Beating COVID and Triumphing in Fitness With These 6 Strategies

Available for Interviews: Raphael Velazquez

Raphael Velazquez, NSCA CSCS, is the founder of VELA, and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, celebrity trainer, and body transformation expert. He is also the author of Core Fitness: Your Best Shape, Looking and Feeling Great.

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Achieving Our Fitness Goals:

It is obviously an understatement how COVID has nearly affected every person on this planet. So it’s no surprise that our fitness ideals were also challenged over the past year. Here are 6 strategies that can help us all get back on track with our fitness goals post-pandemic:

    1. Set your goals. Prioritize health, fitness & nutrition goals, one at a time. Start off by choosing one health goal, one fitness goal, and one nutrition goal. This will not overwhelm you and will enable you to achieve and ensure you to be able to build momentum. Set goals small enough to attain yet require effort and mental focus to stay on track. If it’s too easy, it won’t test you. If it’s too hard, it may overwhelm you. Focus on more energy, improving cardio, and feeling good.
    2. Be realistic. Whether you’ve been able to stay consistent with your goals or you’ve fallen off, be sure to be realistic with your goals. Map out what your goals are and when you’re looking to achieve them. If you overcame Covid, it may take much longer to achieve some goals in terms of getting back into shape. Be patient with yourself and like a wise person once said, take what you’re given. Listen to your body.
    3. Meditate daily. Meditating daily will help you remove anxiety and stress from daily living and fear of attaining the goals you have set out to achieve. The calmer you are to take action while also listening to your body and being present, the more you’ll enjoy your fitness journey and life. During COVID, meditations proved helpful to so many in finding calmness and peace in the unknown. Keeping up with meditation can continue to help with calmness and having the ability to be present and allows you to check in with yourself to see how your body feels in the moment. Consider some great mediation apps to help in this area.
    4. Move daily. Moving daily helps you feel good. May it be lifting, running, walking, or stretching, you’ll start to build a habit of exercising. This is important to combat all the sitting you may be doing in your daily life. If you have a family, setting a positive example for your kids while achieving your fitness, health & nutrition goals is an added bonus!
    5. Lift HEAVY stuff, move fast, and be agile. Weightlifting is important. It’ll define your body composition, increase bone density and make doing physical activities of daily living easier. Whether you are working from home, or are a weekend warrior or athlete, performing at your best requires you to have the energy to take on whatever is thrown at you. Moving fast is important. As we age, being able to avoid a slip and fall is a fast movement. Being able to run to a bus is a fast movement. The last thing we want to do is get hurt when looking to avoid being late or avoiding accidents altogether.
    6. Recover. For anyone going through or recovering from COVID your stamina might be at a lower level than before the illness. Now, more than ever, it is important to sleep 7-9 hours, eat well, stretch, and focus on how you feel after a workout. Consider some apps that offer great recovery tools that can help in this area.


Interview: Raphael Velazquez

Raphael Velazquez, NSCA CSCS, is the founder of VELA, and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, celebrity trainer, and body transformation expert. He has built an unparalleled rapport within the fitness and entertainment industry. With years of experience in sculpting and transforming physiques and minds, Raphael formulates and implements techniques catered to the specific goals and needs of each of his clients. Best known for his work in strength and conditioning, Raphael possesses the expertise and professionalism needed to successfully meet demands and sculpt bodies and minds, while coaching his clients to fully embody their best lives. Raphael’s style is evident in the results you see in his clients, his physique is equally important. Recently featured in the Equinox “Impossible Happens” campaign, Miami Swim Week, New York Fashion Week, and Good Morning America with Brooke Burke.

Raphael also has a B.S. in exercise physiology, and in addition to training celebrities, entrepreneurs, and everyday people, he is a motivational speaker, a passionate advocate for the youth being a member of Mastermind Connect, and is devoted to serving others along their journey.

Raphael comes from a Dominican household. As a first-generation American, Raphael looks to be an example to inspire other first-generation Americans to go for their dreams and make them a reality based on one’s circumstances, resources, resiliency, creativity & grit.

Jo Allison
Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success In Media, Inc.

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