Weighs in Gold

Seven years ago, Sushma Rai was larger in size, and she was frustrated with it. Later, her desperation for a change led her to join fitness classes, and slowly and steadily, she achieved different levels of fitness milestones. Today, she is the gold medallist of ‘Women’s Bikini Fitness’ category at the 2nd Mr. Everest Nationwide Bodybuilding Championship.

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By Lisa Shrestha
Photos by Satyan Shrestha

Journey to staying fit and healthy is tough but is not ‘impossible’, and many people have understood that fitness is not about being better than someone else, it is about being better than you used to be. Among such many is Sushma Rai, a 36-year-old fitness freak who once was a fat lady but now is the recipient of a gold medal from ‘Women’s Bikini Fitness’ category at the 2nd Mr. Everest Nationwide Bodybuilding Championship organized by the Nepalese Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.

Sushma Rai is originally from Dharan and her overwhelming passion and success in the pursuit of fitness were born out of her own personal struggles and journey towards good health and well-being. Like many of us, she began her fitness journey wanting to shed some weight and get in shape, but unlike many of us, she was pursuing medical studies before she started pursuing a career in fitness.

“Almost seven years ago, I was much larger in size, and I was frustrated. As I was in a desperate need of a change, I committed to adopting a healthier option of working out and started off with just aerobics as I could immediately grasp it,” recalls Rai.

Sushma Rai
Sushma Rai

Ever since joining aerobics, Rai slid more and more into this field and remodeled herself. As she continued her fitness journey, she also did not leave a change to attend some professional training, a upskill training to be a fitness instructor being one among all, and finally, she emerged as a certified trainer. Today, she instructs aerobics, Zumba, and gym in various fitness centers in Kathmandu and has been a fitness instructor and a personal trainer for the last five years.

“People have slowly begun to understand the importance of taking fitness as a lifestyle these days, while it must have been quite difficult before. This is why I didn’t have to face many challenges in this field except overcoming my own goals. I have a supportive family and friends,” says Rai.

Though she had support from everyone, she didn’t have plans to participate in the nationwide championship prior to a month and a half. However, she thought of participating in the championship at the last minute, and she rigorously prepared herself. Finally, she secured the gold medal from ‘Women’s Bikini Fitness’ category at the 2nd Mr. Everest Nationwide Bodybuilding Championship organised by the Nepalese Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness.

Sushma Rai
Sushma Rai

“Almost seven years ago, I was much larger in size, and I was frustrated. As I was in a desperate need of a change, I committed to adopting a healthier option of working out and started off with just aerobics as I could immediately grasp it.”—Sushma Rai

Speaking with WAVE, she says, “I might even reach out for the international championships in the future. Besides, I might get involved in other fields other than fitness but health and fitness will always be a part of my life.”

Gone were the days when males had dominated the bodybuilding and fitness realm, but female fitness freak and bodybuilding champions are undoubtedly becoming role models for new health and fitness trends.

 

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