Mr. Sky Classic 2014 – Mr. Chennai

Posted in Contests on February 1, 2014 by takeupsculpting

Mr. Chennai  bodybuilding championship titled “Mr. Sky Classic 2014” was held at Corporation community centre in Nungambakkam  on January 26.

The event was organised by S. Saravanan and S. Rajesh of Sky Fitness Centre, and under the aegis of Chennai District Amateur Body Building Associations (affiliated to International Federation of Body Building and Fitness founded by Joe Weider in 1946).

M. Arasu, secretary, Tamil Nadu Amateur Bodybuilding Association, ‘Royapuram’ Mano, chairman, Chennai District Amateur Body Building Association (CDABBA),  Sky Babu, president,  CDABBA, T.K. Gurunathan, general secretary,  CDABBA, M. MohanKumar, treasurer ,  CDABBA, were present.

T. Gopi representing Jai Fitness won the overall title and took home a refrigerator as gift

T. Gopi representing Jai Fitness won the overall title and took home a refrigerator as gift


The contest was made special by giving a chance to veterans to flex their muscles in ‘Masters’ category in ‘Over 40’ and ‘ Over 50’ age divisions.

Around 15 competitors participated in these classes proving once again that they are ageless.

7 weight categories

Over 100 competitors participated in the regular contest which was held in seven different weight categories – 55 kg to ‘Over 80’ kg.

A cash prize of Rs. 2,500 was given to the first prize winner in each weight class, Rs. 1,500 to second prize winner, Rs.  1,000 to third prize winner, and Rs. 500 each to fourth and fifth prize winners.

The winners of each weight category finally fought for the over title, ‘Champion of Champions.’

The 60-kg line-up.

The 60-kg line-up.

The best 3

T. Gopi representing Jai Fitness won the overall title and took home a refrigerator as gift.  The improvements he has made in his physique are mind-blowing. His overall muscle size, round delts, arms, back, legs and conditioning are freaky. From being a ‘good bodybuilder,’ Gopi has now grown into a ‘great bodybuilder’ who can win medals for Tamil Nadu in national-level competitions.

Rajasekar, who won in 60 kg class, was the most ripped competitor in the entire contest. His physique was beautiful. With a little more mass, he is sure to go to the next level.

Vinoth Kumar, who won the 70-kg class, was full, thick and cut. He had round muscles and was in great shape too. He looked big and dominating in his category.

The 65-kg class.

The 65-kg class.

Special mention:

M. Mahendran, who won the +80 kg class has finally arrived to take his rightful place in bigger contests. He was in top shape, ripped and dry. With a little more muscle on the frame, he is sure to win the State title.

M. Mahendran, who won the +80 kg class has finally arrived to take his rightful place in bigger contests

M. Mahendran, who won the +80 kg class has finally arrived to take his rightful place in bigger contests

Here is a list of competitors who finished in top 5 positions in each weight category:

55kg category

  1. A. Dinesh
  2. K. Giridharan
  3. M. Umakanthan
  4. M. Jose
  5. H. Jaya Prakash

60kg category

  1. F. Rajasekar
  2. R. Ranjith
  3. S. Dharma Lingam
  4. S. Vignesh
  5. A. Don Moses

65kg category

  1. P. Venugopal
  2. A. Samson Divakar
  3. L. Nasuruteen
  4. A. James Allen
  5. R.V. Sivasubramania Pillai

70kg category

  1. M. Vinoth Kumar
  2. A. Rajesh
  3. B. Santhosh Kumar
  4. G. Hariharan
  5. M. Anil

75kg category

  1. T. Gopi
  2. M. Prakash
  3. B. Yogesh Kumar
  4. K. Seenu Shanmugam
  5. R. Karthik

80kg category

  1. S. Balaguru
  2. T. Anguraj
  3. A.D. Vishal
  4. M. Ganesh
  5. V.M. Dharma Durai

+ 80kg category

  1. M. Mahendran
  2. S. Manimaran
  3. S. Manikandan
  4. D. Balaji
  5. S. Prabhu

Masters  + 40 yrs

  1. R. Rajendran
  2. C. Lakshmi Kumar
  3. T. Annadurai
  4.  P. Mohana Krishnan
  5. P. Vasudevan

Masters + 50 yrs

  1. V. Babu Rajendran
  2. G. Mani
  3. T. Dheena dhayala singh
  4. Nizamudeen
  5. Gunasekaran

Champion of champions

  1. T. Gopi
  2. M. Mahendran
  3. M. Vinoth Kumar                                                                                                                                                        – P. Srimathy




World bodybuilding championship 2013

Posted in Contests on December 5, 2013 by takeupsculpting

India shines at  world championship


World Bodybuilding and Physique Federation conducted world championship body building contest in Hungary from November 13 to 18.

