Here is a visit to Ilya Ilyin‘s home.
If any of you Russian speakers find that Ilya says something interesting, please help translating in the comments (maybe the stretching part at 20:10).
Update: Thanks to wolfheart, Derrick and Alexander
- First few minutes are about his personal life and a bit of nutrition, which is basically that he doesn’t each much for breakfast and doesn’t follow a strict diet (his wife cooks him something different every day). His wife is very high level handball player playing for Kazakhstan national team and Ilya met her long before he became “Ilya”.
- Eats Oats, Buckwheat, Rice, Dried Fruit, nothing fried. Light breakfast big lunch.
- He started training at around 7 years because his parents left him with his brother to babysit who was taking him to the gym where he just played around at first. He also stated that he doesn’t think that you can make an Olympic athlete, they just “appear” (when asked if he wants to train his daughter to do something)
- He was also presented with a lot of options like martial arts but he chose weightlifting by himself.
- He also doesn’t have the attitude to become/be the champion, because everyone has weaknesses and strengths and is good at something. Noone is an “angel” who would be “the best” at something. Instead he just visualizes the movements of the competition months in advance in every detail (including the crowds and so on) and plays it over and over in his head. When he goes on the stage he basically already lifted the weight.
- “You also have to be mentally ready for the victory” and after London he started preparing himself mentally for the world championship
- In general he talks a bit about being humble and not too self-confident, which is important, but only in moderation.
- During the last month of a big event he trains very intense (10:30 – 12:30, 17:00 – 19:30 and 21:30-22:30 each day, only eating, reading books and sleeping in between). The whole preparation period is usually 9 months and he moves to a training center in the mountains. BTW, the books he reads at the moment of the interview are on physics and quantum mechanics.
- The stretching bit is when the journalist asked if he can recommend something to the average person to stay healthy/fit. He said walking and stretching is good :D. drills. He shows some things he does in order to take care of his legs, he calls his legs the most precious part of his body and said that he is stretching them constantly. Squats and push-ups are his recommendation for “general population” since the question was what he can recommend to regular people. Not much info for lifters.
- At the end he said that he is taking english lessons, os maybe next interview will be in English 😉