Monthly archives "September"

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Andres Viksi – 7 questions

Andres is Estonian weightlifter who is soon going to compete in World Championships. Competition is held in USA, Houston 20-29th November. We asked Andres 7 questions about his trainings. Visit Andres in Sportlio –


1.How your season has been?

My season has been great. It started in May, when I began with base strength training and competed in Estonian Summer Games and in Baltic Cup without special preparation. My results were 160 kg in snatch and 188 kg in clean and jerk which are close to my personal bests (163 kg snatch; 190 kg clean and jerk). My trainings consisted of many strength exercises like back squat, military press, deadlift etc. and little of olympic weightlifting exercises which were in particular power snatch, power clean and power jerk. I also did lots of running, used rowing machine and went cycling- each of these I did once a week. Aerobic workout lasted about 1 hour and I held my pulse between 120 and 140. As my basic preparation ended in August I already feel that I can endure my special trainings much better.

At the beginning of September I started with special preparation for the World Championships. In training I easily clean and jerked 180 kg, snatched 150 kg and jerked from racks 200 kg. I was planning on competing in Tartu Championships and my goal was to move my personal bests forward. Unfortunately I got ill just before competitions and didn’t realize my potential in clean and jerk.

Even though Championships of Tartu didn’t go as planned I am positive minded cause I managed to break my snatch record while being ill. I look forward for next competitions especially the World Championships.

2.You are going to WC at the end of next month. What are your goals in Houston WC?

My goals in the World Championships are new personal bests and to bring my personal bests near Estonian records or even break them. Right now Estonian records are 175 kg in snatch and 210 kg in clean and jerk.

3.How your everyday looks like?

My usual day starts at 7:00. Then I make my breakfast and after eating, if I’m still tired, I take a short nap. At 8:00 I warm up and stretch a bit, usually where it is most needed. 10:45 I start my morning exercising. 13:00 I eat lunch. After lunch I take an hour long nap. My evening workout starts usually at 17:00. 20:00 I eat dinner and 23:00 I go to sleep.

4.And how does your most regular training looks like?

My typical training starts with warm up and stretching which lasts about 10-15 minutes. Warm up includes joint exercises, few series of core exercises, specific weightlifting exercises and stretching.

I usually have 3-5 weightlifting exercises in one workout. I start with explosive warm up exercise like power snatch or power clean, then I move to main snatch or clean and jerk after that I usually have rack exercise like jerk, power jerk or press. For 4th exercise I have usually squats and finally I do some pulls. If I have two workouts in one day I split this list of 5 to 3+2. It means that I do explosive lifting in morning and leave power exercises for evening workout.

5.In Sportlio you say, that you have tried other sports too but they weren’t challenging enough. What do you mean by that?

I mean that when I started lifting I felt that this is what I want to do at the very first moment. It attracted me because of its complications. You have to build strength to get stronger, but you also have to learn proper technique to lift economically. This fighting with weights to beat them started to interest me. It felt challenged when I started this sport and it still does.

6.Should other athletes from different sport learn right weightlifting technique also or it is not relevant because they don´t compete in weightlifting? If yes, why?

The answer is yes. I think that when you want to get out most of weightlifting exercises you should learn how to lift weights properly. Proper technique lets an athlete develop his/her ability to the maximum. Lifting without proper technique is possible and athlete develop strength but in some point strength itself without proper movement isn’t enough to advance to the new level. The worst scenario is getting an injury.

7.Can you be a professional weightlifter and not use food supplements?

I don’t believe you can. Professional weightlifter’s workouts are hard and intense and in order to get all the energy for recovery they need to take some supplements to support their nutrition. Of course nutrition must be also proper.

Cooperation with Tradehouse

We are happy to announce cooperation with Tradehouse!

Tradehouse is Estonian biggest online beauty store and they are supporting sports again – big time! This is third time Tradehouse buts 20 000€ scholarship for athletes to pursue. Last year it was divided by 5 athletes – Rasmus Mägi, Grit Šadeiko, Julia Beljajeva, Erika Kirpu and Katrina Lehis.

