People of the world might have seen bodybuilding couples who have made their names in the field of bodybuilding. People might have heard both husband and wife succeed in bodybuilding. Such case is very rare in India. However bodybuilders Borun Yumnam and his wife Mamota Yumnam have changed such scenario of bodybuilding in India thereby bringing bodybuilding to a new level.
Manipur has made several records in the field of games and sports, is still maintaining those records and making more records.
Bodybuilders Borun Yumnam and his wife Mamota Yumnam are the the first couple from Manipur to win medals in any international bodybuilding championship. In the Asian Bodybuilding Championships 2015, Mamota Yumnam got women’s title while Borun Yumnam won runners up title. This is the first time that an Indian couple wins rewards in any international bodybuilding championships. Both has won several titles and rewards in national and international championships.
The couple opened a gym, but when Mamota first began working out, her motivation had less to do with bodybuilding and more to do with self-defence. “I wanted to be strong enough to handle untoward incidents,” says Mamota. “Then, one day, I saw a 52-year-old international female body builder on TV and I was fascinated with the way she looked.”
So from November 2011, with the help of her husband, Mamota began training seriously. Aside from bodybuilding exercises, Borun made sure Mamota had the correct diet. “To build muscle, Mamota increased her intake of proteins and had lots of eggs, chicken, milk and even dal – but boiled dal only,” says Borun.
Wife of Borun and mother of three, Mamota, has the distinction of being the only Indian female body builder to win bronze medals at the World Women Bodybuilding Championship at Bangkok in December 2012 and Asian Bodybuilding Championship at Vietnam in 2013. She also won gold medal at the Women’s Bodybuilding Championship in Pune in February 2014.