So what’s the first name that comes into your mind when we talk about bodybuilders?
It must be Arnold Schwarzenegger, right? Or maybe Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson?
And why not, as these are the only ones that we’ve seen performing on-screen action sequels. Now if I ask you to name any from the Indian community, that won’t be any easy cake for you, isn’t it?
Because Indian bodybuilders are highly underrated (except a few). But don’t worry as today, we are going to give you the list of Indian bodybuilders along with their achievements and aspirations.
List of 11 Best Bodybuilders in India with Incredibly Hulky Profiles
Murali is a professional bodybuilder and a software engineer who comes from Kerala, India. His supremely proportioned physique is a result of his passion and extreme hard-work in the gym; which he sustained along with his two-days job.
While he was working in Navy, as a naval seaman, Murali’s leg got severely injured. To prevent it from spreading further, he started a strength training program, which ultimately sparked his passion and love for bodybuilding.
- Ranked as India’s Top Bodybuilder in 2013
- Mr. India Title in 2013 and 2014
- Mr. Asia Title in 2013
- 3rd Spot in Mr. World 2013
It took 10 years for him to bag his first title in professional bodybuilding. The streak hasn’t ended ever since. Now, Murali Kumar bodybuilder helps other amateur candidates in gaining the highest Indian rankings.
Hailing from Kolhapur, Sangram is a handsome 1979 born Pune-based Electrical engineer. His love for gymming was so intense that it pushed him in the field of professional bodybuilding. It was in 2006 when Sangram participated in a local bodybuilding competition and bagged the title of “The Great Marathi Shree” due to his proportionality and muscle density.
This kickstarted the journey he had always dreamt about.
- Mr. Universe at WBPF World Championship in 2012 and 2014
- 6 times winner of the Mr. India Title
- 5 Times winner of the Mr. Maharashtra Title
- Bronze Medal in Mr. World 2011 Contest
- Mr. Pune Title in 2008
Thakur Anoop Singh
An actor and a trained pilot, Thakur Anoop Singh is one of the top 10 Indian bodybuilders 2020. His dance from a bodybuilding contest went viral, and that helped him emerge as an actor in the entertainment industry.
You must have also seen him playing Dhritrashtra In the Star Plus serial called Mahabharta (2013).
- Silver Medal in Mr. India 2015
- Bronze in Mr. Asia Contest 2015
- Gold in WBPF World Bodybuilding Championship (Thailand)
Moreover, due to his body profile and muscular frame, he has won many roles in Indian TV serials and films. So apart from being a good bodybuilder, he’s also a hard-working actor.
Coming from a family of bodybuilders and fitness freaks, Suhas grew up with a natural affection to this field. Moreover, he’s a student of Mr. Pravin Sakpal, a legendary bodybuilding coach. His inspiration had always been Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose perfect muscle profiles and shredded physique forced him to take bodybuilding as his mainstream profession.
- First Indian to win PRO CARD
- Won Mr. Amateur Olympia in 2018
- 9 Times winner of Mr. India Title
- 7 times winner of Mr. Maharashta
- First Indian to have won Mr. Asia Title in 2010
He has won the ‘Champion of Champions’ title numerous times. Apart from bringing some incredible laurels to India, he has been nailing every other local competition to be among the best bodybuilders in India.
Now 103 years old, Manor Aich is the man that helped India be noticed in the entire bodybuilding fraternity. He’s fondly called with the name of “Pocket Hercules” due to his short height of 4’11”.
Imagine starting bodybuilding as a mainstream career before 1952 when not many gyms and fitness centers were available. Mr. Aich excelled in that era. His training included everything that sounds too basic in the present-day context.
But due to his strong will and zeal to represent India, situps, pushups, pullups, and leg raises were his only fitness exercises. Shows how a lack of resources is nothing more than a myth.
- Won Mr. Hercules Contest in 1950
- Stood second in the Mr. Universe Content 1951
- First in Mr. Universe Contest 1952 (Pro-short division)
But these titles didn’t come easy for Mr. Manohar. Being a member of the Royal Air Force, Aich was imprisoned was slapping a senior British official for his remarks on colonial oppression. It was in jail where he got serious about bodybuilding.
