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Elbrus Nigmatullin
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Full nameElbrus Hamitovich Nigmatullin
Date of BirthMarch 30, 1974 (1974-03-30) (aged 45)
Place of BirthChubary village, Argayash district, Chelyabinsk region
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Elbrus Hamitovich Nigmatullin (Bashkir. Elbrus Khimit ouly Niғmәtullin, March 30, 1974, Chubary village, Argayash district, Chelyabinsk region, RSFSR, USSR) - Russian athlete, public and political figure, actor.

Master of sports in powerlifting and armwrestling, vice-champion of the competition “The Strongest Man on the Planet” in 2005, four-time winner of the tournament “Strongest Man in Russia”. Set several records listed in the Guinness Book of Records.


Elbrus Khamitovich Nigmatullin was born on March 30, 1974 in the village of Chubary, Argayash district, Chelyabinsk region, into a large family. Elbrus's father was engaged in wrestling kuresh (wrestling on belts), physically he was a very strong man. This influenced the hobby of his son - from the age of 12 Elbrus has been involved in sports. First there was basketball, martial arts, weightlifting. Then there was neither arm wrestling nor powerlifting. At 13, he built a gym in the courtyard of his house from improvised materials: spare parts and scrap metal. Elbrus trained himself - the main trainers were sports newspapers and magazines. Then the first victories began - at the Sabantui defeated an adult man who had been a champion for many years. In 1991 he moved to Chelyabinsk.

Sports career

Professionally engaged in power sports: from 1995 to 2001 - weightlifting, powerlifting, arm wrestling, since 2001 - strongman.

Sports achievements in 1991-2001:

  • winner of the Russian championship in power six-sided fighting (1994, p. Miass, Krasnoarmeysky district of Chelyabinsk region),
  • winner of the First All-Russian rural sports games in tug of war as part of the team of the Chelyabinsk region. (category over 120 kg) (1995, p. Gorodische of the Volgograd region),
  • champion of Russia in powerlifting among juniors (weight up to 110 kg) (1997, Ruzayevka),
  • vice-champion (1999, Shatura), Russian champion in arm wrestling (2000, Chelyabinsk) (weight over 110 kg).

Master of Sports of the Russian Federation in powerlifting (1997) and armwrestling (2000).

In 2001, he moved to Strongman. In the same year he became the winner of the All-Russian tournament of strongmen for the prizes of the company "Fat Man" (Moscow) and the tournament "Titans of the Urals" (Yekaterinburg).

Member of international tournaments of the series "Athletic Games" in Ukraine from 2002 to 2005. Top scores:

  • bronze medalist in the team tournament Ukraine-Russia-Scotland (2003, Kiev),
  • silver medalist in the Ukraine-Russia team tournament (2003, Sevastopol),
  • bronze medalist of the "Vasil Cup" (2005, Ivano-Frankivsk).

Since 2004, takes part in the Grand Prix tournaments of the Super Series Strongman. Top scores:

  • 3 (4) th place - 2005, (Malbork, Poland),
  • 10th place in the European Championship (IFSA),
  • silver medalist - 2006 (Moscow, Russia).

Since 2005, annually participates in the tournament "The strongest man on the planet" (2005 - Chengdu, China, 2006 - Hainan Peninsula, China, 2007 - Los Angeles, USA, 2008 - Charleston, West Virginia). Top scores:

  • In 2005 - the vice-champion of the world in strongman in pairs (paired with M. Koklyaev) (Poznan, Poland).

Since 2005 - a participant in the stages of the series of tournaments "World Strongman Cup". Top scores:

  • bronze medalist of the 8th stage of 2005 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia) and the 1st (Riga, Latvia), 3rd (Minsk, Belarus), 5th (Moscow, Russia) stages in 2006,
  • silver medalist of the 8th stage of 2006 (Podolsk, Russia).

In Russia in 2004-2005 participated in the finals of the tournament “The Strongest Man in Russia”, organized by the Professional League of Power Extreme (ex-president V. Turchinsky). In 2004 he became a bronze medalist, in 2005 - a silver medalist of this tournament.

