Many people mistakenly believe that a diet heavy in meat and dairy is the only way to build muscle and gain physical strength. Today we showcase three vegan muscle men who are breaking both preconceptions and records.
The world’s strongest vegetarian
Is it possible to gain strength on a completely vegan diet? Patrick Baboumian certainly thinks so. The Armenian-German strongman competitor currently boasts the world log lift record in his weight class and won Germany’s Strongest Man competition in 2011.
For Baboumian, protein is king for strength gains, but his protein-based needs are entirely met through consumption of vegetable-based sources. Baboumian favors tofu, soy milk, soy protein powder, nuts and beans. (1) “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!” (2)
The pro wrestler they call the “Vascular Vegetarian”
Austin Aries is a professional wrestler who has lived on a vegan diet since 2011. (3) His eating regime does not appear to have held him back. At 5’9 and a billed weight of 210 lbs, he is a force to be reckoned with in the ring.
Aries has won the TNA World title once, and Ring of Honor title twice. As for his diet, he makes sure to get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, including bananas, blueberries, oranges, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, broccoli, avocados and tomatoes. For strength purposes, he also tries to get enough protein into his regime, favoring tempeh, lentils, beans and vegan protein powders. (4)
The 78 year-old vegan bodybuilder
Jim Morris boasts an impressive physique for any age, let alone for a 78 year old. He changed to a vegan diet in 2000. He credits his vegan diet for totally curing his digestive problems, greatly reducing inflammation in his joints and most incredibly, for no longer requiring glasses for his former poor eyesight (5).
At one time Morris also worked as Elton John’s bodyguard. (6)
These hardy kings of iron prove that vegans can also make wickedly strong physical specimens. Interested in finding out more? Watch this short documentary below on the life of vegan bodybuilder Jim Morris.
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