Patrik is a former bodybuilder who has also been Germany's Strongest Man (105kg), European powerlifting champion and holds world strength records. He took the European Powerlifting title (open category) in 2012 and has broken world records for yoke walking, beer keg lifting and front hold. He has competed with the world's best strongmen and spread the word about his veganism by public speaking engagements and writing. ... click to read more.
Superheavyweight powerlifter Alison Crowdus has quickly become a leading lifter in the US, qualifying for the XPC finals at the Arnold Sports Festival. Her impressive equipped total is one she fully expects to improve on and she is also starting to compete in strongman, winning her first competition.
Bill McCarthy is a international powerlifting competitor and strength coach who has finished in the top five at the US Nationals five times,and was the 2013 Arnold Festival champion. He's won the US Open three times. Weighing in at 110kg, his personal bests for raw powerlifting are 177kg bench press, 275kg squat and 286kg deadlift. He has competed at the Arnold Sports Festival three times and runs a powerlifting team. He's also broken a 20 year old State record for equipped bench set by a multiple world champion.
Iceland is known as a nation where strength sports are popular and standards are high. Vegan viking Hulda has competed successfully in both raw and equipped competition. She has broken all the Icelandic records in ther class related to equipped lifting, rebreaking them repeatedly. She has been crowned Icelandic champion several times and competed in European competition.
Pat was an accomplished marathon runner but is best known for her astounding acheivements in powerlifting. This has been achieved despite a serious genetic cancer which Pat has fought for over thirty years with a plant based diet. She has broken UK national, European and World records in her age groups as she has progressed through the divisions, and some of her records in younger age groups still stand.
Vegetarian since birth, powerlifter Nigel Morton has made an impact nationally as he has shifted enormous totals. The big Canadian has already had success with coaching, although he has plans to take his own total to even bigger numbers. Already squatting 300 kg, Nigel turned vegan in 2010 aged 21 and this period has seen him gain size and strength thanks to a dedicated training ethic and good diet.
Julia has five national powerlifting records, including all of those available at one weight. She has also successfully competed at the World Championships and is entering international competition. She works full time as a fitness instructor and has been vegan since 2013, making the change initially for fitness reasons and later enthusiastically embracing the ethics.
Yolanda has quickly made an impact on US powerlifting soon after taking up the sport. The determined vegan turned to powerlifting after competing in bodybuilding and soon broke the California State record for bench and squat, with the squat also giving her the US national record. She has since rebroken them both. Yolanda typically weighs in at the lower end of her weight category but is still the lifter to beat, proving an impressive strength to weight ratio.
From feats of metal bending strength to state and national records in powerlifting, this fitness trainer shows how to grow strong as a vegan. She has broken the California state records for bench, squat and deadlift, and the deadlift was also a US national record. Melody enjoys less conventional feats too, and enjoys breaking chains, tearing old directories and bending items such as car number plates. Click to find out more
National-level strength competitor and vegan advocate. Joni Purmonen has competed in the finals of Finland's Strongest Man and UK's Strongest Man. He is a founder of online community www.veganfitness.net. He is an accomplished powerlifter with a 230 kg squat at 107kg bodyweight. He's also competed in Highland Games, and runs a gym he founded in Berlin.
Rob Bigwood is a top-level armwrestler who competes with the best in America and around the world. He has competed at high level competitions and beaten many of the sport's top names including world champions. He's won over 40 State Championships and in 2006 was the left handed World Champion in the Super Heavyweight division. He's also starred in 'Game of Arms', a TV series which arranged competitions involving teams across the USA.