In 2006-2008 three times became the winner of the tournament of strongmen “Athlete of Baikal” (Irkutsk).

The record holder of Russia in vehicle traction: traction coupler of two buses (May 29, 2006, Chelyabinsk) - 29.4 tons per 10 m, draft river cargo ship "Nagatino" weighing 760 tons per 20 m (October 10, 2009 Ufa, the river Agidel). His previous record for the thrust of a river vessel (October 17, 2006, Moscow River, m / v “Ivan Kalita”) - 186 tons per 10 m.

In addition to participating in sports competitions, he is known as a sports organizer and coach:

  • one of the founders and first president of the Arm Wrestling Federation of the Chelyabinsk region (1999-2002),
  • vice-president of the Federation of the strongest athletes of Russia (Moscow, since 2004),
  • Founder and head of the sports school of extreme sports "ElbrusTeam" (since 2005),
  • co-founder of the Belt Wrestling Federation (Kuresh) of the Chelyabinsk Region (2007).

Under his leadership, such athletes as Dmitry Kononets, Mikhail Koklyaev, Alexei Serebryakov began to engage in strongman in Chelyabinsk.

Social and political activities

Takes part in the national social movement:

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Kurultay of the Bashkirs of Chelyabinsk (since 1999),
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Kurultay of the Bashkirs of the Chelyabinsk Region (since 2005),
  • Since 2007, he has been Deputy Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Republic of Bashkortostan in the Chelyabinsk, Kurgan and Tyumen Regions. It maintains relations with representatives of the Bashkir diasporas in the regions of Russia, near and far abroad.

Since 2005 he has been engaged in social and political activities:

  • Member of the Rodina Party National Policy Council (2005-2007), was elected as a deputy of the Legislative Assembly of the Chelyabinsk Region on the list of the Rodina Party (2005), resigned in 2006,
  • since 2007 - co-chair of the Victory All-Russian Youth Movement, member of the National Politics Council of the Just Russia Party, left the party on August 24, 2011
  • member of the Youth Public Chamber of the Russian Federation (since 2006),
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Chelyabinsk Regional Charity Fund "Warm House" (since 2006).

The strongest king - Peter the Great

Peter, who was a little more than two meters tall, stood out not only from ordinary people, but from kings. Of course, growth is not its main advantage. He was distinguished by a love of work, could boast of knowledge of 14 craft specialties. He personally handled tools and was a competitively capable shipbuilder, not only in Russia, but also in Europe. Energetic and strong man, still amazes with its power. He could bend coins and even cast-iron pans.

There was even a story in 1698, when Peter the first guest in Riga, decided to forge the horse and bought a mare specifically for this. They called her Lisette. He personally checked how strong the horseshoe is and did it in an original way. Not a good horseshoe, the king considered the one he could twist in his hand. But the one that is beyond his power is suitable for the mare. As a result, the blacksmith had to redo the horseshoe several times.

When the quality of work suited Peter, he paid with a copper nickel. But then the blacksmith was quick-witted: he twisted the coin with his fingers, saying that it was of insufficient quality. As a result, the blacksmith achieved a gold coin, and people built up a whole fairy tale from the story that happened to the tsar and told their children.

Evpatiy Kolovrat - the strongest governor

Despite the fact that many fairy tales and myths are associated with this name, in reality it is a very real historical figure. Evpatiy was born in the village of Frolovo, it is located in the Shilov volost. Kolovrat learned that the Mongols invaded the Principality of Ryazan, assembled an impressive detachment and moved to the rescue. While he and his army reached the Ryazan lands, everything was already ruined. Most of the people and sovereigns were killed, burned and drowned.

