My sports journey began when I was 5-6 years old. I started with martial arts, Tae-Kwon-Do in particular. I quickly climbed up the ranks until I had the brown belt. But on the side, I also developed a passion for basketball. Since I wasn't that tall, I felt like I had to compensate that with strength.
So I started lifting weights with the other guys in my basketball team when I was 12 years old. I became a better player, won regional championships and made it into German's highest youth league team. But soon I started to realize that I will NEVER be able to compete at a high level just because of my height. That's when I started to put my entire focus on bodybuilding at about 16/17 years.
The other facet is my knowledge journey. I grew up in a very academic and scientific background. Both of my grandfathers are well-known experts in their fields in Russia. One being an engineer, the other one being a physicist. My dad a respected chemist.
That's why I started to immerse myself in biochemistry when I was 15/16 and graduated summa cum laude at one of the most prestigious academies in Russia for that field.
I developed an interest in engineering and later also finished a degree in one of the best universities for that field in Germany. Much of this helped my gain deeper insights in human anatomy and the mechanics of training effectively.