Mahesh Waghmare is a professional bodybuilder, a fitness trainer and a wholesaler of protein supplements, he don’t have any higher educational qualifications, he can even hardly read and understand the content and nutritious facts written on supplement bottles but he challenges any qualified nutritionist or fitness trainer to prove him wrong.

Mahesh Waghmare is a professional bodybuilder based in Udaipur, he is also a fitness trainer and a wholesaler of protein supplements, Mahesh don’t have any higher educational qualifications, he can even hardly read and understand the content and nutritious facts written on supplement bottles but he challenges any qualified nutritionist or fitness trainer to prove him wrong.

He used his own body to experiment the supplements, its quantity and quality. He knows every small and big detail of work-out techniques, posture, fitness and bodybuilding ethics.

He has a collection 10,000 magazines and books of bodybuilding, almost all in English which he translates with the help of her daughter who’s studying engineering.

Mahesh won several medals in bodybuilding including Mr. Indore (1981-85), Mr. Malwa (1986), Gold Medal in Banswara (2007), Pratapgarh (2008) and Chittor (2009), Silver Medal in North India level (2009), Mr. Rajasthan in Pratapgarh (2010), Opted for Mr. India Federation Cup 2010 in Varanasi and represented Rajasthan, he won 5th place and National level silver medal in Bhopal 2011.

His steeled muscles, sturdy facial expression and jagged eyes keep away even the most mischievous elements from him but very few people knows that he never even raised his voice to anyone in his life.

5 foot 7 inch tall Mahesh Waghmare is so much passionate for bodybuilding that even after leaving bodybuilding for nearly 20 years due to financial problems he kept struggling to become a bodybuilder.

Today at the age of 48 he can give an easy fight to even some top hardcore bodybuilders of India.

Below are the excerpts of a vast discussion between me and Mahesh Waghmare on bodybuilding as a sport, Mahesh’s struggle, his achievements and future plans.

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Mahesh, would you like to tell us about your early days and family?

My father Gendalal was a simple man, he used to work in a cloth mill and he was the only breadwinner of our family of 9 people including my 6 siblings, my mother Shakuntala was a house wife. Poverty followed with illiteracy and I left studies in my early teens.

When and how did you first get to know about bodybuilding?

It was when I was 13 year old; I came to know about a bodybuilding competition which was going to be held in Indore’s Nehru Stadium some 12kms far from my house. I went to see the event with my friends and that was the first time I saw bodybuilders flexing their muscles on stage. I was so much impressed by the show that I directly went to then coach Mohan Singh Rathore and told him, sir I also want to become bodybuilder, will you train me? He instantly replied come from tomorrow and that’s how I started bodybuilding.

As you said, your family was not financially sound, what was your parent’s reaction on your decision of joining gym?

My father was always interested in traditional wrestling, so he presumed that bodybuilding would be same like that, and he also had no idea about the expense or career in this sport. He thought I just want to do this out of passion so he didn’t object.

As I was never being charged by Mr. Rathore and about diet it was nothing special except good amount of milk and everyday food. So, no one was taking it a big thing.

How was your early experience in the world of bodybuilding? Would you like to share your first achievement?

Since joining the gym first time till next 4 years I concentrated only on bodybuilding, more I was exploring it more I was becoming crazy about bodybuilding, I used to paddle my bicycle to gym twice a day. I participated in Mr. Indore and succeeded to get gold medal and an award of Mr. Indore in 55kg category.