Shruti Kerni impressed everyone with her beautiful face and graceful presentation to be the 1st Runner up at Musclemania® Model India. She says "It's always been hard for me to put on weight. But with my family and friends supporting me, I've had the best year of my life!" She continues " Dreams are never gender biased... they do not ask if you are a woman or a man, aspirations are not limited to any boundaries....boundaries are created by society. Work hard to fulfill a dream that makes everyone proud...and never degrade your dreams to fit into your reality." Way to represent women power Shruti! See you soon!
How far are you willing to go to follow your passion? 25 year old Management graduate Marshal "Monster" Michael was expelled by his family, and was ignored by his friends when he decided to let go of his cozy job with a MNC and make fitness his life. What's worse, he also has a broken leg. Marshal says "My parents are old-school highly conservative Indians who consider sports and arts as just extracurricular activities and hobbies. My dad being a school teacher doesn't help that thinking one bit. I've been passionate about athletics from my early school days. I've competed and placed 1st and 2nd in 400m relay and 1.5km races respectively. In 2007, I met with a devastating accident. A speeding vehicle hit my right leg, leaving it completely broken. A permanent rod was placed in place of my shin. I wasn't able to walk. Doctors said it will take me a year to even stand, but I never gave up! I pushed myself hard, and in 3 months, not only did I start walking, but also started working out for the 1st time and from then, there's been no turning back!I've been lifting for 7 years now, and never missed a workout even when working 4 years in the night shift. I am the same age as Musclemania, it'll be great to be on stage at the inaugural Indian edition." He says his dreams are finally coming true. All the trials and tribulations paying off. He was one of the brand ambassadors for a major fitness expo in March this year, post which he was assigned regional manager for a group of leading supplement brands. He's also developed a loyal fan following over [...]
A skinny guy who was ignored and bullied decided to take control of his life and health. Mazher "Mazi" Hamlaani has been relentlessly working out for years. Now at 28yrs old, he's at an impressive 5'8", 68kgs, 5% body fat and keeps getting fuller, thicker and more aesthetic each day. "When I started working out, it was to gain attention, but I soon realized that doing this to prove someone else wrong only gives them the power they always had over my mind. Instead, I embraced fitness as my passion and never looked back. I did it for me alone. Initially I faced financial issues while working out, as I was still a student. Then when I started working with an events agency, I faced major time constraints; since I had to travel for work and my working hours were almost never fixed. Round the clock reporting and ate night rigorous event setups took a toll on scheduling consistent training and food timings." Mazi says. But this never stopped him. "When you want it that bad, you find a way around the obstacles. Over the years, I learned to work efficiently across various aspects of my life, be it work, workout, nutrition, or partying with friends. Sure, I never smoke or drink, but that doesn't mean I ignore friends who do. It's important to strike a balance between all. Having very supportive parents is my biggest strength. Especially my mom. I would never have reached so far" he says. He doesn't follow any star religiously but is a fan of Ulisses Jr, watches his workout videos and reads his material. Mazi says "Third time's a charm. I did not place in both the men's Physique [...]
A full time IT job, a strict political family where showing even a little skin is a strict no-no, and a phase of depression earlier in her life, none of these could stop Ankita Singh from following her passion for fitness and excelling in it. "I have a strong bond with iron. It helps me just let loose and do what I want. I experienced my low and underwent depression in second year of Engineering due to some personal issues. I needed something where I could vent out my anger and pain. I went to a local dungeon gym and somehow found the solace I was looking for all my life. It was an instant love affair. Off late, 'strength' has been my prime focus in training. Getting stronger and sculpting my body for 6 years now, and doing all this being an Indian woman from a traditional family certainly hasn't been easy. But the fight in me has also helped me build a fan base of 30,000 inspired fans on facebook in a span of 3 months, and also there's a bit less resistance to deal with. I am also very flexible, thanks to martial arts, yoga and aerobics. I want to be one of the top female international athletes and fitness models that India has ever produced. Musclemania India will be a great platform to put all those years of work to test and I simply cant wait to kill it on stage and someday be a MM PRO!!!"