But approaching the Suzdal land, the squad Eupatia overtook the Mongols and killed the Tatar-Mongol army. Not sparingly, Kolovrat took revenge for the tricks of the Mongols on Ryazan land. Then Batu asked for the best warrior Khostovrul to be dealt with Eupatius, but he was also defeated. Despite the fact that there were much more Tatars, they could not cope with the army of Kolovrat until they began to use stone-siege siege weapons. Out of respect for the Russian army, the Mongol-Tatars gave the body of the slain Evpatiy Kolovrat to his squad, and Batu ordered them to be released in peace. This is extraordinary enough for the history of Russia.

Winner of bulls and bears: Grigory Rusakov

Particularly prolific time for strong men in Russia was the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. One of the most popular at that time was - Grigory Rusakov. He was born in 1879 into a simple peasant family. In 1909, in the Donbass, where he previously worked in mines, Gregory for the first time acts as a fighter. In a short time he becomes the champion in the region and he is invited to perform in the Moscow circus.

So he embarked on the path of a professional wrestler. Moreover, its parameters were located - 2 meters tall and weighing more than 100 kilograms. Rusakov gained great popularity due to the fact that he arranged demonstrations with bears. Once in London, he even defeated a bull. And also he bent horseshoes and rails.

Ivan Poddubny - invincible

Surprisingly, the growth in the sporting achievements of the invincible Ivan Poddubny began with a defeat. When he was still a loader in the port, he decided to try his luck and compete in the arena of the circus of Ivan Beskoravayny. The first match ended in the fact that Poddubny lost. But he did not stop on the way to a dream and set a tight training schedule. He trained with weights of 2 pounds and a barbell weighing 112 kilograms.

He completely gave up alcohol, tempered and led a healthy lifestyle. Until the end of his life, he walked with a cast-iron cane. He was famous as the strongest fighter not only in Russia, but throughout Europe. And the famous Raul de Boucher - became his main opponent. The Frenchman De Boucher did not differ in honest ways of struggle, but the Russian Ivan won all three meetings. Poddubny was not just stronger, but even in the competition in St. Petersburg kept Raul in the “iron capture” for as long as 20 minutes.

"Iron Samson" - Alexander Zass

"Iron" Zass became famous during the First World War. The famous story of how he escaped from captivity in an Austrian prison, carrying a wounded horse on his shoulders.

He found the work of his life in the Hungarian circus, where he invented and put numbers for himself:

  • On his shoulders he held a mare or piano, while the pianist and assistant girl were sitting on the lid,
  • His assistants shot 90 kilogram cores from a circus cannon, and Alexander caught them with his bare hands,
  • He lifted a large metal beam in his teeth, while girls sat on both ends of it,
  • Suspended by one leg, he held in his teeth a platform with a piano and a lady,
  • He held a huge stone on his chest, whose weight was 500 kilograms, while they beat him with a sledgehammer. Surprisingly, he also lay with his bare back on the stones.

Vasily Alekseev known as the "Russian Bear"

If you recall who are the most powerful people in Russia, you can not mention one of the last heroes of the Soviet era. He was born during the second world war and constantly lived in the Rostov region, despite the whole celebrity. He led a completely modest way of life, all his time was devoted to the cause of his life - weightlifting. 3

Foreign fans called him - “Russian bear”, he repeatedly won prizes and medals:

  • 2 times Olympic champion
  • 6 times world champion
  • 6 times European champion
  • 7 years in a row was the champion of the USSR

Vasily was a successful athlete and set 80 world records and in the Soviet Union he set another 81 records. Alekseev is the eternal holder of the current world record - it is the sum of three exercises weighing 645 kilograms.

Elbrus Nigmatulin

But in order to find out who the strongest man is in Russia, it was decided to organize an annual competition. Anyone who considers himself a strong man can participate in it. And if this is true, then you can take first place.

For four consecutive years, the title of the strongest man in Russia received Elbrus Nigmatulin. He achieved this through hard work and daily training.

Elbrus was born in the small village of Chubara on March 30, 1974. None of the villagers expected him to become a world famous athlete. But from childhood, Elbrus was a strong boy. Already at the age of 10, he could easily catch up on the horizontal bar 40 times, and from the age of 12 he began to stubbornly go in for sports.

