7 Athletes Destroying the “Weakling-Vegan” Stigma

Aidan Morgan
8 min readApr 11, 2019

Fitness has been a passion of mine for a long time, ever since I was forced into my first weight training class at a boarding school I went to in my teen years. I was obviously against it at first, being forced and all, but I quickly learned the principles involved in fitness; discipline, consistency, drive & patience. I adopted these principles and it had a ripple effect, changing my life.

When I became vegan, after the transition stage where I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, I grew to love the sport even more. What going vegan as an athlete did for me was associate a greater purpose with lifting weights, a greater purpose than to just look good naked. I could potentially save animals. That is, as long as I worked hard enough to teach myself how to grow muscle mass on a plant-based diet. Then I could show people it’s possible to not just survive on plants, but thrive!

And what's great, is that there is tons of evidence out there proving my point!

Some of the strongest most powerful mammals on the planet are plant eaters, and still, there are masses of people that think we as humans need meat to thrive. However, despite these deep-rooted misconceptions in our society, a greater number of elite athletes in a range of sports are switching to a whole foods plant-based diet than ever before.

Want living proof?

Here are 7 plant-powered athletes that are obliterating the “weakling-hippie” stigma unfortunately associated with veganism.

Patrik Baboumian

German strongman competitor, strength athlete & vegan activist.

Patrik Baboumian, this man is a legitimate herbivorous beast. Weighing in at __ Baboumian can bench press a whopping 210kg, squat 360kg & deadlift 360kg.

Baboumian is a German strongman competitor, strength athlete and former bodybuilder who strives to show the world that plants are all you need. Baboumian became vegan after being vegetarian for sometime in 2011, and one year later in 2012, he won the European Powerlifting Championship. He has also broken multiple world record log lifts since becoming completely vegan. What I find most…

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