‘Allan Classic’ Mr. Chennai 2009

Every attempt to conduct a physique competition needs encouragement as our sport of bodybuilding demands good promoters and persons who care for hard working champions.
R. Murali of Allan Fitness Centre, Chennai, did a fine job by organising ‘Allan Classic’ Mr. Chennai on May 24.

All the weight category winners fight for the overall title.

All the weight category winners fight for the overall title.

Weigh-in
The weigh-in scheduled for May 23, Saturday, at Allan Gym on T.H. Road made it clear that not many senior players were getting into the ring. An unexpected show like this during hot summer months is not likely to attract many.
However, Murali, being a good champion himself, did his best to encourage competitors by offering a cash prize of Rs. 1,500, Rs. 1,000 and Rs. 500 to top three finishers.

Pre-judging
Ganga Cauvery Marriage Hall on T.H. Road, the venue, was buzzing with activity on Sunday morning. Members of Team Masters made it quite early to the hall with four of their players ready to battle it out on the stage. Three of them eventually came home with medals – two won bronze and the third, silver.
Even as I was walking around the hall, I was greeted by two surprise guests – ‘Mr. India’ Mohammed Abdullah, who had come to guest pose, and National champion K. Gopinath. Our conversation stretched for more than 10 minutes as Abdullah spoke about several ‘Mr. India’ winners, who were part of Services Team.
Voices of T.K. Gurunathan, working president of TABBA, K. Suresh, general secretary of CABBA, and J. Muniappan, ‘Mr. India’ and national judge, snapped us out of our own world! We took our seats in the front row and show began reasonably on time. Thomas Philip and Hemalatha of Millennium Nutraceuticals, the major sponsor, were guests of honour.
As the competition was not very tough, I will mention about only some competitors who stood out in each class.

Nagaraj had a nice structure.

Nagaraj had a nice structure.

55 kg category
Nagarajan of Allan Gym was a standout. He had a proportionate frame and reasonably good muscle, separation and cuts. With some more size, hardness and conditioning, he can win gold in State meets, more than once.

60 kg class
The hero of the entire show was the winner of this category. Muralikrishnan of Soldiers Gym was ripped, cut and dry. Though he did not have thick or dense muscle, his symmetry, shape and contest condition stole the show.  Every time Murali hit a back pose, the smaller muscles such as teres major, teres minor and rhomboids popped up and made the fans go crazy. The third place finisher, C. Vijaya Bhaskar of Masters Gym, was a new kid on the block. Though it was only his second competition, Bhaskar had made significant improvements from his first show – the city meet held at ICF in March. I could see that he had a well-balanced frame that was pleasing to look at. All this young man needs is a couple of more years of hard work before he starts winning medals in major competitions.

Vijaya Bhaskar (centre) and Muralikrishnan (left) compare front lats.

Vijaya Bhaskar (centre) and Muralikrishnan (right) compare front lats.

65 kg category
Udayakumar won this category as he was easily the best. Saravanan was another champ who looked equally good. That both of them improved significantly at the next week’s State meet is a different story.

Udayakumar who won the 65-kg class effortlessly.

Udayakumar who won the 65-kg class effortlessly.

70 kg class
A surprise entrant was ‘Junior Mr. India’ N. Senguttuvan. I could see that he was not aware of this meet and had taken a plunge at the last moment. Though he was carrying a lot of freaky muscle, the amount of water he was holding was too much. I appreciate his love for competing. As he never puts on a lot of fat in the off-season, he would have decided to try his luck.

‘Junior Mr. India’ N. Senguttuvan was holding a lot of water.

‘Junior Mr. India’ N. Senguttuvan was holding a lot of water.

However, when Mohammed Ashraf of  National Gym stepped on stage, it was clear that Senguttuvan had to forget the top prize. This young man, who resembled ‘Mr. India’ winners Bhakta Kumar and Bobby Singh, had fantastic shape and full muscles. He was cut but not freaky dry. With persistent hard training, the muscle maturity he would get in the future can win him National glory.

Mohammed Ashraf in 70-kg category had beautiful, full and round muscles.

Mohammed Ashraf in 70-kg category had beautiful, full and round muscles.

75 kg category
Arumugam of Soldiers Gym won this class hands down. He displayed a lot of muscle maturity and had a pleasing shape. Close behind him was Ramesh. Though thick and big, he was holding water and a bit off to win gold.

Arumugam had no competition in 75-kg class.

Arumugam had no competition in 75-kg class.

