His friends call him Anand Arnold for being an Arnold Schwarzenegger fanatic. But behind it all is an inspiring story of determination. “When I was 15yrs old, my legs stopped functioning because of cancer,” Anand explains. “I had to wait three years after my cancer treatment to begin bodybuilding. Now at 25, I continue working out, and am one of India’s top bodybuilders, beating men with fully functioning legs.” Anand has won several titles including Mr. India (thrice), Mr. North India and Mr. Punjab (eleven times). He’s lifetime natural and says he’s been waiting for an all natural competition in India. “The moment I heard that the world’s greatest competition Musclemania was coming to India, I was exhilarated and signed up immediately!” Anand works out hard thrice a week, eats clean and continues to be an inspiration to Indian bodybuilders, natural or not. His biography "Weightless" was recently published honoring his work.
Once an unhealthy, grossly obese teenager at 160 kgs (352 lbs.), Karan Anand is now a 25 year old aspiring actor, wrestler, MMA enthusiast and model. Currently at 6’2″, 85 kgs, 5% bodyfat, Karan will take on the country’s top natural athletes at the first ever Musclemania® Physique and Model India Championships. With an indomitable will to succeed and make a health and fitness lifestyle choice, Karan took control of his life and transformed it. He says, “Being a hardcore Punjabi, it’s hard to resist the temptations of butter chicken and sweet lassi, but nothing tastes as good as losing half my weight and the feel of my shredded abs. Delhi has always been full of hardcore fitness enthusiasts who’ve motivated me to become my best. My family always supports me.” Karan made it to the finals of a fitness modeling competition in March and while he did not win, he says it was amazing to be on stage. “The experience has helped me in being more confident and more prepared for Musclemania!”