Anubhutti, a Class II (75kg) and a Class III (100kg) trainee, are among the best weightlifters in India and one of the most sought after by coaches.
They have achieved success in the national weightlifting championships in 2014 and 2017 and are ranked in the top 10 in India in the country.
Anubhutis first training session in the US was in September 2017.
He said he has trained with coaches in the States for the past four years and had to make a decision after he lost the 2017 International Weightlifting Championship to India.
“After I lost the International weightlifting Championship, I didn’t want to go to the States.
I was just happy to get the opportunity,” he said.
I want to get back to the basics and not to be a coach.
I wanted to train with other people in the same way I train.
For Anubhari, training with coaches has helped him develop better strength and technique.
He said he was already strong enough to squat 200kg.
But he said he had to improve his technique because he has only one leg, not two.
He trained with the coaches for the first time in November last year.
“I didn’t think that I could go to my gym and squat more than 200kg in the first place.
I thought I would have to train more to make up for that,” he added.”
I got stronger but I was still weaker than the other students.
It took me two years to train like this.”
He also wants to train on the mats and has to make sure he is not using his right foot as he has one left foot, he said adding that he is also practising yoga and kirtan (religious practices).
“I have to learn how to keep my strength and not rely on strength to do something.
It is about keeping your body in balance,” he told the channel.
This class, which was also organised by an international coaching agency, helps Anubhi to improve.
He is learning how to lift weights and his coach is also helping him with weight training.
“It is good to be able to practice on the mat.
I am not going to do exercises on the floor but I am practising on the spot.
I want to keep learning and not have to do the drills that are used by coaches in other sports,” he explained.
In his own words, he is confident that his future as a weightlifter will be helped by the programme.
“The programme is very positive for me.
I have been training in the gym for the last three years and the training has been going well,” he concluded.