"I am passionate for fitness and sports, and love what I do."
Raphael has over 21+ years experience in the fitness industry and has dedicated his life to fitness training and preparation based on up-to-date scientific evidence.
Raphael's journey in the fitness industry began in the Brazilian army. Here, his own training started full force, exercising and being pushed to his limits everyday. At just 19 years of age, Raphael became a Lieutenant and was the fitness trainer of large teams of Soldiers and Sergeants.Raphael started strong, but wanted to enrich his training with scientific evidence and research. Raphael completed his bachelor of science in physical education and then was invited to complete a post graduate degree in exercise physiology. During this time, Raphael published two scientific papers, presented at an international conference, and was later invited to lecture at the postgraduate level. Raphael used the knowledge gained from his academic endeavours to not only apply it to clients, but to help those in need. He educated the less fortunate in Brazil through sport and fitness in volunteering roles that included school teacher, sports coach, and referee. This work had a big impact on his community and on his own life. In Brazil he worked as a personal trainer and fitness instructor for 8 years. Then he made his big move to New Zealand. Here, he has worked at Les Mills as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for 7 years. During his time as a personal trainer he has coached a variety of clients from a true beginner, to national athletes. Ready to take his career to the next step, Raphael started his own bootcamp business which he has been running for 8 years. Now, Raphael is ready to train you. At fitsquad, Raphael goes digital, with the goal of helping you be as fit and healthy as you can be! Are you ready?