IFBB ATHLETIC FITNESS IN PROGRESS
Athletic fitness was born in the Nordic countries many years ago but is a new official sport in the IFBB. Nordic countries have the most experienced competitors, trainers and judges in this sport, so its no surprise that they organize training camps to bring their skills to the higher level. The recent training camp was held in Estonia. Ott Kiivikas reported:
Already for the eight time, Estonian Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation organized the international annual training camp called Fit.Camp. This years main emphasis was on Athletic Fitness: educating trainers, competitors and judges.
This year Fit.Camp was held on the naturally beautiful Baltic island of Saaremaa, in the borough of Orissaare. The seaside health resort offered a peaceful place with comfortable infrastructure for an international training camp.
Fit.Camp 2012 was attended by five reigning European champions and 3 medal winners.
All of Estonias top athletes including Oleg Anissimov (mens fitness European & world champion), Natalia Nazarenko-Kiivikas (womens fitness European Championships overall winner & World Championships 2nd place winner), Mikk Raudsepp (men s classical bodybuilding European juniors champion), Kristina Koroljak (womens fitness European juniors overall winner) took part in the event.
Sweden was represented by their Athletic Fitness team: European champion Helena Forsén and silver medal winner Kristian Sewén, with their trainer Fredrik Eriksson.
Finlands best classic bodybuilders Utti Hietala and this years European championships bronze medal winner Peter Wilenius were also present like every year.
During the whole week all athletes and fitness enthusiasts could take part in educating lectures and collective training sessions. Campers could compete against each other in entertaining games and competitions, take part in a guided tour and even in a handicraft workshop.
The Camp ended with Saaremaa Open Cup in Athletic Fitness. A perfect little competition for beginners that helped to introduce the sport before the main contest season. Saaremaa Open Cup was made more engaging with the demo performances from European championships medalists.
Next years Fit.Camp will take place on July 15-21, 2013 in Orissaare, Estonia.
You are all welcome.
The main house of Orissaare resort by the Baltic Sea
This years European Championships silver medal winner Ott Kiivikas setting his new personal record on pole vault: 2.10 meters in this fun competition
Once the rules of dodgeball were clear, the Swedish athletic fitness star Kristian Sewén became one of the most feared players.
After the lecture, professional rowing coach Aleksei Lipintsov teaches the technique of 1000 m row race in detail to European champion Helena Forsén.
Unexpectedly, the Finnish classical Bodybuilder Utti Hietala turned out to dominate the grip strength competition.
All of the participants had a chance to make a lantern out of old bottles with their own little hands.
See you all at Fit.Camp 2013, July 15 21, in Orissaare, Estonia!
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