Mamatha Sanathkumar’s journey was not easy. Bodybuilding which is still considered to be a “MAN’S WORLD” making a mark for women is never easy. And when a woman from a small village has to wear a bikini and show off her body in front of thousands of people, then she might face a difficult time back home.
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Similar is the story of today’s Hero: MAMATHA SANATH KUMAR. Mamatha was one of us. Actually, she calls herself an obese lady who had no dreams of making it big into bodybuilding and fitness.
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Thank you so much 😊 it’s my pleasure to be part of the #Ihffsquad 🙏🙌 #repost @ihff_olympia_india welcome on board IFBB PRO @mamatha_ifbbpro_official as she joins the IHFF Squad 💪!! #ihffsquad #Ihff #squad #Sheruclassic #procard #women #physique #fitness #bikini #figure #athlete @ifbb_pro_league @hemantsheruaangrish @sheruclassic @hemantsheruaangrish
Mamatha recalls “I was not always into bodybuilding or even working out. In fact, until November 2015, I was overweight. Like anyone else, I loved burgers, pizza, soft drinks, and other junk food. Add my post-pregnancy weight to that and I was almost touching 90 kg. But something clicked a winter month, and I started working out. By the following November, I was down to 62 kg and already in love with my workouts.”
Mamatha was a happy homemaker and a toddler’s mother. She used to drop her kid to the nursery and she was happily working out at a nearby gym. She would soon become a trainer which was actually not the path she has envisioned for herself.
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WELCOME TO THE GUN SHOW!! I know I will unfortunately often 👂 that a girl who lifts is not feminine, That a girl should not be too Muscular (or) That May be I will look like a Man 😏 ………… But I will never forget that I do it for myself, not for others , & that even if I want it , I will never look like a man 🤣 ……….. So no I won’t loose my femininity because I’m adopting a better lifestyle, & it’s strengthening my mindset & my self confidence and for me , it’s the perfect meaning of being feminine 💪💖 Fueld by @animalboosternutrition Gym wear @kkroxtylesportswear Team @vipin_peter_official — Buy Genuine Supplements @Powerhouse.store (+919880428816) #ifbbpro #womensphysiquepro #animalboosternutrition #teampeters #wolfpack #healthylifestyle #guns #armsday #fit #strongissexy #musclemom #firstsouthindianpro #killingsession #gym #strongwomen #bosslady #fitmom #gettingbettereveryday
But things took a drastic turn when her husband lost the job by the end of 2017. There were tensions and quarrels back home which she never wanted her daughter to listen or get affected. That was the time when she decided to do something for herself. She decided in an instant that she wanted to become a bodybuilder.
Their were societal hurdles and family trying to stop her. They commented “I was told, time and again from my parents and my husband that I must stop displaying my body in shows and on social media. But social media itself helped me turn this criticism into support. I kept getting appreciating comments on how supportive my family was which in reality was just the opposite initially. But the more comments my family read, the faster they came to accept me as I am,”
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Power 🔥💪 I wish for all women to experience the confidence I have gained from weightlifting and fitness. You may find it on a different pathway but mine was the barbell. Don’t hold back !! @animalboosternutrition @vipin_peter_official @mitchpriehs Buy Genuine Supplements @Powerhouse.store (+919880428816) #legworkout #dontquitgetfit #gainz #quadsworkout #teampetrs #liftheavy #fitspo #legonfire #ifbbpro #soreasfuck #carbs #pump #strongwoman #fitmom #nopainnogain #thickthighs #squats #gymmotivation #goals #firstsouthindianpro #beastmode #bosslady #musclemom
She also believes that a woman needs to embrace her body also. She shouldn’t be afraid or shy away from her scars, love handles. Rather she should be proudly flaunting them and also look for healthy ways to cover them rather than covering them through makeup.
She advocates the thought of “The way I see it, we have two options when it comes to our stretch marks. We can let those stretchmarks define us, hold us back from reaching our goals and feeling confident in ourselves. Or, we can remember why they’re there, what we went through to get them and that they are a part if what makes us who we are”.View this post on Instagram
Real friends r those who support each other even in competitions. @prerana_anchan_ifbb_pro hope to see u on the international stage soon let’s set the stage on fire 🔥 #friends #atheletelife #athlete #ifbbpros #bikini #womensphysique #positivevibes #biggergoals #competition #bodybuildingmotivation #fitfam #ﬁtness #healthyrelationships #friendshipgoals #keepgrinding @avvatarindiaView this post on Instagram
The way I see it. ⠀ We have two options when it comes to our stretch marks. ⠀ ⠀ We can, ⠀ let those stretch marks define us, hold us back from reaching our goals and feeling confident in ourselves ⠀ ⠀ Or ⠀ ⠀ We can remember why they’re there, what we went through to get them, and that they are a part of what makes us who we are but most importantly, just own those suckers. ⠀ ⠀ Be confident in yourself, the journey you’re on, and LOVE, OWN, and EMBRACE every single part of what makes you, YOU. Even those pesky stretch marks 😘 Post pregnancy 🤰 stretch marks ♥️🙌 Photography @imvjgowda MUA @mua_vidyapatil ⠀ #flexfriday #ifbbpro #flashback #stretchmarks #fitmom #momlife #athlete #ironwomen #sheruclassic #ifbbproleague #bodybuildingmotivation #bestrong #strongwomen #quadsqueen #bosslady #musclemomView this post on Instagram
A girl hailing from small village to bikini model and then now Women’s physique IFBB PRO💪 Journey wasn't easy for me,Many obstacles,failures,discouragement ,low feelings made me to arise as falcon and achieving ifbb pro card and this is not the end…. This is just a beginning, watch me aiming at new levels @ international stages and show the power💥of WOMEN….💪🔥 @avvatarindia #tbt #tbtthursday #bikinitophysique #womensphysiquepro #ifbbpro #pro #transformation #fitmom #beastmode #strongwomen #bosslady #muscle #fitness #fitfam #bodybuildingmotivation #indian #kannadathi #musclemom #fattofit #fitfam #fitness #everythingpossible #beliveinyou #trusttheprocess #keepyourgoalhigh #focus #keepsmiling
She further adds “When Its comes to tigerstripe, I never want others to think I’m saying I’m the only one that has them in the fitness industry. Because guess what? reality is, more women than you think have stretch marks. Whether it’s on their tummy, bums, thighs, or breasts. But, my hope is that with me being so open about them, and sharing my experience in the industry having tiger stripes and extra skin, it would help other women know it’s ok to embrace them, love them, share them with pride, and love whatever journey that comes with them,”
At the end of the day, Mamatha loves her daughter and she wants her inspiration some day in the future. “Laddu is my inspiration because I want to become her inspiration someday. I believe myself to be a very loving mother although as a trainer, I am quite strict. In the gym, it’s all about tough love. At home, it is doting over Purvika. She has always admired me and even comes with me to the gym. Gradually, I won over the full support of my family and yet, my daughter is my biggest strength,”
Today Mamatha is a happy woman. Her husband has also found a job. And Mamatha herself is pursuing bodybuilding professional and also working shift wise at the gym. Mamatha’s story is a great inspiration for all the mothers and ladies out there that how should you stand strong against all the odds in your life.
Very inspiring. Kudos to Mamatha and many more such women.