Quadzilla! That's what medical student and 100meter sprint champion Francesca Fesheila's friends call her for her obsession with building big quads and countless selfies of the same. Her back is no less. At 50kgs, 158cms and 10% bodyfat, Francesca will be a formidable force at the first ever Musclemania® India Physique championships."I am from Malaysia, but have been in Belgaum, India, studying medicine on FULL SCHOLARSHIP. I've been passionate about sports since I was a kid and got into sprinting, but a couple of years ago is when the bodybuilding bug bit me, and I was hooked on to it. I placed top 3 in my first local competition, and this year in March, I placed in the top 5 in an international competition. Not winning left me depressed. But my friends pushed me harder, I got support from people unknown. They gave me a complete picture of my positives, and most importantly, my negatives. which I've worked on rigorously in the last 5 months. I've been a huge fan of Ulisses Jr., and it was amazing to meet him at the MM seminar in Bangalore this March. That, along with his encouraging words to me motivated me even more and I am in the best shape of my life, getting better each day. I also landed a sponsorship deal with one of the top supplement companies in the world and am the brand ambassador for a few fitness chains in India. Yes, I love working my quads and butt, however, I maintain a lean, proportionate physique that is also feminine. A Cobra back and big guns are as much my assets as are my quads. My goal is clear, it's to win Women's Physique/figure at Musclemania [...]
How does a 39 year old woman and mother of two kids have abs of steel and maintain 9-11% body fat year round? In March this year, she also won her first fitness modeling competition and then got signed by a global leader in the supplement industry, and is featured in various magazines and blogs. Sonali Swami serves as a great example, and is a source of inspiration for thousands of women. " I am an Athlete, certified in : Zumba, Bokwa, TRX suspension, Les mills Body pump, a trained 'Kathak' Dancer, a mother, a woman. I've recently been signed as a sponsored athlete for one of the world's top nutrition supplement brands. Age is just a number. I love being in great shape and health, and inspire everyone to do the same. I've had tremendous support from my family, friends and fans alike, and believe it's their love that drives me to greater heights each day. My favorite people are definitely my husband, two children and our parents", she says. Apart from her weight training, Sonali takes up to 30 hours of high intensity group classes each week. She is training hard for Musclemania India, her first international figure competition.
He can fly! yes he can! 24 year old Pratik Shetty from Mumbai not only has a great natural physique, but also studied aviation in New Zealand and is a commercial pilot. "I was just 110 pounds a couple of years ago, and gained 45 pounds in a year. I always thought that the biggest challenge for me was to gain weight, and usually it's hard for anyone to believe I did it all naturally, but the right mentors and dedicated lifestyle changes along with explosive weight training helped me access my genetic potential and work positively towards that gain. Now is the actual challenge when the muscle gain becomes real slow, and I will keep building slow and steady. Based on the dedication I showed during my transformation, I was also recently signed as a sponsored athlete for a nutrition supplement company. My goal for the year is to place in the top 3 in the Physique division at Musclemania India."
Mumbaikar Shweta Sakharkar has played volleyball for her school, college and various clubs in her mid teens. She then started with football refereeing, post her training at Bombay's Referee Association. Shweta says "I come from a family that's always been very supportive of whatever I've wanted to do. Dad was quite the heart-throb in his younger days, when he was a fitness enthusiast, and continues to be one today. He also encouraged mom when she wanted to switch to fitness as a career, and she's been a fitness trainer since my schooling days. Mom and Dad are my biggest sources of inspiration. They are unlike the old-school Indian parents who call sports and arts "hobbies" rather than a career-path. Post refereeing, I started lifting, and am in love with it for about a year now." Born and raised in Mumbai, the Hollywood and New York of India, almost all of her friends are from the fitness, sports, dance, b-boying, modeling and movie industries. "Such a friend's circle is not only influential in your lifestyle but also acts as a massive support system, pushing you to excel in what you do. I believe in being curvy fit, more feminine like a Jessica Vasquez, and am working towards reaching the world stage as a top model and bikini athlete" she says. At 5'4", 52kgs, this sultry and stylish 23 year old lifetime fitness enthusiast is looking forward to make her debut at her first international platform, Model India at Musclemania India this December.