Stoyan “The Destroyer” Todorchev – Bulgarian Strongman

Stoyan Todorchev Bulgarian Strongman
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Stoyan Todorchev is a BIG Bulgarian Strongman. He made a BIG impact when he first came onto the strongman scene.

Stoyan Todorchev Bulgarian Strongman
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He has been recovering from an injury for the last few months, but when he hits 100% fitness in 2012 the other guys had better watch out!

Here is my translated interview with

Stoyan “The Destroyer” Todorchev….

Phil Burgess:  How did you get involved in the sport of strongman?

Stoyan Todorchev:  When I was 16, I started training in my home with weights.

Then at the age of  18 years I had my first competition in powerlifting.

At that meet I had 270kg squat, 170kg bench and 300kg deadlift
without suits, only belt.

I became the Bulgarian powerlifting champion in 2006 when I was 21, and in that same year I lifted a 400kg Deadlift, a Bulgarian record.

In 2004 my best friend said to me after one competition in powerlifting that I should try strongman competitions.  Since then I have won over 30 events.

Phil Burgess:  Which competition win means the most to you?

Stoyan Todorchev: My two best victories were those over Mariusz  Pudzianowski in November 2008 in Iran and my victory over Zydrunas  Savitskas in July 2011 in Moscow.

Out of these two, I would say beating five time world champion Mariusz Pudzianowski was the best, because he has won the most titles.

Phil Burgess: What lessons have you learned in strongman?

Stoyan Todorchev:  Strongman is a complexed sport, which makes it even more difficult, because it requires both strength and stamina.  

I have found that it also takes a strong mentality, discipline and hard work.

Phil Burgess: What is the worst injury that you suffered?

Stoyan Todorchev: The worst injury I got was in my waist.  I got it in a workout in August 2011 after the contest in Moscow.  It has taken over 6 months to heal and I’m almost back to 100% , and I’m back training hard now.

I was not been able to compete in two strongman competitions which I had been invited to, but I am ready to receive invites to compete now.

Phil Burgess:  How popular is Strongman in Bulgaria, and are there any other top Bulgarian Strongmen?

Stoyan Todorchev:  Bulgaria is a small country and is poorly developed economically.  The sport of strongman is not well developed in Bulgaria, however there are a few guys who are also competing. 

  • Zdravko Zanev he was in Amateur Arnold Classic this year 2012.
  • The other athlete is Vladimir Rizov he was in Abu Dhabi competing in the World Strongman Cup in February.

Phil Burgess:  Where are you from in Bulgaria?

Stoyan Todorchev: I live in the city of Perushitsa located in the central part of Bulgaria.  

I like this place because it is peaceful and has stunning scenery.

Phil Burgess: What are your best and worst strongman events?

Stoyan Todorchev: My strongest discipline is the farmers walk as I have six world records in it, but the worst is my overhead raises.

Phil Burgess: What do you love about the sport of strongman?

Stoyan Todorchev: I have to say that all the athletes in this sport I’ve competed against are now good friends. 

Phil Burgess: What’s your best loglift, deadlift, and bench?

Stoyan Todorchev:  My best lifts are:

  • 185 kg Log Lift
  • 422Kg Deadlift
  • 250kg Bench Press

Phil Burgess: What do you need to improve in order to win Worlds Strongest Man?

Stoyan Todorchev: For me, I think the mind is most important to win this competition, because any small inaccuracy can lose a lot of points.

I have learnt alot from Mariusz Pudzianowski because I have competed against him alot.

Phil Burgess: What exercises do you use to improve your grip?

Stoyan Todorchev: I haven’t done any special exercises for my grip.  I do heavy farmers walk and I also hold the heavy bar in my hand for a long time.

Stoyan Todorchev

Phil Burgess: Where do you train, and what do you do when not training or competing?

Stoyan Todorchev: I train in the gym in Perushtitsa five times a week

I work as a security guard when  I am not training as a professional strongman.  I like to relax by going for walks with friends.

Thanks Stoyan and all the best for your comeback.

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