A FIGHT AGAINST ODDS: TAPASYA SOLANKI’S BRONZE MEDAL AT IHFF 2022 IS A STORY OF COURAGE AND RESILIENCE

A FIGHT AGAINST ODDS: TAPASYA SOLANKI’S BRONZE MEDAL AT IHFF 2022 IS A STORY OF COURAGE AND RESILIENCE

A major injury just months ahead of the biggest competition of your life can be a huge blow to an athlete. Yet, Steadfast Athlete Tapasya Solanki rose through the challenge and soldiered on. Fighting the toughest battle of her life, Tapasya secured the third place in the bikini category of the country’s largest bodybuilding championship- The Sheru Classic Model Hunt. She was awarded with a bronze medal- her second medal-winning performance at the International Health Sports, and Fitness Festival after gold in women's bikini at the Sheru Classic IFBB Pro League Qualifiers Series 2020.

Despite having performed better at the 2020 edition of IHFF, Tapasya identified this victory as her best since this was her comeback after she  met with an accident in 2021 for which she had to undergo a complete right knee reconstruction surgery with implants. The situation of the Steadfast Athlete was so bad that she couldn’t even walk or crawl.

Recalling the difficult chapter, Tapasya said, "My dream to win again at IHFF had moved miles away from me. I couldn’t even move an inch and had to wear a diaper to pee. The doctor had advised me to pass stool in bed only because of which I simply stopped eating, as I didn’t want to be a burden on my mother. The first few weeks after the incident were the most painful for me, both physically and mentally."

The 21-year-old was strictly advised complete bed rest for at least six months by her surgeon, but her deepest desire to make a comeback to bodybuilding brought her back to the gym within five weeks. Her will to get into shape again was so strong that in no time, she started performing her routine exercises with a plaster on.

Being on bed for weeks had made Tapasya gain a lot of weight. Losing excess fat had become a big challenge for her, but as doctors allowed her to take Steadfast Nutrition supplements again, she could see visible differences in a very short time. The impact of Steadfast was so intense in her journey back to athletic life that she identified Steadfast Nutrition as the biggest source of motivation.

"After the surgery, there came a time in my life when I thought that I wouldn’t be able to compete ever again. I was convinced that I had lost it all. I wasn’t feeling any potential in me, but Steadfast Nutrition still stood by my side and supported me immensely in the darkest time I have ever faced. I am extremely grateful to Steadfast Nutrition, they are my biggest source of motivation. Steadfast’s Incredible Isolate and Wheylo are my all-time favourite products. They helped me a lot during my preparation. Apart from these, Steadfast CollaStead also played a major role in my recovery. There’s absolutely no match for the quality of the products Steadfast produces, " Tapasya Solanki stated.

Tapasya’s father, who is a bodybuilder himself, has also played a major role in the comeback of the bikini athlete.

Commenting on Tapasya’s incredible comeback, Founder of Steadfast Nutrition, Aman Puri, said, "It is Steadfast athletes like Tapasya Solanki who take the spirit of the organisation forward; it is they who truly define Steadfast Nutrition. Tapasya’s victory at IHFF 2022 didn’t just win her a bronze medal, but has also set her as an example in front of millions. She has displayed the power of belief in the best possible manner and we at Steadfast are proud of her. "

 

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