Bodybuilding dates back to ancient Greece and Egypt. The first recorded large-scale bodybuilding competition was held on September 14, 1901 in London, UK. It was called the “Great Competition” and was adjudged by eminent people like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sir Charles Lawes. In the second half of the last century rise of the use anabolic steroids was criticised by many and certain steps were taken by governments to restrict steroid abuse in bodybuilding. Here we have compiled list of 10 inspiring Male Body Builders From India.
India being a highly populated country you can always expect she’ll have her own share of sportsmen, women and in this case, male bodybuilders. Today we bring you a list (in no particular order) of 10 totally awe-inspiring male body builders from India.
10 Awe-Inspiring Male Body Builders From India
Kumar is an upcoming Indian bodybuilder. According to the Indian Bodybuildingg site, he is currently one of India’s top 10 bodybuilders. Kumar bagged gold in the 2013 Mr. India competition a bronze at WBPF Mr. World competition in the same year.
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Mani is a former Indian Air Force officer where he had severed for 15 years. He emerged as the winner of the 5th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championships held in Hungary in 2015. Mani is no amateur to winning coveted titles. He is 8 times winner of both Mr. India and Champion of Champion titles.
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A software engineer serving the Indian Navy, R. Murali Kumar began bodybuilding over ten years ago. Hailing from Kottayam, Kerala, Kumar was ranked number one in the 2013 Top 10 Bodybuilders of Indian. It was no easy feat for Kumar. Sangram Chougule who is Maharashtra’s Top champion, gave him tough time before he could nail the title. He has won the prestigious Mr Olympia title 6 consecutive times and the title of Mr. India 2 times. Kumar wasn’t always a bodybuilder. His story began when he fractured his leg. The doctors suggested he should strengthen his leg muscles and so he joined the gym. The rest they say is history.
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In 2015, Wasim Khan won the International Bodybuilding Fitness Federation (IBFF) championship held in Slovenia. Winning the IBFF is no piece of cake. The 2015 IBFF saw 37 countries participating with around 350 body builders competing against each other. It was a proud moment and Khan took this opportunity to thank people who encourage and inspired him daily. Khan said he next aims to win the coveted Mr Olympia title. Out of the plethora of achievements under his belt he has also been crowned Mr Universe.
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Chougule hails from a small village in Maharashtra. Before becoming a superstar in the world of bodybuilding, he was an electrical engineer. Chougule was crowned Mr India in 2015 making him a 6 times Mr. India champion. In the year 2012 he won the prestigious Mr. Universe title in the 85 Kgs category for bodybuilding championship held in Bangkok, Thailand. Beside this, Chougule is also 5 times Mr. Maharashtra winner.
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Suhas Madhukar Khamkar hails from a family of bodybuilders and fitness experts. When he was young, the bodybuilders at his native place Kolhapur, Maharashtra, inspired him. Arnold Schwarzenegger too has influenced him over the years. Currently working for the Central Railway of India, Khamkar is 10 times consecutive winner of Mr. India (2004-2015) and 8 times winner of Mr. Maharashtra. He was also the first Indian champion of Mr. Asia (2010). He is the first Indian Bodybuilder to get the Star award and also a Mr. Olympia Amateur winner.
D’Souza is one of the Male Body Builders From India , famous for winning the Mr World title in the year 1990. In 2010, he won the Bharath Kesari Title in All India Body Building Competition held in Chattisgarh. Beating 28 other competitors from across India, he topped the Super Tall Class Category. D’Souza has been body building and actively competing since he joined the Corporation Bank in 1984. What is most fascinating about this man is that he’s won most of the known All India Body Building titles like Bharath Shresta ,Bharath Kishore, Bharath Shree, Bharath Kumar, and Bharath Kesari, is the latest.
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In 2007, Chhetri won gold in Mr India Federation Cup then he nailed a silver medal in Open Senior Mr India in 2012. In 2013 Chhetri won the ‘Champion of Champions’ for Federation Cup title. He was adjudged the best in a number of categories. In 2015, Chhetri bagged a gold in the in the 100-kg category of Fairfax World Police and Fire Games 2015 held in the US. Before clinching the medal he had to beat 42,000 competitors from 90 countries. Chhetri has been working as a constable for the Uttarakhand Police since 2006.
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Lal is one of the professional Male Body Builders From India who won the 65th World Body Building Championship and was crowned Mr Universe. Lal is 4 times Federation Cup winner, 8 times Punjab Champion. He has also won National Gold medal thrice and Mr. India title twice. Some of his other achievements are as follows – winner of Jr. Mr. India in 2000, Mr. G.N.D.U., Mr. All India University, Mr. Asia in 2010, Mr. World Gold in 2011, silver medal in medal in Mr. Olympia Amateur 2012, silver medal in the 2012-13 Arnold Classic Amateur.
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Varinder Singh Ghuman
Besides being one of the ass-kicking Male Body Builders From India Ghuman, is also a wrestler. Ghuman is one of India’s best known bodybuilders. With his gigantic physique and popularity, Ghuman was roped in to promote Arnold Schwarzenegger health products throughout Asia. In 2009, he won the Mr. India title. Ghuman was born in a little village in Punjab. Today he resides in Jalandhar and has transformed his home into a professional gym. In 2012, Ghuman was the protagonist of a Punjabi film called ‘Kabaddi Once Again’ and rumour has it that we might soon get to see him acting beside Bollywood superstar Salman Khan.
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So which out of the list of Male Body Builders From India inspired you most. Let us know in the comments below.