Here is a Questions & Answers session with Finland’s fastest, Milko Tokola.
If you have been around, you have seen a couple of his training videos posted here. He is so fast, his videos almost look sped up. So I thought it would be cool to get to know him and his training a little better.
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First the Stats
Age: 20, born in 10.10.1992
Training Body Weight (Competition Weight): right now 83kg (77kg-85kg)
- Snatch, 141kg
- Clean & Jerk 176kg
- Front Squat 200kgx3, 205kgx1
- Back Squat 232,5kgx3, 245kgx1
- Deadlift (Snatch Grip: 215 kg, Clean Grip: 277,5 kg)
- Bench Press 160kg, Military Press 87,5kg x6
How did you get into weightlifting?
I wanted to be strong, started October 2004.
My friend was weightlifter in a small, old gym and he introduced me to the sport. I liked it immediately and stayed with it.
Who was your inspiration as a kid?
Taner Sagir, Hossein Rezazadeh.
Do you train by yourself or do you have a coach?
Since 2005 I have a coach, Petri Tanninen.
Are you a full time lifter? Student? Worker?
Weightlifting is my job. I am a professional athlete.
What does a typical training day look like?
My days start at 7:30 in the morning. Then I go for a 2km run / walk.
I train 2 times per day. Training sessions last for 2-3 hours each.
First training session is power oriented – back squat, front squat, snatch pull, deadlift.
Clean and snatch pulls are done from a 5cm podium. I usually go for 3×8, 5×5, 3x6s.
As for the weights used, on the pulls I go for 100-110% of my max Snatch / Clean & Jerk. Squats go up to 80%-100% of my 1RM. Here is a video of a morning training session.
The second training session consists of the Olympic lifts. Snatch, Clean & Jerk training with variations and complexes you have seen me doing.
How do you train squats?
4-6 times per week, usually in the morning (first training session).
Set & Rep Ranges: 5×5, 2+4+6+8+8+6+4+2, 6×6, 3×6.
2+4+6+8+8+6+4+2 represents pyramid squat training.
Meaning that you do the same weight throughout all sets. For instance 182,5kg x2, x4 x6 … etc.
So I would get in 40 reps with up to 80% of my max.
Do you have a complete rest day?
Yes, Sunday… ,but I use it to get some active rest, like go swimming.
How did you get so fast?
I’m not sure. My first recreational sport was track and field. My record for 100m sprints is 10.98s. So that may have given me a good foundation when it comes to fast twitch muscle fibers.
I also do a lot of jumps, like Box Jumps (record 149cm x2) or Broad Jumps (record 334cm).
You have great mobility, do you do any stretching?
Only a little.
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All kinds of meat. Also, potatoes and macaronis .
Who is your favorite lifter these days?
What is a good piece of advice you got in the past?
Train, train, train!
What music do you listen to while training?
Nasheed – Kuntu Maytan, Bobina – Pune, Moscow Never Sleeps,
No! weightlifting my life!
This weekend, Finland vs Sweden!
It will be held in Tammerfors, Finland and will also be broadcasted on Finnish television.
Update: link to recording
To round it off here is a training compilation from 2013
145kg Snatch and 172kg 2+2 Clean & Jerk at 83kg, age 20
Your feedback please: Who else would you like to see a Q&A with? What better Questions could I ask next time?
Thanks a lot for this Gregor! I’ve loved watching Milko’s videos, so it’s great to get some background from the man himself.
It’s clear that I don’t yell enough before/during/after the lift. Would have been interesting to hear his response to asking him about the yelling. He seemed pretty mellow in an interview I saw (I don’t speak finnish, so it was pointless for me to watch it…but I watched the whole thing anyway)….so it’s funny to see how crazy he gets when he’s in front of the bar.
Árni Björn Kristjánsson says
I was coaching at the Nordic junior and youth championships last month and he was competing there. I didn’t see him lift (had to fly back to Iceland) but he was cheering on for his fellow Finns and yelling like crazy. Actually all the Finnish lifters where kind of crazy and they all screamed alot, both athletes and coaches! While the Danish, Swedish and Icelanders where more quiet and only said some coaching cues but not crazy screaming 🙂
Philip Waterfield says
Just a few topic suggestions: Supplements/diet/sleep/treatments (massage, steam rooms, ice baths etc) – recovery. Favourite exercises. Goals. Future competitions and projected totals. Training environment. Training philosophy.
You covered basically everything though, great interview! Good luck Milko!
I’m not sure what I like more, his lifting or his choice in lifting music.
yeah this dude is beastly, I’m hoping I get to see him lift on the olympic platform in Rio. his technique and speed is just incredible.
Jon Frough says
he’s so damn fast.
Does the goverment pay for him to lift?
Awesome Gregor! Would be cool if you could get some of the YouTube stars like, Clarence Kennedy, Hysen Pulaku and others.
Thanks sevntyfive, good suggestions. Even though it might be close to impossible to contact Hysen at the moment.
the power is in the mullet
Vincent Porras says
2 days late but if you catch this, any advice on how to be so fearless? Jon North does some good writing about this but I’m not gonna beat around the bush- sh*t is scary yo!
Thanks Vincent, also an important topic!
Ah I see you’ve got Fred Lowe in your profile pic! He was my coach at an olympic lifting cert I went to this past weekend. Awesome guy.
That’s awesome! Finding abit more about him.
Wrestling background…definately an intriguing point about Mr. Lowe!
Branks Banić says
No! weightlifting my life!” fantastic
he didn’t yelling because he was affraid of the lunk allarm lol
every time i see him i rebember:
Ask him why he faints on every cnj attempt?