I’m a REPs Level 3 personal trainer - born and raised in Brazil – now living and working in London. I work with a whole range of people to help them achieve their health and fitness goals, with particular expertise in helping clients to recover from and manage injuries.
 

I have a degree in Physical Education and a post-graduate diploma in the physiology of exercise, where I developed my skills as a personal trainer and built a deep understanding the human body in its whole complexity.

 

Alongside personal training, I have worked extensively as a Pilates instructor, helping people with bad backs; hernias; disc protrusion; sciatic nerve issues; bad posture and other challenges, to improve their flexibility, general health and overall fitness.

 

In my mission to understand even more about these types of body issues, in 2016 I completed a Tui Na massage course, and now regularly assist my clients in recovering from training, as well as managing muscle and joint issues, using these massage techniques.

 

My career has also involved leading capoeira groups, social projects, organising boot camps, sports’ championships, as well as founding my own running group, helping clients to prepare for and participate in running competitions.

HOW I WORK

I take a tailored and individual approach to every client I train, respecting each person’s specific needs and limitations. Before developing a training programme, I do a complete physical assessment and observe existing imbalances in your muscular skeletal system. From there, I aim to strengthen the right muscles to bring back the balance that you need, while always prioritising the perfect execution of each movement and exercise.

  • Dynamic Reformer Pilates - Ten Health & Fitness (UK) - 2018

  • Level 3 Personal Trainer and Exercise Referral certificate (UK) - 2017

  • Tui Na massage - Shen (BRA) - 2016

  • Post-graduate in Physiology of Exercise - IBGM (BRA) - 2015

  • Physical Education - Federal University of Pernambuco (BRA) - 2012

 

Online training lets you benefit from the expertise of a personal trainer, for a fraction of the cost! Using the Trainerize app, I’ll build a customised training plan for you to follow at the gym, at home, or in the park. I can then track and review your progress via the app, tweaking your workouts as required. You also have the option of Skype calls with me to explain your workout, check your progress, update your training and answer any questions.

For those who want the one-on-one support of a trained exercise specialist, in-person sessions are the way to go. Meeting with me regularly, I will ensure you’re always exercising in the best way possible and will ensure you stay motivated to achieve your goals. In-person sessions can be done in the gym or outside, and incorporate a whole variety of methods and equipment, including weights, TRX, swiss ball, body weight and pilates. I can also work with pairs and small groups.

For those who want to balance the cost of a personal trainer, you have the option to combine online and in-person training. With this option, we’ll meet for less frequent one-to-one sessions where I’ll assess your needs, observe how you move and ensure you fully understand the exercises. I’ll then build the rest of your fitness programme on the app for you to follow in your own time. During our regular meetings, I will even film you practicing the exercises to upload on to the app, so you will always remember the correct technique. I will of course check-in regularly to track your progress and answer any questions you may have.

A fitness assessment is conducted by an exercise professional to help gauge and then determine what proper workout program you will need to achieve your fitness goals. During the fitness assessment I will assess your current fitness level, identify training needs, select training regiments and evaluate the success of the programme in achieving its objectives. For that, I will apply the following tests: health screening; standard measurements; body composition; cardiovascular (VO2Max); flexibility test; muscular strength and endurance. 

 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“I lost 23kg of body weight during one year of training with Rafael. After months changing my habits, I was able to change my body fat percentage from 41.4% to 20.5% and my BMI from 31.3 to 23.6."

—  Junior, 41