Over 300 competitors from as many as 49 countries participated in it.


I take pride in saying that several champions from India won medals in various weight categories. Our champions such as Rajendran, Murali Kumar, Bobby Singh and Ankur Sharma looked out of the world and made our country proud.


Rajendran – 1st

Murali Kumar – 3rd

Ankur Sharma – 1st

Vijay Bahadur – 4th

Bobby Singh – 2nd

Abdul Ansari – 2nd

Neeraj Kumar – 3rd


IFBB World Championship

Indian team also represented the country at the IFBB World Championship held in Morocco in November.


Karan Singh from Punjab won bronze while many others went up against tough opponents to finish in top 10. The transformation I witnessed in the physiques of champions from my State of Tamil Nadu such as M. Kothandaraman, K. Balamurugan and S. Senthil Kumaran was incredible. I wish them all luck in their next major event.


I wish all our Indian brothers the very best of luck to win world titles and bring glory to our country.

– C. Lakshmi Kumar

(Pics courtesy: Facebook )

Intense workout and ‘ pain’ in muscle

Posted in training on October 3, 2013 by takeupsculpting

It is not once in a blue moon that you get to hear a new member at a gym complain: “Oh, the pain I experienced the day after my workout was too intense. I think weight training does not suit my body.”

In nine out of 10 such cases, the “pain” a trainee is referring to is not the one resulting out of injury but a feeling of soreness which follows a hard workout programme.

Junior Mr. India Y. Annamalai

Junior Mr. India Y. Annamalai

Why are muscles sore?

Every individual muscle is made up of hundreds of fibres. Each one of them is forced to contract and expand during workout. When a trainee uses weights, the fibres get damaged at a micro level. This makes the body realise that the demands it has to meet in the future are likely to be as high as this, if not higher. So it repairs the damage, besides making the fibres slightly stronger and larger. The process is quickened if a person does not overtrain, gets enough sleep and eats the right kind of foods at the right hour.

Several ill informed trainers have little idea about the body’s recovery ability.

Sets and repetitions

When a person repeats an exercise for 10 times, it is called “doing one set of 10 repetitions.” After resting for a minute or so, another set or two may be completed.

When a newcomer does plenty of exercises and too many sets, the damage inflicted upon the fibres is too high.

Needless to say, the muscles, instead of being sore the following day, ache like they have been mutilated.

Soreness is an indication of having triggered response from the body. Pain is an indication of having gone overboard.

Beginning a workout

When you begin weight training, irrespective of your goals, train three non-consecutive days a week. Workout the whole body during the session, doing only one exercise for each muscle group. Pick up nothing more than eight or nine total exercises of each 10 repetitions. Do only one set on each movement for the first week, two sets the second week and three sets from the third week.

This keeps soreness to a minimum and assures results. This is a general suggestion and not written in stone. It can be modified under the guidance of a well-informed trainer, depending on the trainee’s body, age and recovery.


Get-big diet

Posted in Nutrition & Diet on September 7, 2013 by takeupsculpting

People often seek a diet plan to build muscle, but hesitate to cook and consume quality foods.

Please understand that you cannot build lean muscle without consuming extra calories, especially from top class protein and complex carbohydrate.
Professional bodybuilders spend lot of money on hi-tech supplements and quality foods. However, in our country , competitors work too hard to earn and spend money from their own pockets. Not many have sponsors like a few elite champions.
So, what we need is a good strategy. We should plan and do only the right things so that whatever we do helps us move closer to our goals and avoid waste of time, energy and precious money.

