Interview with Anton AntipovAnton first started modelling, but he already thought about being a professional bodybuilder.
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HI ANTON, YOU HAVE BEEN AT THE FIBO IN COLOGNE IN 2015. WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT GYM AESTHETICS BACK THEN? HOW DID IT HAPPEN THAT YOU JOINED THE GA-TEAM?
It was my very first time at FIBO last year and out of all the expos I've travelled to all over the world, it was my favourite. The Gym Aesthetics booth stood out because it had one of the biggest fan bases at that expo, the interaction between athletes and fans was great. I was introduced to Gym Aesthetics by my friend Larissa Reis, who stopped by Gym Aesthetics booth to make an appearance and give a speech. I met the rest of the team at FIBO, got to pick up a few items I liked and once I got back home to New York, I was contacted to see if I wanted to join the GA team.
WHAT DOES GYM AESTHETICS MEAN TO YOU?
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WHEN DID YOU START WORKING OUT AND LIVING THE FITNESS LIFESTYLE? WHAT WERE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENTS?
My dad showed me how to do sit ups when I was 6 years old, in school I started running track, played soccer after school, took gymnastics and played hockey. Calisthenics was as close to bodybuilding as I could have gotten growing up in Belarus, we didn't have gyms around and if we did they were too far out of the way. It wasn't until I moved to USA in '97 that I started learning more about training, I worked out at home and on playgrounds every day and at 18 years old I joined my first gym. To this day, my biggest achievements are raising money for charity events while running obstacle courses in the length of half marathon, as well as qualifying for Mr. Olympia competition in Men's Physique division the last 4 consecutive years.
WHATS YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE AND WHY?
My favourite exercises change constantly, one week I like seated rows, next I like preacher curls, right now my current favourite is walking lunges, because the gym I train at now has an outdoor area, so I drag the barbell and the plates outside and walk around the parking lot. I love training outdoors.
WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVORITE EXERCISE AND WHY DO YOU HATE IT SO MUCH?
I don't really have a least favourite exercise, I love them all. I do however constantly skip training forearms directly, just because by the time I get to forearms after training a bigger muscle group I'm so exhausted, and if I train them before then my primary workout is going to suffer.
WHERE DO YOU TAKE YOUR MOTIVATION FROM?
My past achievements I guess. I used to challenge myself quite a lot when I was younger. I was scared of heights, so I climbed the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. I was getting too heavy so I started running half marathons to see how much further or faster I can run every time. Most of my life I was skinny, so I started bodybuilding and progressively improve my physique. When I need motivation now I just look back at the things I overcame that I didn't think I would, I would look at my medals and trophies and that would give me a boost to push further ahead. But it all started from proving something to myself, not to anyone else, that no matter how good I get as something, I can always be better.
WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER ONE POST-WORKOUT MEAL? WHY?
My favourite post workout meal has been the same for the last couple of years. Large sweet potato, cup of blueberries, cup of dry oats, scoop or two of protein powder (or egg whites), water - all blended together in a shake. It's all liquefied and digests fairly easy and quickly, for me it's the perfect post workout meal. An hour after the shake I'll have solid food.
DESCRIBE YOUR MAIN GYM AESTHETICS-OUTFIT:
Dark joggers & Dark sleeveless tank, and I usually warm up in the fitted dark hoodie, really makes me feel like a ninja!
NO-GOS AT THE GYM – WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE AVOID DOING IN YOUR PRESENCE?
When I train I really get into my zone and I like to stay there for the duration of my session, you may see me, but it's not me, I'm somewhere deep inside the shell that walks around lifting weight and making angry faces. I don't like to talk too much during training, and if people approach me I like to keep it short. People that train next to me and yell or make too much noise, no need for theatrics. The chaos is happening in my head during the lifting session, not on the outside.
IN BODYBUILDING, REGENERATION IS AN IMPORTANT TOPIC. HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU TAKE FOR REGENERATION AND WHAT’S YOUR RECOVERY-ADVICE?
Some weeks I don't even take a day off, right now I'm training twice a day. Recovery is important, but you have to approach it smart and listen to your body. I make sure I'm well-fed throughout the day and that I get plenty of sleep, that's my recovery. I don't believe in overtraining, I think people over train when they don't get enough rest or don't eat enough.
SOMEONE ENTERS THE GYM FOR THE FIRST TIME AND ASKS YOU FOR HELP, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL HIM?
Beginners make progress rather quickly, it's keeping up it that most people find difficult. I'd recommend taking their time and starting with machines, then working their way onto free weights.
WHAT HOBBIES DO YOU HAVE BESIDES MOLDING YOUR MUSCLES?
I love to read, travel and discover new sports and challenges, anything that helps me grow mentally as well as physically.
WHAT’S YOUR PERSONAL GOAL FOR 2016?
Expanding my family.