`The Kashmir Hulk’: Meet Fardeem Hussain, the youngest powerlifter who is preparing for CWG

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Srinagar: A brief visit to a local gym changed the life of Fardeem Hussain.

It was 2018 when Hussain visited a local gym in Mallabagh. He was fascinated by bodybuilders with six packs.

At that moment, he decided to be one of them. Such was his passion that in just three years he won many competitions at the state level, which made him the youngest certified powerlifter in Jammu and Kashmir.

“I was not much into fitness before. Once I visited a gym for general membership and saw many of my age lifting heavy weights. It attracted my attention and gradually I started testing my endurance by lifting heavy weights,” he said.

Hussain’s biggest motivation was the powerlifting competition held last year in Srinagar.

“So far I participated in many competitions held at the Union Territory level and even participated in National competitions,” he said.

Hussain who has become the youngest certified powerlifter of Jammu and Kashmir is preparing for bigger international competitions including Commonwealth Games.

“This year I am preparing for international level competitions. My coach Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khan who is president of the World Fitness Federation and Powerlifting, India is guiding me in this journey. I am going to file my nomination in various international competitions to be held in 2023,” he said.

Apart from powerlifting, Hussain, who is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Gandhi Memorial College is also the youngest trainer in one of the world’s largest gym chains.

“I am also the youngest certified trainer. Currently, I am holding online training sessions for the youth. In 2021, I was the youngest trainer at Gold Gym, which is one of the leading fitness chains of the world,” he said.

Hussain currently is also preparing youth, particularly in powerlifting competitions to be held at the state level in India.

“Powerlifting is not popular in Kashmir. Our youth have the potential to make a career in this sport, so I am on my mission to prepare youth to compete at bigger levels,” he said.

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