In his native village there were no gyms, but this did not stop the boy, who set himself the goal of achieving great success in sports. For his classes, he himself made simulators from improvised materials. Fortunately, my father worked in the forge, and there was plenty of iron. Many people, having at their disposal modern simulators, cannot achieve such results as Elbrus Nigmatulin did.

After graduating from school, Elbrus entered the Institute of Physical Culture in Chelyabinsk. After classes, he always visited gyms and was seriously carried away by armwrestling. Upon graduation, Nigmatulin received the specialty "Trainer-teacher of physical education."

In his life, not everything was smooth, as it might seem at first glance. Right after school, the guy wanted to join the army, but he was not taken. Commissioned due to high pressure. The terrible verdict of the doctors was like a bolt from the blue. Elbrus was informed that if he did not take care of himself, then he might not live to see his thirtieth birthday.

Elbrus Nigmatulin decided not to give up and overcome his illness, which ultimately happened. At 19, he became a master of sports in powerlifting, and at 20, he took the main prize at the Russian Championship. Every year, more and more new titles and records are added to his piggy bank of achievements:

  • Powerlifting, 1997 - master of sports of the Russian Federation.
  • Arm Wrestling. 2000 - master of sports of the Russian Federation.
  • 2001 - first place in the All-Russian tournament of strong men.
  • 2005 - received the title of vice champion of the world in strongman.
  • 2006 - becomes the champion of Russia in the truck pool. Thrust of a ship weighing 186 tons at a distance of 10 meters along the Moscow River.
  • 2009 - thrust of a river ship weighing 760 tons at a distance of 20 meters.

And this is not all that he managed to achieve. Several times his victories were noted in the Guinness Book of Records.

In addition to participating in various competitions and tournaments, he is a sports organizer and coach. Under his leadership, many athletes became known. He was a coach and mentor for Dmitry Kononts, Mikhail Koklyaev, Alexei Serebryakov and many more athletes.

Taking part in the tournament "The strongest man in Russia", once Elbrus broke his biceps, but this did not stop him. He continued to compete in the remaining 2 competitions and took third place.

Nigmatulin by his example shows that with great desire, much can be achieved. Once he decided to repeat a popular stunt in the 19th century: having wound the reins on his elbow bends, Elbrus simultaneously restrained two horses. The complexity of this trick was also in the fact that there was very little information on its implementation, and for more than 100 years they did not dare to perform it. But, taking extra time to train, Elbrus was able to repeat the almost forgotten trick.

Mikhail Koklyaev

Born in Chelyabinsk on December 17, 1978. Seriously carried away by weightlifting at the age of 13, at the age of 16 he passed the standard and received the “Master of Sports”. At the age of 20, he passed the standards for international masters of sports.

Mikhail Koklyaev is an eight-time Russian champion in the weight category over 105 kg. Set an absolute record among athletes, the champion lifted a barbell weighing 417.5 kg.

For 6 years, Mikhail took part more than 40 times in Russian and international competitions in power extreme. More than 20 times he managed to win.

Konstantin Pozdeev

Konstantin was born in Moscow on August 31, 1984.

Like many athletes, he became interested in sports since childhood, since 2000 he has been engaged in powerlifting.

Konstantin is the absolute champion of Russia, Europe and the world in weight lifting without equipment.

In the category of up to 110 kg, he took a 404 kg bar.

Konstantin Pozdeev is:

  • two-time World Champion
  • the best powerlifting athlete in 2012,
  • winner of the Giants Cup.

Vladimir Bondarenko

Athlete Vladimir Bondarenko is known throughout the world. He was part of the Russian weightlifting team. During this time, the team did not suffer a single defeat. His achievements, Vladimir became famous throughout the world.

Throughout his career in powerlifting, he almost always occupied first places. Vladimir's record - in the lifting of a bar 400 kg.

