Bodybuilding has always been famous in India, especially in states like Maharashtra and Haryana. We have known it simply as ‘Pehalwani’ or a youngster’s way to get into ‘Kushti’ (Wrestling). However, it was the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bollywood star Salman Khan who played elemental roles in popularising workout in India. Bodybuilding needs years of dedication, discipline, and hard work. And it is, therefore, not surprising that the musclemen are so revered in the world. Here are the top 10 bodybuilders in India:
1Top 10 Bodybuilders In India
Best Bodybuilders In India
|7.||Thakur Anoop Singh|
|9.||Varinder Singh Ghuman|
2Suhas Khamkar- Indian Bodybuilder
About Suhas Khamkar
|Suhas Khamkar: Indian Bodybuilder|
|Born||9 August 1980|
Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||86–90 kg (190–198 lb)|
|Professional career of Suhas Khamkar|
Born and brought in a family of bodybuilders in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, Suhas Khamkar is one of the most successful Indian bodybuilders. The 39-year old has won the Mr. India an astonishing ten times in his career while bagging the Mr. Maharashtra title 8 times. In 2010, Suhas became the first Indian to win the Mr. Asia title. He won the Mr. Amateur Olympia- Champion of Champion title in 2018 and continues to win medals everywhere he goes.
Bodybuilders in India: Suhas Khamkar Achievements
- Shivpremi Rajya Gaurav Puraskar 2019.
- First Indian Bodybuilder to achieve PRO CARD.
- Mr. Amateur Olympia (2018)-Champion of Champion.
- Mr. Asia Body Building Title (2010).
- Mr. Olympia Amateur Body Building 1st Runner-up (2012).
- Mr. World Bodybuilding 1st Runner-up (2010–11).
- Ten-Time Mr. India Body Building Title (2004, 2006 To 2015).
- Eight Times Mr.Maharashtra Title (2006 To 2008 & 2010 To 2014).
- Nine-Time Mr. All India Railway Gold (2004 To 2012).
- Four-Time Mr.Shivsena Body Building Title (2006, 2008 To 2010).
- Four-Time Mr.Mumbai Mayor Body Building Title (2002, 2003, 2007, 2008).
- Five-Time Mr. Hindu Hruday Samarat Body Building Title (2005, 2008 To 2011).
- Mr. Goa Body Building Title (2006).
3Sangram Chougule- Indian Bodybuilder
About Sangram Chougule
28 December 1979
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
An electrical engineer by profession, Sangram has made a name for himself in bodybuilding. The Kolhapur-born bodybuilder has won the prestigious Mr. India six consecutive times from 2010 to 2015. The 39-year old has also won the Mr. Maharashtra 3 times in his career. But Sangram’s most notable achievement was winning the Mr. World twice, in 2012 and 2014. The Pune-based bodybuilder has also won the Mr. Universe in 2012 and now runs a gym in Pune.
Bodybuilders in India: Sangram Chugule Achievements
|International achievements of Sangram Chugule|
|Mr. India: Sangram Chugule|
4Rajendra Mani- Indian Bodybuilder
About Rajendra Mani
|Nickname||Indian Super Hulk|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Professional career of Rajendra Mani|
It is not difficult to imagine the physique of a person nicknamed the India Hulk. But Rajendra Mani is something beyond imagination. The 45-year old is one of the veterans in Indian bodybuilding, but his physique will still put a lot of youngsters to shame. The Chennai-born served in the Indian Air Force for 15 years before completely turning his attention to bodybuilding. And ever since that, he has won several medals at the national and international level. Rajendra is a stunning 14 time Mr. India, 3 times World Champion, and 3 time Asian Champion. In the domestic competition, Mr. Services, the bodybuilder has bagged 12 gold medals – Winning for fun!