Mr. India Arasu - Picture courtesy

Mr. India Arasu – Picture courtesy

All about quality
Protein, carbohydrate and fat are needed in certain quantity in every meal for a person to build quality muscle.
A person who consumes extra calories from lean protein sources such as grilled chicken breast, egg whites and tuna stands a better chance of gaining maximum lean muscle than a person who simply adds several hundreds of calories from all kinds of high-calorie foods.
In general, an increase of 10 to 15 per cent in calories consumed might start the growth process. Hard-gainers can increase calories by even 20 per cent. Those who are able to add muscle to their frame easily can bump up their calories by 15 per cent.
Trainees who tend to get a smooth look easily (endomorphic nature) should experiment and find out exactly how many extra calories their body needs for growing.
There are many competitors whose body needs nothing more than 500 calories higher than daily expenditure. And that increase too would be from lean sources of protein.
However, this does not mean that a person should not add carbohydrate foods such as yams, potatoes, grains, whole wheat products or oats. Every individual is different. So, the best approach would be to slowly add things and see how the body responds.
Meal frequency
Eat at least 5 to 6 small meals a day. You will need at least 1 gram of protein for every pound of your body weight ( 2.2 gm of protein for every kg of body weight).
This means that a person who weighs 180 lb needs at least 180 gm of protein every day to build muscle.
A smart trainee who eats six small meals containing 30 gm protein each wins the battle hands down!
Metabolism, utilisation
By eating frequent meals, we increase our metabolism and stand minimum chance of adding body fat.
Smaller and more frequent meals increase absorption rate into the blood stream.
Such frequent meals that provide enough protein maintain nitrogen balance, which is very vital for gaining muscle. This ensures that the body is in an anabolic environment.
Large and less frequent meals lead to blood insulin level spike. Food is transported immediately and the amino acid levels in the blood plummets. This puts a brake on growth process.

Simple rules
While planning a meal, ensure that it contains lean protein source of the size of your palm. Carb source should be of the size of fist.
Fats are hidden in our food sources. So, be on guard.
Adding a tablespoon of olive oil or fish oil for cooking protein will take care of dietary fat requirement.
You may add a piece of any seasonal fruit to a meal or two for extra vitamins. Green, fibrous vegetables should form large part of your meal.

Here is a sample diet chart
Meal 1: A cup of boiled oats, an apple, 6 egg whites, 2 yolks
-Nutrients: 1 cup oats (78 gm) – 13 gm pro, 6 gm fat, 51gm carb
1 apple (110 gm) – 15 gm carb
6 egg whites + 2 yolks – 26 gm pro, 10 gm fat
Total: 39 gm protein, 66 gm carbohydrate, 16 gm fat, 564 calories

Meal 2: A handful of peanuts or almonds, lemon juice without sugar
Total: Nuts (75 gm) – 16 gm pro, 14 gm carb, 36 gm fat, 444 cals


Meal 3: A small cup of brown rice, 250 gm of fish or chicken breast, vegetable salad
Nutrients: Rice (100 gm) – 6 gm pro, 75 gm carb,
Fish or chicken (250 gm) – 50 gm pro, 5 gm fat
Total: 56 gm pro, 75 gm carb, 5 gm fat, 569 cals

Meal 4 (post-workout): Whey protein shake, 1 glasses of milk
Nutrients: Protein shake – 24 gm pro, 2 gm carb
1 glasses of milk (250ml) – 8 gm pro, 12 gm carb, 5 gm fat
Total: 30 gm pro, 14 gm carb, 5 gm fat, 221 cals
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Meal 5: 250 gm of fish or chicken breast, a boiled potato, spinach
Nutrients: Fish or chicken (250 gm) – 50 gm pro, 5 gm fat
100 gm potato- 24 gm carb, 2 gm pro
Total: 52 gm pro, 24 gm carb, 5 gm fat, 349 cals

Meal 6: 50 gm of cottage cheese or peanut butter, vegetables
Nutrients: Cottage cheese (50 gm) – 6 gm pro, 3 gm carb, 4 gm fat, cals
Peanut butter (50 gm) – 12 gm pro, 11 gm carb, 24 gm fat
Total: 18 gm pro, 14 gm carb, 28 gm fat, 380 cals

Note: This plan has been laid out for a person weighting 180 lb, who has moderate metabolism and trains 4 days a week.
Drink plenty of water.
– C. Lakshmi Kumar



Mr. India 2013

Posted in Contests on June 8, 2013 by takeupsculpting

Taking bodybuilding contests to a new height – this was the mission accomplished by TABBA General Secretary M. Arasu and his dedicated team, in Chennai on May 8 and 9.

The prestigious ‘Senior Mr. India’ was being brought back to Chennai after 2005, and it wasn’t just another contest to be taken lightly. Having witnessed the event and being part of the team behind organising it, we could clearly understand that Arasu and CEO of Ateliers Fitness Sushila Maran had sacrificed so much and lost sleep for several weeks to make the contest a grand success. Kudos to them.

