‘Badass’ Sikh trolled for posting bodyweight workouts on Instagram – BBC Stories
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‘Badass’ Sikh trolled for posting bodyweight workouts on Instagram – BBC Stories

November 15, 2019


When I’m working out it makes me
feel like I’m Wonder Woman. Like I’m on top of the world. Physically,
it just does wonders to your body. I’m small and petite but it makes
me feel like I’m in beast mode. Like this monster comes out in me. I’m Gurpreet Kaur. I’m 23, from Coventry and I do
bodyweight training. And I’m a Sikh. It’s unusual in the Indian community,
for a Sikh female to be doing the exercises I have been doing,
people find it very shocking. On my Instagram I started to get
some negative reviews on that from people worldwide. Saying that ‘a
woman’s place is in the kitchen’. ‘You shouldn’t be working out’. That made me feel angry. It built this fight inside of me.
And I wanted to prove them wrong. Show them that women can
do whatever men can do. I draw strength from the music
I listen to when I work out. They’re called Shabads,
which are like Sikh religious hymns. When I’m struggling with an exercise
it’s an extra bit of motivation that gets me through the end of my
workout. It reminds me of who I am. I just manage to finish it with
my Shabads in the background. What I do makes me stand out. But as Sikhs we’re meant to
stand out from the crowd. That’s why we wear the turban. So we
can be spotted if anyone needs help. A lot of people don’t realise
that in this day and age Sikh women can also wear the turban. Hopefully, in a few years
down the line I hope to start up a Sikh female motorbike group. I haven’t seen any Sikh women
riders around in the UK and I feel like we should get out there,
let the world know who Sikhs are. And that we can be badass
as well riding motorbikes.

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  1. You are amazing you have a fantastic physique and are an inspiration to a lot of people. You go girl and aim for the stars ??

  2. That's common in india, keeping rolling like you do, don't come here the place is becoming full of shit and communal proponganda 🙂

  3. RESPECT! As a male calisthenics athlete, it just makes me so glad to see women also doing it. It's not even about the stereotypes, but the actual skill it takes to lift your own weight. That is admirable. 🙂

  4. Definition of beast mode=( for those who require one )
    Beast mode refers to a state of performing something, especially difficult activities, with extreme power, skill, or determination.

    I’m assuming we are are all watching the same impressive clip of this young lady’s skills.

  5. That’s amazing … I’ve always found the Sikhs to be an amazing and advance people! Glad to have them in Britain

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