(Originally posted March 22, 2014. See Updates)
Meanwhile in Russia …
Still only 19 years old Artem Okulov gets a 190kg Hang Snatch!
Update: I asked Artem about his weight. He was 88kg in the video!
Update: Jump to the interview below.
Just for reference: the 94kg Snatch World Record still stands at 188kg.
Also watch his 180kg Snatch at age 17.
Update: Artem answered some fan questions on vk.
Thanks to Vadim Nikolajev for translating it for us all.
Q: Are you planning to compete at the junior weightlifting world championships in Kazan this year?
Artem Okulov: What do you think? Of course I will! 🙂
Q: Are there any injuries bothering you?
Artem Okulov: At this moment, thank god none. [Update: Since the interview, Artem had to undergo treatment for a herniated disc.]
Q: Are you going to compete in European Championships this year?
Artem Okulov: Unfortunately no…This is due to me joining CSKA, meaning Central Sports Army Club, because I am currently serving, I cannot make a new passport, but my old one expired at the time I joined CSKA. So I ask to be understood and forgiven.
Q: What attracted you to weightlifting?
Artem Okulov: Hmmm… What attracted me to this engrossing sport was my father Maxim Okulov, even when I was in kindergarden I went to the gym with him and watched those unreal weights that he lifted and I got hooked. That is how I started lifting weights, and I started training properly when I was 7 years old.
Q: Who do you see as the main rival for the spot in the national team in your category?
Q: Are you ready to battle Apti Aukhadov at the worlds? When are you moving to 94kg category?
Artem Okulov: I think I’ll try to battle with him. No, it’s early for the 94kg category, first I need to realize myself in the 85kg category.
Q: What is your height?
Artem Okulov: I am not very tall, 165 cm. [Gregor: somebody add that to his wikipedia page. Update: thanks to whoever did it]
Q: How do you recover from training?
Artem Okulov: The most important is sleep. I personally need to sleep deeply before a workout and a big part of my recovery are supplements, like BCAA’s, Nitrix etc.
Q: What exercise would you not recommend to do at all?
Artem Okulov: That is a tough question. There is an exercise called Half-Jerks [Video here]. I think there is no point to it… But I think everyone has a different opinion on them. Or Front Rack Holds – I don’t like, but every athlete is individual in this aspect.
Q: Who is your best friend at at the team practise sessions? Do you have a girlfriend?
Artem Okulov: I don’t like categorizing my friends, but there is a friend who is very dear to me – Dima Khomyakov. I don’t have a girlfriend currently.
Q: Not too long ago you snatched the world record 190kg, did the weight come easy to you?
Are you preparing for any competitions in the near future?How intensive are you training sessions currently?
Artem Okulov: The 190 was actually easy, not going to lie 🙂 The next competition are the junior worlds in Kazan. I’m preparing for them. My training sessions right now are very intensive, because I am working on getting more quality weight.
Q: Which weightlifters of the past or future inspire you the most?
Artem Okulov: To be honest I never had an inspiration… with the exception being my father, when he trained with me.
Q: Do you keep a training log? Do you analyze preparations for competitions? Do you think about training sessions, analyze them?Do you do it yourself or the does the coach do it?
Artem Okulov: I do keep a training log, every athlete should have one! I’ll say it this way, there is periodization for every preparation period pre-competition, the coach does this aspect, but the coach also takes into consideration how I feel, so you can say we work together! It is very important to analyze preparations for competitions, because preparation done badly can lead to bad results! Experienced it myself!
Q: How do I get shoulders like yours?
Artem Okulov: Maybe it is my genetics,but there was a time where I did a lot of pressing exercises: like Standing Press, Push Press, Bench Press.
Q: What lifted Total would satisfy you currently?
Artem Okulov: 390 currently would totally satisfy me 🙂
Q: In which category and at which age did you achieve the norm Candidate of Master of Sports?
Artem Okulov: I was about 46kg and 10 or 9 years old at the time.
Q: If the Russian Federation did not supply you with the needed things for training (gym, salary, etc) for which country would you like to compete at the worlds and the Olympic games?
Artem Okulov: I’m apologizing for this answer beforehand, but I don’t think I could just leave Russia like that.I would do everything to prove that I am worthy of being payed and respected, and even if that didn’t work, I don’t think I would leave Russia.
Q: What is your personal best in the back squat and front squat? If that is not a secret of course.
Q: Hello Artem, please recommend me the best exercises for chest, shoulders and lower back. Thank you in advance.
Artem Okulov: (by Vadim: cleaning in russian is “lifting to the chest”) If you meaning lifting to the chest then do more cleans. If you mean training the chest, then of course the bench press. What strengthens the shoulders are Push Press from the front, these train explosiveness and strengthens the shoulders.
The back – is my strong point. When I couldn’t even tie my shoes, I did standing Good Mornings and Deadlifts. The deadlift especially is why I have a strong back.The Romanian Deadlift (RDL) works very well for back also – in my experience.
Q: How do I gain weight?
Artem Okulov: For two years I couldn’t get to 85kg, the most I weighed was 82.50, but then as I aged and my weight jumped up. I started to eat like a pig 5 times a day 🙂 Eat more near night time, if there is any room left in your stomach then add some protein powder.
Q: What exercise do you think are necessary?
Artem okulov: I think necessary are Pulls and Presses.Because overall strength/physical attributes – is a very big part of succes. But you have to work with every athlete individually on movements and body parts.
Q: Do you plan to compete at the olympic games in 2016?
Artem Okulov: I aspire to and will do anything in my strengths to compete in Rio!!
Update: 180kg x2, because why not?