On a very hot summer day, Chennaiites watched the country’s best-built men flex their mighty muscles in a cool auditorium, Kamarajar Arangam, along with colorful entertainment.
Hot Shoe Company needs a special mention for giving a stupendous performance and entertaining the audience. Joint Commissioner of Police Arun, film stars Prashant, Bharath, Riaz Khan and Varalakshmi Sarathkumar were special guests.

Our team members felt great being a part of this wonderful event. It was like taking part in a 3-day wedding ceremony. The weigh-in was conducted on May 7, per-judging on May 8, and the grand finale on May 9.

I was more excited sitting as a national judge next to veterans such as Shri. Sanjay More, Shri Giri, Shri Benny Francis, and so many others and judging not one but three categories! I thank all officials and veterans of Indian Body Building and Fitness Federation and Tamil Nadu Amateur Body Building Association for encouraging me.

55 kg class
The winner of the very first category, Sunil Sakpal of Maharashtra, was thick, full and in top shape. He was a clear winner though medalists Sonu and Roshan Tatkare gave it everything to win top honours. P. Perumal of Tamil Nadu looked good and finished fifth.

60 kg class
Jai Singh, who represented Maharashtra, won gold in this category, while Karan Jeet Singh and Aju Gosh bagged silver and bronze. Jai used to compete in 55 kg category and has won the nationals several times. Though he was full and beautifully shaped, he was not as ripped or dry as on earlier occasions. However, his structure, muscle shape and beauty helped him win. Karan is a very promising body builder and placed second in the Mr. Asia contest held 3 weeks after this show.

65 kg category
Kothandaraman (Vinoth) of Tamil Nadu was the hero in this class. There was doubts during prejudging whether he would win gold or just walk away with a medal. However, there was no room for any doubt at the finals when the young champ flexed on the stage – fuller, harder, ripped and in crazy condition.
Kudos to Hari Ram and Ashok Kumar for giving Vinoth a great fight. Vinoth also finished 4th in the Mr.Asia held a few weeks after this contest.


70 kg class
It was ‘apples vs oranges’ in this weight category. Beautifully-built Ravi Kumar and incredibly-cut Vijay More fought for the title! More pushed Kumar really hard and some of us felt that the fighter from Maharashtra might take the title. Finally, Kumar’s structure and round muscle bellies helped him triumph.
Ambar Sharma, who finished third, had a perfect package of size and shape. He was in top condition and looked stunning. This great champion from Uttarkhand is sure to win gold pretty soon.


75 kg category
There was no doubt on who would win the 75 kg category. Ashish Sakharkar was big, full and in good shape. The surprise package, however, came in the form of Abdul Ashraf from Tamil Nadu. Though Sakharkar was a clear winner, Ashraf pushed him to a great extent and bagged silver!
Manjeet Singh and Sachin Patil looked incredible and were not ready to give up the runner-up spot to Ashraf without a fight.

Two of our good friends, K. Arunachalam and Mohammed Abdullah, clashed in this category. The veterans had to settle for fifth and sixth places respectively.

80 kg class
The moment competitors of this class were led to the stage, everyone knew that Maharashtra’s Suhas Khamkar was ahead of the pack. Now synonymous with the word ‘Mr. India,’ Khamkar was big, muscular, hard and ripped. Randhir of CRPF and Pranay Londhe of Maharashtra who finished second and third respectively presented a fantastic package as well.


            85 kg category
Barun Yum Nam was a clear winner here. Tijendher Singh of Uttarakhand, who won silver, was a tough competitor. But, the former’s size, muscularity and conditioning got him the top place. Amit Choudry was off his usual form and, hence, finished third. G. Kumar of Tamil Nadu took fourth. We wish him all luck to win the next nationals.

90 kg class
Momotambo of CRPF won gold in the 90 kg category. He looked the best in the line-up and made the judges’ job easy.
All others who flexed their muscles in this class were separated by just a few points.
We were thrilled to see our very own Murali Vijayakumar taking on the big names in this class. Biglee was at his best – period. Though we were confident that he would crack into the Top Five, he narrowly missed it and finished sixth. Nevertheless, his performance was class and Biglee is sure to win the big prize soon.

