What does a water tanker driver do? Presumably, the obvious answer is that he transports water. 99% of the time, that would be right. However, this water tanker driver from Bengaluru had a relentless dedication towards his passion for bodybuilding and achieved an almost insurmountable feat.
G. Balakrishna, a tanker driver from Bengaluru, just earned the title of Mr Asia 2016 in the Philippines.
This was a culminating achievement in his decade-long effort to build his magnificent physique.
Balakrishna achieved this feat with funding from Koshy Varghese, a businessman. However, he did not receive any funding from the government for his international participation.
“DESPITE WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP, MY WORRY WILL ALWAYS BE OF FUNDS. WITH NO GOVERNMENT SUPPORT, I STILL STRUGGLE TO PARTICIPATE IN BODYBUILDING CHAMPIONSHIPS OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY.”
The Whitefield Settlers and Residents Association also helped him raise funds for international events in the past.
Balakrishna is extremely dedicated to maintaining his physique and trains for six hours every day. Apart from training, the body-builder also follows a strict dietary regime.
“I AM MAINTAINING MY POSITION WITH A RICH DAILY DIET THAT INCLUDES 750 G OF CHICKEN, 25 EGGS, 300 G OF RICE, 200 G OF VEGETABLES ALONG WITH FISH FOR EXTRA PROTEIN AND FRUITS,”
The bodybuilder maintains his weight at around 120kg offseason and scales it down to around 90kg for tournaments.
Balakrishna’s father, who was the only breadwinner in the family, died when Bala was only a young boy. He owes all of his success to his mother and brother, and calls them his pillars of support.
“I AM PROUD OF MY ACHIEVEMENT AND HOPE TO REPEAT IT MORE OFTEN WITH SOME FINANCIAL SUPPORT.”
Balakrishna had to start a tanker business in 2010 in order to supplement his income. Earlier, he used to be a personal trainer.
This professional bodybuilder achieved an extraordinary feat despite receiving no support from the government. The government should take notice and aim to provide financial support to training individuals like Balakrishna who will win big for the nation at the international stage.