Move like an animal
Animal Flow, the new “it” exercise program, is about getting in touch with the primordial being within you. On all fours, you have to crawl like a lizard, walk like a monkey, crouch like a tiger, stretch your body like a crab – cross and transform from one animal to another in seconds. It’s all about flow – flowing like animals and imitating their movements.
The ground motion system is all about channeling your inner animal. This modern exercise regime is becoming very famous in the West and now it has reached Kerala, thanks to fitness trainer Rohit Prathap. The self-taught trainer has been introducing the animal movement patterns to the people of Thiruvananthapuram for quite some time. Rohit, 31, calls the whole thing a performance art.
One cannot disagree, as Rohit crosses the gymnasium floor on all fours, dissolving into animalistic movements. You can only see great art happening, athletic art and at the same time tickle all your aesthetic sensibilities. Rohit stumbled upon a video about the flow of animals during the pandemic outbreak.
He immediately got into it and started learning the moves and practicing them in his backyard.
“For me, animal flow is a manifestation of my childhood. My mother is tribal and in my youth, when I spent my life in the forests, I walked and crawled. I used to run faster on all four limbs. People were telling me to join the circus and some were even wondering if I was an animal or a human,” laughs Rohit, who resides in Paruthippara in the city. Having mastered the art of movement on his own, Rohit created his own set of flows and further improvised them.
Exercise and discipline have always been part of my life, he says. Rohit has been a regular at gyms since he was 18 years old. After starting his own gym, Rohit has now included animal flow in the exercise routine. “I want to make sure the movements are graceful. Aesthetics are very important to me. Here, I developed a hybrid form of training that blends strength training, animal movement, and calisthenics,” says Rohit, who is the founder of the Predator Army Health Club.
No less than 40 people come to the Rohit gymnasium to learn animal movement. “First I teach them the individual poses of the animals. And then the transition and movement from animal to animal is taught. I don’t teach it to injured people. Other than that, anyone can learn,” Rohit says. But he says the art takes a lot of focus. “If you’re weight training, your mind and thoughts can go anywhere. But here, you have to be one with your body and be focused. I’m aware of how a finger moves when I’m flowing,” he adds. According to him, learning Animal Flow had a huge impact on his life.
“It grounded me and made me calmer. I can vent my pain and aggression through it, which calms me down. I want to reach a lot of people through this art form,” he says. Rohit loves wilderness and animals, “So I spend a lot of time observing them in their natural habitat. It has helped me explore this art form and create my own movements,” says Rohit, who has choreographed 30 streams so far. “The dream is to create a training space in the mountains, where everything is holistic,” he says. Instagram: @deadfame_
Animal Flow, the popular exercise in the West, has reached Kerala. Trainer Rohit Prathap popularizes the movement-based diet, which is more like an art form