Documentary time … Here is a weightlifting classic: ”School of Champions: Bulgarian Training Documentary”. Featuring: Max effort lectures from Ivan Abadjiev to a crowd of drained lifters.
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Ian Wilson found some good clips on a Bulgarian history YouTube channel. It has footage of a young Naum Shalamanov a.k.a. Naim Suleymanoglu. They are from the 1986 European Championships in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz). Naim did 145+187.5 for 332.5kg total at 60kg bodyweight. Both were World Record lifts. Here is the Clean & Jerk The channel also has Alexander [...]
After reading the WSJ article about the Bulgarian method yesterday, I remembered that I had read something about it in the “Science and Practice of Strength Training” by Vladimir Zatsiorsky. Here is the excerpt: Bulgarian athletes have several workouts a day with a total duration of up to 6 h (see table 5.1). To the best of our knowledge, [...]
‘You lift more, train more, you get higher results.’ - Ivan Abadjiev The Bulgarian Method of Olympic Weightlifting training is once again in mainstream media. Today the Wall Street Journal runs an article called about it. “Heavy Lifting, No Rest, Candy: the Bulgarian Method” Ivan Abadjiev is currently in US trying to get the struggling US Weightlifting team ready [...]
Here are several training hall lifts from the Bulgarian Olympic weightlifting team training for the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. This home made video was shot by an unknown weightlifting fan and found its way into the PHAT Elvis gym and has only been seen by a select few members of the U.S. weightlifting community. [...]
Head on over to Weightlifting Fix. Clarence did an interview with his coach Pawel Najdek. We trained a program that was very similar to Bulgarian training methods. (Szewczyk was a good friend of Abadzijev) training was very difficult and required a complete subordination of all life to weightlifting training. But this is the only way to [...]
Here is an interesting read if you like science & weightlifting (which I hope is everyone of you). Adam Storey and Heather K. Smith published a paper for Sports Medicine taking a look at the Unique Aspects of Competitive Weightlifting. It is a very nice review of the research that has been done so far and features lots [...]
As I mentioned recently I got myself the Unbelievable Bulgarians Training Hall DVD. Fascinating watch if you are into Olympic weightlifting. It shows a glimpse into their world one week prior to leaving for the 1998 World Weightlifting Championships. You’ve probably read a lot about the Bulgarian System already, but actually seeing these balls out lifts is [...]
And Azerbeijan’s & Bulgaria’s love story continues. Azerbaijan demands 100000 Euros for Ivan Stoitsov’s and Velichko Cholakov’s return to Bulgaria. Of course, as always, women are more expensive. So it comes to no surprise that they want 400000 Euros for Ivan’s girlfriend and 5th place finisher in London, Boyanka Kostova. The Bulgarian Weightlifting president (BTW, they [...]
Here are are all the clips from the IronMind Unbelievable Bulgarians 1998 Training Hall DVD I found online combined in a single post. Ivan Ivanov 175kg Clean and Jerk, Front Squat up to 210kg (triple + body weight) missed 220kg a couple of times. Various lifts from Petar Tanev, Georgi Gardev, Galabin Boevski Zlatan Vanev works his snatch [...]
As you can clearly see on his profile photo Velichko Cholakov is excited to be taking part in the London Olympics. The Bulgarian bronze medalist from Athens 2004 will be lifting under coach Zlatan Vanev for Azerbaijan. Here he is squatting 325kg Thanks to Dan for sharing this on the All Things Gym Facebook page.