Powerlifter Maryana Naumova is 15 years old at 60kg, bench pressed an amazing 145kg, which is 2.5 x her bodyweight!!
Here is the interview we did.
Phil Burgess: How did you get into the sport of powerlifting?
Maryana Naumova: I was so active in my childhood so my mother took me to Aerobic Gymnastics.
When I was 10 years old I went to a Powerlifting competition with my father, he is a powerlifter too. I was very impressed when I saw girls who bench pressed.
The next day I went to the gym with my dad and I did my first workout. After 2 months I won my first competition and bench pressed 40 kg(88lb).
Phil Burgess: What do you love the most about being a powerlifter?
Maryana Naumova: I really love being a powerlifter. Bench press gives me alot of opportunity.
I travel around the world, explore new countries and cultures,meet my fans and friends, talk with my idols who give me many advices how to become better and stronger.
I really like the atmosphere in the competitions. You can show your strength to another athlete.
Phil Burgess: What are your best lifts and what records do you hold?
Maryana Naumova: Two weeks ago I got a new world record in Poland at the World Raw Championships federation IRP.
I bench pressed without bench shirt 120kg (265lb) easy. At the Olympia 2014 I hold new record with bench shirt 145kg (320lb)
Phil Burgess: What do your school mates and friends think about you being a powerlifter?
Maryana Naumova: Of course everyone knows who I am in school, but I don`t like when my classmates or teachers talk about me. I don`t want them to feel not comfortable about themselves.
They know about my records and competitions, but at school I try to be a normal teenager. Of course they congratulate me after my victory and I like it.
I always tell where I was and what I did, but also as my classmates do, I go to my school everyday and do my homework.
Phil Burgess: How often do you train and are there any training theories that you follow?
Maryana Naumova: I have my own program. My talented coach writes it for me and it really works.
I feel it and you can see it. I go to the gym 3-4 times a week.
I have light,medium and heavy workouts also I do leg day.
After every workout I pump my shoulders,biceps,triceps and my back. I have pain on my back after Aerobic Gymnastics so I always use my gravity boots.
I don`t like boring workouts so I use rubbers,boards and other interesting things for my bench.
My friends Scot Mendelson,Eric Spoto and other strong powerlifters give me advices.
Phil Burgess: What are your goals for the next 24 months?
Maryana Naumova: Of course I`m going to complete. Soon I`ll begin to prepare for the Arnold Classic where I want to show a new record.
I will continue to do social work. I will go to the schools and orphanage to tell children about sport and healthy life.
I hope that I can motivate people to change them life and do good things.
Phil Burgess: I believe you were supposed to come to GPA worlds in Sydney but couldn’t come, what happened? And where have you travelled already to compete in powerlifting?
Maryana Naumova: I was surprised too. I was preparing for GPA World’s in Sydney but a week before the competition at the Embassy they didn`t give me a Visa. I don`t know the reason.
They don`t tell it, but I think it happened because I was in Donbass (Ukraine). I think that it`s not right because I came to Donbass to support children.
Phil Burgess: What job do you want to do? And what things do you do to relax?
Maryana Naumova: I have alot of time to choose my future job because I`ll study for 2 years more at school.
I want to be a journalist, it’s a really interesting job. You can travel and meet new people.
I don`t want to work at the office it`s so boring. I hope that I will enjoy my work.
So what about relax time.. I don`t have any.
If have free time I prefer to go to the cinema or to the park with my friends.
With my parents we often go to the village and make BBQ.
Phil Burgess: What advice would you give to other teenagers who want to get involved in powerlifting.
Maryana Naumova: Don`t be afraid. Don`t think that you can’t speak to other people.
If you want something, do it.
Find a good coach, work hard, eat healthy food and sleep enough.
Follow your dreams and you will get it.
If you want to know something you can write me. I will happy to help you.
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