Bodybuilders in India: Rajendra Mani Achievements
|International achievements of Rajendra Mani|
|3rd||2016||Mr. WorldTamil Nadu fines | 2013 |Mr. World|
5Arambam Boby- Indian Bodybuilder
About Arambam Boby
|Born||1 February 1975|
|Height||165 cm (5 ft 5 in)|
|Professional career of Arambam Boby|
The 44-year old bodybuilder has proven that age is just a number with his recent achievements. From the state of yet another Indian sensation, Mary Kom, comes Arambam Boby Singh, who has won the Mr. India title a whopping 12 titles in his career. And it is just the tip of the iceberg. Boby’s trophy cabinet is jam-packed with his achievements at the international level. He has won 8 Mr. World titles, 5 Mr. Asia titles, and 3 Mr. South Asia titles. He usually competes in the 75 kg category. Boby started participating in bodybuilding competitions in 1995, and after more than two decades, he is still going strong.
6Murli Kumar- Indian Bodybuilder
25 is considered a pretty late age for anyone to even think about a career in bodybuilding. Murli served in the Indian Navy in his early days before he started lifting weights at 25. And today, the bodybuilder has won Mr. India 9 times in his weight category while bagging the overall title thrice. Murli has also won the 2012 Mr. Asia title.
7Wasim Khan- Indian Bodybuilder
The Delhi-born bodybuilder created history by winning the International Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation Event (IBFF) for three consecutive years between 2015, 2016, and 2017. To this date, Wasim is the only Indian to have won the IBFF Event twice in two years. The bodybuilder has also won the Mr. Universe in 2014 and continues to represent India at various competitions. He recently finished 5th at the 2019 Olympia Amateur in Las Vegas.
8Thakur Anoop Singh- Bodybuilders In India
Thakur Anoop Singh might just be one of the most versatile people – He’s a pilot, an actor, and a bodybuilder. He won a Gold medal at the WBPF World Bodybuilding Championship 2015 in the Men’s Fitness Physique category. The bodybuilder followed it with a bronze at the 49th Asian Championship the same year. He also bagged a silver medal at 2015 Mr. India. He is often seen in TV series with the most notable role of Dhritarashtra from Star’s TV series, Mahabharat.
About Thakur Anoop Singh
|Born||23 March 1989|
Pune, Maharashtra, India
|Occupation||Actor, athlete, playback singer|
|Organization||SilverFox Sports & Entertainment|
Bodybuilders in India: Thakur Anoop Singh Achievements
|2015||Gold||7th WBPF World Bodybuilding Championship – Thailand||Men’s Fitness Physique|
|2015||Bronze||49th Asian Championship – Uzbekistan||Men’s Fitness Physique|
|2015||Silver||Fit Factor – Mr. India 2015||Men’s Fitness Physique|
9Amit Chhetri- Indian bodybuilder
Bron 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 in Uttarakhand Police, participated in the Fairfax World Police and Fire Games in 2015 in Virginia. And the Indian stood tall in his 100 kg category, winning the gold medal despite the competition from the bodybuilders of 90 different countries.
10Varinder Singh Ghuman- Bodybuilders In India
About Varinder Singh Ghuman
|Born||1983/1984 (age 36–37)|
|Known for||Kabaddi Once Again (2012)|
Roar: Tigers of the Sundarbans (2014)
|Bodybuilders in India: Varinder Singh Ghuman|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||130 kg (287 lb)|
Varinder Singh Ghuman is amongst the world’s very few vegetarian bodybuilders. Born in Punjab, Varinder won the Mr. India title in 2009 and won the silver in 2012, Mr. Asia. He is also the first Indian to get a Pro Card by the International Federation of Body Building. Varinder has acted in a few Punjabi and Bollywood movies so far and is also set to be a part of an upcoming Bollywood movie Marjaavaan. Not only that, but Arnold Schwarzenegger selected the Indian for the promotion of the Hollywood superstar’s health care and fitness supplements in India.
11Ankur Sharma- Bodybuilders In India
The Chandigarh-born Ankur Sharma is considered as one of the finest amongst the new crop of bodybuilding in India. He won the Mr. Universe title in 2009 and hasn’t looked back since then. Ankur won the Mr. South Asia title in the same year. He followed it with the Mr. India title in 2012. In 2013, Ankur won the gold medal at the WBPF World Championship and won the Mr. Asia title.