By Shannon Lane @shannonroselane

MEET Rahki Giovanni, the fitness superstar from Miami, who can squat 530lbs and crush watermelons with her own thighs.

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Videographer / director: Massimiliano Bulgheroni, Rodrigo Gomez, Ariel Martinez
Producer: Shannon Lane, Ruby Coote, Nathalie Bonney
Editor: Beth Angus

 

Training for at least two hours every day, Rahki can run a mile in under six minutes and do 43 deadlifts at 315llbs in less than 60 seconds.

At 5 ft 6 and weighing 14 stone of pure muscle, the 27-year-old has undergone an astonishing body transformation -and she trains others to achieve the same.

In Barcroft TV’s new three-part digital series ‘Miami Muscle’ viewers will see Rahki push her clients to the limit, as well as the challenges Rahki has in her own life.  

In episode one, we meet Rahki’s friend and client Katherine, who wants to become the “best version” of herself after putting on 50lbs of baby weight. But will Rakhi’s regime be too hard for Katherine?

Rahki told Barcroft TV: “I train my body to perfection and every day is a gym day.

“I love my body it’s strong and every day reminds me of all the hard work that I put into it.

“But the journey here wasn’t easy. We’ve all got to start somewhere.

“Even I struggled in the beginning. I was huge, I was overweight; I’ve already been through that transformation, now I can help other people achieve their body goals.”

In her early twenties, Rahki was overweight and unfit, existing on a diet of soda drinks, carbs, sugars and no exercise. 

Rahki said: “My heaviest was a little over 270 pounds at the age of 19.”

Depressed and unhappy with not only the way she looked but how she felt, Rahki decided it was time for a change.

She started by doing 1,000 sit-ups a day; hitting the gym hard - in the beginning Rahki would work out for eight hours at a time. By then she was able to do 75 push ups and 75 pull-ups and dips every day.

As she sculpted her body to its new shredded physique Rahki realised that her health regime was as important for her mental transformation as her physical one.

She said: “The way you see yourself on the outside it has a lot to do with how you see yourself on the inside.”

Wanting to apply her same methods to others, Rahki is a sought after personal trainer in Miami.

She said: “My style of training is hard core and straight to the point.”

And it’s not just clients, Rahki trains her friends too  - and is the first to admit: “It’s a little difficult training friends.”  

“I do this to help people and make a difference in their lives.”