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huskybear
05-22-2009, 08:49 PM
Unbelievable as usual... forget about the fact he's repping off a 4 inch platform... check out the hold at the end... and then look at his back thickness through the mirror... WOW.. guy's a true beast...


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chris mason
05-22-2009, 09:21 PM
His physique is just amazing to me. That look with functionality is exactly what I consider to be essentially ideal.

vdizenzo
05-22-2009, 09:24 PM
His physique is just amazing to me. That look with functionality is exactly what I consider to be essentially ideal.

Chris, imagine all the pub you'll get when you get me into that kind of shape.

Great vid.

tomv
05-22-2009, 09:41 PM
Holy freakin crap, he looks like the juggernaut.

Cmanuel
05-23-2009, 12:06 AM
He's quite a beast. Ive seen some other videos and he has quite a unique form. I'm assuming its to suit his tall frame?

And WTF, this video was linked from the OPs video on youtube. What on earth? What does this have to do with Konstantinovs
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Brad08
05-23-2009, 06:17 AM
Holy freakin crap, he looks like the juggernaut.

HAHAHA

Guy's a beast.

Lones Green
05-23-2009, 07:55 AM
That was badass. WHEN IS HE DOING A MEET?!

chris mason
05-23-2009, 08:38 AM
Chris, imagine all the pub you'll get when you get me into that kind of shape.

Great vid.

:whazzup:

Vincent, you made my day with that comment!

chris mason
05-23-2009, 08:39 AM
That was badass. WHEN IS HE DOING A MEET?!

940 something at 275 lbs... Not bad, eh?

Brian Hopper
05-23-2009, 08:52 AM
That guy is bad ass!

Lones Green
05-23-2009, 08:57 AM
940 something at 275 lbs... Not bad, eh?

Ridiculous. When did he pull that? I heard something about him doing a meet in the near future

Travis Bell
05-23-2009, 09:38 AM
Ridiculous. When did he pull that? I heard something about him doing a meet in the near future

He pulled that at an IPF meet I believe it was, back in 06

evilxxx
05-23-2009, 10:02 AM
He pulled that at an IPF meet I believe it was, back in 06

yup.. 948@275 at some IPF meet somewhere in Europe back at the beginning of 06. I like to see a second person hit the 1k and he definitely got a good chance.

Iron Disciple
05-23-2009, 11:53 AM
I'm positive his lower back is made up of Steel Cables ... I'm almost sure of it ! Man, my thoughts echo everyone else's here in this thread ... WHAT A FRIGGIN BEAST Konst. is !

Cmanuel
05-23-2009, 02:26 PM
I would love to see KK, Beni magnusson, and andy bolton duke it out in a deadlift meet. I'd pay to see that.

Jesse Hernandez
05-23-2009, 02:41 PM
I would love to see KK, Beni magnusson, and andy bolton duke it out in a deadlift meet. I'd pay to see that.

I'd pay to see that too. That would be like a PPV fight night kinda thing.:dj:

Hazerboy
05-23-2009, 04:25 PM
That is a very unique form. I'd love to hear about where he picked it up/started using it, etc. I've also never seen anyone handle that sort of weight with a hook grip - WOW.

Cmanuel
05-23-2009, 04:41 PM
You can find a rough translation of his workout and an explanation of his form if you search the internet. I'd link you but I'm on my phone and don't have the link saved.

I know he has said he wasn't able to get past the 750 barrier with his old form. Then he switched to the rounded upper back form you see him do here and he was able to break the barrier. Its an interesting read, the guy mostly focuses on deficit deads as assistance I think.

He's definitely a beast! Gives me someone to look up to for inspiration.

DEvans
05-23-2009, 07:05 PM
You can find a rough translation of his workout and an explanation of his form if you search the internet. I'd link you but I'm on my phone and don't have the link saved.

I know he has said he wasn't able to get past the 750 barrier with his old form. Then he switched to the rounded upper back form you see him do here and he was able to break the barrier. Its an interesting read, the guy mostly focuses on deficit deads as assistance I think.

He's definitely a beast! Gives me someone to look up to for inspiration.

Here it is. This was posted on some Russian forum in 2006 by a lifting partner of his, and translated and spread around so I can in no way vouch for it's accuracy blah blah:


Train 4 days in a 8-10 day period
Squat every time: light, medium, heavy, ME. He squats OLY-style, because it help deadlift more, than regular squats.
Bench and Deadlift twice.
Accessory work for deadlift - deficit pulls, hypers, reverse hypers, leg kurls.
Abs is very important for big pull. 6-8 heavy sets with bands (2 green or 1 blue).
Pull-ups. He can do 15 reps with 30kg, or 50 with his BW. Lats is also important
He doesn't use straps and wear belt only on max weights.
On every deadlift day he change main exercise (deadlift from blocks, deadlift from hang, deficit deadlift, deadlift from the floor for reps)

Here's a rough translation of an interview I found in Russian with Konstantinovs. There's some great information in it and his training is very specific. (Credit: Jurijs Gucans)

Background

He was born in 1978 in the small town of Liepaya in Latvia. Parents were normal people with no background in sports.

Started in sports at the age of six with gymnastics, and later spent a few years doing wrestling and judo. By 11 he was already quite strong and could do 42 chin-ups.

At 15 he began lifting weights at the gym, initially doing bodybuilding training, but always lifted with the intention of getting stronger. Was already 6ft tall, 160lbs, and deadlifting 475.

At 17 he started training as a powerlifter, getting most of his training and nutrition information from magazines.

Started competing in 1997 and went on to set over 100 Latvian records. He is the national champion in all 3 power lifts and has the biggest total.

