At Toronto’s Vegetarian Food Festival last weekend, history was made when German strongman, Patrik Baboumian shouldered 550 kilos (1212.54 pounds) and carried that weight for over 10 meters (32.8 feet), with just a roar and the words ‘vegan power.’
While the new record isn’t Guinness official yet (a Guinness World Records spokesperson said they can’t verify the record until they receive proper documentation), the TVFF organizers are saying it’s the heaviest load ever carried, equivalent to that of a large horse.
Baboumian started lifting weights when he was a young boy. He went vegetarian in 2006, then after being named Germany’s strongest man in 2011, went vegan.
“I just realized that if it’s really compassion that drives you, maybe it’s not enough just to stop eating animals but you maybe should boycott the whole animal industry, because … it’s not what you as a compassionate being would want. So actually you should go one step further and become vegan,” he says.
Congrats to the plant-strongman and good luck with officially earning the (new) record of “heaviest yoke carry travelling 10 meters!”
Photo credit: David Cooper / Toronto Star