Joel Kirkilis, vegan bodybuilder and powerlifter

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

Joel Kirkilis, vegan bodybuilder and powerlifter

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.

  • Victoria Champion 2009
  • Benched 150kg at 80kg bodyweight

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" says Joel. "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



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