The absolute best in the country. Kaliningrad athlete Ilya Eiger won the Russian bodybuilding championship. Moreover, both in its category of classic bodybuilding, and in absolute comparison with the winners of other divisions.
DMITRY IVANOV, CORRESPONDENT:
- The fitness industry turned out to be one of the most affected areas from the pandemic. According to experts, the attendance fell by tens of percent. And yet, the most dedicated to the sport returned to the gyms as soon as it became possible.
The confrontation with the coronavirus has confused the plans of many. For example, the national championship among body builders was supposed to take place in Sevastopol, but literally at the last moment the prestigious tournament was moved to Krasnoyarsk. This certainly affected the number of participants, but not the quality.
ILYA EIGER ABSOLUTE CLASSIC BODYBUILDING CHAMPION OF RUSSIA 2020:
- Usually we have a category of 20 people or more. This year I had 9 people. But there were still eminent athletes. The guy who took 2nd place is Andrei Schmidt - he is a fairly titled athlete. But nevertheless, I managed to get around it with a good margin.
Ilya Eiger has already won national competitions. But now the goal was to win not only in the men's division up to 180 centimeters tall, but also in an absolute comparison of all the champions of the "classic bodybuilding" discipline. And he succeeded. Thanks to enviable perseverance, coaching recommendations and genetic predisposition.
PETR FYODOROV, BODYBUILDING COACH:
- Not every athlete and not every body, not every muscle can withstand such a load. Because the muscles begin to shrink slightly. This does not happen with Ilya - you make the diet harder, while the muscles are preserved. And the quality, detailing and relief are getting much tougher, so to speak.
Now the athlete is 36, and he consciously came to the gym with exercise machines at 25. Over the past decade, he has become one of the best representatives of the "classics" of bodybuilding, in which the final proportions of the body and height and weight characteristics are especially taken into account.
ILYA EIGER, ABSOLUTE CHAMPION OF RUSSIA IN CLASSIC BODYBUILDING 2020:
- I had back pain. There were painful sensations. I began to upload it. And that's how I got involved in this sport. It started to work out, the pains went away.
The national team of the Kaliningrad region, we recall, took the 5th place out of 53 possible at the recent tournament. Through the efforts of five athletes who have won 6 awards.
Half of which are in the assets of Ilya Eiger. In addition to all of the above, the Kaliningrader also became the vice-champion of the athletics discipline.
Dmitry Ivanov, Maxim Verner