Fighting Haryana’s Patriarchy

This bodybuilder wants to make history for India, but in Gurugram, a muscular woman is a rare sight.

Gurugram, Haryana —Most afternoons, Yashmeen Chauhan puts on a remix of the Shiva Tandava Stotram, loads impossibly heavy weights onto an exercise machine, flexes her ropey, muscular biceps, and switches into beast mode. Depending on the day, she torques her chest and shoulders as she works the chest-fly machine; squats 130 kg; does bench presses; deadlifts 150 kg — all in her relentless quest to become the first Indian woman to earn a pro-card at the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Professional League. Read the full story on HuffPost India.

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