Raphael's Personal Training Style:
Raphael is a NASM-certified personal trainer and former physical therapy assistant with over 9 years of experience in fitness and movement arts. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, he has a background in performing arts — specifically acrobatics and dance — and a unique approach to personal training that focuses on empowering clients to attain freedom of movement and eliminate pain.
Raphael has a wealth of experience teaching various movement disciplines, including gymnastics strength training, kettlebell training, Olympic lifting, flexibility and mobility, and general strength training. With his personalized and client-focused approach, Raphael uses his extensive knowledge and experience to guide athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and patients toward optimal recovery and wellness.
I will always encourage you, cheer your accomplishments, show you that you’re capable of more than you think, and offer information and insights to other areas of your life that may be hindering your goals. I will not yell at you, shame you, or push you to do something I’m not 100% confident you can handle. I will not let you use poor form and I will do everything in my power to get you to your goals UN-injured.
Starting or returning to a new fitness plan can feel daunting–but it doesn’t have to be! As your personal trainer, I hope to make the gym–and workouts on your own at home–accessible and doable–so you’ll do them! Most things in life can be made as complicated or simple as you want them to be. For most humans, the easier something is to do, the more likely we are to do it, and actually doing the things is what will create change.