Meet Aryan Pasha, India’s First Transgender Man To Become A Body Building Champion
The transgender community in India has its struggles but they make it through their challenges to achieve what they aspire to. Recently Naaz Joshi, a transgender model won ‘Miss World Diversity’, third time in a row and made the country extremely proud. And now we have a lawyer from Delhi, a trans-man by the name of Aryan Pasha who came second in the Men’s Physique category at Musclemania India.
On December 1, 2018, Pasha became the first transgender man to win a prize at the body building event and there was no looking back for him since then. He came second in the Men’s Physique (short) category in Musclemania India which is a great platform for a major international body building competition.
This was the first time Pasha was participating in a body building championship and he definitely didn’t expect to walk home with a prize. In an interview with Scroll.in he stated, “I never thought that I must win a position. I just wanted to participate and tell the world that I’m trans and can give a tough competition. So I was practising hard, giving my 100%. Because usually it [winning] doesn’t happen in the first go. There’s a stage fear, mistakes in posing and things like that.”
How It All Started For Him
Pasha had always been keen on body building all his life, and had been working on his body for years. He was quite active in sports and he’s also a national level skating champion. At 19, he underwent a sex surgery to transition to a male and for a year after that, all his physical activities dropped.
But that didn’t deter his winning spirit or stop him from becoming what he wanted to. Even as a child, Pasha would identify himself as more of a boy than a girl. He would hang around his male cousins more than his female cousins and he didn’t make a choice to be a certain way, he already knew he was who he was.
While growing up he picked up weight training in 2014, while studying law in Mumbai. He wanted his lean frame to change to a bulkier one. After he began training, he would only look forward to participating in competitions that could enhance his passion further. Hence, he set his sight on an all-trans bodybuilding competition in Atlanta, America, called the Trans FitCon, which was a one-of-a-kind event.
But when he couldn’t get a visa to go there, he turned his focus to Musclemania India, and participated as a male competitor, since the competition didn’t have a transgender participatory category.
After quitting his job as a lawyer, Pasha started focusing on his training and spending six hours a day in the gym, building his body.
He overcame plenty of challenges while making the perfect body. If you reckon it’s easy, it could be for you with the right amount of dedication but for Pasha, even with a lot of dedication it was a tough ordeal.
Pasha’s body does not produce male-equivalent testosterone levels naturally and that deters it to respond to his workouts naturally, which meant he had to put in more effortMensXP.coms to get the results he wanted.
However, that wasn’t the only challenge. Another challenge was that Musclemania didn’t allow the use of hormone supplements in its competition, including testosterone and that was a challenge for Pasha, since he had to take regular testerone doses as part of his post-surgery hormone replace therapy. But the competition decided that he would only need to skip his last dosage, before the contest.
Even though these challenges posed difficult times for Pasha, he did come second in the competition and did the impossible, despite facing many hurdles along the way.
Inclusion of transgender athletes in the country is a progressive stance, and apart from beauty pageants, sports events which include them is a big way forward for India.
Sooner or later, Pasha is set to launch a transgender category for a major body building competition in India, and we wish him the very best in all his endeavours.