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Bulgarian Weightlifting


OK guys, just want say hi and post that video as a tribute to my country.

Bulgarian weightlifting was one of the best in the world, but in last few years, well a lot of people messed up a lot of things. I don't think bulgarian weightlifting will ever be the same, just hope so. Any opinions are welcome.

Stay focus
Sava S.S.


Great video, thanks for posting. The future doesn't look too good for Bulgaria right now. I don't think they even sent a team to the Junior Worlds and 8th in the 77's at the 1st Youth Championships has been their highest placing there so far. It may take time, but Bulgaria knows how to make champions so I'm sure they will improve.


Watch out for this guy:

Did 160/203 at the Euros this year to take 5th (Yufkin did 164/205 to take gold).


He's quite good at lifting in flip flops too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8FYEJkvSQ


Very solid and great potential at 22 years age. He has a good deadlift technique also :slightly_smiling: http://vbox7.com/play:8299a424
another of his vids


Here's some stuff about Bulgarian training.

From Mel Siff:

"Mel Siff in his popular Supertrainingg Group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/Supertraining/ talks about the mysterious an dfascinating wordl of Eastern Bloc Training.

We often seem to revisit the topic of specificity of training and a
comparison of the methods used by the Russians and Bulgarians, so I would
like to share comments made to me in Russia some years ago by Prof Alexei
Medvedev, former world champion weightlifter, coach of the Russian national
team and current Head of the Department of Weightlifting at the State Central
Institute of Physical Culture in Moscow.

We were discussing (through an interpreting friend) this very issue of
Bulgarian vs Russian training methods. He shared many insights with me,
including the different methods of quantifying training intensity and
periodising weightlifting for different classes of lifter, but this one short
comment stood out at the time:

Standing there in his dimly-lit office with his hand on my shoulder, Prof
Medvedev said:

â??Why do you think that the Bulgarians have so many injuries?â?? He went on to
comment on the typically long years of top-level competition by Russian
athletes, their higher average age at the Olympics and their lower injury
rate. He added that a certain Bulgarian coach had been contracted to work
with teams in China and before long the increased injury rate and drop in
consistent form had ended up in his being dismissed very quickly (actually,
he used a rude gesture with his arm to show exactly what the Chinese felt
about that coach!).

To add to this debate from the other side of the fence, my weightlifting
coach for several years was a top Bulgarian lifter who had trained with
Abadjiev and Spassov, as well as all the famous names in contemporary
Bulgarian lifting and he had very definite views on the Bulgarian system,
both good and bad. In explaining what athletes are expected to do in
Bulgaria, their coaches told them that if they became injured or painfully
overtrained, then they obviously werenâ??t good enough for top level

With great satisfaction, he added that if a nation with a total population of
only one big American city could place so often in the top few nations at the
Olympics, then something serious must be wrong with American training. That
was his simplistic analysis! (Anyway, that was before the last Olympics). No
results, no use for anyone! Bulgarian athlete - no results - no place for

At first I thought that this philosophy is unduly harsh, when I realised that
it is not all that different anywhere else in the world. The Chicago Bulls
start losing a few games in basketball and in no time, the fans are baying
for blood. In world soccer, the scene is no different, nor in American
football. Win most of the time and the fans are deliriously happy - lose one
or two and all the armchair experts and team owners are ready to sacrifice
coaches and players.

So, when one examines the so-called Bulgarian system, one cannot lose sight
of the different cultural systems governing the sport. One cannot simple take
a philosophy, training method or lifestyle (or even foodstuff) from one
country and hope to apply with equal success anywhere else.

Anyway, a lot of this talk about â??Bulgarianâ?? and â??Russianâ?? systems is
somewhat of a misnomer, for, as Medvedev emphasized to me: â??There is no such
thing as one Russian system - we have many coaches and guidelines and each
coach is allowed to develop his own system. It is the Americans who are so
rigid , not us - they want fast foods, fast formulae and fixed programs that
are easy to applyâ??.

He nodded in agreement when I commented: â??You mean something like a sporting
MacDonalds where you can drive up and get a training program off a menu
without waiting?â?? Sad and amusing, but all too often, true in America. Why
do you think that muscle building, fitness, strength training, sports,
rehabilitation and health books sell best if they offer rigidly devised set
exercise routines for anyone and everyone, without much attempt at in-depth
analysis or individualisation?

Mel Siff"


He's pretty good at deadlifting too. We have some talent, by the way. In the men's 62s and 69s, mostly, IIRC. In the women's 53s competes the 16-year old niece of Plamen Jeliazkov - she's crazy strong for her age, and finished 5th in this year's European Championship.

Still, money and internal organization problems seem to be the biggest issues. We'll get over it, but I don't know when.

And one video from the glory days: http://weightliftingexchange.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=75&Itemid=75

P.S. Zdravej, priqtel, radvam se da vidq bulgarin tuk :slightly_smiling:




Nowadays, China is the new Bulgaria, and America (just like the usual) will be a communist's bitch.


Don't be so rude, come on :slight_smile: at least they are trying.


Shouldn't you be by my side? Bulgaria has pretty much owned America...

And still... It's the painful truth. Boevski can probably overpower even the strongest of linebackers.


Boevski can probably overpower even the strongest of linebackers.[/quote]

Bull fucking shit.


HUH? http://www.ravensgab.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/suggs.jpg



A line backer who can clean and jerk 400 pounds or more is VERY VERY OUTSTANDING...

A human being who can clean and jerk 400 pounds or more WITH A BODYWEIGHT OF 152 POUNDS is not a human...


Dude, why should you troll the fuck out of this thread???

There is no "my side/their side" here.
No one here is more proud with the Bulgarian weightlifters than me or Sava, but this doesn't mean that we should make ridiculous claims about them.

Damn, sometimes I wonder if you are really that delusional...


TYPE2B, you really need to stop comparing Oly lifters to other sports. And you should probably leave the sub-forum before you ruin it. :stuck_out_tongue:


God, you're so stupid it makes my head hurt.