Meet Sameer Najar, a gym trainer and an inspiration to body builders
Runner up, Mr. Kashmir 2017
By Maumil Mehraj
While there are men who want to stay fit, taking an occasional sip of their protein shakes at the local gym, there’s a whole different category, too. The ones who have decided to make their body an extension of who they are, their tool and their career.
These bodybuilders spend hours at the gym, scrutinize every bit of nutrition that they take in, and, needless to say, work as hard as is humanly possible.
The big names of the 1980s, like Lee Haney and Arnold Schwarzenegger, inspired many. One among them is Sameer Najar. Najar was the first runner up of the much coveted Mr. Kashmir competition, 2017. He now runs the FAD gym in Srinagar and works as a fitness model.
Such bodybuilding events started in Kashmir pretty late, around the 90s and have been a growing trend ever since. Many have been participating in these competitions and working to build their muscle.
Sameer, with a body to impress, talks to Captured Illusions.
Who do you hold responsible for the life that you have? What made you think about taking to bodybuilding?
I lifted weights when I was young. I was interested in bodybuilding from the very beginning and wanted to make it my career. I found inspiration in the sports magazines that my friends and I shared, looking at the models with a perfect, sculpted physique, yes, I knew that was something I wanted to mirror. A part of me had always known that if there was something I really wanted to do, it was bodybuilding.
Patience (for the muscle to build) or anger (that instigates you to exercise more). What works in bodybuilding?
Patience! I always believe that you get everything when you are patient (with sabr). When you work out, you have to keep in mind that your body will take time to attain a certain shape, and your muscles have to tear up before they build up stronger, so, yes, I believe it takes time and continuous persistence. Keep at it, and you will get your ideal body.
What is your favorite workout routine?
My favorite workout routine has to be biceps, that’s where I focus on the most. And I enjoy doing it (nods).
What else interests you, besides building your muscle?
Besides making my physique, I like to travel. I feel every place has a story to tell, and I want to experience the adventure that new places have to offer. Like your body, your mind needs exercise, too. And to me, there’s no better way of doing it than exploring the unknown. It gives me a thrill almost equal to lifting weights (smiles).
When a bodybuilder reaches a certain development of muscle, people start suspecting drugs and start to point fingers. Have you had such an experience?
The people have always been extremely supportive towards what I do, I have much to be thankful for. They have always praised me for my workout techniques. And no, the question of drugs never came up. I think it comes with being in the public eye. We trained in groups and the people in the association knew about the workout schedule, and the diets of the boys. So there was never any doubt about drug abuse.
Besides, the people have been appreciative throughout my journey.
There are people who message me saying that I inspire them. There aren’t many things that give you such a degree of happiness. Alhamdulillah, in this case, I have been extremely lucky.
What goals have you set for yourself in the coming year?
Oh, only one (smiles). To become Mr. Kashmir 2018! I have been training harder than ever, trying to take the best nutrition, working on my body relentlessly. And that’s what I am focusing on, really. People have expectations from me, I have that in the back of my mind. But I know that this is what I want, and I am willing to go the extra mile to get there!
What do you have to say to the readers of Captured Illusions?
Well first I would like to thank all the people, they have made my struggle so much more worthwhile. And to all the people who wish to be a bodybuilder, just work hard, invest in your body, and you will get the results you want. There are shortcuts that you could take, but that will be at the cost of your health. And that is too big a price to pay for it.