Who is Anatoly Powerlifter (Vladimir Shmondenko)?

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If you’ve been on TikTok lately, you might have seen a cleaner making heavy deadlifts in the gym.

In the videos, Anatoly is always wearing a long sleeve shirt that hides his physique.

As a result, people are shocked by someone who can deadlift as much as them.

There are many reaction videos of people shocked by how much he can deadlift, bench press, and squat.

He can deadlift the same weight as someone twice his size.

His videos skyrocketed in popularity on YouTube and TikTok—garnering millions of views.

In this article, you’ll learn who is Anatoly powerlifter (Vladimir Shmondenko), his height, weight, nationality, real name, and more.

Anatoly statistics

Anatoly Powerlifter
Full name Vladimir Shmondenko
Weight 78 kg (171 lbs)
Height 180 cm (5’11)
Nationality Ukrainian
Year of birth 1999
Profession YouTuber, Powerlifter
Deadlift PR 290 kg (639 lbs)
Squat PR 210 kg (462 lbs)

Who is Anatoly Powerlifter?

Anatoly Powerlifter is a famous Ukrainian YouTuber and powerlifter.

He makes prank videos by dressing up as different characters and outlifting people at the gym.

The two main characters that he portrays are a cleaner and an old man.

In most videos, Anatoly pretends that he is a cleaner and approaches people who are lifting heavy weights.

Anatoly then asks them whether he can try lifting the same weight as them.

He then proceeds to lift that weight—shocking and humbling the person.

His videos have a similar concept to Nikita Zdradovskiy, a Russian YouTuber.

Nikita’s pranks are in Russian and his YouTube channel is popular in Russia.

Anatoly’s original YouTube channel (@shmondenko) is also in Russian.

In 2022, Anatoly made an English YouTube channel (@vladimirfitness), so it caters to English-speaking countries like the United States.

In 2022, Anatoly collaborated with Larry Wheels, one of the most well-known powerlifters in the fitness industry,

He uploaded a prank video with Larry in it and it got over 3.9 million views.

His most popular video is him dressing up as an old man and shocking people in the gym.

The video got over 7.4 million views in about 2 months.

Anatoly’s popularity skyrocketed after he posted video clips of people’s reactions on TikTok.

He has over 3 million followers on TikTok (@anatoly_pranks) and more than 40 million likes.

According to his Instagram page (@vladimirshmondenko), he has a deadlift personal record of 290 kg (639 lbs) and a squat personal record of 210 kg (462 lbs).

He has been powerlifting since 2015 and weighs around 78 to 80 kg.

What is Anatoly Powerlifter’s real name?

Vladimir Shmondenko

Anatoly Powerlifter’s real name is Vladimir Shmondenko.

He is a Ukranian YouTuber and powerlifter.

He goes by “Anatoly” in his prank videos to hide his true identity.

“Anatoly” is the character that he plays, who is a cleaner.

Vladimir Shmondenko’s career

Vladimir started powerlifting around 2016 and he shared his progress on Instagram.

In 2017, he competed in his first powerlifting completion and he uploaded it on YouTube.

Vladimir started his first YouTube channel, @shmondenko in 2015 posting powerlifting content in Russian.

In 2018, he focused on eating challenges, and his videos started getting over 100k views each.

In 2020, he pivoted his channel and focused on gym pranks which he found the most success in.

His first gym prank video (old man prank) got over 10 million views.

In April 2021, his main channel hit 1 million subscribers.

Currently, his English YouTube channel, @vladimirfitness, has over 500k subscribers, and his Russian YouTube channel, @shmondenko has over 1.7 million subscribers.

His TikTok, @anatoly_pranks, has over 3.2 million followers.

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