I used to compete in the 110kg/242lb weight class, but I’m not interested in dieting down into that class anymore. So right now, I compete in the 125kg/275lb class, and I might go up later. I was a sprinter and I also did boxing for a while. When I was 16, I decided to start bodybuilding, so I went to a gym.
I saw a bodybuilder picture on the wall of the gym when I went in for the first time. I told my father, “I am going to look like that someday”. I never doubted it, though I only weighed 39kg (about 85lbs) at that time.
I have competed once in bodybuilding. I did not take the bodybuilding competition very seriously – I was already powerlifting at that time. My first PL meet was in 2002. At first, I didn’t understand the difference between strength training and bodybuilding. I did heavy training. I train with Malanichev when I visit Moscow.
I am very good friends with many Russian lifters. In a way, they are my family. I am a huge fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger, and I have been thinking about doing a movie trailer style video, which would quote some Schwarzenegger movies.