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World's Shortest Competitive Body Builder Defied Odds To Set Record

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World's Shortest Competitive Body Builder Defied Odds To Set Record

A man in India defied the odds to become the world's shortest competitive bodybuilder.

Pratik Mohite, from the state of Maharashtra, stands at just 3ft 4ins tall and has competed in more than 40 events - but doctors thought he would never even stand, let alone make history.

He was born with extremely small hands and feet, leading medics to conclude that mobility would be an issue throughout his life.

Doctors thought his hands and feet would cause mobility issues. Credit: YouTube/Guinness World Records
Doctors thought his hands and feet would cause mobility issues. Credit: YouTube/Guinness World Records
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But Pratik proved them wrong, along with people who doubted him growing up.

He was first drawn to fitness as a teenager after watching his uncle working out, but was mocked when he started going to the gym.

Indeed, even his family were sceptical when he got into bodybuilding, but he was determined to prove everyone wrong.

He recalled: "When I started working out, I got lots of friends and village people dissing me, and they said 'you won't be able to make it'.

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"But I gave myself a challenge and made myself show the world. I kept working out and motivating myself to one day get a world record in bodybuilding."

He puts in the hours working on his physique. Credit: YouTube/Guinness World Records
He puts in the hours working on his physique. Credit: YouTube/Guinness World Records

Now, he has the full support of his family, having competed at district, state and national level in a total of more than 40 events.

Pratik said: "When I participate in competitions the other participants are shocked when they see me.

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"They don't believe that I'm so short pursuing bodybuilding."

Pratik takes the pursuit very seriously though and has a rigorous workout routine.

He explained: "In the morning I run for 30 minutes. I do a two-hour workout in the evening.

"I do workouts on different body parts. On day one I go for chest and triceps. The next day I work my biceps and back.

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"Third day I would do shoulder exercises, and it keeps changing. I do cardio twice a week - this is my workout routine."

Watch him in action here:

Pratik hopes his example will inspire other short people to pursue their dreams.

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He said: "This message is for people who are short and similar to me: though our height is short, our dreams should be big.

"There is nothing 'impossible' in the world. If we work hard with dedication we can change impossible to possible.

"I had a dream to see my name in the Guinness World Records and to achieve the title of World's Shortest Competitive Bodybuilder.

"I've been patient and worked hard for years to achieve this record and this dream has come true and I'm very happy about it."

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Guinness World Records

Topics: SPORT, Awesome, Inspirational, Interesting, World Record, India

Jake Massey
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