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India’s Village of Bodybuilding Musclemen

A farming village has reinvented itself as the bodybuilding capital of India. Almost all of the men in the 3,500 strong town of Asola-Fatehpur Beri workout and 90 per cent are employed as bouncers or security guards in nearby New Delhi.

They train from birth but step things up at the age of 14 when they switch to a diet of milk, bananas, eggs and curd – to help put on weight. They can work out up to six hours a day lifting motorbikes, tractors and wrestling to build up their bulging biceps before unwinding with yoga. The village’s new muscleman reputation has also made the women happy – as no-one smokes, drinks or take drugs.

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