The more I learn, the more serious I grow about strength training…and the higher I set my goals.
Heck, this week I even twittered about putting power cleans back into my routine after swearing them off forever years ago after a string of injuries related to them…which of course were all due to pitiful form, as most strength training injuries are.
I’m really a visual person, so I’ve been searching for a body builder with similar body composition as myself to set my sites on.
I NEVER expected that person to be a Bulgarian Olympic power lifter!
The man pictured here is none other than Ivan Stoitsov. We are both:
- similar in height
- have rolling posture (shoulders set further front on the body, strong arch in lower back, and hips tilted forward)
- have a more square torso (instead of a natural “V”)
- have wide hips
- and what appears to be very similar muscle structure (albeit his are MUCH bigger than mine, ha)
It is a physical impossibility to achieve the results that a professional body builder has. They are INCREDIBLY juiced up on steroids and are near death from dehydration at the time their pictures are taken.
BUT, an Olympic power lifter like Ivan is a little more attainable. Sure he probably trains 8-9 times a week at an intensity level that I can’t even fathom, but his stature is much more my goal.
Do I want to be completely as big as him, nah, especially those massive quads he has, but somewhere in the direction of where he is will be my new goal.
Thanks for the inspiration Ivan.