Dhiren Dunraj

GPC NZ Powerlifter

Product development Technologist for Balance

 

Sport/Profession

GPC NZ Powerlifter, currently in the under 75kg class, my competition max lifts are:

  • Squat 220kgs
  • Bench 147.5kgs
  • Deadlift 250kgs
  • Total 617.5kg

I have a Masters degree in Chemistry and currently work as a Product development technologist for Balance (amongst other brands) this allows me to have the most in-depth involvement with supplements which is invaluable when it comes to training. Formulating supplements is challenging but extremely rewarding, at least you now know Balance supplements are formulated by scientists who actually lift.

CAREER GOALS

In 2016 my goal was to get a 600kg total, I managed to hit 617.5kg at ProRaw 7 in Melbourne

Short term goal: Win the under 75kg class at GPC 2016 nationals

Mid Term Goal: Lift a 660kg total which would put me in the GPC elite classification

Long Term Goal: Lift a 691kg total which is Sheiko MSIC status (I’m currently MS at 617.5kg)

CONTEST HISTORY

  • Current GPC NZ records for Squat, Deadlift and Competition Total under 75kg bodyweight.
  • Current GPC NZ record for bench press under 82.5kg bodyweight
  • 6th place under 75kg Open-Men at the 2016 GPC world championships in Las Vegas
  • 8th place Under 80kgs at ProRaw 7 invitational in Melbourne
  • 1st place under 75kgs at GPC NZ nationals 2014 and 2015
  • 1st place under 75kgs at GPC NZ Auckland champs 2014 and 2015
  • 2nd place overall Auckland Push/Pull 2013

Interview

Who is your biggest career influence?

Apart from friends/family etc. The ape squad from my gym is the best source of training knowledge/motivation as well as witty gym banter.

Favourite Powerlifter = Ed Coan, Favourite Strength Coach = Charles Poliquin

What are your hobbies outside of training & competition?

I spend way too much of my spare time watching documentaries, TED talks and stand-up comedy. I’m also really into acquiring protein aka fishing

I’m a sports nut. Into Rugby, UFC, NBA, F1, cricket and most of all football. I’ve been a Man United fan since I was little, still watch every game, even if it means waking up at 3am on a weekday.

I’m really into my Hip-Hop, R&B and house music. Got to keep that gym playlist fresh!

What are two training tips you have for aspiring athletes?

Set some training goals and go to the gym with a purpose. .. not to show off to some guy you see once a week in a mirror.

Get Educated, knowledge is literally power. Develop an understanding of training, nutrition and supplements and it will go a long way to helping you achieve your goals. Read some reputable blogs, websites and then you may find yourself moving on to textbooks and journal articles.

What are your favorite Balance products?

Supplements are one of the most important parts of my training, being so involved in the development process it pays to know that Balance products are of the best quality and efficacy. It is pretty pleasing to use a supplement that you know is scientifically proven to work. It is also personally pleasing to use a supplement which I formulated!

  • 100% Whey Protein WPC/WPI – Muscle protein synthesis
  • 100% Creatine – Power output and Exercise capacity
  • 100% Beta-Alanine – Muscle acid buffer, power output, lean mass
  • L-Carnitine- Energy metabolism, fat loss, muscle soreness, recovery
  • Muscle2go bars – Best snack to get strong
 
 

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