Trainer Kuldep Sethi on transforming Vijay Deverakonda for Liger
The fitness coach on transforming the actor into a UFC fighter
Vijay Deverakonda's transformation for Liger is earning praise. The film, which also stars Ananya Pandey, is set to release on August 25. It marks Vijay's debut in the Hindi film debut.
The man behind Vijay's Liger physique is fitness and transformation expert Kuldep Sethi.
Kuldep is a leading fitness coach and a certified ACSM, CSCS, TRX and KFF trainer. He started training Vijay in January 2020 but the planning had begun a month prior.
"Vijay plays a UFC fighter in the movie and that was a challenging task," Kuldep shares about the process. "We had to ensure that he is flexible and his moves are at par with an MMA fighter. Initially we started with more of strength training to add muscle mass and as the program progressed we added hardcore, plyometric and agility exercises to enhance his mobility,
I had to be very keen to ensure that his body develops like that of an athlete (MMA fighter) and not like a bodybuilder. The main goal was to make his body symmetrical with my training. There are various actors who have disproportionately bigger arms and stuff but this is not the case with Vijay now, if you see his body, it is symmetrical and proportional."
Every individual has his own weaknesses and strengths when it comes to training, Kuldeep feels. In the context of Liger, he says, "Vijay's weaker points were his legs, back muscles and shoulders. I would like to highlight that Vijay has had one or two shoulder injuries but he has been extremely dedicated throughout the regime and the result is in front of the entire world."
Liger is directed by Puri Jagannadh. The film also features Mike Tyson in an extended cameo.