Can a Water tank driver be Mr. Asia? Yes, the credit is achieved by a 25-year old Bodybuilder from India at the 5th Phil Asia International Bodybuilding Championship held at Philippines. Mr. Balakrishna was fondly known as the ‘Arnold Schwarzenegger of Whitefield’ reached his dreamt ambition with a dedicated and determined hard work.
Mr. Balakrishna was a Bangalore-based water tanker driver, who workouts 6-hours a day at home apart from his driving profession. Besides he was trained and guided by the champions Sangram Chougla and Munish Kumar from Mumbai and Punjab respectively. The pride moment is appreciated as he brings the International trophy for India.
“I am proud of my achievement and hope to repeat it more often with some financial support, I owe it to my mother, Parvathamma, and brother Rajesh who have been my pillars of support as I have lost my Father at a young age,” Mr. Balakrishna told The Hindu.
Also added, “For the last 10 years, I’ve been driving a water truck, so that I can have a consistent income here. However, it’s not easy because I’ve been into professional body-building since 2010. So, the amount of money I get I run my home and with the rest I buy supplements to fund my career. I sincerely hope this helps me get more financial support because I’m confident that Mr. Universe won’t be too far away.”
The arduous journey for achievements began since a decade. He was no new to the International platform, as he has ‘Mr. Universe’ under 24 junior contest in the year 2013 and also won the Mr. Universe title at World Championship at Athens in the same category in the year 2014.
To maintain his position he goes with a rich diet daily which includes 750g Chicken, 25 Eggs, 200g of Vegetables, 300g of Rice along with fruits and Fish for extra proteins. He has scaled to 90 kilos for appearing in the competitions whereas; his offseason weight is around 120 kilos.
In the initial stage, he got support, and the funds are raised from the Whitefields Settlers and Residents Association. Later, impressed by his determination and zeal, a businessman named Koshy Varghese had supported him financially for his international participation.
This Champ works as a Gym instructor apart from his driving profession to support himself.
“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,” said Mr. Bala Krishna in a low voice.
Mr. Bala Krishna’s story was an obviously inspiring story as he aimed high to get an identity and to get pride to his country. Hopefully, this title would grab the attention of the Government for the financial support.