Raphael

About Raphael

  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer

    • USA Weightlifting Certified Sport Performance Coach

    • Throughout high school I trained for four years to earn a 1st Degree Black Belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art. In 2007 I discovered CrossFit and hit the workouts hard for a few years. Then I found a Mark Rippetoe affiliated Starting Strength gym and studied barbell lifting more extensively. While there, I was also very fortunate to train under Leo Totten and “hang” with East Coast Gold, a national weightlifting team. They taught me a great deal about the Olympic lifts, bodily mechanics, and the importance of mobility. I then moved to the west coast and trained under Jay Tieder, a veteran of the USA weightlifting education staff; there I learned the finer nuances of longevity-oriented positioning – do ten perfect squats instead of 100 sloppy squats for a better body tomorrow. Clipper City CrossFit is my new home and I strive to cultivate helpful health and fitness knowledge within the Clipper community and I love witnessing people make well-earned personal gains. 

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