Face to face with Lyubov Dreskova by Alexander Timoshenko
A question to a journalist: do you take an interview or do you hold an interview. Answer: I take an interview. Journalists always take it, even if they don’t want to give it.
Courage and ambition to be different– these qualities raise uncommon people to incredible heights. . Lyubov Dreskova is uncommon, uncommon in her beauty. In sport, where athletic beauty is glory, nowadays we are all witnesses of a little miracle. All we know about this athlete: her victories, criticism and praise – all these are motivations for not only bodybuilders, but for people unrelated to that sport, as well. You can disagree with all this, and have a different view of things, but I still say, Lyubov has only one duty: to be herself, Lyubov Dreskova.
Hardfitness: First of all, let me congratulate you with the successful beginning of the competitive season and with such a beautiful cover in our “Hercules” magazine. . Today you are the reason for much talk and conversations. Was your triumph at the Russian Cup in St.Petersburg a surprise for you?
Lyubov Dreskova: Thank you. Actually, the whole last year was surprising for me. Believe me, i couldn’t even dream about any magazine’s covers couple years ago. Except for.. maybe.. very deep in my soul. As for body-fitness competitions, the hardest for me was to prepare for the show and to try different techniques and diets. It is very hard: to set the record straight and confess to myself that still there were many things to improve. It is so exciting to win body-fitness in my category in the above 168 cm category. Frankly speaking, I enjoy every competition and think positive about each of them. Im proud and grateful at the same time.
Hardfitness: why the body-fitness nomination?
Lyubov Dreskova: first of all, I'm very thankful to body-fitness as a sport. The effort of reaching that level was an absorbing and difficult process. Who knows? Maybe it will open for me new doors and opportunities. In some ways, to be on a stage is to create my own reality, where I exist. Competing, I become more self-confident, which helps me to wish for more and more and to be sure that I can achieve everything. Body-fitness has a great potential for development and improvements for anyone involved in it. Here is my choice. I believe that the more public attention body-fitness athletes attract, the more opportunities for success we all have. Body-fitness is something more than just a toned body, that is why I try to attend to other aspects of my performance. I am my own hardest judge because I know what I am capable of and what is the most important for me. I strive for improvement and the day will come when all the small pieces of my body and my inner world will blend into a beautiful unit.
Hardfitness: why did you choose body-fitness? Did you have any idol or maybe you followed somebody’s example?
Lyubov Dreskova: I was rising, rising and finally arrived. I had everything: the power lifting Master of Sports title, model business. I’ll answer you this way: I had been searching and body-fitness found me. And, of course, I 've been helped to find it, too. I tried to shape myself following the examples of successful women, who have beauty, athletic body, ambitions and a positive way of thinking.
Hardfitness: Lyubov, do you have anything to surprise our readers with?
Lyubov Dreskova: frankly speaking, I don’t like to make surprises, but I like to be surprised. I am fond of sculpture and graduated from art college. My teachers say I was one of the most promising graduating students. I cant judge myself , but I know that I'm good at creating human forms. When you create a sculpture, as in sport , you have to know anatomy. It helps to shape your own body to know how to form another’s body. I’ll try to surprise you, now. My senior project was a boy with a flute. They promised to make it in plaster, but it is still made in clay in the college yard, and this is my surprise (laughs).
Hardfitness: the judging. What do you think about it and how does it feel to be in the eye of judges?
Hardfitness: Lyubov, an off topic question:Share with us your cooking secrets, give our readers a chance to understand what a delicious diet an athlete’s diet can be.
Lyubov Dreskova: I really like to cook, especially if the food is healthy. Why not, if it helps to vary your ration. For example, a jelly recipe. 4 packs of gelatin, put it in a glass of water. Mix with 4 cups of fruit tea and sugar substitute. put it into a microwave until it dissolves. Put an orange wedge and a handful of frozen berries on the bottom of a plate, coat it with gelatin and put the plate in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Hardfitness: What other interests do you have besides sport?
Lyubov Dreskova: everything I like to do is connected to my family, to my husband, and only after that with championships. Someday I’d like to do a culinary video or even a TV show. I am good at drawing and I like to design sport’s wear. It is hard to tell, if it will become the business of my life, but now I dedicate a lot of time to it. I paint, I sew swimsuits, practice shamanism. It is the variety that makes our life interesting, isn’t it?
Hardfitness: Lyubov, what does practice shamanism mean?
Lyubov Dreskova: it means, yoga with all the consequences. . For example, with the help of yoga I solved the problems with my spine.
Hardfitness: What does your husband think about your enthusiasm towards sport?
L: Can I do shamanism? I know I can (smiles). The victory comes from inside and regardless of the amount of my bad qualities. I show my good qualities and all the self-confidence I have. If you think that they see all your flaws, you inevitably will draw attention to it. To be in good shape by the time of the performance is an art and hard work. But still you will always be far from perfection. I work with everything I have at the moment. And I accept the fact that there always will be those who don’t like me. People have their own opinion. By what I try to do is to follow my heart and listen to my instincts while preparing for the competitions. Of course all this done under supervision and with the guidance of my coach. And I never take the path of expecting victory. I don’t need disappointments. Keep real goals, your own values, and you always get a positive experience regardless of the rank you win. For me competition is a road, a process; and the victory is a Victory.
Hardfitness: Thank you so much, Lyubov! We’ll impatiently wait for your appearance on the stage.