Bodybuilding is a sport that people often ignore. While football and cricket players are applauded in global competitions, top bodybuilders in India do not get the same reception. However, his abilities exceed even the most successful athletes in the country. India has been blessed with a bunch of world class weightlifters and bodybuilders, and it is about time we recognized it.
In the 19th century, professor K. Iyer of Mysore owes a larger share of bodybuilding in India. He started his Hercules gym in Banglore in 1930 and trained around 25000+ people through this gym. This gym has an important role in Indian bodybuilding history.
Young and talented bodybuilder Neeraj Kumar is one of the best bodybuilders of the current generation and the bodybuilding community is looking forward to his big performances in national and international competitions to make the country proud. He won the title of Mr. India in 2013 and the title of Mr. World in the same year, since then he has won many medals and records.
Chennai-born Murali Kumar is a South Indian dubbing artist. He used his voice to support Tamil actors including Jackie Chan. His passion was not to become a voice artist, but he never thought that one day he would become an Indian bodybuilding icon. He started lifting weights at the age of 25. Today, he has won the title of Mr. India consecutively last year (2013 and 2014). He also participated in the 2012 Asian Bodybuilding Championships held in Vietnam. All these qualities make him the top bodybuilder of India.
Sangram Chougule is synonymous with Indian bodybuilding. An electrical engineer from Pune, this 32-year-old boy has won the Mr. Universe title in the 85kg category at the 2012 World Bodybuilding Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand. Besides this, he is a multiple domestic and undisputed winner. International award in bodybuilding. Sangram’s daily diet consists of 2 pounds of fish, one pound of chicken, lots of milk and boiled vegetables.
For some people, bodybuilding is a tradition they need to continue. Suhas was one of them, getting his bodybuilding genes from his family. The veteran athlete was born in Kolhapur, Maharashtra and impressed the entire world with his talent. He successfully won the title of Mr. India 10 times in his entire career, before that he had won Mr. Maharashtra 8 times. He also created a record in the history books by winning the Mr. Asia title in 2010, becoming the first Indian to do so.
Rajendran Mani from Chennai won the 5th World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship held in Buders, Hungary in 2013 in the 90 kg weight category. Rajendran Mani took up bodybuilding late in life. Before becoming a bodybuilder, he was a soldier in the Indian Air Force. Mani has won the Mr. India title several times for the country, the last being the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship held in November 2013 in Buders, Hungary in the 90 kg weight category. Recently he launched Slam Fitness Studio in Chennai.
As far as non-vegetarian diet for bodybuilding is concerned, Heera Lal is a pure vegetarian who has won many awards at national and international level for his country and state. He is a standout individual who has won the Mr. India title in 2011 and the World Championship for the 65kg category in the same year. He showed the world that even vegetarians can win titles for the country and become more successful in the world of bodybuilding.
Virender Singh Ghuman
Virender Singh Ghuman is a professional bodybuilder. He was born in Punjab and was the first Asian to be classified as a “Pro Super” in bodybuilding shows worldwide. Virender Singh Ghuman is a world-renowned vegetarian bodybuilder.
He is one of the best Indian bodybuilder who belongs to Delhi, he has achieved many things including Mr. India 2012 title and second place in Mr. India 2013. Ankur is really dedicated and has performed very well in every competition or event.
Born in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, Amit Chhetri is known as the Arnold Schwarzenegger of India. He won the Mr. India title in 2016 in the 100 kg category. Amit, who is also a police constable with the Uttarakhand Police, participated in the Fairfax World Police and Fire Games in Virginia in 2015. And despite competition from bodybuilders from 90 different countries, the Indian won the gold medal in his 100kg category.
Ashish Sakharkar won the bronze medal in MR. The Universiade (IFBB World Championship Bodybuilding) was held in Mumbai for the 75 kg category. Ashish Sakharkar works out at the Amazonas gym. Ashish Sakharkar has been a four-time Mr. India bodybuilder.
Yatinder Singh, a bodybuilder from Saharanpur is a living example of winning against odds through hard work and dedication. Twice Mr UP title winner, Yatinder Singh made the country proud by winning Silver Medal in 7th World Bodybuilding Championship 2015 at Thailand.