Do you know anyone who can
A no-swing, one-arm,
150Ĺ-pound curl, 198 lbs. body weight,
A 300-lb. Two-Arm
Swing Curl, 198 lbs. body weight,
A 240-lb. One-Arm Clean &
A 600-lb. Dead Lift, 181-lb.
Well, Val Vasilef has done all
of the BodyBuilding Achievments
and more. This Mr.
America winner holds over 80 bodybuilding,
Olympic weightlifting awards. So how did he
pull it off?
Val credits his Uncle
John, a Russian known as
the USSR's greatest strong man, for
inspiring him to start doing strength feats when
he was only 11.
Along with his 13-year-old
brother, Bob, Val would do handstands
and other acrobatic stunts for crowds that would gather to watch. Soon he won swimming and diving medals.
"We heard the stories about our uncle,"
Val says. "We were really into physical fitness ó
it was just our heritage."
Vasilef boys had no weights to use, so they improvised. "We made up two
buckets of cement and put a water pipe in between," Vasilef recalls.
homemade barbell, young Val
struggled to lift 110 lbs over his head just one time.
"But as we got stronger, we
were able to lift it
10 times," Val says. "Then I started lifting one-handed until I progressed to
240 pounds on a standard barbell set when I was 19."
one-handed lift of this incredibly heavy poundage has yet to be
equaled by anyone at Val's body weight of 185.
more about how Val Vasilef turned his uncle's legacy into a powerful
line of bodybuilding products that really work (in training
program to bulk up muscles).
right, Val Vasilef doing 10 reps of 315 pounds.
50,000 people witness this
feat of strength
Click here to see Val
doing a straight arm flag with a reverse twist