Anand Arnold: India’s first wheelchair bodybuilder


12 times Mr. Punjab and 3 times Mr. India, Mr. Anand Arnold from Ludhiana, Punjab has defied all odds. He was born in 1987. He has earned more than 40 titles. The most astonishing fact is that he did all of this on a wheelchair. He has beaten cancer to become India’s first wheelchair bodybuilder.
At the age of 13, his body was fully able. After winning his first title, he experienced a sharp pain in his lower back. In his spinal cord, he was diagnosed with cancer. The surgery left him paralysed from the neck down. His family and loved ones were quite worried, but giving up was not an option for him. In 3 years, he regained control over his upper body through Physiotherapy. He was still paralyzed from his waist down, but he did not let that define him. His coach allowed him to work out at his health club free of cost.
With a strong will and intensive training, he turned his life around. Training on a wheelchair is not a piece of cake. While an average person takes weeks or several months to train, he has to train for years before he is ready for a competition. Since then he has won more than 40 bodybuilding titles. He even has a gold medal in the National Arm Wrestling Championship. Moreover, he also has acted in a Telugu film. The biography was written on him by Allen Woodman, an American author in 2015. He participated in a famous reality show, India’s got talent where the judges honoured him with the name ‘India’s superman’. He won Mr. Olympia (Wheelchair) title in 2018. He is also the face of Muscle Mania and the brand ambassador of all are great achievements for someone who was told he would never be able to walk in his life again.


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