Good health is a gift from God. God has been gracious to me and I am trying to be healthy at the age of 60. If this is the case then I can win bodybuilding competitions even at the age […]
Good health is a gift from God. God has been gracious to me and I am trying to be healthy at the age of 60. If this is the case then I can win bodybuilding competitions even at the age of 100, ”said Ustad Abdul Waheed with a smile. Even at the age of 60, his body shape is the dream of every young bodybuilder.
Just a few days before Ramadan, Ustad Abdul Waheed won the Mr. Pakistan title. A few months earlier, he had won the title of Mr. Punjab. He has also won the title of Mr. Lahore. He has also won numerous other medals, most of them gold and silver. Now his eyes are on the title of Mr. Asia. “If my information is correct, the competition is to be held in Bangalore, India in the winter,” he said. I want to make Pakistan famous there.
Abdul Wahid Bambawali Ravi lives in Batapur, along the Bedian Canal (BRB) Canal. He also spent his childhood here. He started with a bodybuilding hobby. “I started bodybuilding at the age of 16 but at the time I had no interest in competitions,” he told us. I only went to the gym for weightlifting. But 20 years ago, my students insisted that I should participate in competitions.
By students they mean the young people they have trained. After training in various private bodybuilding clubs for many years, Ustad Abdul Waheed opened his own gym with a friend called New Body Grace Gym and he also trains here.
These days, Ustad Waheed spends the morning with his family in the dark and then goes to his gym and training center on GT Road after performing Fajr prayers.
When I asked him if he ate whole goat for breakfast or drank several liters of milk, he nodded and said, “I’m not a wrestler or a wrestler. We focus on bodybuilding more than appearances. Our diet consists mostly of pulses, pulses, porridge, milk, yogurt, eggs, salads and fruits or nuts. We also eat these things in 6 or 7 portions throughout the day and in between we also relax and exercise.
In the gym he is called ‘Ustad’ or ‘Baba’ because of his white beard. They try to get as many young people as possible into this healthy activity.
“The food is not cheap, nor are the training and machines cheap,” he said. The monthly fee of an ordinary club is around Rs. 40,000. But I take as much as the person in my gym can give.
“From the beginning, I have been trying to save young people from bad habits like drugs and alcohol. It is better to spend money on something positive. That’s why I accept whatever they give. “
“They can use the gym, equipment and machines under my supervision, but I tell them they have to pay for the food themselves. I am not a rich man. The truth is that if I were rich, I would be able to provide food for my students, but this is not possible at the moment. I wish I could find some good sponsors. “
We asked them if there was an age limit in bodybuilding competitions. On this, Ustad Waheed said, “There are some competitions in which there is no age limit. I often take part in these competitions.” If there is an age limit, I participate in the age group of 50 years and above.
“I got the title of Mr. Pakistan in a big competition in Karachi just before Ramadan. There was no age limit in this competition. When I came on stage, I heard some people say that before I could pose, I could see my six-pack abs. He said that in the last 20 years he has earned a lot of respect in the field of bodybuilding.
“But I still have problems. There were times when people had reservations about me competing. A few months ago, I won the title of Mr. Punjab. All the judges ruled in my favor but then someone said that I should not have participated in the contest. I immediately got off the stage and went home. I returned that honor. “
“It simply came to our notice then. I was very disappointed. But then something happened that changed my mind. “
It was an unfortunate accident.
“My family is very big. I have one son and two daughters. My son also has three daughters. My 35-year-old son Habib was injured in a rickshaw accident. The accident broke his ribs and he has been in bed for several months. Because of this, all the responsibility of feeding the family fell on me. The doctors are hopeful that my son will fully recover, but it will take time.
“Before the accident, my son was in the sewing machine business. Now, as a father and grandfather, it is my responsibility to take care of my family and of course I will. So while my son is recovering, I’ve started running the gym and competing again.
Sometimes fulfilling life’s responsibilities takes more effort than bodybuilding. But Ustad Abdul Waheed is doing it well.