Back in the spring of 2020, Markus Vuorela, 24, was a size unknown to the general public.

But when a national team skier at the time posted a picture of his laundry board belly in an image and video app on Instagram, he started bustling around him.

In the social media, Vuorela was praised as a sculpture and male candy for his steel bodies.

This is not surprising, as the fat percentage of the Jämin Jänte cross-country skier is known to be the lowest on the national team.

Iltalehti reported in November that Vuorela's percentage in the autumn pliers measurement would have been surprisingly only 3.6.

- Yeah, that autumn my fat percentage was especially low, just 3.6.

It was even clearly lower than in the spring, when I was in the toughest condition of the year, Vuorela told IS on Friday in Salpausselä, Lahti.

-In the ideal situation, my fat percentage is 4–5, Markus Vuorela told IS.Photo: Markus Vuorela

- After my spring release, there was undeniably a lot of feedback.

Nothing in it, it felt good, of course.

But I haven’t trimmed myself to keep my fat percentage as low as possible.

On the contrary, the percentage should be higher, he continues.

In his latter comment, Vuorela refers to the risk of illness.

The lower the percentage, the higher the risk in general.

- Ideally, my fat percentage is 4–5, and in fact at the moment it is probably in that category, Vuorela said on the eve of the World Cup.

However, there is nothing to do with the feather series, everything else.

Vuorela is about 183-centimeters and weighs just over 80 kilos.

The sixpack of the toughest man on the national team would hardly be in such a dark condition if he didn’t eat well either.

- It is somehow innate for me that muscle mass sticks and fats stay low.

I eat five times a day, but when the maximum consumption is something like 7,000–8,000 calories a day, no fat is accumulated, Vuorela rotii.

National team skiers Markus Vuorela and Ristomatti Hakola in 2016. Photo: Markus Vuorela

Sculptural images and fat percentage measurements of a border guard living in Vuokatti undoubtedly show that the man has practiced uncompromisingly.

- For this purpose, when training, the importance of recovery was emphasized.

I didn’t go greedy, but I could always wait to make sure I was fully recovered from the previous workout.

After doing this, I was able to forge harder exercises than before, and it can be seen now, Vuorela explains.

- In sustainability sports, it would be easy if the one who has done the most work is the most successful.

But it doesn’t go that way, but also the cassette sticks to stay in the pile.

With his recovery, Vuorela said he had difficulties when he returned from the Tour de Ski.

From a tour where he once loaded the counter with a real top score: seventh in the sprint, and the final spot was only 0.26 seconds away.

- In the four or five exercises after the tour, the feeling was good, but immediately after that I was struck by such a strange coma.

Now, however, everything is ok, and I feel in better shape than before the Tour, Vuorela says.

- I got a lot more self-confidence from Tour, a really good boost.

Hopefully it will carry through the rest of the season, especially at the World Championships in Oberstdorf, where I’m going to ski my best races of the season.

According to Markus Vuorela, for some reason the muscle has always stuck to him. Photo: Markus Vuorela

On Sunday, Vuorela will be on fire again, when the messages will compete on the closing day of the Lahti World Cup.

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