Body-building doctor has brains and brawn

Dr Ian Hendy
Dr Ian Hendy
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HE’S got it all – the brains and the body.

Dr Ian Hendy is a researcher at the University of Portsmouth and has a PhD in tropic marine biology, something he is passionate about and has worked hard to achieve.

30/12/14  PM''Dr Ian Hendy from Southsea who is a marine biologist and who has become the World Bodybuilding Champion.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143680-2) PPP-141230-135536003

30/12/14 PM''Dr Ian Hendy from Southsea who is a marine biologist and who has become the World Bodybuilding Champion.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143680-2) PPP-141230-135536003

But Dr Hendy also has another passion in his life – bodybuilding.

And the 43-year-old is the current champion in the World Natural Bodybuilding Federation contest.

Dr Hendy, of Burbidge Grove, Southsea, said: ‘I have been training for 30 years. I originally began training to complement my athletics, I was a sprinter at The Queen Alexandra running track.

‘As a 13-year-old I was always very sporty and very lean. My coach at the running club suggested weight training for me, so I went to Bob Woolger’s gym.

‘Bodybuilding to me is about personal achievement, goal-setting, and the ability to push oneself beyond what you thought is possible – this can also be transposed to other areas such as completing a PhD.’

Dr Hendy now owns the gym he trained at and has named it Lougars Gym and Fitness Centre, in Hellyer Road, Southsea.

He splits his time by training in the morning, carrying out cardiovascular workouts, sometimes weight-training and then maintaining a strict diet.

But for the rest of the day he is dedicated to researching marine life.

Dr Hendy had to qualify for the world championships by winning the drug-free British championships, and he took part in the masters over-40 category.

Winning this meant he was able to qualify and compete in the world championships.

Dr Hendy said: ‘Becoming the world champion was such an emotional experience, and very overwhelming – something I will never get used to I think. I do intend on competing again, but next time, as a pro-bodybuilder.

‘However, for the time being, I will be focusing on and developing my marine biology research career.

‘My colleagues both at the university and at Lougars Gym have been amazing, both during my preparations and since.

‘They have all been so very supportive, and actively interested with my dietary habits and training regime. I am very lucky to have such a great bunch of supportive colleagues and friends.’