Avengers: Endgame is still crushing at the box office and one of the core characters of the group, Captain America, has long been a staple in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. His origin, as many of us know, stems from his start as a skinny, asthmatic kid from Brooklyn, who undergoes a radical experiment that transforms him into the world’s first supersoldier.
He’s also got a hell of an ass.
After seeing Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011, Anurag Chaurasia instantly became a fan. He felt he connected to Steve Rogers’ character more than any other on-screen character. Like Cap, he wanted to change himself physically and mentally.
In an interview with Unilad, Anurag described his intentions:
“I have been fan of Avenger superheroes since Iron Man came in 2008. Being the skinniest guy I always felt so good when innocent ones were saved from bullies. When Captain America came in 2011, I felt like this is exactly what I want to become – a beacon of hope and commitment who never gives up. Like Steve Rogers before transformation, I was skinny too. And everything after that just connected me to him so much.”
He said the movie was like “watching my biography.” He, however, did not have access to a lab-produced super serum that would instantly give him Captain America’s muscles. So, he set out on a rigorous diet and lifting regimen that would take two years.
It wasn’t the first time he had tried to change his body.
“I tried to change my physical form since 2011 but failed every time. I tried the gym but failed due to lack of proper guidance. [I] felt like giving up after so many failures.”
“Then I met someone really special. I don’t know what happened then but I dedicated myself completely this time. 100% commitment to gym workout, proper diet and everything according to the plan. And my body responded amazingly.”
“Being an ectomorph I didn’t gain much mass but whatever I gained was lean muscle. My body strength and fitness amazed people and myself. From that day I have committed myself to my body 100%. It’s been two years since I’ve been regular and dedicated.”
But, all that hard work paid off.
The effort it took to achieve this body transformation wasn’t easy, and Anurag has advice for those looking to do the same:
“The only thing I can advise for people wishing to undergo a similar transformation is that if you have a dream, don’t give up. You may fail hundreds and thousands of time but you will succeed if you have the will to keep doing it until you achieve it.”
“Like Cap always stood up for his friends and his beliefs, even when entire world was against them. You should believe in yourself too. If you know you’re doing right thing then forget what people are saying. You have to look for the qualities beyond physical to transform yourself. Will power is everything.”
Great job, Anurag. Steve Rogers would be proud.