VIDA Fitness Instructor: Rafael Aragao
What made you become a Personal Trainer?
During my teenage years, I played soccer for a professional team at youth level in Brazil and was fortunate to receive specialized strength & conditioning training. This experience made me realize how important proper training is for someone to reach theirfitness goals. Today as a Fitness Coach I work with all skill levels to help people meettheir goals and experience new ways of training that are normally used with professional athletes.
Get hot and sweaty before you touch a dumbbell or barbell for your first set. It can be accomplished by doing a few rounds of box jumps, push-ups, and lunges for 5 minutes.This routine will prep your joints and muscles and increase your performance while lifting weights. Five minutes in the sauna doesn’t count.
Make sure you refuel your body with nutrients immediately after your workout. It will balance your glycogen levels, speed up recovery and increase lean muscle mass. A protein shake is a good option because its liquid form will be metabolized faster in your body than solid food.
Tell us about one of your success stories
Heather Krause is one of my most impressive clients. She came to me about two years ago with no experience on how to workout properly. Her time at the gym was spent exercising on the elliptical and treadmill. According to her, she never lifted a weight. After meeting Heather and seeing her discipline and competitive nature, I felt confident in coaching her to the level of weightlifting she could never imagine. Today, Heather has mastered great technique and lifts more weight than some of the male clients I train.