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Still think you need meat to be strong? Think again. You’ve probably heard this before: a friend (or a friend of a friend, relative, etc…) tried a plant-based diet only to discover that they felt fatigued and weak. Their conclusion? Not enough protein. Protein is an essential part of any diet and while we may have been raised to believe that it is elusive in plant-based diets, that’s just not true. From beans and legumes to plant-based meats, a vegan diet has no shortage of protein — and there are also plenty of plant-based protein powders on the market to help the athlete in you thrive. Thanks to the awesome badassery served to us by plant-powered athletes like Kendrick Farris, Team USA’s only male weightlifter at the Rio Olympics. Let’s also not forget the likes of Patrick Baboumian, a German powerlifter who was not only named “Germany’s Strongest Man” in 2011 but has also broken multiple powerlifting records. Not to mention, Venus Williams has continued to play tennis like a complete and total boss while slamming dairy milk in a campaign alongside DJ Khaled, all while maintaining a vegan diet.

We could go on, but we think you get the picture — meat and dairy don’t make the athlete. Just like any other athlete, the vegan athlete achieves greatness through hard work, determination, and a relentless training regimen. Want just one more example? Take a look at Hulda B. Waage, an Icelandic powerlifter, who not only recently went home with a shiny new championship trophy, but also broke a new national record. And yeah, she’s vegan.

Icelandic vegan powerlifter Waage broke a national record when she deadlifted 205 kilos — that’s nearly 452 pounds! Waage told Iceland Monitor that “you can be strong without eating meat and animal byproducts.”

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Waage also credits her success to her diet, saying that “I’ve reached the age when the body produces more swelling. I believe my diet helps with this and I recover more quickly after practices.” Plant-based diets just so happen to be high in anti-inflammatory foods, so we’re inclined to agree with her. Of course, all of her success doesn’t come without the help of a serious training regimen. According to Waage, she trains for powerlifting five times a week and also includes swimming, walking, and stretches in her workouts. We hope to see more record-breaking from this awesome vegan athlete in the future!

To learn more about Waage, visit her official website and check out her Instagram to see snippets of her daily training.

All image source: Iceland Monitor

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0 comments on “Icelandic Powerlifter Just Set a National Record for Deadlifting Over 450 Pounds… And She’s a Vegan”

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Michele Tracy Beckman Kirkness
7 Months Ago

James Kirkness I told you!!!!!


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Christopher Penman
7 Months Ago

Michael Davidson


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Michael Davidson
09 Nov 2016

Soon as I seen this I knew it would be something to do with vegan.... Haha ? good achievement!

James Crittendon
7 Months Ago

Hannah Lee


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Susan Shek
7 Months Ago

Kristin Jackson reminded me of u


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Gina Fajardo
7 Months Ago

Tom, Jen


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Jen Lassalle Edwards
09 Nov 2016

Wow!

Tom Barrett
09 Nov 2016

That's awesome.

Daniel Alekseyanov
7 Months Ago

I have a feeling Roids was apart of this... But zero chance of users admitting to it.


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Debrah McCabe
09 Nov 2016

And if she never used steroids? Then what do you have to say? Because from my experience, vegans who are focused on a healthy diet are doing it for the sake of the animals and want to present the best possible image for the cause. I'm 61, vegan for 9 years and that's my goal. To be the best possible representative of the healthy vegan senior that I can be. Great food, clean living and regular exercise. What do you say if that's her driver for this (and not steroids)?

Daniel Alekseyanov
09 Nov 2016

It's easy to end the Roid reputation when ur a weightlifter. Bring the paper from ur blood/piss test, Hathor "The Mountain-GoT" had every test result on hand for the past 5yrs. Incase ppl assumed he was on Roids... Test results said: CLEAN.

Héctor Javier Ordoñez
09 Nov 2016

So Daniel, just because you haven't seen her papers, you assume she does use? You must be scientist!

Daniel Alekseyanov
09 Nov 2016

Nope common sense & bodybuilding documentary on tv, body builders & Roids have a very long history together.. So yea ppl are gonna question it a lot... But if u want shut down the "Roid card" ppl use...then show show the results of all ur blood/piss test results to public.

Debrah McCabe
09 Nov 2016

Héctor Javier Ordoñez Or maybe Daniel is a seer and has visions of things unseen? Maybe we should bow down in worship.

Daniel Alekseyanov
09 Nov 2016

Read up on history of bodybuilding. Plain and simple, it's gonna say Roids are synonymous with it, but my question to both of you is 1. Do you know her personally 2. How can u automatically assume she got that build because she is vegan. 3. Have her prove me wrong. Very high chance nothing well happen cause ur just another person reading about it cause she happens to be vegan who lifts weights. So ur gonna "Assume" she is clean even though you have never met her or talked to her.

Manda Philton
09 Nov 2016

Since when is the onus on us to provide proof that she ISN'T on roids? You've made an accusation and unless you can show a shred of proof, other than that historically SOME lifters have used steroids, don't expect to be taken seriously. You're assuming that she isn't clean and I bet you haven't met her either so you're an enormous hypocrite. Plus I didn't see anyone stating that she got to that size BECAUSE she's vegan, but that she did DESPITE being vegan.

Manda Philton
09 Nov 2016

Most of us aren't retarded and are aware that the stereotypical lifter uses roids.

John Laycock
09 Nov 2016

And you know this because you're a user?

John Laycock
09 Nov 2016

Manda Philton you're a disgusting embarrassment to the human race for using a term like that.. oh wait you're subhuman! Hahaha

Carmelle Bachman
7 Months Ago

Chynna Lopez


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