For Derrick Monasterio, training and strength training are not just about aesthetics. There’s a bigger goal: he hopes to become a competitive weightlifter and represent the Philippines at the Olympics. âHindi naman talaga ako nagpapa-sexy, eh. I train because I want to become strongerâ¦ I want to become an Olympic athlete. I also want to join CrossFit Games in the United States, âhe said at a recent virtual conference for his latest single,â Virgo â.
At first glance, the 26-year-old actor is pretty serious about this new venture. He said he started weightlifting two years ago and has been training regularly since.
Give weight to lift
âI’m focused on that right now. I train every day. I have three coaches and I have a meal plan especially for me, âhe recounted. “In terms of training, I feel like I’ve come a long way.”
Derrick also had a makeover to his lifestyle. âI have never been so disciplined. The last time I drank alcohol was a year ago. I am going to go to bed early now, especially now that there is a pandemic and there are not as many shows. I haven’t learned to change my habits, âhe said. “I hope everything will translate [to good results]. It must be nice to represent the country in international competitions.
Needless to say, seeing Hidilyn Diaz win gold in the 55kg women’s weightlifting category at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics inspired Derrick to work even harder.
âI hope I can train with her. Although I am taller than her, she is much stronger and lifts much heavier weights. I’d love to ask her for adviceâ¦ on her techniques, âhe said, adding that he had messaged Hidilyn on Instagram. âI haven’t received an answer yet! He laughs. “She must be very busy and so many people are probably texting her too.”
“If I had the chance, I would love for her to sign my plates and my shoes,” said Derrick, who is part of the ongoing prime-time cultural drama series “Legal Wives.”
Another pillar of his career, said Derrick, is Richard Gomez, gold medalist in fencing at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games. âHe’s a model, an actor and an athlete. I want to be like him, “he said.” I want to test my limits and my abilities.
One thing about me is that I refuse to give up no matter how tired I am, no matter whatâ¦ I hope that mentality translates into the sport.
Train other muscles too
But it’s not just his body that trains regularly – his vocal cords need exercise too, he joked. âSince there are no live shows, I just practice at homeâ¦ I practice different songs. Sometimes I record covers and post them online. Our vocal cords are muscles too, so it’s important to train themâ¦ so they don’t rust, âhe said. “I vocalize when I wake up or while I’m in the shower.”
His new song, “Virgo” (GMA Music), moves away from his previous versions, which were mostly slow and romantic ballads. âIt’s a party song, but the lyrics are for the hopeless romantics. We’re aiming for the vibe of The Weeknd. I would like to try to change gender. As a ballad, I want to do more pop, R&B and soul music, âhe said.
Although it involves adjustments in his vocal techniques, Derrick, a former member of the Kilyawan Boys Choir, said he was up to the challenge.
Back with the first love
âBack when I was in a choir, we had to learn different genres of music for competitions, like pop, classical, folk and gospel,â he said. âAnd if all goes well, I want to continue on this path. “
The last time Derrick released an album was in 2016. Acting has since become his priority, but he’s happy to be back to his first love.
âThere were a lot of shows coming up, so I focused on those. But now that we have more time at home, I think it’s a good time to record music. Singing is my first love and I am very happy to have been able to participate in the creation of my new song. INQ
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