A Journey From Pilot To Actor To Bodybuilder
Although most of us swear by the saying ‘a healthy body houses a healthy mind’, many still struggle to implement it in their lives. However, there are a few who follow their passion, put in the hard yards, strive for that perfect body and also bring laurels to the country. Here are some of the top Indian bodybuilders who have proven their worth on the international stage in the last decade.
Singh was just breaking into the Indian television industry when he put it all aside to pursue his passion for bodybuilding. Today, he is a successful actor, but still a bodybuilder at heart.
A trained pilot, a TV actor and a fitness freak, Thakur Anoop Singh just won the gold medal in the fitness physique category at the World Bodybuilding and Physique Federation championships in Thailand. His good looks and muscular frame helped him gain popularity in the entertainment industry and he went on to play Dhritarashtra in the Star Plus epic mythological serial Mahabharata. He also won bronze at the Mr Asia championships in Tashkent earlier this year.
Even when he was a commercial pilot, Thakur Anoop Singh had a physique that would turn heads. It was that tapered body—with good looks to match—that caught the attention of Indian television producers.
Soon, Singh was cast in the role of King Dhritarashtra in the 2013 television retelling of the Mahabharata, one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. Then, Singh got a role portraying a 125-year-old man. Since, presumably, few men that age would have a beach bod like his, Singh had to bulk up. Afterward, Singh completely stopped acting and spent a year in intense strength training to rebuild his original form. Now he’s back, and Bollywood keeps calling.
Some lesser known facts about Thakur Anoop Singh
Does Thakur Anoop Singh smoke?: No
Does Thakur Anoop Singh alcohol?: No
Thakur won the gold medal in the 2015 World Body-building Championship in Thailand, by defeating 70 athletes.
He is an animal lover and has a Great Dane dog called Oscar
In early 2015, he won the bronze medal in mr. Asia contest, held in Uzbekistan.
He takes a heavy diet of 40 egg whites a day, 300gms of chicken breast and fish.
He was a pilot before getting into acting.
He was also seen as Prince Malayeketu in Imagine TV’s serial Chandragupta Maurya.
Singh started his professional career as a commercial pilot after completing his aviation studies, but lost his job in 2008 due to the global economic slowdown. With few pilot positions available, Singh turned to modeling and acting. But, after he had sacrificed his V-taper for the old-man role, he realized that his first passion was bodybuilding. He’d been working out and flaunting his chiseled physique since he was a teenager. Now he was, well…pudgy!
So, in 2014, Singh decided to take a one-year break from acting and devote all his energy to his passion. He left his budding acting career to follow his dream of becoming a professional bodybuilder. In that one year, Singh shrunk his waistline from 34 inches to 28 inches, regained his V-taper, and started hitting the bodybuilding competition circuit.
Storming The Asian Bodybuilding Scene In 2015
Singh began 2015 by competing in Fit Factor India, winning silver in the Mr. India men’s fitness physique category, and taking bronze in Men’s Fitness at the 49th Asian Championship in Uzbekistan.
Energized by his success, he next set his sights on bringing home a gold medal in the fitness physique category at the WBPF World Bodybuilding and Physique Championships in Bangkok, Thailand. With a large crowd cheering “Anoop,” Singh took the stage with a flawless physique, ripped and dry. Leveraging his acting experience, he put together a 90-second routine that included posing, dancing, and a back flip. He won the hearts of the crowd and judges—and then he won the gold.
After winning the gold, Singh, like Arnold Schwarzenegger before him, leveraged his success in bodybuilding into success in the movies. A skilled martial arts practitioner, he soon played prominent roles in the action films “Commando 2,” “Winner,” and “Rogue.”
Singh started making a name for himself not only for his film work, but as a motivational speaker, encouraging young people to follow a healthy lifestyle and take up bodybuilding, not just as a passion, but as a career.
Now a successful actor, Singh is still closely associated with the bodybuilding community in India. He endorses fitness brands and is seen at almost all major bodybuilding events in India. Despite his demanding career, he continues a grueling training schedule, hitting twice-a-days seven days a week. He’s determined this time around to maintain both his box office career and his V-taper.