How not to lose motivation and keep yourself in shape for such a long time? Top 8 member Raimond Antonovics shares his secrets. ()
Raimond, tell your story when you came to armwrestling, how old are you in sports and why armwrestling?
- I am familiar with armwrestling, so to speak, at the local level, since 1994, when I was 15 years old. Then I knew little about this sport and simply loved to pull. In 1997, I met our sensei Modris Stalgevičs, and after this meeting I can say that I switched to the path of more professional armwrestling in the of training and understanding of sports. And from 1997 to the present, for 23 years now, I have been in armwrestling. I had a short pause from 2005 to 2007, and after that I did not give up the sport.
This is really significant period. What motivates you to still engage, pull, constantly go through the stages of preparation and go to competitions?
- Armwrestling in Latvia is a real community, this is a big family. For us, this is not only a sport, we are all friends, we can gather on various occasions that are not even related to armwrestling, and spend time together. Armwrestling unites us and supports friendship. In the sport itself, I am motivated by the competitive spirit, the understanding that I will soon be taking part at a tournament. It's hard for me to train with no reason, not getting ready to some competition. Some people like to just train, but I like to get ready for the competition. Now I have motivation, and it makes me train 4 times a week.
Tell us how do you train? Someone says that he spends time only at the table, someone prefers iron. What is your approach?
- Long time ago we just pulled at workout, 20 years ago we pulled three times a week. Hands were very sore from such trainings, but those times are over. Now the basis is about working with weights: dumbbell bars, blocks.