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Vegan Strongman Sets New World Record

Vegan Strongman Sets New World Record

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.’”

To read the full story, go here.

For more of Baboumianís personal story, go here.

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.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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8:07AM PST on Nov 26, 2013

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7:47AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

I'm glad that Patrik Baboumian proves to the world that a vegan can be very strong outside and very healthy, kind hearted inside. My physician told me that to build up muscles, one must work out with weight and not food alone, whether a vegetarian or carnivore.

5:22PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

People have told me so many times that a vegetarian diet makes people weak and sickly. On the contrary!

12:57AM PDT on Sep 20, 2013

Thank you.

6:15AM PDT on Sep 19, 2013

I'm a vegan girl so wow, he's amazing 'Vegan Power!' yeah!

3:08AM PDT on Sep 17, 2013

vegans rock

1:57AM PDT on Sep 17, 2013

noted

11:31PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

thanks

9:40PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Awesome!! This is so inspiring and will go a long ways towards re-educating people out there. Good for you Patrik Baboumian!

6:19PM PDT on Sep 16, 2013

Thanks

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