Patrik Baboumian is a record-breaking Iranian-born German-Armenian former strongman and bodybuilder. He set a number of German records and won Germany’s Strongest Man in 2011.
He now spends his time promoting veganism and appeared in the 2018 documentary The Game Changers about the benefits of a plant-based diet for athletes.
“Strength must build up, not destroy. It should outdo itself, not others who are weaker. Used without responsibility, it causes nothing but harm and death. I can lift the heaviest weights, but I cannot take the responsibility off my shoulders. Because the way we use our strength defines our fate. What traces will I leave on my path into the future? Do we really have to kill in order to live? My true strength lies in not seeing weakness as weakness. My strength needs no victims. My strength is my compassion.”1Baboumian, P. 2015. Rich Roll Podcast. Available: https://www.richroll.com/podcast/patrik-baboumian/ [Accessed 6 May 2021].