100 kg category
I was reminded of 2003 Mr. Olympia when this weight category started. The audience’s reaction on seeing Ronnie Coleman at the Big O was “Jesus Christ!”
That was precisely the reaction of the Chennai fans too when Amit Chetri walked on to the stage. His huge size and perfect proportion drew the attention of one and all. Amit won his category hands down and made it clear that he had potential to go places. The day he wins a pro card and makes our country proud isn’t far away.

100+ category

Vinay Kumar was the champion in this class. He was, as usual, the clear winner. Our friend Jayaprakash, who won the Nationals in 2009, made a comeback and finished third.

Champion of Champions
There was a tough fight for the overall championship. As expected, Suhas and Amit clashed for the title, ‘Champion of Champions’. It looked like there was a tie between both and a comparison round was called to make things clearer.
When all the compulsory poses were called, Amit looked big, proportional and ripped. However Suhas’s muscularity, hardness and conditioning made him look like he was cut out of rock. Suhas’s hardness and muscularity leaped out screaming for attention. That gave him an upper hand.
He was awarded with a Royal Enfield bullet.

The best poser award went to Barun Yum Nam for his most entertaining posing routine.

Miss Fitness
8th Miss Fitness was also organised along with this muscle extravaganza. Almost 20 fitness models competed in two categories.
It was an all together different experience for me to judge a fitness event.
The girls exhibited their gymnastic skills along with posing routines displaying their muscle tone, flexibility and control.
The event received a lot of applause from the Chennai crowd.

Hats off Arasu
When it was time to leave the hall, a sense of pride filled our minds for being part of a great association and a mega event.
It might sound like hyperbole, but Arasu has undoubtedly earned an unshakeable place for himself in the history of Indian body building.
– P. Srimathy
Here is the list of competitors who finished in top places in all categories:
55 kg
1. Sunil Sakpal                          Maharashtra
2. Sonu                                        Delhi
3. Roshan Tatkare                  Maharashtra
4. Bharat A Jadhav                 Maharashtra
5. P. Perumal                             Tamil Nadu

60 kg
1. Jai Singh                                 Maharashtra
2. Karan Jeet Singh                Punjab
3. Aju Gosh                                West Bengal
4. Sanjeev Kumar                    CRPF

65 kg
1. M. Kothandaraman            Tamil Nadu
2. Hari Ram                            CRPF
3. Ashok Kumar                      Punjab
4. Imran                                  Maharashtra
5. Sanjay Shrivas                   Vidarbha

70 kg
1. Ravi Kumar                        Punjab
2. Vijay More                          Maharashtra
3. Ambar Sharma                   Uttarkhand
4. Sachin A Patil                    Maharashtra
5. K. Arunachalam                 Tamil Nadu

75 kg
1. Ashish N. Sakharkar           Maharashtra
2. Abdul Ashraf                       Tamil Nadu
3. Manjeet Shokeen                Delhi
4. Sachin Y Patil                      Maharashtra
5. Jay A Dabhade                    Maharashtra

80 kg
1. Suhas Khamkar                   Maharashtra
2. N.G. Randhir                       CRPF
3. Pranay N. Londhe               Maharashtra
4. Pawan Kumar                      Delhi
5. T. Sivasankar                      Karnataka

85 kg
1. Barun Yum Nam                 CRPF
2. Tijender Singh                    Uttarkhand
3. Amit Chowdry                      Uttar Pradesh
4. G. Kumar                            Tamil Nadu
5. Mahesh Rao                       Maharashtra

90 kg
1. A. Momotomba                   CRPF
2. Praveen Kumar                  Uttar Pradesh
3. Varun Juneja                      Delhi
4. Kiran Dabhi                        Gujarat
5. Avinash Ingale                    Maharashtra

100 kg
1. Amit Chettri                         Uttarkhand
2. K.H. Pritam                          CRPF
3. Jagdish Kumar                    Punjab
4. Rohit Bohra                        Haryana
5. Avinash Waghule               Vidarbha

Above 100 kg
1. Vinay Kumar                       Delhi
2. Narinder Singh                    Punjab
3. M. Jayaprakash                  Tamil Nadu
4. Charan Mohan                    Punjab
5. Rajnikant Parmar                Gujarat

Miss Fitness India 2013

Under 163 cm
1. Diprina Bhattacharjee          West Bengal
2. Savitri Das                            Uttar Pradesh
3. Durga P. Jadav                     Maharashtra
4. Sulochana Das                     West Bengal
5. Nabanita Basu                      West Bengal

Above 163 cm
1. Shreyashi Das Chowdry        West Bengal
2. Kamalika Mukherjee              West Bengal
3. Vidya Shtras                          Maharashtra
4. Shenshue Shalrita                 Manipur
5. Subhra Mondal                      West Bengal

Mr. India 2013

Posted in Contests on March 26, 2013 by takeupsculpting
Sangram and Murali Kumar fighting it out.

