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An Interview with Oksana Grishina, Bodybuilder

Welcome back, and hello to everyone. I am back with a new interview, and this time it is the famous professional Russian bodybuilder and former gymnast Oksana Grishina. Her path to success started in 2000 when she earned a physical training and sports specialist degree. Shortly after, she realized that she had a predisposition for bodybuilding.

Her pro debut was in 2007 on the NPC Europa IFBB Pro Super Show. Before that, while competing as an amateur, she won the awards of Overall Fitness Champion in Russia, Europe, and the World. After earning her IFFB Fitness Pro Card, Oksana won four consecutive Ms. Fitness Olympia titles and ten consecutive Arnold Classic competitions.

Besides the many awards she earned, she also runs Oksana Grishina’s O.G. Pole Fitness which hosts a Professional Pole Sport Championship at Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas and a Pro-Am Pole Fitness Competition at the Legion Sports Fest in Long Beach, California.

Since Oksana Grishina is a role model for many youngsters and athletes, I am sure you are impatient to hear what she has to say. So, without further ado, let’s start with the interview.

    Tose Zafirov

    Mr. Olympia Representative

    Welcome back, and hello to everyone. I am back with a new interview, and this time it is the famous professional Russian bodybuilder and former gymnast Oksana Grishina. Her path to success started in 2000 when she earned a physical training and sports specialist degree. Shortly after, she realized that she had a predisposition for bodybuilding.

    Her pro debut was in 2007 on the NPC Europa IFBB Pro Super Show. Before that, while competing as an amateur, she won the awards of Overall Fitness Champion in Russia, Europe, and the World. After earning her IFFB Fitness Pro Card, Oksana won four consecutive Ms. Fitness Olympia titles and ten consecutive Arnold Classic competitions.

    Besides the many awards she earned, she also runs Oksana Grishina’s O.G. Pole Fitness which hosts a Professional Pole Sport Championship at Mr. Olympia in Las Vegas and a Pro-Am Pole Fitness Competition at the Legion Sports Fest in Long Beach, California.

    Since Oksana Grishina is a role model for many youngsters and athletes, I am sure you are impatient to hear what she has to say. So, without further ado, let’s start with the interview.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Hello, Oksana. First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to do this interview. I know you are quite busy this period, so I will get right into it.

    Do you mind providing some background information about yourself? Where and how did it all start? I believe you started with gymnastics at a young age, but it would be best if the audience heard the story straight from you.

    Oksana Grishina:

    My background was in rhythmic gymnastics. It’s a very beautiful and elegant sport that includes acrobatics, ballet, flexibility, and incredible coordination.

    I fell in love with it, although it wasn’t exactly my type of sport. I had different genetics from the other girls, who were very skinny. In my case, even though I followed a very strict diet, I always had muscles and couldn’t change them. But I never gave up and got my Master of Sport degree faster than all my teammates, girls who had more potential than I did.

    Gymnastics taught me not to give up, to be disciplined, to count on yourself only, and be independent.

    Tose Zafirov:

    You have accomplished incredible things in the field throughout the years. You got your degree in 2000 and took part in many championships.

    But my question at this point is, what kept you going? Do you believe you were born to become this person, or was there someone/something that inspired you to progress?

    Oksana Grishina:

    I grew up in a military family, and we moved around a lot while my father served.

    It wasn’t easy for me to change friends and schools all the time, but my family was always together, and we went through all the struggles and difficulties together.

    I learned a lot from my parents about discipline and responsibilities, especially how to stay positive no matter what.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Can you tell me more about your achievements in the fitness industry? What moments do you remember as the best ones in your career? Is there one particular event that stands out from the rest?

    Oksana Grishina:

    There are many memorable moments, but I particularly cherish the one in which I finished seventh in my first Olympia in 2007. I remember right after when we got into our hotel room, my friend texted Boris that I got first place in the routine round. We were acting like kids by screaming and jumping all over the room. We were so happy because that meant we were headed in the right direction, and the judges accepted me as I was.

    Although I received a variety of feedback regarding my routines, I was certain of one thing: if I followed others’ lead or did what others wanted, I would never perform again because it wouldn’t be me. Also, I would lose the most crucial component of a performance: my soul, my desire, my creation, and myself.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Do you believe anyone can become a champion with enough interest and dedication?

    Oksana Grishina:

    Absolutely YES!

    Tose Zafirov:

    What are the biggest changes you have seen over the years, taking into account your first and last championship as well as those in between?

    Oksana Grishina:

    It’s hard to pick one; each competition is a different challenge. And with every show, you learn something new about yourself.

    Tose Zafirov:

    It’s quite challenging to keep in shape at all times. So, can you tell us more about your training routines and nutrition plans? More precisely, what works best for you?

    Oksana Grishina:

    Of course, as an athlete, I have no excuses and must always eat clean, but it was not always this way.

    From experience, I learned to listen to my body and love the clean eating lifestyle. It still surprises me that when I can eat something that is tasty but less healthy, I no longer want it. I work out 2-3 times a day, and I know I will feel mentally and physically bad and won’t want to go to the gym.

    Everyone speaks about dieting and eating healthy, but few actually follow through. Try it for at least a few days, and you’ll see how good and energetic you feel. It’s about making choices, learning about your body, setting goals, and discipline.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Many people found 2020 as a big challenge. Professionals also found it hard to keep in shape. So, how did you handle the situation, especially with the lockdowns?

    Oksana Grishina:

    2020 was undoubtedly the hardest year for everyone. There was a new platform to train, different floors, restrictions, etc.

    The gym is 50 minutes from my home, but we were together in all this. Also, only a few people know that I created this routine three weeks before the 2020 Olympia!

    I was preparing something different that I had worked hard on for so long, but as you know, because of COVID-19, the Olympia was moved to a new venue and wouldn’t allow us to do it.

    Yes, it was a stressful time and extra work for me and even more stressful for the promoter, production, and the whole Olympia team to put on the greatest show, but WE DID IT!!!

    Tose Zafirov:

    Have you set any goals for the future you wish to share with the public

    Oksana Grishina:

    I plan to compete in 2021, but it’s hard to say what shows, as COVID-19 is still here. In May, I’m promoting two shows in Russia, NPC Worldwide Regional in Moscow and IFBB Pro Qualifier in my home city Kaliningrad.

    I’m thrilled about it and can’t wait to provide Russian athletes with a fantastic opportunity to obtain pro cards and join the IFBB Pro League.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Does your career require sacrifice? How do you find a balance between your professional and personal life? Do you have any advice for those who want to pursue this path?

    Oksana Grishina:

    Every sport requires sacrifice. Always remember one golden rule: to achieve any results in sports, you need to be able to sacrifice many things, such as time with friends or the second half, free time, etc.

    Unfortunately, some people are struggling with this. It is not easy, but it will make you truly feel your ability to do something and develop the iron willpower. Without these, you can’t achieve anything in life. However, you will feel good when you realize that after all these past difficulties and inconveniences, you are capable of more than you thought.

    Tose Zafirov:

    If you had a way to distribute a message to the entire world, what would it be? Can you motivate individuals to develop into better versions of themselves?

    Oksana Grishina:

    Don’t wait to be pushed no matter what your passion or level you are at. Decide what you want, and go get it right now.

    Believe in yourself. Do what you love to do with all your heart, and never give up!

    Final Words

    Thank you for your time and detailed information, Oksana. I wish you luck in all future competitions and plans. We hope that you will continue with your achievements and that you will conquer the scene for a long time.

    If you want to read more about Oksana Grishina, feel free to visit her official Wikipedia page.

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