Joel Kirkilis, vegan bodybuilder and powerlifter

Joel Kirkilis smiles and poses with a trophy in his right hand

Australian Joel Kirkilis is a vegan bodybuilder who became the Victoria (Aus) bodybuilding champion in 2009. In 2010 he entered the INBA Melbourne Open and the Victoria Class 2 competition, and finished second in each.

He has since been working on technique and coaching other athletes. "I went vegan because I don't think it is right to exploit animals in any way for my benefit. I have discovered so many other foods which are very nutritious and tasty and have helped me not only feel good but also enhance my athletic ability. I have eaten animal products in the past but ever since I cut them out of my diet I have felt more energetic and also feel better morally."

Joel is also an accomplished powerlifter. Competing at 80kg, Joel's best lifts are: Squat 190kg, Bench 150kg, Deadlift 195kg. "Being a competitive vegan bodybuilder, in a sport which has a significant emphasis on the consumption of animal proteins has provided me with the opportunity to prove that a vegan diet is just as effective for enhancing physical performance yet more importantly it does not involve the cruelty required to produce 'traditional' bodybuilding foods."

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Joel wins the title

 

Joel's profile

 

Article featuring Joel

 

Joel's 180kg squat and one arm chin up

 

Club training - Joel is the 3rd lifter

 

Competition - Joel has the shaved head

 

 

Author: 
Cris Iles-Wright

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