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One Of India’s Most Strongest Girls – Meet Europa Bhowmik And Here’s Her Story

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The word ‘Body Builder’ will instantly give you an image of a strong man lifting a lot weights in gym or posing in a competition. You must have not heard about her, Europa Bhowmik is a living proof that even girls can be really cool body builder. Let’s have a look in her life and know how she decided to choose this career and what all came in her way.

 

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When asked Europa about her family and background, she told”I was born on a ship called Samco Europa. My father is a captain in the merchant navy. My mother conceived on the ship and the crew decided that the name would be Sam if a boy was born and Europa if it was a girl. Thank God I am girl. I don’t like the name Sam”.

 

Where It All Began

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Telling about how Europa Bhowmik fell for bodybuilding she told, “It all started from the bullying in school. I am not tall. My friends used to bully me for being short and unattractive. This put a lot of emotional pressure on me. That was the time around puberty, when I was going through hormonal changes. I looked chubby and felt insecure. My mother suggested I join a gym. But that didn’t help. I started dieting and became anorexic. The only good thing about this phase was, I realized that I was suffering from anorexia”

 

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“One of the gym trainers identified me and started grooming me. ‘You need to be a bit more symmetrical,’ he said. He introduced me to a balanced diet and I started exercising on strength machines. This regimen suited me,” The trainer introduced her to the machines she never tried before and started a balanced diet for her.

 

Her First Appearance

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It was in 2015 when she appeared National-level bodybuilding championship in Belgaum, Karnataka. Telling about her experience in her first event she said, “Though I didn’t win, I found my focus. I was floored by the chiselled bodies of other competitors. And there I found my coach Indranil Maity. I’ve never looked back,” In 2016, in the same competition she she won a silver medal.

 

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Disclosing about what her parents and friends about the interest in the sport she told, “When I started, not many women were interested in bodybuilding. My parents were not very sure about this. Since they have never stopped me from doing anything, I could continue. However, it took me one win to convince them and not they are now super-supportive. These days, girls are also coming to me to get into a fitness regimen. This, I would think, is my biggest achievement”.

Hope that Europa has inspired something inside you. Seeing a girl doing things that are not customary, traditional and choosing a road less traveled is always inspiring. There are many such inspirational bodybuilders in India. Read the story of Anand, Mr. India and his journey where he overcame paralysis here.