Patrik Baboumian, a German bodybuilder who is smashing soy-based stereotypes. "I'm probably the most unthinkable vegan on the planet for several reasons," says Baboumian, who's built like Popeye and has broken several powerlifting world records.
His family moved to Germany when he was seven years old and it was here that he would begin his journey to weightlifting success.
By the time the gentle giant became "Germany's Strongest Man" in 2011 he was already a vegetarian. But he really started going from strength to strength when he chose the vegan lifestyle, which meant refusing to eat any food that came from animals.
"I got heavier, I got stronger, I won the European championship title in powerlifting, I broke three world records so everything was going perfect ... my blood pressure went down, and my recovery time was so much faster so I could train more."
"Most people think if you are vegan you eat just green stuff, you just eat salad and lettuce and veggies the whole day ... I'm eating beans, legumes, lentils and peas and rice and potatoes and a lot of things that have calories to give me the energy to do what I do."
* The content for this page was excerpted from a 2016 CNN article by Susie East.