This week we are introducing another Calisthenics beast, one of the biggest worldwide. Viktor Kamenov started in 2012 and is not planning to stop any time soon, just the opposite! Read on how he combines four jobs and and still manages to face any challenge with a smile bellow!
What motivated you to start? Is there anyone you look up to?
Initially I was motivated by videos I've seen of Russian and American athletes on YouTube.
Moreover, considering the similarity of gymnastics and calisthenics, I can say I was also inspired by Yordan Yovchev, who was participating at the London Olympics in 2012.
My uncle, who is a prominent athlete, certainly contributed to my initial steps in the sport as well!
What challenges have you faced so far?
Calisthenics is quite a risky sport and you are prone to many injuries. It is mostly difficult when it comes to organizing your daily routine. Combining a career in architecture with one of a professional athlete, referee and a coach is not an easy task.
However, I am taught to accept every challenge with a smile. This is necessary for progressing in the long run.
Did you have to make any sacrifices along the way? What kind?
I aim for a fairly balanced life. Of course, there are moments when time is simply not enough and you have to sacrifice some social gatherings with friends for the sake of success.
How do you find fulfilment and what keeps you going?
The passion for sports cannot be described. It's important for anyone to incorporate sports in their daily life and for it to become part of their rhythm. Once you build that habit it's difficult to eliminate it, especially after seeing all the positive effects it has on you.
When it comes to refereeing and coaching, the main thing that motivates me is the fact that I am part of growing a new sport that has great potential. Such growth won't be possible without conscientious and influential people in the field.
What are your goals?
This is quite a broad topic. In terms of sports, I will certainly continue to work towards my development in calisthenics as well as my personal development as an athlete/competitor.
Any current projects you'd like to share?
I am working on some projects, but I believe that a project can be shared only after it is realized :)
What tips would you give someone who is just starting in your field?
Be persistent and never rush. Time passes by anyway.
Where can we find you on the internet/social media?
Shop Viktor's Gear ( 170cm/ 68kg, wearing size S).