“BUILT like a Spartan warrior, Buda Anchah only took up bodybuilding two years after joining the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) in 1994.
‘I did not lift weights when I was young and my first foray with barbells was in weightlifting a year after joining RMAF but I was too old for the sport. I then moved to bodybuilding,’ said Buda on Thursday.
Buda, a warrant officer with RMAF, is hoping for a perfect birthday gift in his second Sea Games appearance in Myanmar. The Sarawak-born, who finished fifth in the 70kg category in the 2007 edition in Korat, will turn 41 on Dec 11, three days before his event.
‘A medal in Myanmar will be a perfect gift. I will be competing in the 80kg event and I believe I have a good chance of doing well.
“Bodybuilders from Thailand and Indonesia are among the contenders but Myanmar could upset the odds,’ said Buda.
Buda is confident of a first Sea Games medal following his achievement at the recent World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships in Hungary. The six-time Mr. Malaysia flexed his muscles to the Masters ‘Open’ crown for his third international win in three years after his successes in the Kazakhstan Open (2011) and the Asia-Pacific Championships (2012).
‘It was a great achievement for me in Hungary. I am motivated for the Sea Games,’ said Buda, who is the first RMAF officer to represent the country in international meets.
A dedicated bodybuilder, Buda, who has a fitness centre in Sri Aman, Sarawak, trains six hours daily and practises a strict diet.
‘I normally train at RMAF’s gym in Kuala Lumpur. I hit the gym at 9am daily and train for three hours. My second session of three hours starts at 7pm.
‘With the competition nearing, I am also doing more cardio work. I only consume healthy food and also take a lot of supplements.
‘I am grateful to the National Sports Council and my employer for supporting my career,’ said Buda, who is a 13-time Armed Forces champion.
When asked whether he has plans to turn professional, Buda, who is married with two children, said he wants to remain an amateur bodybuilder.
‘I do not have plans to turn pro. It is not easy as most pro bodybuilders weigh over 100kgs,’ he said.
Buda is not the only one in his family with a keen interest in the sport. His son, Macbeth, 16, is a bodybuilding enthusiast and wants to follow in his father’s footsteps.
‘He has started lifting weights. I plan to coach him next year ahead of the 2015 Malaysia Games. I believe he has potential,’ Buda added. By Ajitpal Singh”