Hasta la veggie, baby – real-life Terminators that eat plant-based

Recently at the Paris Climate Change talks, Hollywood action hero and former Californian governor Arnold Schwarzenegger stunned his audience, telling them it was a good idea to “stop eating meat altogether or at the very least stop for one or two days a week” to fight climate change.

He went on to explain that “28 per cent of the greenhouse gasses come from eating meat and from raising cattle, so we can do a much better job.”

When challenged as to whether it was possible to obtain his type of physique without consuming meat, Schwarzenegger replied “luckily we know that you can get your protein source from many different ways…”

And it seems Arnie isn’t the only one with a real-life Terminator-style build advocating the power of plants!

Check out these meat-free muscle-men that have a passion for animals, the environment, and making you feel overwhelmingly puny:

Patrik Baboumian

Patrik Baboumian (born 1 July 1979) is an Iranian-German strongman competitor, psychologist and former bodybuilder of Armenian descent.

Among Patrik’s many accolades are Germany’s 2011 Strongest Man title and four world records for strength including an unprecedented 10 metre 550kg yoke-walk.

Baboumian has been a vegetarian since 2005, and became a vegan in 2011. His primary motivation for this lifestyle change was his compassion for animals. At the time, Patrik was unsure how his physical performance would be affected. Turns out that he’s ended up going from strength to strength and from world record to world record, providing evidence along the way of the power of a plant-based diet

“…I am stronger than ever before and I am still improving day by day. Don’t listen to those self-proclaimed nutrition gurus and the supplement industry trying to tell you that you need meat, eggs and dairy to get enough protein.  There are plenty of plant-based protein sources and your body is going to thank you for stopping feeding it with dead food.”

Barny du Plessis

Barny du Plessis is a 41-year-old bodybuilder from Norwich who won the Mr Universe title for 2014.

Barny was raised as vegetarian from birth until age 18 but then decided to start eating meat as it was his belief at the time (due to what he now describes as a lack of nutritional education) that this was the only way to get enough protein to build muscle.

However, following his 2014 Universe win and looking to retirement, Barny decided to return to his vegetarian roots; this time becoming fully plant-based. He was shocked at what happened next: his new diet suddenly gave him more energy and endurance in the gym than ever before.

Now Barny says he has less fat, more lean muscle mass, recovers and trains in half the time, gets better results, and that his body is running perfectly.

From that moment forward, Barny and Josie, his fiancé (UK’s Strongest Woman 2010 who trains and follows a plant-based diet alongside him) set their sights on the 2015 Mr & Miss Universe show to compete as the world’s first vegan elite-level professional bodybuilders.

“We now have a point to prove and a massive incentive. We are representing the vegans of the world, all the animals and the environment. My crusade is to show the world that we can live a healthy, happy and prosperous life without exploitation of innocent creatures.”

Mac Danzig

In 2015 Los Angeles-based Mac Danzig is a 35 year old single father to his six year-old daughter, retired martial artist, winner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), full-time martial arts trainer and photographer.

Danzig has been vegan since 2004, is an animal-rights advocate and even made a appearance in the hugely-successful plant-based documentary ‘Forks Over Knives’.

Although the world-renowned martial artist claims to have received a lot of backlash over the years from the fighting community regarding his plant-based diet, he says that he has noticed a gradual shift in attitudes over the past few, and that athletes nowadays are consuming far less meat and dairy.

Mac was asked by veganbodybuilding.com about his success in promoting a plant-based lifestyle to others, and we love his response:

“I prefer to lead by example. I choose not to wear veganism on my sleeve as though it’s a club or religion that I want to convert others to. That sort of approach ultimately pushes people away. Nobody likes to be forced into something, even if it’s good for them. I would rather live my life positively and make an impact with the choices I make. I have been lucky enough to gain mainstream success and have inspired many people to become vegan simply by competing. I love hearing from people who tell me that I inspired them to try cutting out all animal products from their diet.”

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