CLASSIC PHYSIQUE has proved a big hit in the IFBB. Introduced to restore aesthetic beauty and proportion to the forefront of bodybuilding, it appeals to those who love the old school physiques of yesteryear as well as guys who train for a more complete look rather than just size.
Deividas Dubinas is one of the division’s first stars. He won the 2018 Arnold Classic Africa, which was the first IFBB Elite Pro event to include classic physique and finished fifth at the first Pro World Championships. Deividas’ success has also received widr recognition: last year he and his partner, IFBB Elite Pro bikini fitness athlete Kristina Narbutaityte were invited to
meet the Lithuanian prime minister, which was an honour not only for them but also the sport of bodybuilding. Here he talks about his transition to classic physique and how to train for that epic look.
P: ¿Cuándo y por qué empezaste a levantar pesas?
R: Cuando tenía 16 años, yo y algunos compañeros íbamos al salir del colegio al gimnasio de Elada, uno de los más antiguos de la ciudad de Siauliai. Vi fotos de Arnold Schwarzenegger en la pared y me sorprendió
lo que puedes hacer con tu cuerpo. En ese momento el culturismo se convirtió en mi pasión y en una parte importante de mi vida.
Nada cambiará esto.
Q: When and why did you start lifting weights?
A: When I was 16 me and a few mates went after school to Elada gym,
one of the oldest gyms in Siauliai city. I saw Arnold Schwarzenegger photos on the wall and was so amazed by what you can do with
your body. At that moment bodybuilding became my passion and a major part of my life. Nothing will change this.
Q: How did this develop into competing?
A: I trained consistently for two years, every day after school and ate healthily, watching my protein, carb and fat intake. Once during a workout I saw guys practising posing with a coach for a competition a few weeks away. We laughed because some of the poses looked really strange but the coach said, “Stop laughing! Next season you will step on that stage”. And that is what happened.
Q: Which classes did you do before classic physique and why did you switch?
A: My first competition was in 2004 when I was I finished third in the men’s fitness category. In 2005 I became national champion and took second place at the IFBB World Junior Championships in Hungary. Then I had a break and only returned to competing in 2012. That year I became national champion and IFBB European Champion in classic bodybuilding in Spain. Then I moved up to open bodybuilding for a few years. When the IFBB Elite Pro league was created I had the opportunity to turn proin bodybuilding but many judges nd coaches told me I would be better suited to classic physique. So I decided to move from open bodybuilding at a weight of 114 kg to classic physique where my weight limit was only 98kg. It was a really hard decision because it meant losing 16 kg of lean muscle mass but the results speak for themselves and now I am very happy. I love classic physique.