Men's Health Cover Model Nikolay Cholakov x Tuckin Towel
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 97 kg
When and how did you start with bodybuilding and fitness?
I started when I was only 13 years old and I remember the first day I entered the gym like it was yesterday. I was very weak as a boy and people didn’t take me too seriously. During that time I was playing soccer and wanted to become a professional soccer player, but due to the lack of sponsors and managers, this dream did not come true. Thankfully soon after I entered the gym, I felt that this was my way of living for which I’m forever thankful to myself.
Where does your motivation come from and what keeps you on the right track?
I am a person who can’t be satisfied with achieving only one goal. I’m too energetic and I always set new goals to achieve so I have a lot of things to work on. I don’t settle with just one thing, I know I can achieve many more. That is exactly what keeps me going. That’s my motivation.
What is your favorite muscle group to train?
I like training my chest and abs. These are my favorite muscle groups.
Give us a quick overview of your typical daily diet.
My breakfast starts with one grapefruit and a glass of lemon juice.
For lunch, I have chicken breast and salad.
And for dinner, I eat something light with lots of protein (chicken breast, fish, beef).
Every day is different for me because it is unhealthy to eat the same type of protein every day.
What is your favorite healthy meal? Can you share a recipe?
-Baked cream cheese chicken.
You take a baking tray and lightly oil it. Then you prepare 1kg chicken breast by placing it on the bottom of the tray until it is covered. After that, you chop some onion and 300 grams of low-fat cheese, after which we spread one cup of cooking cream on top of everything. Bake at 180 degrees C for about 20 minutes. After that, you’re going to want to lick your fingers.
Which supplements are you currently using?
At the moment I don’t take any supplements, because I want my body to take a break so I only take herbs and vitamins. In general, I feel good when taking amino acids, for me they are an important part of the routine. I used to take creatine 7 or 8 years ago, but I haven’t since.
What challenges did you come across in getting to where you are at today?
I’ve had to deal with a lot of things - restrictions, betrayals, malice, hypocrites, hardships, pain, etc... for all of which you need a lot of patience and courage. I also realized that I can only rely on myself. I’ve also been through a lot of diets and supplements until I found what works and what doesn’t for me.
How do you make it fun to train?
When working out I experience a huge joy for both my heart and soul. Each workout is like a drug, I can’t even explain the feeling.
Your favorite gym beat?
I like listening mainly to American rap. It hypes me up and motivates me to work out and chase my goals. I like Rick Ross and 50 Cent.
How does being an athlete make you a better person?
Sport has taught me about discipline, perseverance, hard work, empathy towards other people, and many more things. Sport has kept me on the right track. It taught me things even books aren’t able to teach.
What were you like in high school?
I wasn’t one of the most scholarly, but the love for the sport was very clear. I preferred playing sports at the schoolyard, rather than reading a lot of textbooks. Now when I‘m a little bit older I try to read more books, compensating for the time lost in school.
If you were given an opportunity to have one training session with any person in the world, who would it be and why?
If I had the opportunity, I’d like to train with Arnold Schwarzenegger. To me, he is a person who knows a lot of tricks and tips about fitness and bodybuilding and I could get a lot of useful information from him. A true legend.
What do you do to relax and unwind after a long day?
After a long and tiring day, I like to go home, make a tasty dinner, and rest with a book in hand.
What piece of advice would you give to our readers looking to get in shape?
To be as focused as possible on the result they want to achieve, and to never give up, to fight. It is going to be hard, even very hard at times, not only physically, but psychologically as well. Don’t give up because of the smallest obstacle, that is how a body is built. I wish success to all of your readers, be healthy and happy.