Patrik Baboumian Feels Better Than Ever, He Says
Strongman Patrik Baboumian was born in Iran and lives in Germany, where in 1999 at the age of 20 he won the German Junior Bodybuilding title. In 2011 the 116 kg loglifter was placed fourth in the world loglifting championship with 185 kg, a German record. In May 2011 he lifted a log of 190 kg in winning a local competition in Turku, Finland. His other personal bests are: Bench 215kg, Squat 310kg, Deadlift 360kg.
After a number of years as a vegetarian Baboumian turned vegan last year, and became the model for a campaign by PETA advocating a vegan diet. On his blog he has posted on May 31 that “Operation going vegan is going extremely well!
Its 90% done! I’m looking forward to cutting out the whey-protein in a few weeks, which will result in a totally vegan nutrition plan for me! Feeling great!”
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.
As an strength athlete I have to make sure that my body gets all three macro-nutrients in feasible amounts. Specially protein is a key factor for the development of the type of body that is needed to be able to endure the gruelling events you have to face as a strongman.
My main protein sources are: soy-milk, soy-protein-powder, tofu, nuts and beans. To get the energy I need for my daily training sessions I use carbohydrates out of: rice, potato, oats and lots of fruits and greens and vegetables. I use shakes and smoothies to get a lot of my calories in liquid form, because it’s hard for me to eat the amounts of calories I need to gain weight and maintain the development of physical strength.