body­buld­ing duo

New Zealand Fitness - - IN THIS ISSUE - By Priyaanka Kha­tri

Iam so proud of my mum and we’re a wicked mother / daugh­ter team who want to in­spire oth­ers as much as pos­si­ble with what we do.

I cur­rently hold the ti­tle of Ms New Zealand Shape for the Na­tional Am­a­teur Body­builders As­so­ci­a­tion (NABBA). I am a fifth year law and com­merce stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Otago and am ex­tremely in­ter­ested in health, fit­ness, well­be­ing and liv­ing a bal­anced life­style.

Mum, Farah Deob­hakta, 53, has been body­build­ing for over 11 years and has won many na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ti­tles.

Her story is ex­tremely in­spir­ing. In 1991 she was in­volved in a car ac­ci­dent that smashed up her an­kle to a point where she needed screws put in to keep her bones to­gether. She was told by spe­cial­ists that she would never run again or walk the same again. Be­ing a doc­tor and nat­u­ral born run­ner, she didn’t ac­cept that and trained her body, through in­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in the gym, to run again. Af­ter a cou­ple of years in the gym mum gained an in­ter­est in mus­cle build­ing and af­ter a few years get­ting her con­fi­dence up and re­search­ing the sport of body­build­ing, she de­cided to com­pete in her first com­pe­ti­tion in 2005, which she went on to win!

For the last 11 years she has com­peted both na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally win­ning ti­tles such as the Ms Fig­ure Asia- Pacific mul­ti­ple times and win­ning a gold medal in the Open Fig­ure Class at the Nat­u­ral Olympia in Reno, Ne­vada. She also re­cently placed fifth at an in­ter­na­tional fig­ure com­pe­ti­tion in Vi­enna and has placed third in the physique class at the Mus­cle­ma­nia in Ve­gas.

Mum is a true cham­pion. She is one of the most ded­i­cated, strong willed, giv­ing and hum­ble women I know. She has never let her in­jury hold her back, even though it in­evitably pre­vents her from op­ti­mal lower body train­ing. With­out her life chang­ing in­jury, she would never have found the sport of body­build­ing and even though some days she has been frus­trated due to only be­ing able to train her good leg to the ca­pac­ity of her in­jured leg, she ap­pre­ci­ates and ac­cepts the path that has led her to where she is to­day.

Due to Mum and her suc­cess, I was in­spired to be­gin com­pet­ing in body­build­ing too, but in the NABBA shape class. In 2014 I en­tered my first show, which I won, just like my Mum. In 2015, I com­peted in four re­gional shows and won my class and the over­all ti­tle at each show. How­ever, my proud­est mo­ments of 2015 were win­ning Ms New Zealand Shape and plac­ing in the top five at my first In­ter­na­tional show in the Philip­pines. I can­not be­lieve I have won a na­tional ti­tle in un­der two years of com­pet­ing and I largely have to thank my mother for be­ing a con­stant source of in­spi­ra­tion. Her knowl­edge on train­ing and nu­tri­tion and her guid­ance has helped me achieve so much in such a short time and this is just the be­gin­ning.

Mum and I are a team and strongly be­lieve in giv­ing things a go, putting in the hard yards, set­ting goals and never giv­ing up on reach­ing our full po­ten­tial, de­spite the set­backs. This sport runs in our veins and is some­thing my Mum and I have a huge pas­sion for. We be­lieve in main­tain­ing a healthy and bal­anced life­style and would love to share our story with ev­ery­one in­ter­ested in health and fit­ness.

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