought, if you see a bird with a broken leg, you really have the urge to do something about it and help the bird Ö Then, at the same time, you go to a restaurant and eat a chicken or something. It doesnít make any sense.’
In 2011, shortly after being named Germanyís strongest man, he went full-out vegan.
‘I just realized that if itís really compassion that drives you, maybe itís not enough just to stop eating animals but you maybe should boycott the whole animal industry, becauseÖ itís not what you as a compassionate being would want. So actually you should go one step further and become vegan.’”
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I donít know about you, but after hearing about his journey to veganism I would love to give him a hug. Although, Iím unsure if my arms would fit around the mass of muscles he has built.
Baboumian helps prove that real strength is built not only through physical prowess, but through compassion and empathy.