Andrey Malanichev

Andrey is a Honored Master of Sports of Russia. On the pages of "Powerlifting Watch" he was recognized twice as the world's strongest powerlifter.

Born in Moscow on January 10, 1977. He went in for sports from childhood, but until the age of 16 he was fond of wrestling and boxing. For myself, I determined that I would be engaged in powerlifting, and got to training with Andrei Chuprin.

In 1998, he began training under the leadership of Igor Zavyalov. Soon he falls into the Cup of Russia in the category of up to 125 kg and immediately sets a record in competitions among juniors. Such a spectacular appearance of a young athlete is noticed by Vladimir Bogachev and in the same year invites you to take part in the competitions of the World Cup in Hungary. Andrei Malanichev agreed and deservedly took the Silver.

Achievements of Andrey Malanichev:

  • Honored Master of Sports in Russia,
  • repeatedly won victories in the championships of Russia, Europe, the world,
  • took part in the tournament "Cup of Titans". Five victories on his account,
  • participant and winner of numerous international tournaments.

Andrey is a big foodie and loves to eat deliciously. He often cooks himself and, if possible, learns new cooking recipes.

Power records are never easy. To achieve them and gain first places you need to train a lot and hard, and once, having received an excellent result, do not relax. In order to become the most powerful person, you need to make a lot of efforts and make sport the meaning of your life.

Skopin Shuisky

Mikhail Skopin-Shuisky was an invincible commander of the Time of Troubles. He crushed the Bolotnikov uprising, negotiated with the Swedes, began to reform the Russian army, but was poisoned by the daughter of Malyuta Skuratov due to the political intrigues of Dmitry Shuisky.

According to descriptions of contemporaries, Mikhail Vasilievich was distinguished by a heroic build. The Broadsword of Skopin-Shuisky is stored in the historical museum. A heavy weapon for a very strong person.

Alexander III

Russian Emperor Alexander III possessed outstanding physical strength. From his youth, he did not like social entertainments, preferring ball lessons and horse riding lessons and physical education classes. The brothers said about him: "Sasha is our Hercules."
The emperor had to use his strength in an unusual situation. On October 17, 1888, during the return from the Crimea, the famous imperial train wrecked. The roof of the car in which the family of Alexander III was located began to fail.

The emperor took the falling roof onto his shoulders and held it until his wife and children got out safe and sound from the wreckage. After the family was rescued, Alexander III did not hesitate and rushed to help other victims.

Ivan Zaikin

Ivan Zaikin is one of the most famous Russian strongmen. World wrestling champion, weightlifting champion, circus artist, one of the first Russian aviators.

Foreign newspapers called Zaikin "Chaliapin of Russian muscles." His athletic numbers caused a sensation both in Russia and abroad. In 1908, during a tour in Paris, Zaikin shocked the audience by tearing any chains, bracelets and ties, bending metal beams.

Zaikin carried a 25-pound anchor on his shoulders, lifted a long barbell on his shoulders, on which ten people sat, and began to rotate it (“living carousel”).

Georg Gackenschmidt

Georg Gakkenshmidt called "Russian lion" and "the most powerful man of the turn of the century." He was the World Wrestling Champion and world weightlifting champion.

Since childhood, Georg has been involved in sports; to strengthen his feet, he practiced climbing stairs to the church spire with two-pound kettlebells. The merit that Hack became a fighter belongs to the "father of Russian athletics" Dr. Kraevsky - he convinced George that he could become the most powerful in the world.

And Kraevsky was not mistaken - Hack conquered Russia, and Europe, and America.

Hack squeezed a weight of 122 kg with one hand, squeezed a weight of 145 kg on a wrestling bridge.

With his arms crossed, Gaak lifted 86 kg from a deep squat. With a 50-pound barbell, the athlete crouched 50 times. Today, this exercise is called the Hack Squat.

Peter Krylov

Peter Krylov was a strongman and a permanent winner of competitions for the best athletic figure. As a child, he chose an idol - the athlete Emil Foss, who went to the arena in a silk leotard and a leopard skin.

