“Femininity is the soul, not the body” they say….. Femininity has always been associated with being delicate, demure and proper! That stereotype has long bid goodbye! In the new age of feminism, women are kicking ass, exuding audaciousness, fearlessness and a lot of muscle….. That’s right! Men aren’t the sole bearers of flexed up muscles anymore! There are women who defied all conventional ideologies. These fabulous women body builders in India have broken the glass ceiling and whizzed past the societal confines… Here’s how!
Karuna Waghmare is the first Indian International Level female bodybuilder also known as first Indian brand ambassador for Muscletech. She launched a fitness modelling program in Mumbai to train fitness enthusiasts, models, actresses and aspiring bodybuilders. Karuna won Ms. India Fitness Physique, World Women’s Physique champion, 6th place in Amateur Olympia 2015 and the list is endless.
Yashmeen Chauhan Manak
Yashmeen Chauhan Manak owns SCULPT Gym, a popular fitness chain. Born on 21st March 1979 in Delhi, she won IFBB Ms. Asia Bronze Medal in Bodybuilding Championship in 2016, IBBFF Ms. India Double Gold Winner, Certified Personal Trainer from American College, Best Body Award winner, Strength and Figure Athletes, Iron Women of India. Yashmeen now provides online training, aerobics and personal training to fitness enthusiasts. She is a Certified Aerobics Instructor at Reebok.
Shweta Rathore is known as India’s first female athlete who won a medal in a world championship. She was born on 13th June 1988 in Jaipur and became a brand ambassador for Muscletech. Shweta is one of the best female bodybuilders India has seen, having won many awards as Ms. World 2014 fitness physique, Ms. Asia 2015 fitness physique, Ms. India Sports physique champion 2015, 2016, 2017. She was also awarded by International Fitness Diva Tittle 2017 by Government of Dubai and is now known as a professional gym trainer at Fitness Forever pvt.Ltd.
Thingbaijam Sarita Devi
Thingbaijam Sarita Devi is an Indian female bodybuilder who is best known to have participated in 48th Asian Bodybuilding Championship and Physics Sports Championship of China. She is one of the couple of female bodybuilders from Manipur.
Bhumika Sharma is known as first Miss World Bodybuilding Champion, all of 23, hailing from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, she is a specialist in body posing, individual posing. During the Miss World Bodybuilding Champion, Bumika was one of the 27 Indians who participated in the tournament. Hansa Manral Sharma known as her coach who trained her.
Manipur has produced amazing female body builders like K Rebita Devi and Mamota Devi. K Rebita Devi is the best Indian bodybuilder from Manipur and the Succeeding Indian female after Mamota Devi to earn a bronze medal in World Championship. A biochemistry student, her aim is to represent India in more and more international competitions and win honours for the country.
Sonali Swami is a International Fitness Athlete who is an expert in Bowka and Zumba and also is a Performing Arts Professional, Entrepreneur and Independent Business Owner. She passed 12th class from Calcutta Kendriya Vidyala and completed her education with the degree in Hotel Management from IHM, Gwalior and became a bodybuilder. . Known as “Lady Salman” for her 6 pack abs, she is now a mother of two children. She has BRONZE MEDAL in Asians Championship in 2016, Winner of Fit Factor at BodyPower India 2014, Best Dancer Mantriotsav Bangalore, etc. to her name.
Deepika Chaudhary is amongst India’s first fitness and figure athletes and bodybuilders. Her contribution to the sport includes many championships and awards for country. She won the NPC Steve Stone Metropolitan Championships 2015 in America, becoming the first woman of India who won International Fitness Championship. Having accomplished this success in just 2 years with sheer determination and self-discipline, she extends her expertise as a Gym trainer.
Europa Bhowmik is one of the most popular body builders on Social Media. As per find information, more than 91.9k people follow her. She is also known as Gym Trainer and Sponsored athlete at Animal Booster Nutrition and completed her education from Schiller International University – Madrid Campus and currently resides in Madrid, Spain.
Ashwini Waskar is known as India’s First Competitive Female Bodybuilder who is also a personal gym trainer. She was born in Haryana, completed her post-graduation in fisheries in 2009 and started to follow her passion for fitness in Mumbai and become a bodybuilder.
Ashwini Waskar won many awards in her carrier as 5th Position in Ajit Bharat Shree in 2014, 5th Position in Fit Factor Female category & Body Power Expo 2014, 2nd Place in Maharashtra Shree in 2015 and 2nd place in Jerai Classique 2016.
Name it and Kiran has done it all. This 41 year young woman is a trained classical singer, a mother of two children and also a professional fitness trainer. Now she aims to make her mark in the World Body Building Championship in Europe and then in US. She broke the stereotypes by venturing into the world of fitness training, something that normally women do not think of pursuing.
We applaud these women for their passion for fitness, for their courage to follow through and for their zest in reaching the heights of achievements… and made India proud! More power to you!