Place of Birth. Education. Born in Ivano-Frankivsk. Graduated from the Ivano-Frankivsk College of Physical Culture.
Career. After technical school and service in the army, he worked as an athletics coach in the sports society “Ukraine”.
From 1984 to 2000 was engaged in athletics – shot put. He was a member of the track and field athletics team of Ukraine.
As a child, Vasily followed in the footsteps of his brother – Roman Virastyuk (six years older), a titled shot putter, a member of the country’s Olympic team. “Roma has always been and remains my idol. I took an example from him, prayed to him. He inspired me with his zeal and love for sports. Before choosing the core, I went in for swimming, wrestling and even went to shooting. My brother did not force me into athletics. He just introduced me to this sport, and I liked it, “says Vasily Virastyuk.
In 1995, he fulfilled the standard of the Master of Sports of Ukraine. In 1998 he became a master of sports of international class. Today – Honored Master of Sports of Ukraine.
Since 2000, Vasily Virastyuk has been involved in the all-around power all-around “Strongest man” (in Ukraine this sport is known as “heroic fun”, often broadcast by the 1 + 1 TV channel). According to the results of the most prestigious international competitions in 2004 and 2007. was recognized as the strongest man on the planet.
Since 2000, he lived in Lviv, where he worked (or even was listed, as he admitted in an interview) as a driver-security guard at the Galnaftogaz Concern, devoting most of his time to sports (while advertising “Galnaftogaz” OKKO gas stations at competitions). Recently lives in Kiev.
In addition to OKKO gas stations, he took part in advertising campaigns for Arsenal beer and the Alcest company, which operates on the construction tools and equipment market.
Filmography. Featured in films:Like Cossacks… (2009),”Ivan Strength” (2013),”Best Party”, “Konstantin’s Code” (2015), “The Adventures of S Nikolai” (2018), “Polina and the Secret of the Film Studio” (2019).
The television. In 2018, Vitaly Virastyuk became a coach in the eighth season of the TV show “Star and Happy” on the STB channel.
Physical parameters. Height – 191 cm. Weight – 145 kg. Foot size – 46. Hip volume – 83 cm. Calf muscle volume – 49 cm. Waist – 115 cm. Chest girth – 142 cm. Neck – 49 cm. Biceps – 49 cm. Forearm – 41 cm.
Strength indicators. Bench press – 225 kg. Squats – 280 kg x 4, 300 kg x 3. Deadlift – 250 kg x 4, 280 kg x 2. Push from behind the head – 225 kg. Shvung log – 160 kg. High jump – 190 cm. Standing long jump – 330 cm. 100 m run – 11.5 s.
Regalia. Honored Master of Sports Ukraine. In 2007 he was awarded the Order of Merit, III degree.
Holder of the titles “The strongest man in Ukraine” (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005) and “The strongest man in the world” (2004). Member of the Ukrainian national team, which won the title of “The Strongest Nation in the World” in 2003 and 2004.
Records of Ukraine. Vasily Virastyuk had records that are recorded in the Book of Records of Ukraine:
– Pulled five tram cars weighing 101.5 tons.
– Pulled a hitch of ten Mitsubishi Carisma cars (16.5 tons), pulled it 18.5 meters in a minute.
– Pulled seven Mitsubishi cars, 11 tons, moved 25 meters.
– In a minute, he lifted and installed four ice cubes, each 150 kg each, on pedestals 130 cm high, no one worked with ice before him.
Views and assessments. The hero talks about his current sports hobby as follows: “There are various strength sports, and the evaluation criteria are different. For some reason, it was believed in the Union that strong men must go in for weightlifting. But in heroic amusements there are exercises that even one cannot do titled weightlifter. But we are not able to repeat some of their exploits. “
Vasily Virastyuk considers his own fear to be his worst rival.
Political career. On February 11, 2023, at the congress of the Servant of the People party, Vasily Virastyuk was nominated as a candidate for people’s deputies for by-elections in the 87th district of Ivano-Frankivsk region.
On April 4, 2023, Virastyuk won the by-election with 31.25% of the vote. On April 22, the Central Election Commission established the results of the elections in constituency No. 87 and recognized Vasily Virastyuk as an elected People’s Deputy of Ukraine. On May 1, the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court canceled the CEC protocol on the establishment of election results in the 87th district. On May 5, the CEC established that for registration Vasily Virastyuk People’s Deputy from the Servant of the People in constituency No. 87 had no legal grounds. On May 19, the CEC again recognized Virastyuk as the winner of the elections to the Verkhovna Rada. On May 24, the Supreme Court for the second time canceled the CEC protocol on the election of Vasily Virastyuk as a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada. On June 5, the Grand Chamber of the Supreme Court recognized the election of Virastyuk as a people’s deputy as legal and overturned the decision of the previous instance to recognize the actions of the CEC on the results of by-elections in the 87th district as illegal.
Family. In 2003, he married Ukrainian fitness champion Svetlana Zabiyaka. The wife of a strong man died in January 2006 in the Turkish ski resort of Palandoken: during the descent from the mountain, the 28-year-old athlete was covered with a snow avalanche. From this marriage, Vasily Virastyuk left a son, Adam (born in 2003).
In September 2007, the “strongman” married a second time. Wife Inna is an employee of the German pharmaceutical company Bayer in Ukraine. On March 19, 2008, the second son was born to the Ukrainian hero, the baby was named Oleg. In April 2016, Vasily’s third son was born.