“Can I Kill Your Ego”: Born on a Farm, Janitor Powerlifter Stuns Fitness World With Unassuming Display of Power

Published 09/29/2023, 3:48 PM EDT

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Vladimir Shmondenko, affectionately known to his online following as Mr. Anatoly. He is an elite powerlifter who continues to stun the bodybuilding and fitness community. It’s easy to forget that behind this seemingly spontaneous prankster lies a story of grit and dedication. Born in 1999 on a cattle farm near the small village of Krishtopovka, Anatoly’s early life was physically demanding, providing a natural backdrop for his foray into powerlifting. He got really interested in American bodybuilder videos once his village got internet access.

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Not only this, he built his own gym using things like wood, bricks, and old parts from Soviet-era tractors.
His recent Instagram post showcases not only his wit but also his exceptional strength. In a brilliantly orchestrated prank, Anatoly made light of the intense gym culture while flexing his prowess.

Vladimir Shmondenko and his prank

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The video cleverly jokes with two unsuspecting gym-goers focused on their deadlifts. Shmondenko, disguised as a floor cleaner, seamlessly integrates into the gym environment. What unfolds is both hilarious and jaw-dropping. While these individuals focus on their workout, Anatoly casually and effortlessly lifts his weights, showing a clear difference compared to their hard work.

Anatoly’s transition from farm to fitness is inspiring. The resilience and strength required for farming translated beautifully into the world of deadlifts and squats. His humility, evident from his ‘janitor’ prank, only enhances his appeal. By comparing his real strength to acting like a cleaner, he shows that real power can come from unexpected places.

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But beyond the laughter and amazement, there’s an underlying narrative of Anatoly challenging preconceived notions of strength and fitness. His deceptive ease in lifting those weights is a stark reminder of the unexpected places power can come from.

Fitness fans are amazed and impressed

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Anatoly’s stunt, unsurprisingly, raked in a multitude of reactions. Fans couldn’t contain their amusement and admiration. Among the most standout comments was one fan who humorously remarked, “I am sorry, can I kill your ego!!!” — perhaps perfectly capturing the essence of the video.

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Another chimed in with, “Bodybuilder’s nightmare,” highlighting the perceived threat Anatoly could be to the overconfident gym enthusiast. However, a different fan sentimentally commented, “Someone give this man a medal!” praising his unparalleled strength and creativity. On the more analytical side, one user estimated, “Looks like 325, an easy warm-up for Anatoly.” This speaks to the raw power he’s known for among his dedicated followers.

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The video, summed up with Anatoly’s caption “Still trying to break this bar 🗿”, is a gentle rib at the intense gym culture. But more importantly, it serves as a bridge between his humble origins and his current prowess. Reactions continue to pour in, and the fitness world keeps watching, laughing, and marveling at what Mr. Anatoly does next.

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Taha Tariq

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Taha Tariq is a Bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from a premier University and brings with him prior experience in managing social media campaigns and conducting market research. Bodybuilding and MMA have always been of significant interest to Taha, inspiring him in his professional writing and personal fitness journey.
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Abhishek Manikandan

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