Italian Kettlebell lifting is Oleh Ilika. Oleh is a guinnes book of world record holder of most snatch in one hour when he did 1521 reps with the 20 kilo bell non stop. He also has a notorious Kettlebell video where he lifted 6 hours straight. He is also one of the pioneers of Marathon Kettlebell Training and he has a prominent Kettlebell Team that contains a lot of Master of Sport athletes. Oleh ilika is definitely legit.
Kettlebellista: Good day to you coach! First question is how did you get to lift kettlebells? Did you have any sport before this?
Oleh: I met the kettlebell as a child, because in my country the discipline is very widespread, and each family had at least one kettlebell at home, if only to stop the doors! The first time I lifted a kettlebell I was 7-8 years old… I deadlifted from the ground a 32 kg kettlebell in my uncle’s house. Then I started lifting kettlebells in school (14 years), just as physical preparation athletics. But for my first real kettlebell lifting we have to wait for the military service (18 years old).
Kettlebellista: You hold multiple records in Marathon Kettlebell lifts including the Guinness record of most snatch in one hour. How did it feel to achieve this record officially?
Oleh: Mostly, it was a symbolic thing. Both tests that have allowed me to get the Guinness Record were certainly not among the greatest hardships I faced in my life of sports. The main purpose for which I wanted to try to get those titles was to help the popularization of kettlebell sport. You know, if I were to say to someone who is coming to this sport that I have exceeded 200 snatches with 32 kg, he probably would not understand the value of the thing. But if I tell him that I got two Guinness Record, then the story changes! Everyone knows the GWR. However, let’s say I have also done for the fun to try something different, to say “I managed it too!”.
Kettlebellista: What felt better, the world record or achieving Master of Sport for the first time?
Oleh: Although many do not believe it, it took me six years to get the Master Sport. Six years of sweat and sacrifice, without a proper guidance of a coach to help me. And many do not understand the importance of this. When I got it, were different times, I was young, and for me it was an immense satisfaction. Get both GWR was a satisfaction, I admit, but, again, it was more a symbolic act.
Kettlebellista: In your opinion, is including Barbells to your Kettlebell Sport training crucial for your success?
Oleh: I always wanted to be a 360° athlete so, despite not being a professional barbell weightlifter, I like to include the barbell in my workout (with good results). Using the barbell, I say, can give you something extra, because it is a different gear. However, you can get amazing results even using only kettlebell. The important thing is that the training plan is “clever”. There is no secret tool. Define your goal and make sure that your path to get there is planned at best.
Kettlebellista: In order, what do you think is the most important aspect in Kettlebell lifting? Endurance? Flexibility? Strength? Technique?
Oleh: No need to think about it, technique.
Kettlebellista: You are a pioneer of Marathon Kettlebell lifting, do you think this can be popular to the general public?
Oleh: Of course. You know, for example, it can be said that my French friends (and therefore most of the French lifters) practice only marathon. It is a very fascinating discipline where everyone can test their skills and get great satisfaction. Sure, it will take some time. All good things, however, take time.
Kettlebellista: Is Kettlebell lifting popular in Italy?
Oleh: Thanks to a good strategy of popularization, in Italy we got to quadruple the number kettlebell enthusiasts within a couple of years. Now we have a good number of practitioners (more than a thousand throughout the land) and every our Italian championship involves at least about 100 athletes.
Kettlebellista: Do you have any Asian students? If so, how are they doing with your method of training?
Oleh: No, at the moment I do not have any Asian student.
Kettlebellista: You are very lean coach, can you share with us your diet for kettlebell lifting?
Oleh: Thank you, and even if you might be surprised, I do not follow diets. I eat when I can (and not always the commitments allow me) as much as I’m hungry. Every good aesthetic result is the outcome of a good training method!
Kettlebellista: Finally coach, can we ask whats next for Oleh Ilika? What is your next crazy goal?
Oleh: My next target in platform is the Long Cycle World Championship 2015 of the International Gira Sport Federation. Outside the platform, I have some very important projects that I hope will allow Kettlebell Sport to reach more and more fans. Stay tuned, the best has yet to come! Thank You!
For more information about Oleh Ilika go to Federazione Ghiri Sport Italia : http://www.ghirisport.it/