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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.

Full interview.

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Is the full translation available? Sometimes international websites offer an "English" link, but I cannot find one on the interview website.

I like when he says, "Это было на Открытом Кубке Латвии Монстер Жим AWPC". Classic!

Gasp! He uses hormones?!

Does he have any plans on Strongman?

Boris wrote:
Gasp! He uses hormones?!

Whouda thunk it?!

You can go to www.freetranslation.com and copy and paste the interview, not a full translation but you can figure it all out for the most part.

Try this:
http://babelfish.yahoo.com/translate_url?doit=done&tt=url&intl=1&fr=bf-home&trurl=http%3A%2F%2Fbogatyr.su%2Fp1.html&lp=ru_en&btnTrUrl=Translate

It's a perfectly cromulent translation!

i would love to see him and the white rhino go head to head over boldton. both are monsters when it come to raw.

john grosulak
www.HOUSEOFPAIN.com
www.thehouseofpainexpo2010.moogo.com

i would love to go head to head but why with no belt i never train with no belt,also he wants me to loose 50lbs to compete against him,lets both just put a belt on and see who pulls the most trust he would have to pull over 980lb to win

andy bolton
www.andyboltonstrength.com

Anonymous wrote:
i would love to go head to head but why with no belt i never train with no belt,also he wants me to loose 50lbs to compete against him,lets both just put a belt on and see who pulls the most trust he would have to pull over 980lb to win

andy bolton
www.andyboltonstrength.com


I think the only thing that would mean something was if both competed at a body weight where they were most comfortable. Make Andy lose 50 lbs? get real. just do the challenge already.

I'll say this. KK is unreal!! What he has done is amazing. I'll also say this. Andy Bolton is unreal!! What he has done is amazing. Did I just repeat?! If you are going to make a challenge statement you don't put stipulations on it. Lose wt. this, belt that. They could just lift as they do and it would be an instant classic. 2 of the greatest ever!!
Slade

How is Konstantin(308) the number one ranked raw lifter when he totaled less than Efferding(275) while being in a heavier weight class?

Doesn't make sense to me.

Anonymous wrote:
How is Konstantin(308) the number one ranked raw lifter when he totaled less than Efferding(275) while being in a heavier weight class?

Doesn't make sense to me.

Konstantinovs competed tested (AWPC).

Staff wrote:

Konstantinovs competed tested (AWPC).

haha

Yeah this guy is 100% clean, lol.

Google has a translator in the tool bar.

Sean Katterle wrote:
Google Translation Part 5:

For many, a challenge to combine work and training. Before you is a problem?

I work as a bodyguard. I fly around the world - interesting and informative. However, with the workouts are not easy to reconcile. We have to train in hotels, fitness centers, where about lifting and not heard. And sometimes have to just step aside and put on the shoulders of a comrade and squat till you drop to at least some muscle support. After the visit, 4-5 kg in the minus. At work on pyatirazovom nutrition can forget. Sometimes breakfast, and then couple of protein bars per day - that's the whole diet. Plus another change of time zones. Lived in the U.S. for three weeks, and then ten o'clock difference with Riga. Flew back home - two weeks to withdraw. Then again on the road. But it's all the details - there is a will, and the rest of the break through. At the last competition two months I had to prepare. Started with a weight of 118 kg total. Of these two months, nearly two weeks on mission. Flew - 126 kg weight, flew - 122 ... And so twice during training. On one character survived. But only the strong move on!

Constantine, arranged in descending order of importance the following components of successful training:
nutrition, hormones, sleep, exercise, psychological comfort.

Psychological and spiritual comfort, hormones, sleep, nutrition, exercise.

How do you adjust to the approach to competition and during training?

Psychological mood especially in the competitions are extremely important to me. Especially in the draft. Configures itself very aggressively. We can say that in a controlled rage. In the brain, only one word - speed! For many years it has helped me. The guys are always shouting is "speed" when supported. The video is well heard. At training quieter, of course, but still always the limiting concentration. Heavy or marginal approaches is always the same tune, but carefully, as you can to burn the psyche. A long time she recovered.

Tell us about powerlifting in Latvia. What do you have with the federation?

Federation we have two in Latvia: IPF and WPC-GPC. They get along together quite peacefully. There are some differences, but where they do not. Generally, powerlifting is becoming increasingly popular. Lots of young people. Most athletes, of course, in IPF. But many stand there and there. Competitions are many: to act - do not want. And zhimu, and triathlon. Organization of tournaments at a good level. In 2008, we had Europe WPC - everyone liked it. Now in 2011 will WPC World in Riga. This, of course, happy. In IPF guys well at international competitions. In general, for a country with two million people lifting our well-developed and developed.

We have much to prepare?

Now I want to relax a bit and work on - especially on draft. Hang back in gear while not particularly want. So I will work without uniforms (RAW). My next goal is 441 kg without kombeza. Many people ask when pobesh record Bolton. It amuses me. I would love to meet him at a platform in the category up to 140 kg without the belt and kombeza. And then we could find out who is really stronger. But I have an assumption that Andy does not subscribe. Someone kombez gives a good increase, but some do not. And so went in the buff, and pulled. I'm sure people would be terribly interesting. And then I think many are tired of these megaekipirovochnyh records. This power is not whether someone smarter raskoryachitsya and adapt under EKIP. This is my personal opinion.

Did not want to try their hand at mass-wrestling? He is on a format similar to postural thrust.

Pro-wrestling mas heard, but do not want to try. Misha Koklyaev won both competitions in mass wrestling got injured badly. I like the saying goes: do not - do not do and do what is given. I have given thrust to pull, and I'll do it.

IN INTERVIEWS AND COVER USED PHOTO Yuri Gutsana and Alexander Trinitatova

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www.kachok.com


Thanks Sean, what a great interview it gives alot of great information about him and his life in many aspects training,job,plans/goals,opinions,insights,past etc.]

Anonymous wrote:
i would love to go head to head but why with no belt i never train with no belt,also he wants me to loose 50lbs to compete against him,lets both just put a belt on and see who pulls the most trust he would have to pull over 980lb to win

andy bolton
www.andyboltonstrength.com

You are just chicken, to prove this I challenge you to a deadlift competition. We will both meet at 278 lbs and 6'5" tall so you will have to wear platform shoes, we must both also use the same size belt so I know that you are not getting an unfair advantage from your larger belt, and to make up for the fact that I compete tested and you do not you must perform the lift standing on one leg.....

Fattest Illinois Lifter wrote:
Anonymous wrote:
i would love to go head to head but why with no belt i never train with no belt,also he wants me to loose 50lbs to compete against him,lets both just put a belt on and see who pulls the most trust he would have to pull over 980lb to win

andy bolton
www.andyboltonstrength.com


You are just chicken, to prove this I challenge you to a deadlift competition. We will both meet at 278 lbs and 6'5" tall so you will have to wear platform shoes, we must both also use the same size belt so I know that you are not getting an unfair advantage from your larger belt, and to make up for the fact that I compete tested and you do not you must perform the lift standing on one leg.....

Fuckin' hilarious...lol

Sean Katterle wrote:
Google Translation Part 5:
But I have an assumption that Andy does not subscribe. ..... And so went in the buff, and pulled. I'm sure people would be terribly interesting. ....He is on a format similar to postural thrust.

I think that excerpt says it all: The dude is not afraid to talk smack about Andy. If Andy is not afraid to go in the buff and do the postural thrust, then he better say so soon!

you dummies...he's saying he would love to meet andy weighing 308...not andy dieting down to 308 but he himself at 308.

cant believe you all got that wrong