Alexander Martynkin started working out without thinking about participating in bodybuilding competitions. But now, after 13 years of hard work, he has won the highest amateur title in our sport.
M&H: Who inspired you to get on stage to compete?
Alexander: I first took part in competitions in 2012, after 5 years from the beginning of my training in the gym. It was the bodybuilding championship of the Samara region, where I took 3rd place in the “Bodybuilding, up to 80kg” category. At that time my weight was 69 kg. My first coach was Sergey Taratin, it was he, one might say, who motivated me to perform, even though I looked at it skeptically. I am grateful to him that he saw the potential in me and gave me the initial knowledge about preparing for tournaments. My first gym was the basement gym next to the university where I studied law. At night I worked as a security guard in this gym, trained, and in the morning, I went to the university for classes.
M&H: What were your emotions after winning the World Overall title? Is this one of the biggest results in Russian Bodybuilding history?
Alexander: Winning the Overall World Championship title was my primary goal, as it is the most significant amateur bodybuilding title. I wanted to do this for a long time and persistently, progressively took the champion title of Russia, then the absolute champion, and now, on the second attempt, I managed to win the title of Overall World Champion. I will not say that I experienced euphoria and dizziness from success, rather, it was a clear understanding of the summit and the task accomplished, and, moreover, pride in the country, especially at the time of the playing of the national anthem. Indeed, as far as I know, for 19 years this title has not been taken by an athlete from Russia, and now, after such a long period of time, I was able to repeat this success. One of the clubs I have been a fan of since childhood is Barcelona, so my victory in the World Championship in Catalonia is especially significant!
M&H: When and where will you compete next? What are your plans for next year?
Alexander: My coach and I decided to take a break from intensive training for about six months. At this time I will deal with the restoration of the body and the treatment of accumulated injuries. From the middle of the next year I will gain weight, and, most likely, my next performances will take place no earlier than spring 2022. By this time, I plan to gain mass, improve the lagging muscle groups and show a new, even harder, deeper and more proportional shape.
M&H: Who was your motivation for the sport of Body Building?
Alexander: My idol in bodybuilding has always been Dorian Yates. His training ethics, scrupulous attitude to all the little things, the strength of the spirit and the steely character of the warrior have always fascinated me. And in my most difficult periods, this allowed me to remain motivated on a long path of improvement. In addition, I must name Phil Heath, who is an example of an athlete who can successfully combine the sports component and the media, in terms of promoting our sport of bodybuilding to the general public.
M&H: What advice can you give to new Bodybuilding athletes?
Alexander: The main words that I would like to convey to the new generation of bodybuilders: only go forward, no matter what, do not listen to those who say that you cannot achieve something, believe in yourself and your strength, motivate others in their endeavors and be an example of the kind of person you should be.
You can find the full interview on March’s issue!