We are getting closer and closer to the Olympic Games in Rio, first ever to be held in Brazil. I and my friends were looking forward to Ilya Ilin competing for a 3rd straight gold medal in weightlifting (being equal with Mighty Pyrros Dimas). If he would’ve won again, it would have been done with an Eleiko Bar rising high over the top of his head. In this article, I’ll present you a brief history of the Eleiko in sports.
I do remember quite well reading my first article about the intermittent fasting concept a long time ago. Back then (about 2011), I was in my 2nd year of the IT studies and honestly, packing 3-5 meals to my bag in order to stick to the one the most popular broscience fads (eat 6 small meals per day to boost your metabolism and make your muscles grow, as it’s really the one and only proper way) began to feel a little bit uncomfortable.
And I’m not even talking about preparing these meals, rather the fact that I’d have to find an appropriate time slot to consume such a meal (e.g. 5-10 min. break between the lectures) and very often I wasn’t even hungry. Not to mention the fact, that during the heavy winter while not being able to heaten up a meal it wouldn’t taste too good (just to say it in a polite way). That didn’t feel right – this and the fact that I’ve always liked to test the new ideas made me look for some other approach that would suit my needs. And that’s how my story with the intermittent fasting has begun.
If you are even remotely interested in Olympic weightlifting and you have not heard about him you must have been living under a rock for the past 8 years. Ilya Ilyin, weightlifting prodigy, twice-Olympic champion, four-times world champion. He has never, ever been defeated in any competition. His extravagant, rock star personality combined with a unique style made him a superstar in his home country. A friend of Nazarbayev himself, the Kazakh president, Ilya was featured on Kazakhstan’s 2013 stamp. When Kazakhstan hosted the World Championships in Almaty, Ilya’s incredible personality brought huge crowds to the event. It is there, where after 2 consecutive successful world record attempts, he was forced to lift an astounding 242 kilograms in clean and jerk. Against all odds and probably even laws of physics, Ilya’s lift was successful. Just 2 years before the next Olympics, he seemed unstoppable.