Scholarship purpose is to acknowledge and support Estonian athlete preparation and participation in local or national competitions – Tradehouse

(Picture: Laura and Mikk)


We are helping Tradehouse to spread the word and inform athletes. Tradehouse said, that “Sportlio is perfect place for that”.

To apply for scholarship, visit –

Also, next month Top 10 athletes get gift bag from Tradehouse!


Marti vs Guinness World Record

We are proud to present Marti who is trying to break Guinness World Record this weekend in Tallinn. He is going to run whole marathon while dribbling a basketball. Current record is 3hr 11m 26s and owned by Jerry Knox. We asked Marti some questions about record attempt. Enjoy and come cheer for him! Marti have had 2 previous attempts that did not go as planned.


Why marathon while bouncing basketball?

I chose to do this event because marathon is a very long distance and it could get a little-bit boring at times, but with a basketball in my hands, I have an opportunity to do something great which is the record and it would be entertaining for the people watching the race. I am only 19 years old and in 20 years when I will be 40, I can still go out there and run a good time in marathon, because its based on stamina.

Why is it harden than just running marathon? How much harder does it make, what could happen besides just running marathon?

It`s definitely harder to run a marathon while dribbling a basketball because my hands have to dribble the ball and I can`t use my hands to give me momentum and push to go forward. In my opinion, it really isn`t a problem until you get leg cramps, because then I have to slow the pace down and I realize how hard it actually is.

How have you prepared to this event and what your friends/family think about that?

I have prepared for this upcoming event really well, because I have trained a lot and I feel really good where I am right now. Thanks to multiple sponsors (Eqology, Sprite Tänavakorvpall, Diadora, Arcotransport, Sauberhaus, Treeningpartner), I have had good nutrition and also fast recovery from hard trainings. My family and friends have been extremely supportive and hyped up, because they know how much this means to me and that makes me feel more and more confident.

What impels you to own Guinness word record? Why do you want to write your name to record book?

This event is a big challenge and I think that is the main reason why I am determined and hungry after this record. First 2 years have gone terribly wrong for me and I want to make the result that I think is capable for me which is breaking the record. I want to brake the Guinness World Record because I want to show people how versatile I am and of course, it would be a huge achievement for me.

If there would be option to choose whatever record attempt, what would that be? (eg running with one shoe only or longest time jumping on 1 leg)

Its hard to think about one particular option, but it has to include something with running, chess and basketball, because these are the sports that I am connected to and I am pretty sure that no one has the hobbies like I do. For example: Running a distance while dribbling a basketball and playing chess with a friend in my head, haha:D

Is there any bonus or reward, when you do the new record?

I know that if I brake the record, I will get a money bonus and who knows what else, but I am concentrating on getting myself mentally and physically ready for that hard challenge and whatever happens, happens. I just hope that 3rd time`s the charm.

When you get tired and spectators start cheering for, what cheers would you like to hear?

I want people to support me any way as possible during the competition, because what ever the circumstances are, it will help me big time to overcome the obstacles that I am facing and hopefully I can please people by breaking the Guinness World Record for fastest marathon run while dribbling a basketball.


Link to record –

Marti profile –

Event – SEB Tallinna Sügismaraton –

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Top 10 athletes – August


We are happy to show, that most popular athlete in August was Jaak-Heinrich who also competed in Beijing World Championships. Go Jaak!

  1. Jaak-Heinrich Jagor – 927
  2. Reena Koll – 356
  3. Kreete Verlin – 306
  4. Maarja Kalev – 303
  5. Marti Medar – 277
  6. Veiko Aunapuu – 273 (NEW)
  7. Mikk Meerents – 259
  8. Õilme Võro – 192 (NEW)
  9. Ott Martens – 163 (NEW)
  10. Anna Maria Orel – 130 (NEW)

*NEW – stands for new entry compared to previous top 10. Number idicates athlete profile views turing 1 month time period