Sangram and Murali Kumar fighting it out.

Incredible Murali Kumar of Navy won the prestigious overall ‘Mr. India’ title at the sixth RMCO National Senior Bodybuilding Championship held at Bolghatty Palace in Kochi on March 24.

Going by his last appearance at a recent show in Maharashtra, Murali had made it clear that he would be the man to stop World Champions Sangram Chougule and Bobby Singh from winning the ‘Champion of Champions’ title at this event.

According to friends who attended the contest, this was one of the toughest ever nationals held as over 400 contestants rocked the show! There were as many as 40 competitors flexing their mighty muscles in several weight classes at the prejudging on Saturday, giving the judges a very tough time to select the top five for the finals scheduled for Sunday.

The finals show was interrupted by heavy rain, but was completed in a successful manner.

Here is how the competitors finished in some of the weight classes.

(This is from the information I gathered from various sources and hence, results of some classes might be missing).

55 kg: 1. Rahul Salunkhe (Railway) 2. R.K. Suraj (Kerala), 3. K. Arif (Kerala)

60 kg: 1. Anoop Raju (Railway), 2. M. Sasikumar (TN), 3. M.K. Ragesh (Kerala)

70kg: 1. Neeraj Kumar (Delhi), 2. Anas Husain (Railway), 3. M.B. Satish Kumar (TN)

75kg: 1. Vipin Peter (Navy), 2. Sagar Katurde (Maharashtra), 3. D. Vignesh (TN)

80kg: 1. A. Bobby Singh (Railway), 2. S.R. Rajesh (Kerala), 3. Sachin Dongre (Maharashtra)

85kg: 1. Rahul Bisht (Railway), 2. Vijay Bahdur (U.P.), 3. E.G. Baiju (Navy)

90kg: Sangram Chougule (Maharashtra), 2. Ankur Sharma (Gujarat), 3. Kiran Patel (Railway)

100kg: 1. R. Murali Kumar (Navy), 2. Rensu Chandran (Maharashtra), 3. Pritam Chougule

+100kg: 1. Javed Ali Khan (Railway),  2. Deepak Tripathi (Maharashtra), 3. S.P. Hari Prasad (Navy)

Best poser: A. Bobby Singh

Most improved bodybuilder: Rahul Bisht

Team championship: 1. Indian Railways, 2. Maharashtra, 3. Navy

Photo courtesy: Facebook

– C. Lakshmi Kumar

Senior Mr. Tamil Nadu 2013

Posted in Contests on March 15, 2013 by takeupsculpting
Fight for the crow

Fight for the crown

It’s a great feeling to watch a contest where iron warriors clash for glory. Beyond cash prizes, gifts and cans of food supplements, it’s the satisfaction of winning a title which makes bodybuilders spend endless hours in the gym and stay on regimented diets for months.
And when an organiser tries to give attractive gifts to winners and put together a grand show, the effort needs to be appreciated and encouraged.
I should congratulate D. Prakash (or ‘Gold’ Prakash as he is known) for successfully conducting Senior Mr. Tamil Nadu 2013 contest under the aegis of Tamil Nadu Amateur Body Building Association affiliated to the Indian Body Building and Fitness Federation, on March 3 at Kancheepuram.
The moment Prakash announced that the overall winner would drive home a TATA Nano, the event was the talk of the town. I was thrilled to watch a great show once again and am happy to share my opinion on some of the best athletes who rocked certain weight categories.
Save for a few champions who were National material and won medals in some weight classes, the rest came pretty close to each other finishing in fourth, fifth and sixth places.
In 55 kg class, Ramamurthy, who won the title, was a clear winner from the word ‘go.’ He had a nice structure, decent size for his height, good muscle shape and conditioning.
The comeback

