Nikolay Koshelev: The Father of the 1st Soviet Shtanga

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  1. Kevin St. John says:

    This is actually a question. Was the shtanga barbell what became the sets used by the Soviets in the 1980 Olympics and other national and international events in the 70’s and 80’s? Of course bumper plates were added by that time.

    • achidlovski says:

      Hi Kevin:
      The Koshelev’s shtanga was the first Soviet shtanga certified by the international federation. It was the state-of-art at the time. The locks in the set were probably far ahead of times. As I wrote in this article, it was made in Leningrad and it became THE place where the best Soviet shtangas were made in the following decades. They were called “Leningradkas” 🙂 Of course, there was an evolution process… In our place in the late 1970s, we had one Koshelev’s shtanga and it wasn’t as good as more modern makes. It was thicker, heavier and had a poor bend/spin compared to later models. Few of us really wanted to train with it in the classic lifts. So, eventually it was moved to the squad rack 🙂

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