Mr. Classic 2014 Inter-districts bodybuilding Championship

Posted in Contests on March 9, 2014 by takeupsculpting

I take pride in writing about our good friend Dayaalan of Classic Fitness who has been organising bodybuilding competitions every year for over 12 years now in connection with the anniversary of his gym. Dayaalan conducted a contest between the districts of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kanchi on the occasion of his gym anniversary for the 13th time on March 2, 2014. The contest had two separate categories for Masters champions too – the 40 years class and over 50 years class. As many as 24 competitors participated in the 40 years division and about 10 in the 50 years division. 

A.J. Nijam

A.J. Nijam

As regards the regular weight classes, there was a talk among competitors that the show might not be that impressive and not many would be in top form. However, it was stunning to see that there were over 180 competitors and more than 80 per cent of them were ripped and ready to rock! The surprising part was that many of these impressive competitors were new and not those I was used to seeing regularly. There were some regulars in the line-up in several classes and most of them finished in Top 3.

Here is a brief note on some of those champions who looked very impressive.

Complete and classic physique

Ramamurthy of Chennai, who has already won State championship and represented Tamil Nadu in National events, entered the 55 kg category. Though he was looking complete, pleasing and had round and full muscles, Ramamurthy needed another 4 weeks to get to his best form. A couple of other champions who were ripped and drier looked as if they would give him a close fight for the first place. However, Ramamurthy’s structure, fullness and beautiful shape helped him win.

Ranjith representing Chennai was the star of the 60 kg class. He placed second in Mr. Chennai held on January 26, but was much improved at this contest. His muscularity, conditioning and natural skin colour made him look like he was cut out of rock. He was the clear winner from the word ‘Go.’

Praise-worthy effort

  One of the most classic physiques of the State belongs to my good friend Sriram of Kanchi, who competed in this category. At his 100 per cent best, there are only a few national players in our State who can beat Sriram. At this particular event, Sriram had not yet fully dialed in. Even as we chatted behind the stage, I gave him my assessment of his performance and he explained all constraints under which he got ready for this contest. As a contest-prep coach and still a competitor myself, I couldn’t help appreciating Sriram for what he had done under so much pressure. It was really an amazing job, and he placed fourth.

Stunning comeback

I was pleasantly surprised to see former Mr. Tamil Nadu A.J. Nijam take the stage in the 65-kg category and win gold, after a break of few years. He was so stunning that I couldn’t believe it was the same champion who won the State title four years ago. Nijam is now serious stuff and can make a mark in Mr. South India and Nationals. 

 Star of the show

Champion of Champions Munusamy

Champion of Champions Munusamy

My friend Munusamy dominated the 70 kg class and the entire contest. The moment competitors of this class were assembled on the stage, Muni was the cynosure of all eyes. Often criticised for winning contests even at his 90 per cent form, Muni perhaps had decided to silence everybody. I could see that he was much more ripped, harder and drier than what he looked while winning overall in Mr. Tamil Nadu held a couple of months ago in Pallikaranai, Chennai. Muni was also full and his skin was extremely thin, making his muscles look like they were about to tear open the skin and burst out.

The favourite

Kandan (left) and Gopi (centre)

Kandan (left) and Gopi (right)


Gopi, representing Chennai, flexed his mighty muscles in 75 kg category. After a stunning overall victory at the Mr. Chennai on Januray 26, he was considered a favourite to take home the overall title at this event too. However, Gopi was not in that jaw-dropping condition we had seen earlier. I guess  he had taken a conscious decision of trying not to push himself too hard for this contest but give his best for the All India Inter-University Best Physique Contest scheduled to be held in Coimbatore on March 6 and 7. Kandan, who is a rugged and strong competitor, stood next to Gopi and challenged his claim to the title. To quote Kandan’s own words, he got ready at short notice, and hence, was not in the best shape. In my book, Kandan was almost near his best form, and it was a job well done. He finished second behind Gopi.

New faces

In the 80 kg class, I saw some competitors from Kanchi whom I had never seen before. Shankar, who won the title, was riped, dry, hard and strongly built. His legs were well-separated and vascular. Only a few points separated him and the challenger. Manimaran was a tough opponent to Shankar, but fell a tad short in the conditioning department.

Ripped and vascular - Shankar

Ripped and vascular – Shankar

The rest of the top five were equally big, full and ripped. The points between many of them were only a few, and that too in the conditioning or muscularity departments.

Mahendran Gopi who won in the 85+ category was as impressive as he was in the city contest held in January. He beat a veteran champion like Balaguru and won this class.

Masters champions

Kanniappan, who has won Mr. Tamil Nadu and medal in Masters Mr. India, won the title in 40+ age division. Rajendran, who won Masters Mr. Chennai on January 26, finished a close second behind him.

Babu Rajendran, a man who defies age, was first in the 50+ age division. His commitment to staying fit, healthy and in good shape for a lifetime deserves lot of respect. The stories he tells on the earlier days of bodybuilding in Tamil Nadu will be of great interest to many.

Overall champion

What is war without blood and contest without controversy, huh?

