Alexander was born on November 25 1996 in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria. In 2010, at age 13, he decided to start weight lifting training.
In less than a year of consistent training, he entered his first competition and was able to clean and jerk 110 kg at age 14 and ended on the podium.
The same year, he entered another competition and finished first on the clean and jerk exercise with a weight of 121 kg – he was still 14 years old during the competition and injured one shoulder.
After a few months on medical leave, he returned to training in January 2012 and in 3 months prepared to enter a new competition. He won in every category and left the competition with 3 gold medals. At the age of 15 he was able to reach 200 kg in squats for a body weight of 89 kg.
At that point, Alex was 15 years old and already made a name for himself in his region. It was time to move up and try to enter the National Team to compete at a European level. During the summer of 2012 he entered the National Championship. While not finishing on the podium, the National Team officials asked him to join them. His coach advised him against it and Alex went back to his home town with a new goal in mind – get stronger and get in the National Team to compete at the European level.
At the end of 2012, his personal results were in average 10 kg better than the European Champion for the same year. Alex suffered another injury in January 2013. Nevertheless, he entered the National competition where he finished 1st in the Junior category. He then entered the Balkan Championship only to finish 1st.
You have to understand that Alexander is not a professional weight lifter. He is first a brilliant student, living in a slow economical city in Bulgaria. He doesn’t have access to modern supplements, vitamins, proteins powder, training cloth. He works part time to support his family. This is clearly not the most supportive and nurturing environment for high level motivation and results. Despite that Alexander Kolev is not like everybody else. Life didn’t gave him the push we all benefit in West Europe or North America. He never complained or used his environment as an excuse for poor results. He developed an inner strength, he established his own goals and put himself together to reach them, even if he doesn’t have enough money to buy eggs to provide proteins for his workout; or if his school homework and part time work give him little rest time. He pull up his pants and make it happen.
The story doesn’t stop there, I had the chance to meet him during the summer of 2013 in a small underground gym in his home town in Veliko Tarnovo. We were the only two in the gym and I watched him train from a distance. In under 10 minutes I understood he was not a regular ‘Joe’. His presence, energy and focus lit up the gym. The weight was flying around this 16 years kid, and we started to spot one another while pushing each other limits. No need to say that he destroyed me on every single exercise while making it look easy.
He now trains every day with new goals in mind – to enter a competition in November where he expects to finish 1st; qualify to enter the World University Championship in 2015; be on the podium and come home with a World Championship medal.
We are proud to sponsor Alexander Kolev in his effort to be the next generation world known weight lifter and achieve his dreams.
Alexander Kolev facts
- 2011 – Starts training at age 13; body weight – 250 pounds; height – 5.5 ft.
- 2011 – Finishes 3rd at 14 years old with a clean and jerk of 110 kg (242 pounds).
- 2012 – Cumulates 3 gols medals in local competition.
- 2012 – Finishes 1st in the first national team competition for under 17.
- 2012 – NATIONAL CHAMPION .
- 2012 – At age 15, his personal best for squat is now 200 kg.
- 2012 – Got shortlisted for national teams but his coach advised him to refuse.
- 2012 – Personal best performance is in average 10 kg better than the European Champion.
- 2012 – Finishes 1st in the second national team competition for under 17.
- 2012 – Finishes 1st in the 50th “Asenevtsi” International Tournament
- 2013 – Finishes 1st in the first national team competition.
- 2013 – NATIONAL CHAMPION for 2 years in a row.
- 2013 – Selected again for the national team – this time he agrees and joined.
- 2013 – Finishes 1st at a Balkan Championship
- 2013 – Finishes 1st in the second national team competition.
- 2013 – Finishes 1st in the 51st “Asenevtsi” International Tournament
- 2014 – Personal complication with his coach leads him to quit the National Team and start again from the beginning. Alex starts training without a coach.
- 2014 – 1st in the first national team competition.
- 2014 – NATIONAL CHAMPION for 3 years in a row.
- 2014 – Personal bests: 285 kg -squat, 180 kg – bench press and 150 kg snatch. He is now 88kg and 6.2f tall.
- 2014 – 1st at his first Strongman event – he is now #1 strongman under 20 years old.
- 2014 – 1st place at charity powerlifting competition.
- 2014 – Plan to win this fall local competition in Junior category to be selected for World University Championship.
- 2015 – Plan to finish on the podium of the World University Championship.