12 Questions with THE RUSSIAN OAK...


Anton Ryskin, AKA The Russian Oak, has been universally likened to a young Arnold Schwarzenegger - and in this comparison photo between Arnold and Anton it's not hard to see why! Today he talks exclusively to Liftness about how he got into bodybuilding, his lifestyle and future projects.

Hi Anton, thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us. First of all, how is everything going?

Hi Matt, glad to hear from you, all going pretty good, I am on my way to the top or something like that Ha ha! As you can see, even Mike Tyson is talking about me, that's just kinda magic...

So lets do it!

1. Right! So how did you get into Bodybuilding?

I started when I was 18, and before bodybuilding I was dedicated to MMA and Muay Thai for 2 years, so I started this sport at just 16 years old. It was just one day when I was motivated and inspired by Mike Tyson and Muhammad Ali videos on youtube... So it all began from them I can say. Very interesting... I realise it just now, oh my god...!

2. You nicknamed yourself The Russian Oak after Arnold Schwarzenegger's nickname The Austrian Oak... Tell us more...

Well, this nickname was given to me by my gym friends, so when I was thinking about my nickname for Instagram etc (@russian_oak) I picked this one, why not!? It was very long ago. And I was never thinking people will see me and I will become famous... So now many of them judge me, they're saying "a nickname must be given, you fool!", I want to say to them that I forgot to ask anyone how to live, what to do, and what nickname to pick! Haters gonna hate right? Ha!