Indian fitness model Vipin Rathore is looking insane as he trains to compete at Musclemania® India this season. At 5'6", 180 lbs., and 7% body fat, he says, "I'm ready to show my hard work at the show this year!"
Musclemania India sports model champion Jay Acharya got this 3D back prepping much harder this time, Jay says,"My back training focuses on size, strength and building thickness. I use multiple training variations to keep the body guessing including, super sets, tri-sets, negatives, drop sets and TABATA sets." After winning the Musclemania India show, Jay is preparing hard to bag a trophy at Musclemania Australia.
Priya Binion just sent in her profile. She says "I am a fitness athlete/model. A 1st generation Indian American, I'm a 34 year old mother of 2 (ages 11 & 7), and have been happily married for 13 years. I've been active my entire life. Growing up as a competitive gymnast, my love affair with weight training began at the age of 17. Understanding my family's poor medical history and seeing my mother battle diabetes my entire life (she has since passed), I made a lifelong vow to stay active and eat healthy. Upon graduating from high school, I became a certified personal trainer, and trained clients off and on for 12 years, through college and post baby #2. Over the last 17 years, I've had the opportunity to work with some great trainers, nutritionists, and coaches as well. I became a fitness athlete for a number of reasons, but my ultimate goal is to become a 'health & fitness' ambassador for the people of India. I want to teach and inspire Indian especially. I would also like to spread awareness about the sport of fitness/bodybuilding throughout India too. I believe I'm an example of what it means to break social and cultural barriers to follow a dream. I understand competing and modeling in the industry will give me the exposure necessary to make my aspirations come true. I am also actively seeking sponsorship and collaboration opportunities!" At 5'4" and 51kgs, she'll be competing in Model India in Mumbai this September.
Physique and Model India star and top 2 finalist Farhan Wasti practising kicks at the beach in Mumbai. His romance with fitness began with taekwondo. He and his younger brother Farzan Wasti are both black belts in the marital art. They both owe their classic aesthetic physiques to the years of discipline. They only started lifting a few years ago and have patiently given their bodies time to grow. At 5'8", 75kgs, Farhan will again take on the country's best natural models and physique athletes this September in Mumbai.
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!
Muscle boys on their muscle harleys. Mukund and Surya may not have placed in the top 3 at Musclemania® Model India, but they most certainly enjoyed their experience. "It was the best contest we ever witnessed or were a part of. The entire experience since we first applied was amazing. The way an unknown athlete is promoted and made a superstar overnight is what Musclemania® is all about. We thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie. It's the first time we've seen people helping each other before they even met all the way to the dressing room cheering each other on. We made great friends and were inspired by everyone's stories. We've taken feedback and will work on improving on our weak areas, be it grooming, posing, clothing. We look forward to killing it next season!"
"Superman" Vikas Puthran has some crazy wheels! Just a few days after placing 3rd runner up in Musclemania® Model India and 4th runner up in Physique medium class, he won GOLD in the All India athletic championships held in Delhi!!! With a timing of 48seconds for 400mtrs, he was just one second shy of his previous best many years ago. Given he's not been training for 400mtrs for many years, it's an incredible feat! Congratulations Vikas and team Zeuse! This happening right after a physique contest, where you're on zero sodium and completely dehydrated speaks volumes of not only your 15 years of international training, but also of your champion mentality. We look forward to seeing you compete at Musclemania® in 2015!
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 [...]
She's been the VP of marketing and the director of corporate communications for prestigious brands. Now the President of her firm, and also her NGO God’s Beautiful Child, lifetime fitness enthusiast Shweta Rathore from Delhi sets an example for women and men alike. “I always loved working out,” she claims. “Although my Dad was a typical Indian parent, strict and traditional, my mom and brother helped me sneak out in the afternoons to workout at a gym while my Dad thought I was attending tuition! The gymnasium was closed in the afternoons, so the owner gave me an extra key to the facility, because he admired my passion. I would workout from 2-5 PM and get back home from “tuition” LOL. Over the years, he’s begun to understand the taboos and has become more supportive”. Shweta adds that while her classmates were gobbling sugary food, she from a young age learned the importance of healthy balanced nutrition. Even until this day, she has no more than couple of supplements every day. Shweta says achieving excellence is a mindset. “I am proud to be all natural and the center of attention in the gym not because of my fame, but because of the knowledge I can impart to the ever so confused Indian women. They are usually amazed at my feminine look although I train hardcore with weights (myth buster). I motivate them to make health and fitness a compulsory part of their lives”. Being a brand ambassador of a leading health company for 4 years, having done plenty of runway shows and photo shoots, this 5’4″, 54kg fitness model is confident, yet not complacent. She’s working harder now to give her best in not just [...]
From a skinny 110 pound kid to a robust 160 pounds, 23 year old art student and aspiring actor Mohit Thakur has transformed himself into one of the most aesthetic physique athletes in India. "Mumbai is the fitness capital of India and got me obsessed with lifting," Mohit says. "As a skinny kid, there were a lot of naysayers who said it's not possible to get big with my genetics, so I then proceeded to add 50 pounds and shut them up." Mohit has won the Mr. Mumbai Intercollege Physique competition and says he's ready now for Musclemania® India in December. "This is my life now, being shredded as hell, inspiring others to be the fittest they can be. My father is my biggest supporter and fan". Mohit will be a top contender in both the Men's Physique and Muscle Model categories at MM India. He's adding some more muscle mass and is working on improving conditioning over the next two months.