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5 Plant-based Athletes That Blow The Protein Myth Out of the Water

Unfortunately, most people are still under the illusion that you need animal protein if you want to be strong and healthy.

Thankfully, despite the obvious opposition the following 5 athletes are on a mission to bust the protein myth wide open and show the world that you can in fact be at the top of your game, while being fueled by plants.

I’m pretty sure that nobody is asking these guys where they get their protein…

1. Patrik Baboumian (aka Germany’s Strongest Man)

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Proudly sporting his “I Am a Vegan Badass” t-shirt, Patrik Baboumain made history at this year’s Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival when he carried an incredible 550 kilos for over 10 meters, setting a new unofficial world record. As if that wasn’t enough to prove that you don’t need meat to be big and strong, Patrik celebrated his impressive feat by letting out a roar to the tune of “vegan power”.

After going vegetarian in 2006 and vegan 5 years later, Patrik is driven by compassion and the desire to break stereotypes about meat eating tough guys. Mission accomplished Patrik!

2. Scott Jurek


Not many athletes have made such an impression on their sport like Scott Jurek, making him a shining example of what is possible with a plant-based diet. Based in Colorado, Scott is a vegan ultramarathon runner with a whole host of amazing achievements under his belt, from becoming the first American winner of the annual 246k Spartathon in Greece to setting the American record for the 24 hour run logging over 165 miles.

Described by Chris McDoughall in his revolutionary book ‘Born to Run’ as “the top ultrarunner in the county, maybe in the world, arguably of all time”, Scott has been a vegan since 1997 and is a passionate advocate of the cause, stressing its importance in endurance, recovery and health.

3. Mac Danzig

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Competing at the highest level of Mixed Martial Arts, despite wanting to eat a plant-based diet, Mac Danzig believed that he couldn’t be a professional athlete without animal protein. As a result he continued to eat chicken and fish even though it conflicted with his ethics, but everything changed when he started working with a vegan trainer who helped him make the switch.

After going vegan in 2004 he went on a 12 fight winning streak, won the King of the Cage Lightweight Championships in 2005 and defended the title four times, won the Ultimate Fighter 6 competition in 2007 and was awarded Knockout of the Night when he beat Joe Stephenson in 2010.

4. Rich Roll


After being unable to climb his stairs at the age of 40 due to an excessive lifestyle of alcohol, drugs, poor diet and inactivity, Rich Roll realized his health was at risk and decided to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet and began to train.

His goal was to enter an ultramarathon, but after being unable to secure a place he did manage to gain entry to the Ultraman 2008, three day event and with only 6 months training he finished 11th overall and recorded the 2nd fastest swim. In 2009 he was named one of the “25 Fittest Guys in the World” by Men’s Fitness Magazine. Boasting the tagline ‘Plant Strong!’ Rich is an outspoken supporter of a plant-based lifestyle spreading the message wherever he goes.

5. Brendan Brazier


Ironman triathelete and endurance runner, Brendan Brazier credits his plant-based diet for helping him recover from a serious road accident in 2003, after which he went on to become the Canadian 50k champion as well as set the record for the Bigfoot Half Ironman course.

Brendan is a big advocate of plant-based nutrition for sport, and proudly talks about the advantages of this lifestyle especially in terms of allowing you to train harder and recover faster.



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156 comments on “5 Plant-based Athletes That Blow The Protein Myth Out of the Water”

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Amanda Brown
25 Days ago

I nominate myself :) Field hockey player, jiu jitsu competitor, RD, & CSCS...always inspiring my friends/clients to move toward a plant-based diet!

David Cazares
25 Days ago

Eddie Jiminez

Brooke Tadlock
25 Days ago

Jehina Malik champion bodybuilder, vegan since birth and stacked!!

Blindbunny Bunny
25 Days ago

Amanda Brown is who I nominate!!

Vivien Lee Watson
25 Days ago

Nicole Ryan

Tina Weaver Gyokeres
25 Days ago

Very misleading title makes it sound like they take in zero protein versus zero animal protein. If article titles are so biased and incorrect, it makes me wonder about the integrity of the actual article.

Sarah Jessica Bradshaw
25 Days ago

Maclaine Maki

Ornella Haja
25 Days ago

Douglas D Eden the real sacrifice here is us having to endure your comments. You should join the 'eggs cheese milk and meat page'. Who agrees?

RObert Marron
25 Days ago


Derek Travers
25 Days ago

if you want to eat all the plants good on ya I like meat so fuck off

Hugh Smith
27 Mar 2014

My my how rude and aggressive you are Derek Travers. Why so defensive bro? I think that deep down your conscience is bothering you. As your body becomes what you eat, so your mind becomes what you think - so with you there is clearly a major cross over as well. Animal that you are. So lets hear... let me have it... ha ha ha you idiot.

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