AN ARMY Captain from Cottesmore is gracing the cover of a men’s magazine this month after winning a national modelling competition.
Charles Powell can be seen flexing his muscles on October’s issue of Men’s Health after he was crowned the magazine’s Cover Model of the Year.
The 30-year-old beat off competition from thousands of hopefuls throughout the country to claim the title. He now finds himself among an illustrious list of names, including the likes of David Beckham, Barack Obama and Gerard Butler, to have featured on the magazine’s front cover.
Charles, who grew up in Ketton and is now based at army base Kendrew Barracks in Cottesmore, said it is “surreal” seeing himself on newsstands throughout the country.
He said: “It’s such a massive privilege to be on the cover, I really can’t believe it.
“On the way home from the competition in London, I saw it in a WH Smith’s and I had to buy a copy because I had left mine behind.
“It was funny because the woman on the counter didn’t believe it was me.
“It was the first time I’ve ever done a photoshoot and it was quite nerve-racking. I thought they were going to airbrush or Photoshop it but they haven’t at all.
“I’ve been recognised a few times since its release. It’s just all quite surreal and feels like a lot of hard work has paid off.”
Charles is a member at Westside Health and Fitness Club in Stamford and visits the gym five to six times a week. He has also trained while being out on deployment in Cyprus.
Charles has revealed his secret to maintaining a fit body is to record every work out he does and improve it by one rep each time, as well as adopting a high-protein diet and not eating fried food.
He said: “I go to the gym five to six times a week and try and vary my weights each time to keep it different. My secret is writing down what I do each time and then increasing it on my next visit to push myself.
“And all I eat is chicken, chicken and more chicken. I try and stay away from fried and processed food.
“I still eat nice food but I try to be careful.”
Charles has received praise from Men’s Health editor Toby Wiseman, after his victory, in which he received more than 4,200 votes to win the title.
He said: “Charlie epitomises the functional fitness we should all aspire to.
“His training has left him fit and strong, as well as in excellent shape aesthetically.
“He personifies everything the Men’s Health man should be - a natural in front of the camera and a down-to-earth guy.
“The competition was very tough but he is a more than worthy winner.”
A video of Charles’ photoshoot can be seen at www.menshealth.co.uk
Copies of the October issue of Men’s Health magazine are on sale now.