Meet Sanjeev Kaliwala, the bodybuilder who beats all predictions – The New Indian Express

Express press service

HYDERABAD: As the Covid pandemic hit the economy, physically disabled bodybuilder Sanjeev Kaliwala, struggled to make ends meet and support his family. However, he has not given up on his dream of reaching new heights at international level. He remains dedicated to pumping iron every day to maintain his fitness.

The 37-year-old, a resident of Medchal, made a name for himself by winning the Mr Olympia (Gold) in the physically disabled category at the 2019 competitions organized by the INBA (International Natural Bodybuilding Association) in the United States. He had represented India, where participants from 28 countries took part. Sanjeev is now looking forward to the next international competitions scheduled to be held in Las Vegas this year.

“I wish I could inspire thousands of people like me in our state and get them to choose bodybuilding as a career. I dream of leading the INBA in the state and inspiring everyone who wants to build muscle naturally,” he said.

Not discouraged by polio

Sanjeev was stricken with polio when he was eight years old, but this physical challenge never got in the way of his dreams. When Sanjeev was in school, he remembers being impressed by bodybuilders. After completing his MBA, like many young people his age, he started working for a human resources company, but within a few years he decided to focus on training his body.

“Coming from a middle-class family background, my parents weren’t happy that I dedicated myself entirely to coaching. But I never gave up on that and now I’ve been training others as a coach for over ten years. a decade,” he shares.

A drug-free, steroid-free devotee, he’s been pumping iron for at least 15 years, shaping his body and improving his muscles. “My hobby has slowly turned into a profession and I am very happy to train young people to shape their bodies and to encourage them to avoid steroids and drugs, which are harmful in the long term”, he underlines . “Nothing should stop young people from achieving their goals, even polio deformities,” he says.

Teresa E. Burton