Owing to his love and zeal for this field, he was given a special diet. And this cumulatively helped him be one of the best bodybuilders in India.
Varinder is one of the few vegetarian bodybuilders we have today. His influence in the Asian market, especially India is so broad, that Arnold Schwarzenegger himself approached him for promoting health products. He recently played a role in the film Marjaavaan in 2019.
Apart from this, he’s also been a lead actor in films like Kabaddi Once Again and Roar: Tigers of the Sunderbans. Apart from bodybuilding, he’s also a wrestler from Punjab.
- Mr. India Title in 2009
- 2nd spot in Mr. Asia Contest
- 1st Indian bodybuilder to win the IFBB Pro card
Glad that not just bodybuilders, we have many actors as well in this list of best bodybuilders in India.
From an ordinary constable in Uttarakhand Police to a top-class bodybuilder, Amit is a jewel who’s brought many laurels to India. His body is so well-toned yet blatantly muscular that he seems like a mainstream guy. Not just individually, Amit has represented the entire Police department in full swing.
Indians must be proud that he is one of the best bodybuilders in India.
- Gold in Fairfax World Police and Fire Games 2015 (Virginia)
- Gold in 100kg category in an event where 42000 players from 90 countries participated
After Amit Chhetri bodybuilder, let’s see ‘Mr. India 2013 bodybuilding winner‘ i.e. Ankur Sharma.
Being from Haryana (India), Ankur is a top-class professional bodybuilder with numerous domestic titles on his name. He joined this profession while he was just 18. Now he trains and provides coaching to other aspiring candidates.
- Gold in WBPF World Championship 2013
- Mr. India Title in 2012
- 2nd in Mr. India Contest 2013
- Mr. South Asia in 2009
- Mr. University title in 2009
- Four times winner of Mr. All India Inter-University Competition
- Bronze in Arnold Classic Championship 2016
Also popular with the name ‘Hero Hira Lal’, Mr. Lal is a 1977 born bodybuilder from Kapurthala, Punjab. What makes him more special is that he’s a pure vegetarian. It was Mr. India Bihari Lal and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who inspired him to chase a great physique.
Apart from other significant titles, he has won Mr. India, Mr. Punjab, and Federation Cup in just 3 years. He was once counted among India’s top 5 bodybuilders.
- 8 times Mr. Punjab Title
- 4 times Federation Cup
- 3 times National Gold
- Mr. All India University Championship
- Silver in Mr. Olympia Amateur 2012
- Silver in Arnold Classic Amateur in 2012-13
- 2 times Mr. India
Due to all these world-known titles, he’s among the best bodybuilders in India.
Having worked in the Indian Air force for 15 years, Mr. Rajendran is one of the most successful bodybuilding professionals alive. He was raised in a poor family with 5 other siblings, which made his journey tough. But least concerned with his circumstances, he kept aspiring for a great future and finally emerged as the greatest bodybuilders we have today.
- 8 Mr. India and Champion of Champions Title
- Won World Championship in WBPF Event held in Hungary
Rajendran Mani bodybuilder is truly an inspiration for the people who lack resources yet aim to rank higher in the list of best bodybuilders in India. But unfortunately, he could not get the appreciation he deserved being a World Champion.
Northeastern states have given us jewels like Mary Kom, Sunil Chhetri, and singer Papon. Arambam Boby is one such diamond that hails from Manipur, India. After winning his first title, he has been continuously representing India across multiple bodybuilding platforms.
To strengthen this claim, let’s just look at his achievements first.
- 8 times World Championship in WBPF tournaments held in Thailand
- Mr. Asia in the 49th Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Championship (Tashkent)
- Mr. World 2010 Title
- 3 times Mr. South Asia Title
- 5 Mr. Asia Titles
- 12 Mr. India Titles
So this was our compilation of 11 Best Bodybuilders in India. Although they are underrated, they are unstoppable in their field. These best bodybuilders in India have been chosen according to their records and achievements. So it’s also the Mr. India list of bodybuilders you can say.
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