Rakesh Gupta - The Trainer
There are very few bodybuilders in India who spend hours upgrading themselves on their fitness knowledge. They feel that they should read more to grow more muscles. Rakesh Gupta is one such bodybuilder and a successful online trainer who spends a reasonable amount of time in investing in his fitness knowledge.
With this acquired knowledge, Rakesh is helping hundreds get in shape through his online coaching platform. His fitness expertise is also helping Rakesh become an improved bodybuilder.
Tarun Gill Founder TG Talks Media talks to Rakesh Gupta in an exclusive feature.
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Rakesh Gupta - the Journey
Rakesh got into fitness as a martial artist, at a very early age. He was only ten years old when his coach introduced him to fitness literature. Rakesh practiced martial arts for over nine years until he got admission in college.
He thought he might get admission to some good college with his sports credentials, but unfortunately, he could not. Colleges in Ludhiana, Punjab (that's where he is from) did not recognize Martial Arts as a sport.
Rakesh Gupta - 12 weeks transformation plan
Dropped out of college
After consistent persual and requests, the college finally admitted Rakesh on a sports quota on a condition that he should pick another sport. And guess what he chose, bodybuilding. And because he had great genetics, he became Mr. Punjab and Mr. Ludhiana in Bodybuilding within a year. And just when he thought he had made it, life took a different turn.
The financial crisis
Everything was going fine for Rakesh, he was studying and was also competing in many bodybuilding competitions. But the financial condition at home was far from satisfactory. His family was struggling to make ends meet and even had a hard time putting food on the table.
Like any other good son, Rakesh stepped in and offered to support his family financially, for which he had to drop out of college.
The tough phase
Rakesh, after quitting college, took the job of a fitness trainer. He started working in a gym to help out his family. Bodybuilding is an expensive sport where athletes need to spend a lot monthly on their nutrition and supplements. And because of the financial crunch, he had to quit professional bodybuilding.
He worked for more than eight years with just one focus on mind, to make enough money for his family.
Took up modeling
Rakesh has a good height and a great personality; many companies approached him for modeling assignments. He thought modeling could serve as another money-making avenue for him.
Though modeling was generating him extra income, but his passion was bodybuilding. Finally, after years of struggle, in 2017, when he saved enough money, he started preparing for bodybuilding competition again.
2017, turned out to be a game-changing year for Rakesh. He finally started doing what he truly loved, bodybuilding. After years of taking a break, when he finally competed and earned his medal, he got emotional.
He had to wait for years to be on the stage, which he loved so much. He realized the importance of doing something which you wholeheartedly believe in!
Best phase of his life
Rakesh is now in his best phase of life. He not only has his gym but also runs a successful online training business, helping thousands transform their bodies.
He has also become a professional bodybuilder and plays all the big bodybuilding competitions. Not only competing, but he is also winning medals in such contests. That's the kind of attitude which makes champions bodybuilders.
Rakesh's list of achievements is long, but his commitment to his family and bodybuilding is commendable. He never gave up on his dream to be a successful bodybuilder, regardless of any circumstances. Lots to learn from him.