Krylov set several world records. In the “wrestling bridge” position, he squeezed 134 kg with both hands and 114.6 kg with his left hand. Bench press in “soldier's stance”: with his left hand he lifted a two-pound weight 86 times in a row.

Krylov was called the "king of weights." He was the founder of spectacular tricks that were then repeated by other athletes, and today paratroopers: bending the rail on his shoulders, driving a car through his body, raising a platform with a horse and rider.

Grigory Kashcheev

In this photo with prominent and far from small fighters, Grigory Kashcheev stands out for his height - 218 cm and his simple dress is a simple braid.

In 1906, Grigory Kashcheev first met with world-class wrestlers and made friends with Zaikin, who helped him enter the big arena.

Soon Kashcheev put on the shoulder blades of all eminent strongmen, and in 1908, together with Poddubny and Zaikin, he conquered Paris at the World Championships.

The career of Kashcheyev, which had begun so brilliantly, did not work out - the wrestler became a downshifter, refused the most advantageous offers, abandoned everything and went to his village to plow the land.

Ivan Shemyakin

The two-meter giant, Ivan Shemyakin, in his first lesson in an athletic school, was able to push the bar with only two hands at only 72 kilograms, but this did not bother him. He began to train hard.

The training yielded results: Shemyakin won the competitions of the Cycling and Athletic Society of Kettlebells and took the third prize at the Russian Championship.

In 1908, in St. Petersburg, Shemyakin showed a unique power number - a metal beam was bent on his shoulder.

In 1913, participating in the world championship held in the St. Petersburg circus "Modern", Ivan Shemyakin defeated the famous Ivan Zaikin, and the powerful, evil on the carpet, Nikolai Vakhturov and took first place. Shemyakin also defeated other world-famous fighters, but his meetings with Ivan Poddubny always ended in a draw.

Ivan Lebedev

In 1916, Ivan Lebedev (the strongmen called him “Uncle Vanya”) published the book “A Guide on How to Develop Your Strength Using Heavy Weights”. Lebedev not only developed athletics and wrestling in Russia, but he himself was a nobleman. He was engaged in all the same luminaries of "Russian power" Vladislav Kraevsky.

Lebedev published the Hercules magazine and was the first promoter in Russia. His notes are interesting today.

Regarding the mode of life, he wrote: "The human body does not suffer constraints, but every excess is harmful. As for food, I definitely do not recommend eating meat: it introduces putrefactive decomposition products into your body and forms uric acid, which poisons the body. The basic rule for eating is to chew as slowly as possible. I do not advise drinking alcohol and smoking. Sleep - 7-8 hours. Dress without wrapping or wearing warm underwear. Fresh air and water (showers or baths) are necessary for every person who wants to be strong and healthy.».

Yuri Vlasov

Another ingenious Soviet weightlifter is the “iron man” Yuri Vlasov. Olympic champion (1960), silver medalist of the Games (1964), 4-time world champion (1959, 1961-1963), 6-time European champion (1959-1964, in non-Olympic years the championships were held as part of the world championships), 5-time USSR champion (1959-1963). Yuri Vlasov set 31 world records and 41 USSR records (1957-1967).
Yuri Vlasov was twice the standard-bearer of the USSR delegation at the opening of the 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games.

Ivan Denisov

Let's move on to modern athletes. Weight-lifting traditions in Russia are strong today. One of the strongest weight-lifters in the world is the representative of the Chelyabinsk weight-lifting school Ivan Denisov - a master of sports of international class. Ivan Denisov - multiple Champion of Russia, Europe and the World, multiple champion of Russia, Europe and the World.

In 2005, at the World Championships in Moscow, Denisov set absolute world records in the clean and jerk equal to 175 climbs and a combined total of 281 points. Previously, the records belonged to Sergey Mishin and were unchanged for more than ten years.

