An interview with Zahir Khudayarov

So last week I was lucky enough to get talking to Zahir Khudayarov in a video call with my coach Dean.

We are friends on Facebook and he regularly likes some of the stuff I post so I figured why not do a blog post about him and he and his wife Anna were all for it! Zahir is probably now best known for his 505KG Raw squat which looked like an early warmup. Truly a superhuman! Definitely will be doing a youtube video with him in the future!

Anyway we will fire away with the questions that i asked Zahir.

-When did you start powerlifting and why-

Zahir went onto saying that he began powerlifting at the age of 15 and that his main sport had actually been sprinting. Once he had been given the go ahead by his coach he was allowed to weight train which is when he began a bodybuilding/powerlifting style of training.

-What style of training works the best for you-

He said he has his own type of programming which is based off the Russian old style of programming but its with his own twist and it changes every three months which includes a blend of bodybuilding and powerlifting.

-Favourite competition and why-

GPA worlds in Austrailia where he fought Lilliebridge and Dan Green. The fact that there was such big names at it made it his favourite. GPA is where Zahir actually set all his big records.

-What does it take to squat over 500KG-

He initially didnt understand the question and hie wife Anna eventually helped him out with the translation but i loved the tangent he went off on so I will include it.

He went on to say how he likes that Lilliebridge and the rest of his competition cannot squat near his number and how the fact that they’re not just behind by 5KG or 10KG but its by a huge number. He then went on to compare it to Mike Tyson in his fights where he kept knocking out his opponents and was so clearly the best. He just wants it to be so obvious that he is the best and of course it is…

He highlighted the importance of rest and nutrition Mentioning that he eats an average of 3KG of meat a day. He said above everything he says confidence is the most important thing of all. He then told me how he now hopes to go on and squat 550KG in 2017 and I absolutely believe he will. There’s something amazing about his level of confidence and its really refreshing to see someone with such strong self belief.

I believe in myself. Many people are afraid but I am not, inside it tells me that I will make it and I will motherfucking make it..Zahir you will get it” -Zahir

-Have you ever tried equipped lifting-

At first when there was now raw lifting he did try it but one day when he was benching 300KG in his familys gym in Azerbaijan it was only his brother spotting him and he ended up dropping the weight on his jaw and breaking it completely! He was in hospital where they wired his teeth together and as soon as he got out he was back in the gym training again! From then he stopped with the equipped lifting but he did remember his best equipped numbers. He only squatted in briefs and they didnt help him at all only squatting 380KG and benching 250KG and pulling a 382.5KG deadlift at 110KG bodyweight!

-Would he ever come to ireland-

Once there was a big competition he would..Powerlifting is not so big in Finland so he has to travel alot to compete anyway. Hopefully we will be seeing him competing on irish soil very very soon!

-Whats next for Zahir-

Zahir is currently in talks with a Finish rock festival about hosting a powerlifting event at it. It is a very big festival so the crowd would be huge. Offeseason training has begun and he will be aiming to squat 550KG at this festival. But for now its just offseason and no competing until this festival next summer.

-Does he have a coach-

Zahir does all his own coaching. He has the same crew at his training sessions but nobody tells him what to do.Only he decides what he does but his wife is a doctor and can help him with his nutrition.

He then went on to highlight the importance of powerlifters and bodybuilders having a doctor close by for all the internal and external issues that they may face. For him his wife Anna said that he will usually have pains in his body that she will have to give some attention.

-Signing off-

Why does he want to do 550KG? Because he wants to show the equipped lifters that he can do more than he can do raw! He believes that everyone can do their best numbers raw and that they should start from the beginning and focus on weaknesses from the early stages instead of leaning on equippment .

I absolutely cannot thank Zahir  and Anna enough for giving me some of their time they were absolutely lovely and I know they would have chatted to me for hours had I not been so conscious about keeping them too long haha!

What I took from my talking with them?

I absolutely need to push my squats alot more…300KG squat is not a great squat! I’m after 400KG as soon as possible and hopefully over the next 3 years before im out of the junior class!!

