Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Russian Junior Camp

We've had some posts on more general health and fitness types of things lately. Here is some real meat for real lifters and other athletes. This is a really interesting film clip of the Russian national junior team. It is alot of fun to see their daily routine and preparations. The former Soviet Union dominated the weight lifting world for several decades through the 60's and 70's. The Russian team does not dominate to that level as many of their former union countries also produce strong lifters and currently the Asian and Middle Eastern countries are very competetive as we all know. Yet, the Russian system is still venerable and consistently produces world class competitors. Here is an inside look with english language sub-titles. It is fun to see the reporter's humor and amazing to see the progress in the quality of facilities, food,..etc. from the old Soviet system in the 60's and 70's. It is ironic that we used to think that the Soviets were far advanced in technology and we were primitive amateurs (as portrayed in the stereotypical film clip below from the movie Rocky IV) when in reality it was us with the best equipment and facilities, not to mention better food and (dare we say it?)  better drugs. Anyway, that was then, and this  is now. As this clip shows they have facilities equal to anything in the west for weight lifting training.

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