Saturday, October 13, 2007
An article on the history of bodybuilding and weightlifting in India
Throughout the various ages of India's history there has been a growth of interest in Physical Culture. As far back as the 1100s there were detailed descriptions of diet, training & lifestyle for the more famous proponents. Weightlifting was achieved using stone and sacks of sand. Press-ups and squats were common exercises. By the 1500s Bodybuilding had become a national passion.One of the most popular forms of weight that was used through the centuries was the Nal, made of rough stone with a hole through the centre and very often with a handle.It is often considered that the British Rule in India started a period of decline in Physical Culture and general health amongst the Indian population.In 1905 there was a revival of interest, mainly in strand pulling. This was due to a great extent to Sandow's highly successful visit to India in 1904.