Fitness influencer Ankit Baiyanpuria, took part in the ‘Shramdaan for cleanliness’ programme with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as part of the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign on Sunday, a day before Gandhi Jayanti.
Ankit, hails from Sonipat, is a former desi wrestler and social media influencer. whose His followers on X reached 5 millions today. His father is a farmer and his mother is a homemaker. He has gained prominence for his promotion of traditional and indigenous workout methods.
Sharing a video of him with the fitness influencer on social media, Modi, wrote, “Today, as the nation focuses on Swachhata, Ankit Baiyanpuriya and I did the same! Beyond just cleanliness, we blended fitness and well-being also into the mix. It is all about that Swachh and Swasth Bharat vibe!”
In the video, Modi is heard asking Ankit how will the Swachhata mission help his fitness. To which, Ankit replies, “It’s our responsibility to keep our nature clean. If it remains clean, we will stay fit.” Ankit also said the people of Sonipat have started focusing on cleanliness.
Ankit started his career on YouTube by making funny videos in Haryanvi on his channel called Haryanvi Khagad. But during the COVID-19 lockdown, he changed the focus of his content to fitness, including diets and workouts. As a result, he renamed his YouTube channel to Ankit Baiyanpuria.
He mainly promotes traditional wrestling workouts like sapate (Desi wrestling burpees), rope climbing, and running. He trains with his coach, Krishan Pahalwan, in his village.