Baskar of ICF

Baskar of ICF

In the 60 kg class was ICF’s Baskar. This former National champion, known for his thick, dense muscle, recently made a comeback at the All-India Railway Championship held in Madurai and placed third. Baskar, at that event, was not at his best and needed some more weeks of dieting to dial-in and reach top form. Here, he was much more ripped and better conditioned. Though he was still not at his absolute best, he was way ahead of the rest. The moment he walked on the stage, his muscle shape, roundness and fullness shocked me. I just couldn’t take my eyes off Baskar – such was his magnificence! The competitor who placed third in this class was a young man, Raja from Nagercoil. Trained by my friend G.M. Chandru of GM Fitness, he looked very promising and has the potential to do well in future shows.
Bantamweight shock

Kothandaraman (Vinod)

Kothandaraman (Vinod)

The outcome in the 65 kg category gave me excitement and shock – excitement over the appearance of the first two finishers; shock over the injustice done to a particular competitor.
The first place finisher M. Kothandaraman of ICF (Vinod to friends) was class apart. His muscles were hard, ripped, dry and full. Haribabu of ICF (Senior Mr. India winner in 2011), who placed second at this event, usually competes in 60 kg class. However, I heard the little freak had put on so much muscle that he couldn’t bring down his weight and had to enter this class! Haribabu was looking excellent but Vinod was ahead of him.
The competition was intense as this class had former Junior Mr. India medalist Harikrishnan making a comeback after a few years, Mr. South India medalist Sriram and Junior Mr. India bronze medalist Haridas! A surprise entrant was Kalaichelvan of Tiruchi, now representing Chennai. The Tiruchi native was back on the stage after 3 years, but all set to grab third place. I was shocked when he was put in sixth place and out of the finals! In the evening show, Haridas, who was also back competing after a couple of years, looked full and much more dry. He finished third. Sriram ended up in fourth place and Harikrishnan fifth. Both these athletes, I’m sure, will amp up their training and diet and look fabulous in the coming shows.
Hero of the show

Jayaprakash (JP)

Jayaprakash (JP)

Jayaprakash (JP) of ICF dominated the 70 kg category. The three-time Senior Mr. India winner was big, thick, full and dry. His waist was tiny and taper amazing! The class line-up for the title was like watching a superstar and other stars competing – such was JP’s dominance. His evening posing showcased his confidence and flexibility.
Best entertainer
The 75 kg class winner K. Arunachalam of Chennai was awesome. His shoulders were wide, separated and full; his thighs were deep and muscular; his arms were full; back was etched! There was no way this incredible man aged over 40 was going to take anything less than first. M. Kandan, who placed second, was huge and full, but not dry. Conditioning cost him the title, according to the audience. The third place finisher was my friend Saravanan from Chennai. The handsome man was in his best form – at least the best I had seen in the recent times. His was a beautiful physique, but lacked the freakish look of the first two place finishers.
Arunachalam’s posing at the evening show was amazing and I would say he was a real crowd pleaser. His posing routine entertained the audience who were otherwise kind of bored seeing just muscle, muscle and more muscle.


Two great champions fought for the title in the 80 kg class. Antony Kumar of Chennai and Rajesh Kannan of Thoothukudi, both State title winners, entered this weight category. Kumar was huge, ripped, full and dry. This was the best version of Kumar I had seen. Rajesh Kannan had improved his thighs and was looking beautiful. However, Kumar’s muscle density, vascularity and hardness pushed Rajesh to second place. Had the young man entered the 85 kg class, he would have easily won gold.

The ageless - Arunachalam

The ageless – Arunachalam

Monster mode
Murali Vijaykumar of Chennai was at his biggest ever in this contest. Entering the 90 kg class, he looked wider than before with round deltoids, bigger and deeper quads and more muscular back. His biceps were bigger and had a deep split. His conditioning was pretty good and stage presence dominating. Biglee Murali was a clear winner and is now set for a rocking performance in the Nationals.
The hurrah!
The evening show was what everybody was waiting for and the outcome was on the expected lines.
The clash for the overall title narrowed down to ‘Vinod,’ JP and Kumar. For a while I though that ‘Vinod,’ who was looking drier, harder and fuller than in the morning, might upset JP’s dream of driving home the Nano! However, the senior’s muscle maturity, density, taper and fullness helped him win the overall.
Jayaprakash is now focused on getting a fourth victory at the Senior Nationals scheduled in May.

Kumar who finished second in the overall fight was given a TVS Scooty. Vinod who finished third was given a fridge. Baskar and Arunachalam were given a washing machine each.
– C. Lakshmi Kumar


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