Twenty Stupid Questions with Vytautas Lalas

Vytautas Lalas is an exceptionally talented Strongman who won the Arnold's in 2013 and came second at World's in what is arguably the toughest era ever. Known for his serious pressing power and all round athleticism, Lalas is a dangerous athlete when he's on form.

N.B Lalas sent his answers through as a video, which Liz chose to transcribe word for word. The last question was slightly lost in translation but ruthless Liz transcribed it anyway.

What was the last thing you put in your mouth?


What do people do to that pisses you off?

Talk about themselves all the time. Don't like it.

If you had a time machine, which period would you visit and why?

I wouldn't go anywhere. I'm happy enough with living now with all the information available, and fascinating times.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I live in Ireland at the moment, so I'm happy enough over here. So why would I go anywhere else?

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

I don't need superpowers. I'd rather work for one. And I think you'll appreciate it even more if you get a superpower while you're working hard for it.

What are you absolutely determined to do?

Never give up. That's it. What I would do in my life, I don't want to give up and hopefully I'll never do. Otherwise, you'll stop living.

What's your proudest accomplishment?

That's easy. Marrying my wife and having three beautiful kids. Simple as that.

Which actor would play you in a film about your life?

Don't like actors. Nobody knows how it feels to live my life, only me, so.

If you had to become an inanimate object for a year, what object would you choose to be?

I don't care. I don't watch cartoons that much, my kids do. You should ask that question of them, you know? So, I don't know. Silly question, in my opinion.

What job you would be really bad at?

Oh, yeah, sitting in the office all the time watching a screen, looking at the screen, you know? Sitting and not moving. I think I would be miserable doing that. So hopefully I'll never need to do that.

Quick Fire Round (Sort of)

Arnold's or world's? Both. Both great organisations. I enjoy competing in Arnold's and I enjoy competing in worlds, so I don't want to pick one, you know? Both are great.

Night in or night out? Easy. Night in. Don't like drinking, don't like socialising with drunk people. I prefer socialising with my customers in the gym. They're sober, you can exchange ideas, you can debate people. Yeah so, night out is not for me.

Facebook or Instagram? Instagram. Facebook I think it's a thing of the past. Instagram is more productive I'll say. You can get a lot of information in a very short period of time, so. Facebook is just... I don't like Facebook anymore.

Home cooked meal or restaurant? Home cooked meal all the way. I cook my meals myself so I know exactly what I'm eating. And in restaurants, you never know. You can get the food poisoning. You don't know who's making the food, where they getting all the ingredients... So, I trust people that I know. So home cooked meal all the way.

Chocolate or ice cream? Don't like sweets. Sweets are bad for you. It will destroy your teeth if you keep eating them. And I don't like the feeling afterwards. So I would rather stay away from them.

Max weight or reps? I'll go with reps. It's more fun. Training for reps is more fun and max weight is just... the training is really boring. You're standing around between this sets for like a couple of minutes... three, four minutes. I've seen people do that in my gym and I think it's just boring, you know? So I prefer reps. And probably a lot of Powerlifters will hate me for that. But what can I say? I just want to be honest.

Full head of hair or majestic beard? I don't like beards. So hair is better, I guess. Beards are just, to me, I don't know, you feel dirty with a beard. Itchy. I don't mind a couple of day beard, small one. But go for the full shebang, I don't know. It's not me. I'll probably never do that.

Shower or bath? I'll go with a shower. It's faster, it's more productive. Cold, hot shower. That's it. Couple of minutes, three, four, that's it, you're done, you're good to go.

Cats or dogs? I'll go with dogs. Don't like cats, never did. I love dogs. I have one myself.

Live in massage therapist or live in chef? I wouldn't live in chef. Such hard work. I have a couple of my friends they are chefs and it's a very stressful job. You're stuck in the same place with the same people for whatever amount of hours, you know? And I know for sure that the adults, the men in their 40s and they argue about stupid things, you know?

So I don't get that. So I can never be a chef. Massage therapist is a little bit better. Because if you are a good one you will try to help people to live a better life. You'll give them advice on nutrition and the way they move, the way they perform exercises. Then if they don't need the massage therapist and tell them that they don't. Offer them that. Then I prefer to be a massage therapist.

Well that's it. Thanks for sending me the questions, Mr. Shahlaei. Okay, take it easy.

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