Lakshmi Kumar, who finished third behind him, had improved from his previous performance – the ICF city meet. The most notable thing was that he had stayed lean in the off-season and got ready in three weeks! But, to nab the top spot, he needs more conditioning and little more size. As this happens to be only his third competition, he may need some more time to hit the peak.

80 kg category
Kamal Kumar of Masters Gym had good potential as he had been training systematically only for the past three months. If the runner-up honour he earned doesn’t go into his head, he has a great career as a competitor.
I could see that he had potential to win several State titles and go beyond, but we would have to wait and watch how committed people are.

‘Mr. India’ Mohammed Abdullah rocked the show with his guest posing.

‘Mr. India’ Mohammed Abdullah rocked the show with his guest posing.

90 kg class
Lakshmi Narayanan, trained by ‘Mr. South India’ M. Satish Kumar showed a lot of promise. Time alone can tell whether he is serious about becoming a big-time bodybuilder.

Guest posing
What do I say about ‘King’ Abdullah’s guest posing?
He is a great champion, crowd pleaser and I am proud to call him my friend.

An honour
P. Srimathy of Team Masters was officially announced as a judge of TABBA and honoured as the first woman judge in South India.

P. Srimathy of Team Masters is being honoured for becoming the first woman judge in South India.

P. Srimathy of Team Masters is being honoured for becoming the first woman judge in South India.

I take this opportunity to thank all officials for giving members of Team Masters a chance to serve the sport of bodybuilding.

Muralikrishnan wins the overall title. (From left) Show organiser R. Murali, ‘Mr. India’ J. Muniappan and ‘Mr. India’ M. Arasu.

Muralikrishnan wins the overall title. (From left) Show organiser R. Murali, ‘Mr. India’ J. Muniappan and ‘Mr. India’ M. Arasu.

Overall title
The fight was between Muralikrishnan, Udayakumar and Mohammed Ashraf. Though Ashraf’s round, thick muscles looked spectacular, Murali’s conditioning and hardness won him the overall.
Good show champ, you have a long career ahead as a competitor. Make your trainer, ‘Mr. India’ J. Muniappan, proud.
Good luck.
                                                                 _ C. Lakshmi Kumar

7 Responses to “‘Allan Classic’ Mr. Chennai 2009”

  1. Hi Lakshmi kumar have you also started partcipating in events good to hear man…

    naveen

  2. Lakshmi Says:

    ha, ha, ha…thanks a lot brother.
    I am happy that you are still keeping in touch with my blog.
    Hope your training is also quite ok.
    take care.
    all the best.

  3. yaa lakshmi training is going fine with little breaks…im a regular visitor of this blog(infact u are my guru in workout) will visit u once i come to chennai…. …

  4. Its clear on many competitors here …disheartening and discouraging to see guys even at this level take up to steroids. Is there any drug testing conducted on these guys? No one ever talks about that. I would like to see a natural bb competition in India.Anyone ever heard about it?

  5. takeupsculpting Says:

    I don’t agree with your perception at all.
    It’s outrageous to say that anybody who has a good physique should be on to drugs.
    I would like to very firmly state that drug use is prevalent in all sports, not just bodybuilding.
    when all other sportsmen are encouraged and hailed, why condemn only us?
    we are a bunch of idiots (yes, you read it right) who keep pounding our bodies and spending money for a damn medal or trophy or a couple of thousand rupees (cash prize).
    what kind of a return is that???? does it meet our expenses???
    is all our hard work and sacrifice worth only a few thousands????
    and to crown it all, we are being called ‘druggies.’
    Please realise that it’s just the satisfaction of sculpting the body which keeps our champions train like crazy.
    not even a dozen anabolic steroids, HGH, IGF and insulin put together can do that…..
    yes, some of the champions may be abusing drugs, which has to stop.
    now the association people are seriously planning dope test…some of the champs who competed in the recent Mr. Asia were looking clean, nice and far from fearful.
    that’s a good indication.
    good days aren’t far.

  6. thats really encouraging…but what are you doing towards achieving that?
    …because if you continue to do what you are doing, you will continue to get what you’ve been getting…

    whats the change mantra you perceive?

    thanks.

  7. We need a regulatory authority to control drug use……..

    we need well-informed panels with medical and sports nutrition experts to take steps towards achieving what is practically possible and sensible……..

    we need truckloads of money and power to sit in the driver’s seat and take certain decisions………

    it needs hell a lot of determination and tremendous effort by a dedicated team…..

    it’s too early to say anything more than this at present…..

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