Queen’s Grand Musician wins Second Bodybuilding title

Peter Batai

Lance Sergeant, Peter Batai, the principal Oboe player in the Grenadier Guards band is the proud holder of two-time world champion post winning the 2019 International Natural Bodybuilding Association competition in Athens.

Peter was crowned the overall winner after the grueling 13 hours session wherein he competed against 300 athletes.

The man now holds multiple titles like – 2016 Drug-Free Athletes Coalition (DFAC) USA, and the 2019 International Natural Bodybuilding Association (INBA) Athens.

His interest increased in sports after he quit smoking because of which he was gaining excessive weight.

He said

“The reason for starting was very simple. I quit smoking and started to replace tobacco with food as many quitters do. I started to pile on some significant amount of weight within a very short period of time.

“So, I went to the gym to get rid of that extra weight and get fitter, it was then that I fell in love with weight lifting and bodybuilding.

“I did not know anything about the complexity of bodybuilding and it took me years of research and trial and error to get where I am today.

“Nothing happens overnight.”

The man also added how he felt performing at the public event and other events all across the world. The man said

“Trooping the Colour is the absolute pinnacle of what we do. It never gets old. I was told when I first joined, ‘once your boots hit the gravel at Horse Guards Parade with Her Majesty being present, you will know it is something special’.

“I must admit, after doing the parade eight times, I still have goosebumps every year.

“It is a privilege to perform alongside and within one of arguably the best military massed bands in the world in during such a fantastic spectacle.

“I sincerely hope that Her Majesty and other members of the royal family along with the public enjoy this occasion and the music we play at least as much as I do.”

Peter joined the bodybuilding field fifteen years ago but he joined the British army eight years ago. The man said he is extremely happy to win the young musician award. He said

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My proudest moment in sport was clearly winning the world titles, but my proudest moment was being presented with the Cousin’s Memorial Prize Medal and becoming Young Musician of the Year.

“Both happened whilst my parents were visiting from Hungary and were able to witness the presentation after watching me changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

“The little ceremony happened in front of everyone in the band. That was just unbelievable.”

He said that he looks for inspiration every day in his life.

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“I look up for everyday heroes. We are all surrounded with wonderful individuals who fight their battles every day under very challenging conditions.

“I feel closer to those people more than made up stars forced on us by the media.

“Leading by example is what keeps me inspired, it is being done by so many.”

Peter says that managing music and bodybuilding is pretty tough for him. He says

“Pro athletes usually do very little else but focusing on their chosen sport. Eat, sleep, train, repeat. I clearly cannot do this as I am  not willing to neglect my responsibilities within the Army.

The need of the Army comes first, bodybuilding is close second.

Winning these titles were my absolute dream to achieve. I  am now, due to the latest title, a certified Pro Elite Athlete.

This now enables me to compete in the league of the ultimate best professional athletes of natural bodybuilding.”

Now he is planning to take a complete full year break so that he can prep himself to earn his pro card.


This post was last modified on July 5, 2019 1:49 am

Pallavi Bose: Pallavi Bose was born in California and brought up in New York. She was a bright kid and very enthusiastic to know about the human body behavioral patterns. She pursued Bachelors in Human Biology and then continued to go in depth in this field. She wanted to know everything about the human body and all the processes taking place in it. She started her research in order to know more about it. She completed her Ph.D. in Human Biology, and her research was based on genetics and evolution, and she started working as a researcher in the same company.
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