Interview with Moirangthem Robi Meitei - Mr. Universe India 2022

Khuman *

 Moirangthem Robi Meitei
Moirangthem Robi Meitei

Manipur is a very special state in the country of India. When we talked about sports and other activities we achieved outstanding performance. Today we are here for you with our special guest, Moirangthem Robi Meitei (a professional bodybuilder). Let's read about his career journey and achievements.

E-pao : - Firstly, we would like to thank you and congratulations on everything you have done so far.
Robi : - I must say thank you for recognizing me and my profession.

E-pao : - Robi, please give us a highlight about yourself.
Robi : - Well, my full name is Moirangthem Robi Meitei and my residence is at Haorang khunou, Warok sabal, Haorang keirel, Imphal west. I have completed B.Sc. Electronics and B.Sc. IT. And, I joined the Indian Navy in the year 2015 as a Professional Bodybuilder. My parents are Moirangthem Manaobi Singh and Moirangthem (O) Rajkumari Sakhensana Devi. I am married and have one son.

E-pao : - Please also share how you are in this professional bodybuilder's profession.
Robi : - It is very interesting to share how I'm into this profession. I never ever thought of playing at the gym and becoming a professional bodybuilder. And, I would also like to highlight that there are some sports players in our father's family side and that inspired me to play sports.

Earlier, I used to play Taekwondo and Huiyen Lallong (Manipuri Martial Arts). During the journey, one of my teachers advised me to do whatever I'm passionate about. When I was in Shillong, I joined Gym in the year 2009-2010, and started playing formally. And, till today, I'm in this profession.

E-pao : - Let readers know about your achievements.
Robi : - Sure, I love to highlight some of my achievements.

Sl. No. Championship Achievement Year
1 WBPF Mr. Asia Gold 2015
2 WBPF Mr. World Gold 2015
3 IFBB Amateur Olympia, Hongkong Silver 2016
4 IFBB Amateur Olympia, India Gold 2017
5 IFBB World Champ Bronze 2019
6 IFBB Diamondcup India Overall Champion 2018
7 IFBB Diamondcup India Overall Champion 2019
8 IBBFF Mr. INDIA Overall Champion 2019
9 IBBFF Mr. INDIA Overall Champion 2023
10 IBBFF Mr. INDIA Overall Champion 2024
11 IFBB Mr. Universe India Overall Champion 2022-2023
12 Mr. Services Overall Champion 2017
13 Mr. Services Overall Champion 2022

 Moirangthem Robi Meitei
Moirangthem Robi Meitei

E-pao : - Robi, we also witnessed that, in today's time, most of the people are interested in joining a gym, so what's your opinion on this?
Robi : - True. There is always a difference between joining a gym for health conscious and joining a Gym to become a profession. Here, my opinion is, please go to the gym for healthy living. Anyone can join it and that is very good for our health. But, being a professional bodybuilder, this is another thing. Please be clear that it is not so, everyone who joins the gym will become a professional bodybuilder.

I would also like to share what I experienced after joining gyms in Manipur, this people has the notion that if joined gyms then you are supposed to eat supplements, protein powder etc. which is not the reality (I must say).

I would suggest that once you join the gym; eat a natural healthy diet to remain in good health. It is also important to maintain consistency and discipline in order to see/get results after joining a gym (whatever may be the goal).

E-pao : - What are your future plans?
Robi : - Interesting question. Yes, like other people, I do have future plans, but it is not the right moment to share (he smiled). I am very sure that I will do something good for society in this profession.

E-pao : - To whom you would like to give the credit.
Robi : - Firstly, I would like to give credit to my whole family members and then all the people I met throughout the journey (including my supporters and haters too). I would also like to extend my sincere thanks to the IBBFF Federation and its Manipur Unit. I am also very thankful to the officials of IBBFF Manipur Unit. Thank you so much everyone for everything. Thanks to all those from whom I have learnt at least something.

E-pao : - Robi, it would be more inspiration if you shared with us your training schedule.
Robi : - Yes, I felt that having and maintaining a schedule is very important. For off season/maintenance phase, per day, I just do 45 minutes to 1 and half hour session and 4-5 times in a week. During my preparation mode, it's around 1 to 3 hours sometimes and maybe twice a day and 6 times in a week.

I have learnt over the course of time that working out too much is not good and we have to manage our fatigue/stress level too. By considering this I have started working out according to the recovery level of my body (specially during contest preparation). Therefore, I have cut-down my training hours too.

 Moirangthem Robi Meitei
Moirangthem Robi Meitei

E-pao : - What's your message to the people of Manipur?
Robi : - My message is very simple and I don't have much to give advice to people. I would also like to say that Bodybuilding is a Nation Building. That's why let's focus on building our body which is basically our health so to say.

What I want is, let's support each other to spread the benefits of being healthy and the knowledge towards building the same. It is also good to choose this profession by considering its pros and cons. When you are playing, please play with discipline.

E-pao : - Thank you, Robi once again. Best of luck and may God bless you.
Robi : - I would also like to thank your team for acknowledging me.

 Moirangthem Robi Meitei with his father (Moirangthem Manaobi Singh)
Moirangthem Robi Meitei with his father (Moirangthem Manaobi Singh)

* Khuman conducted this interview for sometime in June 2024
This article was webcasted on June 26 2024.

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