5 Steps to Get Fit (Whether at Home or at the Gym)

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
5 Adjustments to Help You Get Fit:

 1. Have a plan. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Set goals, dream big, and plan for the long-term. Most of us are not competitive athletes, so prioritize feeling good, get stronger and eat well. You’ll start to first feel better and then look better over time. Love the person you’re becoming and the habits you’re creating.

 2. Leave 1–2 reps in the tank with each set. With each exercise you do, unless the goal is to go to absolute failure, leave 1–2 reps in the tank. This way you’re doing exercises that are challenging, yet safe. Having that understanding that you can do more allows for you to look forward to the next session when you perform the same exercise.

 3. Commandment 12 (from Core Fitness): You shall be open to variety. Variety is king. The body’s main priority is to survive and adapt. When we are working out, we are putting the muscles under tension and putting the body under stress. Many people plateau due to doing the same routines for months. The body needs variety to continue to shock and confuse the muscles and central nervous system to allow for growth to continue to happen. Perform one workout program for 4-6 weeks and then switch to a routine that works on your goals and weak points.

4. Build up your work capacity. You need to build up your capacity to do work within a specific amount of time first. Focus on feeling good and over time you will continue to be able to step it up.

 5. Place emphasis on feeling good at the end of your workout. Many people tend to start going extremely hard in the gym (whether at home or at a physical location). Many times, it is not sustainable. Start to associate the feeling of success, feeling good, and owning the workout by feeling good so that you can be excited to workout. Not everyone likes to feel defeated after a workout.


Interview: Raphael Velazquez

Raphael Velazquez, NSCA CSCS, is 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 off one’s circumstances, resources, resiliency, creativity & grit.

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

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