Year 2020

Stefan Kolimechkov - Gymnastics in London

Stefan Kolimechkov

If you control your mind, you control everything.

Welcome to 2020. This year has been very different indeed due to the strange circumstances we all have to live with, as a consequence of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All events in nearly all fields around the world were cancelled or went virtual. And here we are, taking part in the first virtual ECSS Congress.

I am British

Dr Stefan Kolimechkov - STK SPORT

My biggest achievement for 2020 was the gaining of my British citizenship, at the age of 33.

This year, I am more motovated than ever, with the words and my new motto 'If you control your mind, you control everything', I am now starting working on new exciting scientific projects with my colleagues, and I have multiple short and a few long-term goals for the upcoming years.

So far, I have published four peer-reviewed articles as a lead author or co-author, and I spoke at the 25th Anniversary Congress of the ECSS in October.

  • In January, we published a study on karate practitioners in which we examined the changes in heart rate and blood lactate concentration of elite karate kata competitors in competitive conditions. The study was published in the Pedagogy of Physical Culture and Sports (indexed in Web of Science).
  • In February, we published a study on on nutrition and body composition of elite rhythmic gymnasts in the British Impact Factor International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. This is my first article in an impact factor journal. I initially presented this study at the ECSS Congress last year.
  • In June, Dr Petrov and I pubished our article on the Body Mass Index in the Journal of Exercise Physiology and Health.
  • In October, we published a study on the handgrip strength of children in the Pedagogy of Physical Culture and Sports. I initially presented this research at the biggest conference in sports science in the UK, BASES Conference in 2017.
  • Also in October, we published a study in the Human. Sport. Medicine, which recorded the dynamics of training distress, performance, and excretion of cortisol and cortisone in urine during six weeks of training in elite swimmers.

I participated at the top event in sports science in Europe, the 25th Anniversary ECSS Congress, for the second time. This year the conference went virtual due to the global pandemic, and I presented the main findings from my PhD dissertation and completed a huge chapter of my life, starting in 2015, completing the study and defending it in 2018, and now presenting it in front of the international audience.

More studies and sports events are coming in 2021. Stay in touch by following me on the social media (links are available at the bottom of this page).

Events

 

My Physical Fitness Assessments

BODY COMPOSITION 2020

Various anthropometric measurements have been taken throughout 2020, and the full data, in addition to the average results for the last 2 years, are presented in the table below.

Table 1. Body composition assessments for 2020

 
Weight
[kg]
Height
[cm]
BMI
[kg/m2]
Body fat
[%]
Muscle mass
[%]
LBM
[%]
Jan
65.1
166
23.6
-
-
-
Feb
-
-
-
-
-
-
Mar
-
-
-
-
-
-
Apr
-
-
-
-
-
-
May
65.4
166
23.7
7.8%
46.0%
92.2% 
Jun
64.5
166
23.4
7.1%
49.2%
92.9% 
Jul
65.5
166
23.8
7.3%
47.4%
92.7% 
Aug
67.2
166
24.4
7.5%
47.4%
92.5%
Sep
67.4
166
24.5
7.7%
47.6%
92.3%
Oct
66.9
166
24.3
7.2%
48.1%
92.8%
Nov
65.8
166
23.9
7.1%
48.4%
92.9%
Dec
65.1
166
23.6
6.7%
48.4%
93.3%
AVERAGE FOR 2020
Mean
65.9
166.0
23.9
7.3%
47.8%
92.7%
SD
1.03
0
0.37
0.37%
0.95%
0.37%
Min
64.5
166
23.4
6.7%
46.0%
92.2%
Max
67.4
166
24.5
7.8%
49.2%
93.3%
SE
0.34
-
0.12
0.13%
0.34%
0.13%
n
9
9
9
8
8
8
PREVIOUS YEARS
2019
67.8
165.7
24.7
6.8%
48.2%
93.2%
2018
67.6
166.1
24.5
5.7%
50.8%
94.3%

The height was recorded to the nearest 1 cm using a height measure (in Jan and May, and assumed to be 166 cm for the rest of the measurements), body mass was recorded to within an accuracy of 0.1 kg by using Tanita RD953BK, and waist, arm, thigh and calf circumferencee were measured to the nearest 0.1 cm with the Lufkin W606PM tape measure. Skinfolds were measured by using the Lange Skinfold Caliper to the nearest 1 mm. The body fat % was calculated by using the Jackson & Pollock's equations, and the skeletal muslce mass % was calculated by using the Lee et al.'s equations, which are commonly applied in research.

STK 2020