About Me and Arthlete
Hello and welcome to my website! My name is Nikolay and I love body weight strength training! Below you will be able to find more information about me and the project. If you would like to know anything else please post a comment at the bottom of the page.
|2002||Began Working Out||During the first year I was focused on some beginner bodyweight exercises like push-ups and chin-ups. At the end of the year I slowly started incorporating weights in my workouts as well.|
|2003-2009||Weightlifting||This period put the foundation of my training knowledge. I stopped because it started getting boring. Just before I stopped weight lifting I could bench press 130kgs, would bicep curl(for reps) 25kgs(per arm) and more. My body weight was 67kgs.|
|2003||Practised Capoeira||I practised Capoeira Angola for almost one year before I started with gymnatics.|
|2004-2007||Practised Gymnastics(Floor Exercise) under the supervision of coach Stanka Pavlova||Stanka Pavlova has developed Zoya Grancharova(the first Bulgarian female gymnast to win a medal at a World Championships). During her career Stanka Pavlova had been the head coach of the national gymnastics’ team of Bulgaria and helped coaching the national teams of England, France, Greece and other countries.|
|2007||Co-Founded SKSG “Levski Spartak” Sofia, Bulgaria||In the past the club had an Olympic Medalist, Lyubomir Geraskov(Seoul 1988 Gold on Pommel Horse). In 2007 the club experienced some difficulties and had to be re-opened again. I was invited by the executive directors to become a co-founder and an official member of it.|
|2008-Nowadays||Got Primarily Focused on Bodyweight Strength Training||That was the point when I felt weights were no longer challenging me. I started looking for a new field where I could continue developing my strength. That’s when rings appeared on the horizon.|
|2010||Began practising Boxing||After an elbow injury I switched to boxing for a while.|
|2010-Nowadays||Started Arthlete||I started preparing the first video for Arthlete. From then I have been developing this project with some breaks.|
|-||Other Activities||During the years I also did Free Running/Parkour, some Aikido and Ninjitsu.|
I made my first steps in the world of training 11 years ago when I was 14. At the very beginning I could barely do several push-ups and a pull-up. That motivated me to get in better shape and I never looked back afterwards.
Being a full supporter of the empirical knowledge I was mainly on my own in my journey. Experimenting with different methodologies and ideas I would keep changing my training approaches time and time again until I was satisfied with the results. My only companions would be my stubborn character and the love for what I did.
At the beginning I started training with weights. I was intrigued by the results I would get from lifting weights. Steadily building a better looking body that would perform better. However slowly my focus moved from developing a beach looking body to building more strength. I found it fascinating seeing how my body was gaining more and more strength without necessarily developing big and bulky muscles. So then I decided that I wanted to explore the capabilities of my strength potential developing and gaining as much strength as I could pound for pound. That’s why every time I would see somebody who was lifting really heavy weights I would go and ask them for advices as to how I can improve my results. I would read a lot of articles online as well. Which inevitably led to boosting my strength to the point where big guys weighing 90-100kgs(200-220lbs) would stop and watch me lift. One time one of these guys came to me and asked “Hey are you the one curling with the 70kgs(155lbs) barbell?” I laughed and asked him if I look like somebody who can biceps curl that much. He said “Well you certainly don’t look like somebody who can bench press 130kgs(290lbs) but you just did so I don’t know what to think anymore…” I was 67kgs(147lbs) at the time. Eventually at one point lifting weights got boring and after many attempts a gymnastic friend of mine persuaded me to try Still Rings.
However before that happened, several years prior to it, I had the chance to meet Stanka Pavlova who at the time was the executive director of Gymnastics Club “Levski Spartak” in Sofia. We became friends and I was fortunate to train floor gymnastics under her supervision for 3 years and to workout in one gym with her for another 5. During that time I always refered to her knowledge when I was studying a new strength move or a sequence. Being thrilled by my love for gymnastics Mrs. Pavlova would always spend some of her time to answer my questions sharing her knowledge and experience with me. Her advices helped me understand the biomechanics of the human body and gave me a good perspective on how to build my workouts(at first when using weights and then on the still rings) in order to gain the strength I needed in an efficient way.
In 2008 I completely replaced the weights with still rings. I would go and visit other gymnastic halls in order to see how different gymnasts would train. Thus I continuously kept expanding my knowledge training with a various number of gymnasts. The most formidable of which would be Jordan Jovtchev. Jovtchev has competed in 6 Olympic games having won more than 25 medals in his career! Progressively developing my ring strength I was soon invited to compete for another leading gymnastics club in my country. However I had different plans for myself and declined the offer.
Today living far away from any gymnastic halls I get to workout mainly alone(outside or home). I visit the gym only when I have to record something. When that happens however I am happy I get to meet with my long time friend Delyan Dimitrov(currently a free running and gymnastics coach). Dido is also the World FreeRun Champion for 2009(Red Bull Art Of Motion). Both being involved into a lot of strength training we tend to always spend some time discussing workout ideas and exchange a lot of workout information. Which gives me another boost of motivation for his desire to improve is extremely contagious.