“I am just 24-years old. Can you believe it?”
A Junior Engineer at Indian Railways, a fitness coach, and a fitness model- his powerful shoulders bulge under every suit he wears! Mujeer Pasha sits down for a chat with our Man of the Month- Poorna Chandran
You have been working out for 9 years! Do you remember your first time at the gym?
Very vividly. I was in class 10. I used to be a javelin thrower. My coach said I needed to get strong to play better, so I went to a gym. I enjoyed being at the gym- sweating, toning up, lifting weights, getting those biceps. People suddenly found me attractive. And I enjoyed all the compliments I got. My father was a bodybuilder himself, but I didn’t even think of being one.
Then what happened? How did you set yourself up to build the body you have today?
It was at the same time. I heard about a bodybuilding competition. They were going to give certificates to all participants. It got me very excited. Believe me, just for the sake of getting a certificate I enrolled. But I worked hard. I used to practice all the poses at home and then show them off at the gym. My coach was impressed. Everybody was impressed. And the competition happened. I never thought I would win. You know, I stood fourth, I was just 16 then. After that point, there was no looking back. Competitions after competitions, I wanted to get better, win more. In 2015, I participated in Mr. Junior world and I came 7th. It was a proud moment.
I am sure people drool over you. How do you handle such attention?
I enjoy it. I love when random people come up and try to strike a conversation. They give compliments, ask for tips, and I tell them. You know, when I get into long queues, people let me go first. I think this is the respect my hard work brings me. When I go out, I don’t hide my body. I wear body-hugging t-shirts and walk around. People turn their heads and stare at me, but I never stare back. If I do, they will stop and look away and I want them to look at me. So I put on my Sunglasses and keep walking with a straight face.
Since you are consistently training and participating in competitions, do you miss out on things
Big time! I am a big foodie. I can’t resist food at all. You know, Mom never eats in front of me because I am also mostly starving during competitions. I also skip going to weddings. I can’t see food and not eat. I follow a strict diet and that makes me who I am. And I totally love it.
What do you do when you are not working or working out?
I binge watch series. I get into my bed, stay up and finish several seasons together. On weekends, I go out to movies with friends. I used to enjoy parties but they are not fun anymore. I like to have my quiet time with friends or just be in my room and watch stuff I like.
What are your good habits?
I wake up early, I eat clean, I work out, I talk to people and I go to bed very early.
Last question, what do you wear to bed?
My birthday suit.
By: Mujeer Pasha
Photography: Andrew Adams
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