Interview with Konstantin Konstantinovs
Bogatyr Brotherhood federation Vice President Dmitry Kasatov interviews 30-year-old Latvian Konstantin Konstantinovs (275/308). Konstantinovs is the number one ranked raw powerlifter in the world and his 947 pound deadlift ranks third all-time. His 939 pound deadlift is the highest raw deadlift ever pulled in competition.
Konstantinovs takes to the platform later this week at the WPC/AWPC Raw World Championships in Rostov on Don, Russia
Konstantinovs, who works as a bodyguard, comments on the talk by fans who would like to see a showdown with Andy Bolton: "I would love to meet him on a platform at 308 without a belt and equipment. And then we could find out who is really stronger. But I have an assumption that Andy does not subscribe to. Some lifters equipment give a good increase, but some do not. And so I went raw and pulled. I'm sure people would be terribly interested. And I also think many are tired of these mega-equipped records. This power is not whether someone is smarter and can adapt in equipment." (from translation)
Konstantinovs reveals that he is slowly moving his bodyweight up to 297-308 (135-140kg). He is currently at 282 pounds (128kg), which he deems too light. He says that his next goal is a 972 pound raw deadlift. In order of importance to training, he lists psychological and spiritual comfort, hormones, sleep, nutrition, and exercise.
In the interview, Konstantinovs comments on his narrow grip bench technique, saying that it prevents injuries and provides continual power during the press, though strong triceps are needed.
He also comments on his hunched back deadlift technique. He says that in 16 years using the technique, the only back injury he has had was while squatting.