Elite Functional Training Specialist
Q: Hi Rulk, thanks for joining us! Could you please share a bit about yourself, your upbringing, and your passions growing up?
"I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology. I have always been fascinated with strength and conditioning. More specifically how our mind can push our body to exceed that which we believe we can do. I also gravitated toward biomechanics to learn how to deconstruct movement patterns and design efficient sequences to optimize performance. Many people would be fascinated with the 300lbs man that could lift 2000 lbs...where I would be more interested in the 90 year old woman that lifted a car off her trapped grandchildren. I wanted to understand how that was possible...how people are able to accomplish remarkable feats when they don’t seem possible. Full commitment and conviction to purpose. In Hawaii there is a saying...”If Can, Can. If No Can, Still Can.” Always Can. This is my life mantra and something that I preach to my own sons and everyone that I work with."
"I designed my own body weight training curriculum called Raw Functional Training or RFT®. It focuses on our foundational movement patterns and a systematic approach of sequencing these movements together to enhance core stability, joint mobility and overall functional strength and conditioning. When training waterman, first responders or competitive athletes I also integrate the sensory system to help them learn to manage their nervous and adrenal systems."
"I have been blessed to work with many elite Olympic and professional athletes in a myriad of sports and genres. I also have worked with elite military teams, SWAT, Fire, and Search and Rescue units. I have specifically enjoyed working with many waterman including Big Wave Surf Champion Makua Rothman and members of the North Shore Life Guard Association."
Q: You’ve had the opportunity to combine your training with the functionality designed into the ‘Eleu Trainer, can you tell us a bit about the trainer and how it worked for you?
"I love the glove like feel of the ‘Eleu Trainer and it’s responsiveness regardless of the terrain I am training on. I do a lot of my training outdoors and they allow my feet to feel both secure and comfortable when transitioning from ground work to running."
Q: Getting a bit more personal, what do you love most about what you do?
"I love helping people do more than they believe they can do. Exceeding limitations that we all tend to place on ourselves. Although I love working with my elite athletes and it is extremely rewarding training our military and first responders, every single person I have the pleasure of working with is a blessing and I am honored to navigate them on their journey. There are no restrictions to my RFT® training curriculum. Age, Gender, Level of Fitness, Equipment...do not matter. The only two things that are required to succeed are focus and effort...and we control both of those things. My mission is to show everyone that they are unstoppable if they can commit to purpose."
Q: Lastly, we like to end our Q&A’s by asking our friends of the brand what your 3 favorite OluKai’s are. Other than the trainer what do you like to wear?
Thank you to Da Rulk! Check out his training tactics on his Instagram @da_rulk