A 25-year-old bodybuilder from Guntur is vying to become Mr. Olympia

From Etukuru village in the Guntur area, Nissankararao Ravi Kumar has shown that Indian bodybuilders are on par with other competitors.

The 25-year-old bodybuilder gained notoriety after taking home many trophies from competitions both domestically and abroad. In addition to winning the title of Mr. Andhra twelve times, his medal total also includes silver at the eighth Mr. & Mrs. PHIL-ASIA 2023 International Bodybuilding Championship held in the Philippines in the 70-75 kg category, bronze at the Asian Bodybuilding Championship held in Indonesia and Pune in 2018 and 2019, and gold at Mr. World and Mr. Universe held in Uzbekistan in 2021 and 2022, respectively.

It’s true that his bodybuilding path wasn’t easy. To get to this point, he had to battle his way out. His mother is a homemaker and his father drives a truck; they both wanted their kid to do well in school and have a successful job.

“Once, I saw a video of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Olympia title winner for six consecutive times,” Ravi Kumar said when he first started bodybuilding. I began my basic training at a nearby gym since I was so captivated. I persuaded my parents to let me follow my interest after taking home a few medals from State-level tournaments.

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To the great chagrin of his parents, he left them despite being hired as a havaldar in the Army and as a ticket collector for the trains under the sports quota.

With the aim of being the first Indian to win the Mr. Olympia title, he traveled to Sri Lanka where he trained with Pushparaj, the previous Mr. Olympia title winner. He was able to succeed in bodybuilding on several international stages because to this. However, money eventually became a major obstacle in Ravi Kumar’s quest to follow his passion.

He had the chance to meet CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy in 2019 after taking home a gold at the Asian Bodybuilding Championship. “After listening to my story, the CM promised to support me in any way, and he introduced me to Sridhar Krishnamurthy, MD of Arjas Steel, who graciously offered to sponsor me. There’s been no turning back since then,” he said.

Ravi is now working hard to be ready for this year’s tournament, which will take place in Las Vegas. He works out for eight hours a day, adheres to a strict diet, and maintains a tough fitness regimen. “I’m sure I’ll win the Mr. Olympia title this year, with God’s grace,” he said.

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