Self taught Indian bodybuilding champion Chanderpal Singh has his eyes set on the international stage
It was a moment to cheer when former Mr Uttar Pradesh and runners-up of Mr India contest in 2012, Chanderpal Singh earned an invitation to travel to Germany to represent India in the upcoming Mr Universe 2016 championship. The event is being organised by the International Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (IBFF) to be held from November 25 to 27 in Hamburg.
The 37-year-old Chanderpal who started his bodybuilding career in 2000 is hopeful to make an impact in his debut international competition. The contest will see hundreds of bodybuilders from all across the world vying for the prestigious title through their display.
A representative of Uttar Pradesh Body Building Association, Singh said in an exclusive interview to TOI, "I have undergone tough training for past six months, and I am confident of lifting the title."
Sharma, who has set his eyes on the trophy also shared that he used to be skinny and insecure as a teenager until he started working out and paying closer attention to his diet. He further added, "I started training at the age of 21 at home watching videos on YouTube, and read on the Internet how to get stronger and improve my appearance and self-confidence.”
The Noida resident believes that bodybuilding has changed his life and said, "I saw my muscles respond well, so I signed up for the gym, and there has been no looking back since.”
An employee of Noida Authority, Sharma's quest to become one of the nation's top professional natural bodybuilder was the ulterior motive that made him work hard every day as he prepared to lift the muscle crown for his debut international event.
He earlier used to work for the civic authority in the horticulture department and now provides coaching as a trainer and is also a nutrition consultant.
Chanderpal has taken steady steps towards a bright and fruitful career and has already won five gold and six silver medals in several championships and would now be looking for a major one.