In 2002 as a junior he lifted a total of 2210lbs, a world and European record at the time, and he also set a junior WR with a 860lb (360kg) deadlift.

Later that year he recorded 2295lb total in Helsinki (WPC) setting a world and European record in the bench press with 596lbs.

In 2003 in the world championships (GPC) in Austria he was the overall champion setting two world records in the deadlift: 884 followed by 897lbs.

In 2004 won the GPC "World cup" in Slovakia in the 275 class.

In 2005 he totaled 2317 in the IPF and went on to set a WR deadlifting 906 (411kg, no suit) in the 275 class, beating a record held since 1982 by 1kg.

In 2006 he focused exclusively on the deadlift and at the Latvian nationals (WPC-IPF) pulled 948 @ 275 to break his 2005 WR by 19kg (this time in a ****l DL suit) after tokens in the squat and bench press.

His main goal is to beat Andy Bolton's world record (which at the time of the interview was 971).

Training

He has recently given a lot more attention to rest and recovery which he believes is extremely important at his level so he trains more intuitively. He trains the deadlift 2x every 9-12 days, but it all depends on how he's feeling, so if he's feeling slightly fatigued he prefers to rest another day or two before deadlifting again.

His main assistance exercise is pulling off 3-4" blocks (8-10cm).

The overall volume of his deadlift training is very high, going up to 20 sets.

He splits his deadlift workouts in half with 20-30 minutes rest between them. Rest times on work sets are typically 3-5 minutes.

He trains without straps or a belt.

From a recent training session:

Deadlifts from the floor

260 x 5
350 x 5
440 x 3
530 x 1
620 x 1
705 x 1
795 x 1
860 x 4

Rest 30 minutes

Pulling off blocks

375 x 5
485 x 5
660 x 1
750 x 5
815 x 5

Hyperextensions on a 45° bench with 60kg (132lbs) for 2 sets of 20 reps

Reverse hyperextensions with 50-70kg (110-155lbs) for 2 sets of 15-20 reps

Biceps: 2 x 20

Presses: 6 x 15-25

Speed work:

5 x 5 Oly squats with knee wraps

8-10 single speed pulls from the floor with bands that add 130kg of tension to the lockout. He increments his speed work by 5kg (11lbs) each workout. His last speed pull session involved 240kg for 10 singles with 130kg of band tension.

Technique

He explains that while he pulls with a rounded back, it is only his upper back (from the chest up) that is rounded and it stays this way throughout the entire lift. It allows him to lift the maximum amount of weight for his proportions. He said he deadlifted with a straight back and more leg drive years ago but it would not allow him to lift more than 340kg (750).

The biggest influence on his deadlift training has been Ano Turtiainen of Finland, who has given him a lot of advice on his form.

Early on he took his deadlift from 340kg (750) to 390kg (860) in 7 months without increasing his body weight with his technique and training based on US methods, and reached 407kg (895) at a body weight of 118kg. This is where progress stalled and he had to look at other methods.

He now uses a combination of speed work and higher volume training with 75-90% of his max, assistance exercises, and "Westside" training methods. His current training methods have allowed him to take his deadlift to 430kg (948).

At his last competition he did not know how much he could lift but having since analyzed his performance he believes it is not his limit. He wants to go to the United States in 2007 to break the world record.

Training secrets

He explains that intra-abdominal pressure is very important and a belt should be used sparingly. He only uses it lifting maximum weights. He doesn't feel a belt adds anything to his deadlift. He feels sumo lifters benefit more from a belt and that for conventional deadlifters it's only necessary for stability and a little assistance at the start of the lift.

He doesn't use straps in training and doesn't have any problems pulling weight off the floor. In the rack he's pulled 500kg (1100lbs) and held onto it for 8 seconds.

The psychological side of lifting is of great importance to him. Before record attempts, he gets into a state of extreme mental excitation. To lift maximal weights he lifts quickly and aggressively. He puts fear out of his mind. There is no thinking of limits or barriers.

Recently he has excluded powerlifting squats from his training and only squats Olympic style which he feels is better for developing the legs and hip muscles. He also trains the posterior chain with other exercises.

Plans for the future

To break the world record in the deadlift he knows he must specialize in it but he would like to eventually return to being competitive in all three lifts and put up a big total.

He loves the sport of powerlifting and is not in it for money or glory. It is a "way of life." It gives him strength, confidence, develops character, willpower, all qualities that are necessary in everyday life.

Lones Green
05-23-2009, 09:32 PM
an 1100 rack pull and held onto it for 8 seconds...the guy could crush your skull with one hand

thegreatone
05-24-2009, 05:37 AM
His physique is just amazing to me. That look with functionality is exactly what I consider to be essentially ideal.

This shot right at the end of the video says that exactly

http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=27414&stc=1&d=1243165010

Iron Disciple
05-24-2009, 08:50 AM
Great article / interview ! Thanks for posting that, Devans ! Very inspiring ! Well, off to the gym now ! :)

freeride
05-27-2009, 09:04 PM
That is a very unique form. I'd love to hear about where he picked it up/started using it, etc. I've also never seen anyone handle that sort of weight with a hook grip - WOW.

Where did you see a hook grip? He's using a mixed grip.

thewicked
05-27-2009, 11:46 PM
AGAIN? haha when is this man NOT A beast... huge pull by a HUGE man! AWESOME stuff from konti!

Hazerboy
05-28-2009, 02:22 AM
Where did you see a hook grip? He's using a mixed grip.

From the first video it looks like he was using a hook grip, but the lighting is just really weird on his right hand. My mistake - its over/under.