Ever since the inception of life on the earth, all kinds of displays of power and freedom were designed in favor of men in society, who were considered the only plausible enabler for the family. While men have always been encouraged to express themselves confidently, including expressing themselves physically, women have always been considered more tender-hearted and caregiving. Women have always been taught to be responsible and remain composed at all times and take care of family under all circumstances. Certain activities are formally and informally considered men’s areas and women are expected to stay away from them because they are considered weak. Bodybuilding is one such area, which has always been a comfortable sport or passion pursued by men but is a taboo for women. However, with time the number of female bodybuilders started increasing as more women were accepted to partake in this sport letting them have their aspirations and dreams come true.
Kiran Dembla is a very popular name when it comes to bodybuilding. What is so intriguing about Kiran’s journey of becoming a bodybuilder is that she neither aspired to have bulked-up muscles which she could exhibit at competitions nor did she have any intention to do something sensational that would make her the center of all the talks for a long time in history. In the 21st century when both men and women swear by fitness and get anxious upon gaining some extra pounds, Kiran Dembla was a happily married housewife in a Sindhi family and a mother of two children with zero concerns about her diet or health.
However, as luck would have it, Kiran was diagnosed with a severe ailment which is the presence of blood clots in her brain. Her condition confined her to the bed for a long time. As her treatment continued, she was in pain and was administered a lot of high-dose medicines, which not only made her feel sleepy and lethargic all the time but made her put on 25 kilos of weight within a very short frame of time. Initially, this sudden weight gain did not bother Kiran at all because she was never concerned with the way she looked in front of the mirror and nor had any dream of doing something that required her to stay fit. That was mainly because her daily routine was choc-a-bloc with household duties for her husband, children, and in-laws.
The main reason that made her steer and think about her situation was that she was unable to even get up from her bed to do her regular activities which was indeed a matter of concern for her. She realized that her life had arrived at a standstill resembling a stagnant pond where there were no ripples or signs of an active life. This sudden realization of a void in her life where she harbored no passion to follow, no dreams to chase, nor any aspirations to work towards, triggered the wake-up call. The trigger compelled Kiran to pull herself out of her bed and join yoga and swimming classes. But even though she undertook these exercises for a while she realized that she was not losing even a single pound of what she had gained. That was when she switched to gyming which was almost about to become a nightmarish experience for her. She was extremely uncomfortable exercising at a gym with all the other males working out. All Kiran would do was hide in a corner and do whatever needed to be done as a part of a daily workout regimen and leave. This invisible presence within the gym did not do her any good, and Kiran gave up on it soon. That was why in the year 2008 she enrolled in an online gym training program through which she not only lost weight but additionally found her first motivation to open her gym.
It was a major leap for Kiran Dembla, especially from a woman who was nowhere close to bodybuilding or any kind of physical exercise, to find out this new version of herself and feel the rush of her blood while she worked out. That was why, once she tasted the adrenaline rush of bodybuilding, there was no looking back for her, and Kiran Dembla found bodybuilding to be the pursuit that became her dream, aspiration, and goal in life. That was how in the year 2012 she decided to develop 6-pack abs and went through rigorous training and dieting. Her hard work and determination paid off when her 6 pack abs were ready to be flaunted within the next 8 months.
The pursuit of bodybuilding which started on the note of an illness and was just a means to get her back on her feet and lose weight she had gained because of the medicine and prolonged resting periods during her treatment, had started transforming into a craze and undying passion for Kiran Dembla. To materialize the newly found dream, Kiran decided to participate in the World Bodybuilding Championship that was being organized in Budapest in the year 2013. Although she was slammed a lot for her readiness to wear a bikini as a part of the competition, she did not let any such insignificant issue ruffle her feathers. She held her ground to such an extent that despite criticisms at her home that she faced when she announced that she would consume non-vegetarian food for the competition, she stepped out to consume a protein-rich diet which was very important to maintain her physique. The rebellion and the fight that Kiran Dembla had shown to fulfill her dream of becoming an international bodybuilder, did not disappoint her as she secured the 6th position in the competition and was applauded on the global stage for having the most beautiful body.