March 21, 2023

‘I intend to determine a larger long term for ladies in bodybuilding’

Maksuda Akhter MouPhoto: Monon Muntaka


Maksuda Akhter MouPhoto: Monon Muntaka

The IHFF Olympia Newbie Bodybuilding Championship held in Mumbai, India, welcomed 30 contenders this calendar 12 months. On the celebration, Maksuda Akhter Mou made background as Bangladesh’s to start out with feminine bodybuilder to earn a global medal. She bagged the bronze medal within the class, ‘Ladies’s Physique’.

“The opponents have been mainly shocked to see a feminine bodybuilder from Bangladesh. All of them have been instruction for 16 to 17 a few years, while, I’ve solely educated for about a number of a few years. So, this can be a huge achievement for me,” shared Mou.

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Beforehand, she conquered the Bangladesh Bodybuilding Federation’s Bangabandhu Countrywide Championship for 2 consecutive yrs.

Coming from a humble historical past, she climbed the ladder of feat with grit and tenacity. Proper after studying at Bangladesh Navy College & School in Chattogram, she went to India to go after Textile Model and design at Chandigarh College.

Initially, her family and buddies have been being not supportive of her ambition of attending to be a bodybuilder.

Once more in Mou’s hometown, Chattogram, individuals ended up skeptical a few girl teaching males within the health heart. There have been not any good coaching centres for ladies to form them selves as bodybuilders, however when she went overseas, she recognized these options obtainable.

“I skilled to forge my very own path as a result of reality no different girl in our area entered this discipline upfront of. I hope that the ladies of all ages who come after me you shouldn’t must encounter the boundaries that I struggled with. I’ve now damaged taboos, and can carry on to take action. I intend to assemble a much better potential for ladies of all ages in bodybuilding,” claimed Mou.

“I’ve my private coach who will assist me put collectively forward of any competitiveness. Simply earlier than IHFF, I needed to fall nearly 18 kilos inside two and a fifty p.c months so I might create muscle mass vitality and my general physique could possibly be conditioned to a specified endurance stage. It was additionally actually onerous to juggle equally my work and coaching.”

Based on Mou, grownup males ought to actually encourage the gals of their lives to go after their needs, alternatively of conforming to gender roles. Aside from, there are quite a few superior male bodybuilders in Bangladesh, who might help out girls who’re simply beginning out, and increase the thought of women having portion on this type of athletics.

“Even though we don’t get comparable help or sponsorships as cricket, we’re nonetheless attempting to extend above all the concerns,” she shared.  Mou is motivated by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her need is to take part within the Arnold Sports activities actions Pageant an individual working day.

The author is a college scholar of BRAC College, and a contract journalist. E mail: [email protected]