Childhood growing up in Belarus?

I remember having a great childhood, my family was close with everyone in the neighborhood. My dad was a painter back home, so everyone in the city had my dad’s painting’s hanging in their apartments. When we were getting a dog, previous owner wouldn’t take our money and wanted my dad to give him one of his paintings in return. Growing up my dad being an athlete (gymnastics was his background) was trying to find what I would be good at, so he would sign me up to different sporting events, swimming, gymnastics, sambo, track, I wasn’t ever really great at any of them, but trying everything gave me overall athleticism and endurance. My dad taught me how to do sit-ups at an early age, and at around 9 I could see my abs, I asked him what the cubes on my stomach were, he explained. Since then I was getting very fascinated with developing the rest of me and wanted softball biceps like my dad had. Growing up there taught me a lot and made me appreciate things here in America that much more.

How long have you been training for?

I’ve been athletic my whole life, but didn’t a join a gym until I was about 21. The first few years as a beginner I had no idea what I was doing, but through trial and error I learned everything that I know on my own. It’s been 11 years since I first stepped into the gym.

What is your height & weight?

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Why did you decide to compete in Men’s Physique?

I have always wanted to step on stage as a bodybuilder, it’s been my passion since I was a kid. I was always drawing guys I saw in movies, guys like Arnold and Stallone, with oversized biceps and big chests. Most of my life, my frail frame couldn’t pack on weight for the life of me, so when I got up to about 180lbs, my agent at the time, knowing that I had always wanted to compete, told me about this new division. I decided to take my time, watch and study competitors, posing, judging, etc., mentally preparing myself. After a year of spectating I entered my first show and the rest is as they say – history.