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A: I’ve been athletic my whole life, but didn’t a join a gym until I was about 21. The first few years as a beginner I had no idea what I was doing, but through trial and error I learned everything that I know on my own. It’s been 11 years since I first stepped into the gym.
A: I have always wanted to step on stage as a bodybuilder, it’s been my passion since I was a kid. I was always drawing guys I saw in movies, guys like Arnold and Stallone, with oversized biceps and big chests. Most of my life, my frail frame couldn’t pack on weight for the life of me, so when I got up to about 180lbs, my agent at the time, knowing that I had always wanted to compete, told me about this new division. I decided to take my time, watch and study competitors, posing, judging, etc., mentally preparing myself. After a year of spectating I entered my first show and the rest is as they say – history.
A: I remember having a great childhood, my family was close with everyone in the neighborhood. My dad was a painter back home, so everyone in the city had my dad’s painting’s hanging in their apartments. When we were getting a dog, previous owner wouldn’t take our money and wanted my dad to give him one of his paintings in return. Growing up my dad being an athlete (gymnastics was his background) was trying to find what I would be good at, so he would sign me up to different sporting events, swimming, gymnastics, sambo, track, I wasn’t ever really great at any of them, but trying everything gave me overall athleticism and endurance. My dad taught me how to do sit-ups at an early age, and at around 9 I could see my abs, I asked him what the cubes on my stomach were, he explained. Since then I was getting very fascinated with developing the rest of me and wanted softball biceps like my dad had. Growing up there taught me a lot and made me appreciate things here in America that much more.
A: My family and my extended family took very well care of me when we first got to America. They never wanted us kids to feel like we couldn’t afford anything, even though we couldn’t afford most of the things a kid first arriving to America would want. We arrived here in the middle of the school year and the classes were full, so I had to wait until the year was over to go to an American school. My sister ended up going to school once we settled and I was jealous, because all I did was stay home and watch cartoons while she got her education on – not a bad thing, but having A’s in Belarus, I came here wanting to keep learning and seeing what the kids on America study. Staying at home and watching cartoons with subtitles on actually taught me more than the school did. I learned how to speak English through tv by reading and repeating what they were saying. I soaked English language up like a sponge, by the time it was my time to go to school I knew how to speak just fine, my grades were A’s, I was an honor roll student every semester and got awards in every class I had. I made a lot of Russian friends there, Brooklyn is very largely populated by Eastern Europeans.
A: I think it was when I qualified for the Olympia for the second year in a row by winning Prestige Crystal Cup Pro 2014. I proved not only to myself, but to others that me making the Olympia list in 2013 wasn’t just an accident, but solidified and reassure me that I belong on that stage with some of the world’s best physiques.
A: Hey JC,

I think the athletes ultimately create the standard and fine tune the criteria, the evolution of the posing and physique in the Men’s Physique division since the beginning is proof of that. I don’t think I’m outside the criteria, I’ve always stayed within boundaries, not on purpose, but because my progress is slow, but steady. I’ll continue to add detail and bring a symmetrical, balanced physique to the stage every time. If the judges disagree and tell me that I should go into Classic Physique, then I’ll take my time and give myself a long offseason before transitioning into the new division, just like I did when I started competing in Men’s Physique. I didn’t jump into it right away, and took my time setting up a plan, which worked. Ultimately I will end up in Classic Physique, the progress will determine how soon.

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