Journey of a vegetarian bodybuilder - Harminder Dulowal
By Avneet Kaur
Meet Harminder Dulowal, who had a lean physique and with merely a weight of 38kg in 2003, but today having a weight around 100 kg, who never dreamt of becoming a International judge, a Fitness figure, a vegetarian bodybuilder, however, is an inspiration to millions at present.
Once ridiculed and bullied for having a lean physique, Harminder Dulowal never knew that one day he will become the president of a prestigious federation of bodybuilding, Fitness International Federation (FIF). He is a bodybuilder, apart from being a motivational speaker, bodybuilding and athletic coach, nutritionist, an international physical fitness judge, the 32-year-old, a native of Dulowal village in Kapurthala, is someone the local fitness freaks look up to.
He says only dedication and sheer hard work helped him to reach at this spot. “From early morning training sessions to late-night diet meals, a lot of hard work, a complete vegetarian diet and discipline is required to excel. Many times, our bodies give up, but hope and dedication keeps us going.”
He is widely popular among young fitness enthusiasts. Thousands of youth from all around the globe follow him on his social media platforms. He has trained over 200 international levels, both male and female athletes and bodybuilders, and is always up for those who want to build a career in bodybuilding.
Take first step, rest follows, he said, adding that “I still remember my first medal that I bagged when I was 19. I was naive and completely unaware of the field. Some of my gym mates asked me to participate in the district-level body building competition that I ended up winning”, he shares.
Since then there was no looking back. He even compromised his studies; he failed in the first year of my bachelor’s degree at Khalsa College. “However, I continued to pursue my passion despite reluctance from my family who even bought a tractor for me to work in fields!” he quips. With the help of his achievements he again took admission and got a position in college bodybuilding team.
“In 2006, I won a silver medal in inter- university bodybuilding championship that eventually helped me in getting a seat at Punjabi University, Patiala, for the physical education course. Even the fee was waived off,” he tells. He would work as a courier boy to supplement his diet expenses. “And by the time I ended my Masters and MPhil degree, I started training people and provided personal training at clients’ home,” he says. He was second best at the All India Inter-University Championship in 2012. Somehow he came to know about the World Fitness Federation and started preparing for it. “Consequently, in 2015, I won Mr World South Africa title. After a few unsatisfying performances, I won Muscle War Singapore 2017 and Mr Asia 2018 title, by clinching a gold in the extensive bodybuilding.”
Dulowal said, he particiapted in many events as well International competitions like - Mr World and among others. He continuously participated in Mr World competitions in 2016, 2017, 2018 and won Mr Asia Gold Medal in 2018. Besides this he owns a gym and guide athletes to participate in International competitions. Further he got license for International and National Judging and become President of FIF-Fitness International Federation. He owns a brand and is the owner of Red Power Fitness Institute.
As diet plays an important role in getting buffed up, he developed knowledge of nutrition and promoted only vegetarian diet. He says natural sources of food, combined with processed supplements are enough in bodybuilding. In order to impart his fitness knowledge, he now owns a gym and his own fitness brand ‘’King Nutrition’’. His parents, who didn’t support him in the beginning, now manage his clients and the gym. He is the only Vegetarian body builder who builds up such a muscular physique by having a vegetarian diet.
Today he is an inspiration to many and motivating the young generation towards fitness, also providing them a platform for competitions and building career in bodybuilding.
September , 2020
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