Small Changes Can Get You in Great Shape This Summer

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.

What Raphael Velazquez can say in an interview on
Achieving Our Fitness Goals:

    • Move daily. Do a physical activity that makes you feel good by the time you finish your workout. The goal for a lot of people looking to get into shape is that you’re dealing with pain in your joints, lower back, upper back, neck, etc. Focus on what’s right in front of you and start moving daily towards feeling better.

    • Manage time. Make sure to block your workout time from your calendar—45 minutes is a great aim. With most of the world working from home, work never stops. Make sure to take time for your physical and mental well-being to work out, meditate, go for a run, cycle, etc. You’ll be able to avoid being burned out and allow yourself to step away from work for yourself.
    • Lift heavy stuff, move fast, and be agile. Lift weights and focus on form. We tend to compare lifting heavy to people around us but this is all about you. While keeping a focus on form, test the limits of your body by either doing several more repetitions of some weight, going slightly heavy, or exposing your muscles and body to tougher stimuli. We get strong from overcoming obstacles we have not been exposed to. This applies to much of what we experience in life. You must test your limits (safely) to grow and go to the next level.
    • Set goals and get clear. There’s a difference between “wanting” to attain goals and stating that you “will” attain your goals. Be clear on whether you’re willing to attain goals and make sacrifices, set the goals, and take small steps to achieve them.
    • Recover. The gains in strength, fat loss, and ultimately feeling good will continue to happen due to getting adequate rest (sleeping 7–9 hours), eating well, taking 1–2 off days a week, stretching, etc. This allows the body to repair itself to become stronger, lighter, faster, and to feel better. This goes hand in hand with working hard. Rest hard.


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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