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Mar/02/2024 / by Team Seema

A new gladiator is set to take center stage

A British revival of the classic TV show Gladiators is introducing a new generation of powerful athletes to the world—and one star quite literally punches (or rather lifts) far above her weight. Playing the gladiator Athena, Karenjeet Kaur Bains is a renowned power-lifter and the first Sikh woman to represent Great Britain in power-lifting in both the European and World championships.

Born in Warwickshire to Indian immigrant parents, Bains fell in love with weights as a teen working to improve her sprinting. She quickly discovered a passion and gift for powerlifting, taking home her first competition gold after just three months of training. 

Her success didn’t always come easy though. “Growing up, I always felt like I didn’t fit in. While I excelled academically like many Brown girls, I was also a sporty girl who loved sprinting and competing,” she says. “However, I often heard negative comments from society, such as ‘don’t get too bulky’ when I started lifting weights, or the belief that the end goal of a Brown girl’s life was marriage.” 

But today, she’s using her high profile to help break those stigmas. “I want to empower South Asian women to embrace their inner power woman,” says Bains. Catch her competing this spring on

All About Karenjeet

Age: 26
Height: 5ft 4in
Bicep: 36cm
Training Regime: 1.5 hours a day, six days a week
Record Holder: Most times to squat lift her own body weight in one minute
Instagram: @karenjeet_bains


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