Wasique Ali at a glance
It’s not about where you were born, but what dreams you choose to chase
Through his competitive spirit and body building achievements, Wasique Ali shows that you can achieve anything with the right mix of focus and commitment.
When you see glamorous models on magazine covers, you assume that only a select few can look like this. Well, I’m here to tell you that the same ‘look’ can be achieved with the right lifestyle and training. My story proves that you too can achieve the seemingly impossible with discipline, determination and dedication!
I came to Europe for the first time in 2014 and started working in Luxembourg. I was already into fitness training in India but I found that in Europe, the level of interest is far advanced.
Looking to do something different, I competed in the fashion modelling contest “Top Model Europe.” I was ranked in the ‘Top 10’ in this prestigious competition, inspiring me to go further.
During this time, I met a German photographer who advised me to look at a specific type of fitness competition called Men’s Physique. He explained that fashion modelling required a lean structure, but Men’s Physique could be a better fit for a larger person like me.
“My experience tells me that determination, focus and discipline helps you achieve; and with discipline comes consistency and patience”
A relatively new competition category launched by the International Federation of Body Building and Fitness (IFBB) in 2012, Men’s Physique has since then surged in popularity. Aimed at men who do weight training, keep fit and eat a healthy diet; the judges look for a pleasing physique, shape, symmetry, balance and muscularity.
What also caught my attention is the type of movements required. The movements are so co-ordinated, aesthetic and artistic that it feels like a form of dance. I believe that this sport draws inspiration from the ancient Greek or Roman culture where muscularity was considered desirable for men.
Tasting success in Luxembourg
Competing in Men’s Physique means adhering to a strict diet whilst on a gruelling training schedule to meet stringent physical requirements. After two years of training, I entered the national competition in Luxembourg as the only Indian presence on the national stage. The result was encouraging as I was ranked 7th and qualified for international championships.
Balancing a competition calendar with a full time job is hard. And staying alone and away from family is not easy either. I wake up each day at 6:30, work in the office from 8:30 until 18h and hit the gym afterwards. I work out till 21h after which I come home to cook food for the day. Since I’m on a restricted diet, I can’t eat food from outside!
I’ve had a myriad of achievements since taking up body building and participating in men’s physique competitions. I was a finalist in the 2016 ‘Top Model Europe’ competition, ranked 7th at the national level in the Iron Man Maiden Cup Luxembourg 2016 and ranked 5th at the international level at the Siggi Open Contest Luxembourg 2017. I’m looking forward to training and staying fit for the upcoming events of 2018.
A superstar’s message to us all:
I know many of my fellow competitors train full-time. I want to prove that an Indian guy in Luxembourg can reach the pinnacle of a sport while holding down a corporate job. It’s not about what part of the world you were born in, but what dreams you choose to chase!