27 September, 2020

Armed, Adorned, Not To Be Scorned

Bodybuilder and dancer at once, this woman is breaking all the barriers

Photo by Jitender Gupta
Armed, Adorned, Not To Be Scorned
  • She’s a trained dancer, biker, fitness ­instructor and entrepreneur. No wonder then that she starts her day at 6.30 am.
  • At 66 kg, she has lifted 160 kg from the floor (deadlift), pressed 75 kg (Bench Press), and done squats of 115 kg.
  • Every day at 9.30 am she has a breakfast of oats, 6 eggs and vegetables with anti-­oxidants and micronutrients now and then.


Her sinewy frame, rippling muscles and a body craf­ted to flatter those brawny curves might make you think that Yashmeen Manak, 37, just fits the cliche of an athlete. But when she does an overhead press of 61 kilograms, casually showing her strength and then ends with the poise of an acc­omplished dancer, you know there’s much more to her. She’s our new power woman who was crowned Miss ­India at a competition organised by the Ind­ian Body-building and Fitness Federation in March. What’s more, she is also a trained belly dancer. Yashmeen pumps iron with gusto and trains men to tone...



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