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47-year-old powerlifting mom proves that age is just a number

India, Bhopal
August 24, 2019 at 03:09 GMT +00:00 · Published

Bhavna Tokekar is a 47-year-old mother of two and a medal-winning powerlifter from Bhopal, India. In footage filmed on Friday, Tokekar shows that age is just a number when it comes to pumping iron.

"I never thought about age, it's just that I was working out since the last six or seven years, and yes family support is important, but I don't think anybody can push you or motivate you so much that you put in so much of hard-work every day. It has to come from within. You cannot see or watch anybody or think about any motivation outside. The motivation has to come from within," Tokekar said.

Bhavna was just a rookie at weight lifting until six years ago when she decided to hit the gym to reduce the side effects of her medication, after hearing about the health benefits of powerlifting her passion for the sport took on new heights.

Tokekar trains with her husband Shreepad Tokekar, who is a pilot in the Indian airforce; "It was destiny. It had to happen now, so it happened now," Shreepad said.

The 47-year-old powerlifter competed in the in the Under Masters (45-49 years) category of the 2019 Open Asian Powerlifting Championships in Chelyabinsk Russia and took home four gold medals from the competition.

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Bhavna Tokekar is a 47-year-old mother of two and a medal-winning powerlifter from Bhopal, India. In footage filmed on Friday, Tokekar shows that age is just a number when it comes to pumping iron.

"I never thought about age, it's just that I was working out since the last six or seven years, and yes family support is important, but I don't think anybody can push you or motivate you so much that you put in so much of hard-work every day. It has to come from within. You cannot see or watch anybody or think about any motivation outside. The motivation has to come from within," Tokekar said.

Bhavna was just a rookie at weight lifting until six years ago when she decided to hit the gym to reduce the side effects of her medication, after hearing about the health benefits of powerlifting her passion for the sport took on new heights.

Tokekar trains with her husband Shreepad Tokekar, who is a pilot in the Indian airforce; "It was destiny. It had to happen now, so it happened now," Shreepad said.

The 47-year-old powerlifter competed in the in the Under Masters (45-49 years) category of the 2019 Open Asian Powerlifting Championships in Chelyabinsk Russia and took home four gold medals from the competition.

M/S Powerlifting champion Bhavna Tokekar stretching, Bhopal

C/U Tokekar's stretching her legs

M/S Tokekar stretching

M/S Tokekar stretching

M/S Tokekar exercising

W/S Tokekar exercising

M/S Tokekar exercising

M/S Tokekar's husband Shreepad Tokekar helping with lifting belt

M/S Tokekar's husband Shreepad Tokekar helping with lifting belt

SOT, Bhavna Tokekar, Powerlifter: "The moment I got to know that there is some category like masters, where you can compete beyond 40 also, so this I came to know last September or October, and so that's how I thought why not give it at least one shot."

W/S Tokekar with her husband Shreepad Tokekar

M/S Tokekar exercising with her husband Shreepad

M/S Tokekar exercising

C/U Tokekar's legs

M/S Tokekar exercising

M/S Tokekar exercising

SOT, Bhavna Tokekar, Powerlifter: "I never thought about age, it's just that I was working out since the last six or seven years, and yes family support is important, but I don't think anybody can push you or motivate you so much that you put in so much of hard-work every day. It has to come from within. You cannot see or watch anybody or think about any motivation outside. The motivation has to come from within."

M/S Tokekar exercising

M/S Tokekar squatting with her husband Shreepad

M/S Tokekar squatting with her husband Shreepad

SOT, Shreepad Tokekar, Bhavna's husband: "It was destiny. It had to happen now, so it happened now."

W/S Tokekar bench-pressing with her husband Shreepad

W/S Tokekar bench-pressing with her husband Shreepad

M/S Tokekar bench-pressing with her husband Shreepad

M/S Tokekar deadlifting

W/S Tokekar deadlifting

C/U Tokekar's medals

M/S Tokekar with medals

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