Alexander Karelin

"San Sanych" Karelin at birth weighed 6.5 kilograms, at 13 years old he was 178 cm tall and weighs 78 kilograms. 4 years after joining the section, Karelin became the world champion among youth.

During his sports career, the wrestler collected all kinds of titles, won in 887 fights, lost only two times. He took Olympic gold three times, 9 times became the world champion, 12 times - the European champion, 13 times took gold at the championships of the USSR, the CIS and Russia. Alexander Karelin was awarded the Golden Belt four times as the best fighter on the planet.

On February 20, 1999, Karelin held a duel with Japanese fighter Akira Maeda. “Russian Bear” used only the arsenal of native Greco-Roman wrestling in the ring. Maeda at the beginning of the battle managed to carry out several kicks, but not even a minute passed before he turned into a training dummy for practicing shots.

Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko, the “last emperor”, remained undefeated for almost ten years, which is unprecedented in the history of MMA.

Emelianenko is a four-time world champion in MMA in heavyweight according to Pride FC, two-time according to RINGS, two-time according to WAMMA, four-time world champion and seven-time Russian champion in combat sambo. Honored Master of Sports in Sambo and International Master of Sports in Judo.

This summer, the "last emperor" returned to the sport. On December 31 we will cheer for him at a tournament in Japan.

Lev Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy was a powerful old man. In his house there were rings and a trapezoid, in the yard stood a horizontal bar. The writer was engaged in weights until old age. Once he remarked: “After all, you know, I raised five pounds with one hand.”

It is hard to doubt it. At the age of seventy, the "Yasnaya Polyana elder" overtook the boys on the run, swam perfectly, rode well. The year before his death, in 1909, when Tolstoy was 82 years old, in a humorous argument he defeated all the guests in a “hand fight”.

Tolstoy, who became one of the first fighters for sobriety and a healthy lifestyle, said: “For me, daily movement of bodily work is necessary, like air. With diligent mental work without movement and bodily labor, sheer grief. ”

Vladimir Gilyarovsky

Another Russian strong man from literature is Vladimir Gilyarovsky.

At sixteen he ran away from home. Having walked two hundred kilometers from Vologda to Yaroslavl, he joined a burlak artel. At first, the haulers doubted whether to take the boy, but Gilyai possessed tremendous physical strength, pulled a nickle from his pocket and easily rolled it into a tube.

Mikhail Chekhov recalled the first visit of “Uncle Gilyay” to the Chekhov’s house: “He immediately stood with us on you, offered us to feel his iron muscles on his hands, rolled a penny into a tube, screwed a teaspoon with a screw.”

Alexander 3

Russian Emperor Alexander 3 was also distinguished by enviable strength. Even in his youth, he was more interested not in social balls, but in sports. He loved to ride a horse, and also paid great attention to physical exercise.

There is a known case when the tsar and his family returned by train from the Crimea to St. Petersburg. Suddenly, the train went off the rails, as a result of which the imperial carriage was flattened, and its roof fell completely down.

It is claimed that the emperor held the roof of the carriage on his shoulders while the royal family got out from the wreckage. In many ways, that is why Alexander 3 took a worthy place in the list of the 20 most powerful people in the history of Russia.

Fedor Emelianenko

The legendary MMA fighter Fedor Emelianenko received the nickname "The Last Emperor". For almost 10 years, no one could defeat him, which is a unique case in the history of MMA.

Emelianenko - 4-time world champion in MMA in heavyweight according to Pride FC, 2-time according to RINGS, 2-time according to WAMMA, 4-time world champion and 7-time Russian champion in combat sambo. Master of Sports in Sambo and Master of Sports of International Class in Judo.

Fedor Emelianenko with future U.S. President Donald Trump

Thanks to his sporting achievements, Fedor became famous throughout the world. He never expressed any insults to his opponents, nor did he show cruelty to his opponents when they barely stood on their feet. For these and other qualities he won enormous authority even among his opponents.

An interesting fact is that the legendary boxer Mike Tyson has repeatedly said that he is a fan of Fedor Emelianenko.


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