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Updated: November 2, 2013 08:51 IST

Venkatesan wants to let his sinews do the talking

V. V. Subrahmanyam
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Karuppanan Venkatesan
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Karuppanan Venkatesan

He makes his way to the Natural Olympia Multi-Sport Expo Weekend in San Diego, California, with a unique diet – a strictly vegetarian one that excludes even milk!

Thirty-seven-year-old bodybuilder Karuppanan Venkatesan, who migrated from Madurai to make Hyderabad his second home for close to two years now, is the only Indian at the championship.

Idolising Schwarzenegger

A personal trainer to some of the film stars in the city, Venkatesan had developed a passion for the sport after watching actor Arnold Schwarzenegger as a 10-year-old kid.

With his father Karuppanan running his own small-time business in building materials, this gentleman had the liberty to pursue his interest in the sport as he would have loved to.

“I am dreaming big – for a podium finish in the 70-kg event. I am confident of improving upon my last edition’s fifth place,” says a confident Venkatesan.

“It is never easy being a bodybuilder, especially if you are vegetarian. But thanks to 23 different varieties of nuts, and lots of yoga, I stay fit without any unwanted intake,” he reveals.

Interestingly, this bodybuilder is a post-Graduate in Philosophy & Religion from Kamaraj University but keen to chart out a different course in his career.

How did he make it to the Olympia?

“We have to submit all relevant documents online, include dope test reports from a qualified government agency and a certificate from the Indian Bodybuilding Association. In fact, not many venture to compete for fear of being caught for drug abuse,” he explains.

What about the funding for the trip?

“It cost me about Rs.2.5 lakh. I have been planning for this since I feel it is the ultimate test for any vegetarian bodybuilder. I hope to hold the Indian tricolour high on the podium with a sense of pride,” Venkatesan smiles.

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Good luck Venkat, I am sure your hard work will be paid off.

from:  sandeep kumar
Posted on: Nov 3, 2013 at 14:20 IST

Thank you Mr.Venkatesan for shattering the myth that a vegetarian diet cannot build strength. You are a role model for all aspiring vegans. You absolutely rock !!!

from:  Hareesh
Posted on: Nov 2, 2013 at 18:17 IST

Wish there is a separate event for vegetarians. Mr.Venkatesh will win it easily.

from:  seetharaman
Posted on: Nov 2, 2013 at 17:47 IST

Vow, that's unique!. Proud Indian. All the best.

from:  Karan
Posted on: Nov 2, 2013 at 17:42 IST

Karupanan is a great inspiration for all of us, fitness freaks. At 37 if he can boast of such a great body and fitness, then it is really due to hard work all these years!!! Let us wish Karupanan all the best in his olympics plans.

from:  Dinakaran
Posted on: Nov 2, 2013 at 16:03 IST

All the best, Venkatesan.

from:  Joe
Posted on: Nov 2, 2013 at 15:14 IST

Nice to see a body builder from Madurai and that too a vegetarian one! All the best to your efforts!

from:  bridge
Posted on: Nov 2, 2013 at 13:18 IST

Kudos to Venkatesan!
It will be a eye opener for many who think vegetarian diet is lesser than a non-vegetarian. Wish you Good Luck...! Thanks to The Hindu for bringing such interesting news articles.

from:  Sreenivasa
Posted on: Nov 2, 2013 at 11:53 IST
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