Retired IFBB professional bodybuilder. He is the founder and owner of AFNutrition, the first Russian registered line of sports nutritional products.
He started training in a make-shift gym created by his father in a St. Petersburg cemetery equipment building.
In 2005, he became the first Russian to qualify for the prestigious tournament Mr. Olympia.
Him and his wife, Natalia, have three children together - Veronica, and twins Junia and Artemiy.