The class winners were brought to the stage amid thunderous applause. The crowd went crazy as the musclemen flexed bringing every muscle group to life. Even as the judges narrowed down to three competitors for the final decision,  the excitement among audience grew. The competitors flexed harder and harder bringing out every single vein on their body stand out like garden hose. The judges’ vote went to Munusamy and I personally felt it was a right decision. Muni was harder, drier, fuller and almost in his all-time best shape.

Dayaalan’s contests generally offer plenty of prizes to participants and as expected all competitors at this event were showered with gifts such as LCD TV sets, ironboxes, sweets, T-shirts, supplement boxes and many others. Dayaalan has earned a place for himself in the history of Tamil Nadu bodybuilding by organising competitions ever year for so many years straight and encouraging bodybuilders. His effort at promoting the sport of bodybuilding should be respected by every single person who dons the tanning cream in our State.

–          C. Lakshmi Kumar




Federation Cup 2014, Mumbai

Posted in Contests on March 4, 2014 by takeupsculpting

14th Federation Cup was conducted in Mumbai on February 20 and 21, 2014, under the aegis of Indian Body Building and Fitness Federation.


Here is a list of champions who finished in the top 6  places.

55 kg class

1.Shashi Kant Gude (Maharashtra)

2.Roshan Tatkare (Maharashtra)

3.Lashram Gopeshwar (Manipur)

4.Rohit Parmar

5.Devidas Patil

6.Sandip Patil

60 kg class

1.Dinesh Kamble (Maharashtra)

2.Manpreet (Punjab)

3.Vaibhav Mahaja (Maharashtra)

4.Daljit Singh

5.Sunil Gaikar

6.K.H.D. Sarendra

65 kg class

1.Hira Lal (Punjab)

2.Dinesh P Barokar (Vidharbha)

3.Manoj Lakhan (Maharashtra)

4.Raju Teli

5.Ganesh Naykanwre

6.Hari Haran

70 kg class

1.Parthmesh Gupte (Maharashtra)

2.Ravi Kumar (Punjab)

3.Parvin Mahatre (Maharashtra)

4.A. Sushil Kumar

5.Ganesh Dusaria

6.Bali Mahatre

75 kg class

1.Ajinkya Resekor (Maharashtra)

2.Mukesh Rewat (Uttarakhand)

3.Imtiaz Sheikh (Maharashtra)


5.Som Raj (Punjab)

6.Samsher Rana

80 kg class

1.Hitesh Nikam (Maharashtra)

2.Naved Khan (Madhya Pradesh)

3.Sarvesh Sahu (Vidharbha)

4.Vipin Pal

5.Vishal Kamble

6.Anand Minji

85 kg class

1.Borun Yamnam (Delhi)

2.Amar Khadare (Maharashtra)

3.Naval Kahar (Gujarat)

4.Arnold Francis

5.Rohit Pillai

6.Abhjit Bhosale

90 kg class

1.Tanveer Akram (Delhi)

2.Manjit Singh (Punjab)

3.Davinder Bhoir (Maharashtra)

4.Avinash Ingole

5.Pankaj I Kagyan

6.Chsiste Jasel (Kerala)

100 kg class

1.Mahendera Pagade

2.Jagdeesh Kumar

3.Kirat Pal Singh

4.Harmeet Singh

5.Shanjeb Khan

 100+ kg class

1.Ashutosh Pandy

2.Ganesh Shengde

3.Narinder Singh

4.Charan Mohan

5.Onkar Singh


Masters Mr. India

70 Kg class

1. Asrare TripathiKalas Bane

2. Pashuram Sabale

3. Mahan Kabbani

4. Vijndra Yadav

5. Nageshwar Rao

 70+ kg class

1. Dinesh Chaware (Vidharbha)

2. R Mohanarangam (Tamil Nadu)

3. Anand Mirij (Madhya Pradesh)

4. Mandar Chavarkar

5. Nitin More

6. Tushar Madak

Above  50 years

1. Indiar Singh (Manipur)

2. Deven Singh (Manipur)

3. Tulkshidas (Goa)

4. Rajesh Nayak

5. Shriram Jadhak

 Physically challenged

Below 70kg

1. Yogesh Mehar

2. Rehan Latke

3. Abdul Rafik

4. Vijay Gorivale

5. Sadin Kandare

70 kg class

1. Maganath Kumar (Jharkhand)

2. Girish Makwana (Gujarat)




Special mention: My good friend and senior champion from Salem, Tamil Nadu, R. Mohanarangam, came close to winning gold in Masters Mr. India held at the event and finished second. At 42, Mohan’s performance was stupendous. I’m proud to be working with him for the past few years on his contest preparation.  He is the winner of titles such as Mr. Tamil Nadu, Mr. South India, Mr. Salem overall championship (several times) and overall winner in Inter-districts championship (held between 7 districts).

–       C. Lakshmi Kumar

Pics courtesy: Shri Anurag Choudhry

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 training hard and feeding our body the right way,  we gain more lean muscle, thereby increasing our metabolism.
Smaller meals are generally believed to be utilised and absorbed better than large ones.

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 meals lead to blood insulin level spike. Controlling insulin output is very vital to staying lean and not getting fat.

Simple rules
This is the best suggestion former Olympian Lee Labrada offers : 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