G. Balakrishna, a name that was once lost among thousands of water tanker drivers in Bengaluru, is now shining globally in the bodybuilding arena. Recently, he was crowned Mr. Asia 2016 at the 5th Phil-Asia bodybuilding championships held at Philippines.
The journey of every achiever is full of adversities and so was his. Having lost his father at a very young age, his mother and brothers became his strong pillars of support and encouraged him to follow his passion.
Previously, he had won ‘Mr. Universe’ title in the under-24 category in 2013 and 2014.
Apart from being a water tanker driver since 2010, he is also working as a gym instructor to boost his earnings. In a short interview with The Hindu, while disclosing his diet plans, he said:
“I am maintaining my position with a rich daily diet that includes 750 g of chicken, 25 eggs, 300 g of rice, 200 g of vegetables along with fish for extra protein and fruits,”
He practices for nearly six hours a day and is trained by champions Sangram Chougla from Mumbai and Munish Kumar from Punjab.
To prepare for the title, he received funding from his community – Whitefield settlers and residents association and businessman Koshy Varghese. But now although he has won the ‘Mr Asia’ title, his funding problem has still not been resolved. He says:
“Despite winning the championship, my worry will always be of funds. With no government support, I still struggle to participate in bodybuilding championships outside the country,”
Such is a struggle of bodybuilders in India.