Petroleum Engineer to Body Engineer: Meet Bhuwan Chauhan
By Max Swahn
Born in Delhi, India on January 7, 1994, Bhuwan Chauhan is the first Indian International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro and the youngest Canadian Men’s Physique Pro. But he wasn’t always set out to become a championship bodybuilder.
Raised in India, Bhuwan moved to Canada in 2011 to attend the University of Alberta. With an academic, leadership and sports scholarship in-hand, he pursued a degree in Engineering. While still in school, through hard work and dedication, he was able to land a job at Encana, an oil and gas company. In 2015, Bhuwan graduated from University of Alberta as a First Class Distinction student with a 3.7 GPA and a degree in Petroleum Engineering. He continued working for the oil and gas company following graduation.
While Petroleum Engineering was his profession, bodybuilding quickly became his passion. Although he started working out while at University, Bhuwan didn’t begin competing until 2016. That year he competed in and won both the Southern Alberta Championship and the Alberta Provincials Championship. And then in 2017 he competed and won the Ben Weider Cup and obtained his pro card.
With his pro card in-hand, Bhuwan officially turned his bodybuilding passion into his profession. He quit his engineering job in May 2018 to pursue his bodybuilding goals full time as a sponsored athlete and started his coaching company Bhuwan Chauhan Fitness.
Was it an easy decision? Not necessarily. In an interview with MensXP he shared his thoughts:
“I have unmatched discipline and work ethic and I am willing to suffer and struggle as much it takes. At the end of the day you really need to suffer in this sport to get better and become successful.” “Anybody who wants to follow their dreams, the number one thing is to rise above your fear. You must also make sure that you are not blindly following your passion. Have a good understanding of all the possibilities. That’s what I did, I made sure I am educated so in case I fail I can go back to my job but if I succeed, I get to make my passion my profession.”
Well that he did. As a world class bodybuilder, he has competed and won numerous competitions since that first win in 2016. He has his own fitness coaching business called Team Bhuwan. His latest win was the Vancouver Pro Show July 14, 2019. On top of that, in 2019 he achieved one of his biggest goals when he qualified for Olympia 2019!
You can follow Bhuwan Chauhan on his Instagram.