Sohrab Khushrushahi is a name and a face that has gained popularity in fitness circles over the past few years. Having trained countless Indians, including many celebrities, through his SohFit programme, Sohrab is now bringing RFT to India. Raw Functional Training (RFT) is a fitness module that focuses on functional fitness rather than aesthetics, created by Da Rulk, real name Joseph Sakuda. In a conversation with Hindustan Times, two fitness experts talk about RFT, India’s wellness scene and their favorite celebrity clients – Alia Bhatt and Chris Hemsworth. Read also: Alia Bhatt asks why having a baby should change her career
RFT focuses on minimal equipment and focus on movement and flow rather than lifting heavy weights all the time. Talking about why he felt the need to relocate to India, Sohrab says, “It’s about making fitness accessible to as many people as possible. India is developing, when it comes to fitness. Not everyone has access to gyms or money to buy equipment. For me. There’s a kind of training you can do in your room with no equipment that does the job. I think it fits perfectly in our ecosystem.”
Da Rulk adds that he has been familiar with the Indian fitness scene these days and is excited to start his journey here. “It’s in its infancy in the sense that everyone gets into the flow of exercise. That’s why I’m so excited about India because it gives us the opportunity to start from growing up and have people focus on feeling powerful rather than just its aesthetics. Overall, it’s exciting,” he says.
Although Sohrab and Da Rulke have a strong dislike of the term “celebrity fitness trainer,” they have been described time and time again. Through his SohFit programme, Sohrab has worked with names like Alia Bhatt and Kiara Advani, while Da Rulk has trained people like Chris Hemsworth and Josh Brolin. Speaking about celebrity training, Da Rulke says, “Celebrities are people too. People sometimes put them on a pedestal. It gives more insight into what we do. I train with people like Chris Hemsworth and Josh Brolin, as well as with first responders (firefighters, Navy SEALS etc.). to that) First responders tend to give my training approach credibility and enlightenment. But training with Chris and Josh and these guys gives it clarity. When you pair those two things together, it’s a special blend.”
Sohrab adds that he has special respect for celebrities because of the amount of hard work he puts in and also reveals which celebrity client is willing to work hard. “They are amazing people. They work really hard. They are so good at what they do because they work really hard at it. I treat them like I treat anyone else. But I have a special soft corner for Alia and I feel like she works really hard. I’ve seen her work through.” 16 hour photo sessions and then I come and do a workout session at night. I think that takes a lot from the individual. It’s hard to come and train after a long day like that. I give her a lot of respect for that,” he shares.
Sohrab also talked about Alia’s pregnancy and how a woman’s fitness regime changes when she’s expecting. Sohrab explains how he adapts his clients’ fitness routines when they are pregnant. He says, “It (exercise) changes. We adjust things. The beauty of any form of training lies in our ability to always adapt. I believe that just because a girl is expecting a child, she does not need to stop moving or change drastically. India is one Places where people don’t allow a woman to move once she’s pregnant. That shouldn’t happen.”
Da Rulk adds that he focuses on training to be fun, which is something Chris Hemsworth expert in. “Chris is hilarious. It feels like you’re about 13. It’s always jokes. You laugh so much that it takes a lot of work without having to add it. Focus tends to be a bit of a struggle because you tend to laugh during routine. But it’s always time Good.” “The training is yours, so it should be fun,” he says with a laugh.