Nutrition needs to be far more structured and I need to pay more attention to offseason and the likes.

I really want to begin competing abroad! Simple as..

12 days until i hit the platform again.. Stay tuned for some phycotic posts haha!






The road to a 200KG bench at 21.

I guess this more of a “bro” post but it is one that really holds a big place in my life! For some a 200KG bench is fuck all but to me at 21 years old its something I really want to have and own.

I’ll just give you all a backround on my training and where I began.

My parents would not let me start training until I was 16 and that was okay because that’s when most of my friends started training anyway!

Not to mention the months before I started I was having severe back problems due to my weight.

I stepped into probably the worst gym you could probably imagine in Drumcondra Co. Dublin and my training began there. My first ever time touching a weight hitting 100KG for five or six reps! Happy out!


When I started out training at 16 in July I was 125KG and really badly overweight so I was advised by a back specialist to lose a lot of weight or else my back problems were going to leave me really fucked up. That’s not quite how he put it but it was something along those lines anyway!

So began my vicious spell of the most retarded dieting known to man… some days hitting a mere 250cals!

I also took up running big time and would run 40km three times a week and 10km every other day while still doing 2hrs of rugby every day and my own weight training after that!

On top of all this I also thought going to Holland and Barret and buying about 20 tubs of random tablets and taking 4 of each a day was a good idea.

Long story short something went wrong and I needed bloods done and I nearly was on kidney dialisis as a result of the dieting and H&B abuse..

When I had to show the Doc all of the tablets it turned out I was even taking stuff that was meant for womens periods haha so I was made look like a right tit!


So my bodyweight was down to 72KG from 125 so I had dropped 53KG/117LBS in around 3 months and I was skinny as fuck. It also is probably what led to all the serious injuries in the following years but no regrets!

I was still strong and when I was just about to turn 17 I hit a 170KG benchpress at that 72KG bodyweight so it was huge for me!

But for the next couple of years I couldn’t bench properly because of my knee surgeries so it plataued big time!

When I was 18 I popped my shoulder in a rugby match but continued to play that full season while dislocating it a few more times. To be fair the pain of it was unbearable and I never got a nights sleep as a result of it! It got so bad that one day when I was squatting I actually popped it out trying to get the bar down my back.


So my training stopped for the rest of sixth year and I was booked in for a shoulder reconstruction the day after my leaving cert finished…fucking fantastic summer ahead!

Had my ball and socket remade and a labrum re-attatchment so I was all good with a few plates and plenty of screws and the expected recovery was 6 months until heavy benchpressing and a couple months in a sling.

Tits to that and I was banging out 20 reps of pushups after 2 days and then benching 130KG 4 weeks after surgery.

Fast forward a year of 2 more knee ops and no leg drive and then my training starts going really well.

Teaming up with Eamon and getting some really havy pressing going and eventually getting a PB in nationals in march with 182.5KG as my third attempt bench.

Few months later im competing under Dean Gartland and my bench is jumping up. (Dean in my opinion being the best coach I have ever come across)Went to Battle of the Boyne at the end of july and put on a really poor performance and really let myself down but it was on me and thankfully I know its part of the game so it probably had me down for around an hour haha! Numbers I hit there were a 280KG squat(piss poor) a 192.5KG bench and a 280KG deadlift.

After that performance I decided I wasn’t finished with competing for 2016 so I entered the IPO charity meet and I will absolutely be shooting for that 200KG bench and fuck it I will probably get emotional but that’s sport for you.


-Do it with passion or don’t do it at all-


I am currently 18 days away from my next competition and I genuinely feel that the bench is there. I know it is and I will make it my little bitch.

Obviously my plans for my bench are to be as close to the mid 200s while still a junior (3 more years) so we will just have to wait and see.

This Powerlifting is way more of a mental battle than some people realise.

Everyone can go lift weights but it definitely takes something extra to be a Powerlifter. What that is I am not quite sure but im trying to figure it out!

I think I will leave it there for today.

Feedback on the last post was really really good so if you want more let me know and hopefully you will all continue to enjoy my shite talk.

Xoxo Killian