I’ve recently joined a gym in Thimphu. I have been getting comments from people encouraging me to workout seriously because of my height and to participate in bodybuilding competition in the future. I’m a bit skeptical about this since a lot of focus and determination will be required. I can’t seem to make up my mind. If sir could advise me it would be of great help. 

Tshering, female


Dear Tshering,


eople make comments here and there.

Just because you compete does not make you an authority in this field, as far as my knowledge goes, everybody is welcome to compete, leading to many out of shape contestants, let alone competition ready physique stepping on stage.

So be aware of self-proclaimed gurus.

Under the international bodybuilding umbrella, there are five categories for women to participate in.






Each category has their own requirements to excel, muscle tone, size, symmetry, beauty, performance.

Bodybuilding is not a beauty pageant. So, being tall or short has very little to do with how you fare at these categories of bodybuilding.

My advice to you would be to gradually build a feel and awareness for the competition side of this sport. Since you have joined a gym, make the most of it. Work your way up and then decide as you become more knowledgeable through experience.

The worst thing you could do is to blindly dive into it because a certain someone told you so. To excel in any sport is difficult, but it is even more so in bodybuilding because it needs a complete lifestyle change.

I cannot stress enough the level of effort, risks and sacrifice required to do well in bodybuilding.

So unless you are not in love with every aspect of this sport, sooner or later, you will quit, and loosing time you could have invested in something else that you could have completed.

All the best!

Tshering Dorji (three times Mr Bhutan winner), is a certified fitness trainer and specialist in performance nutrition


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