Ever since I was beat up by a much larger classmate in 5th grade, exercising and other kinds of physical self-improvement have been a major part of my life. Six years after I picked up my first weight I began training at a local YMCA, where I earned my CPR, First Aid and personal training certifications through the National Academy of Sports and Medicine. I have not only been lucky enough to enjoy fitness training, but also been able to use it as a means to earn enough money to support myself through high school and college. Through my years in the fitness industry I have also gotten involved with local community groups and formed several different fitness programs for children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities. Currently I am the General Manager here at Circuit Works and with that hope to facilitate an atmosphere that promotes fitness growth, while continuing to make the process enjoyable.
It’s a funny juxtaposition when the person giving you such a challenging workout, can possess such a warm smile. Born in Eugene, Oregon Kasseem brings the perfect balance of encouragement and intensity. Kasseem’s fitness career began in high school when a dedicated exercise regiment was found to be superior to innate athletic-ability. Focused on being the best at his sport, Kasseem began his training specifically for football. His focus earned him a scholarship to Northern Arizona University where he played defensive back before earning his degree. Kasseem’s post-college fitness was fueled after he moved from Arizona to Los Angeles, in pursuit of a serious fitness career. Kasseem found his home here at Circuit Works where he continues to help his clients have fun, while keeping his workouts effective.
Fitness has been my addiction since my beginnings in Westchester, NY. Since then I have gotten involved with several fitness-based non-profit organizations including FitForever (Carl Lewis’ Foundation), while parlaying that with my own exploration into boxing and various forms of martial arts. Upon my arrival in Los Angeles, I was fortunate enough to find Circuit Works where I have been able to continue to channel my efforts towards helping people get the body they deserve.
Being the kid in class who could never sit still, I have remained physically active throughout my life. After high school I worked as an instructor for Universal Cheerleading Association on the East Coast. Later I moved south to Florida where I taught gymnastics at Chelle Stacks. More recently, I moved to Los Angeles with the goal to become a personal trainer. I graduated from the Personal Training program at CNI College, and have been working as a group instructor as well as a personal trainer since. I feel that Circuit Works is the best place for me to apply my knowledge and channel my positive energy to make every class enjoyable!
Raphael Verela, a six-year United States Marine Corps veteran, created Optimum Boot Camp. Raphael also trained pre-Boot Camp recruits with emphasis on muscle strength development and cardiovascular endurance. His experience and education in the health and fitness industry got him recognized as one of the best trainers in Southern California. Raphael attended Oregon State University, as an Exercise Physiology major, and is certified with the American Council on Exercise, Progressive Fitness accredited training programs, Future Fit, Sports Telesis, as a Nutrition Technician, and Muscle Lab 1 resistance training. Raphael has actively competed in Martial Arts, Baseball, Football, Track and Field, Swimming, Underwater Diving, Sky Diving, Repelling, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Open Sea Kayaking, Hiking, Skiing, Snow Boarding, and Gymnastics. Raphael offers a practical knowledge of the athlete and outdoors person, coupled with laboratory and scientific research findings in designing an effective program to benefit everyone regardless of age, general, level of fitness, weight or personal busy schedule.
Fitness and Sports are a part of who I am. I can not remember a time where I haven’t been competing in something. Tennis was my choice sport and I was fortunate enough to get a full college scholarship to Vanguard University of Southern California. While in college I was able to take a trip leading a local sports camp for kids, and that is where I discovered another passion: non-profit youth programs. I have ran over 40 local and international youth sports camps, and love being able to take my passion for sports and fitness and to share it with people all over the world. My favorite quote that motivated me growing up was “when you think you have nothing left, you ALWAYS have a little bit more”. I love helping people to see that, especially when it comes to reaching health and fitness goals, you always have something left, and I will help motivate you in to reaching the goals that you have always wanted.
Delvon Flowers is a 24/7 athletic minded instructor and trainer, with a history in competitive sports, including Gymnastics, Basketball, Track & Field, and Football. His friends know him as “Legend” due to his title as the #1 Junior College football player in the Nation and as a standout “Running Back” at Arizona State University. After earning his degree from ASU and spending 9 years in healthcare management, Delvon returned back to his passion for fitness, which directed him in earning his Certified Personal Trainer certification from AFPA, specializing in athletic performance, strength and conditioning, and body toning. Delvon brings his skills and passion for building athletes to Circuit Works, where he now takes everyday men and women, mothers and fathers, and turns each of them into an athletic and toned fitness masterpiece.
Originally from NJ, I have been involved in Fitness and Nutrition for over 10 years. I have my personal training certification from AAAI/ISMA & NASM along with others (yoga, pilates, cycling, pre-post natal). As a certified nutritionist, I’m currently studying Kinesiology/Exercise Science & Dietetics. As a NPC National Figure & Bikini Competitor and Fitness Model, the focus and dedication that goes into all my training motivates me to reach my goals. I want to share that motivation with you. I know that with a positive attitude and lifestyle you can change the way you live to have the healthiest one ever. I live by this quote from Oprah: “Be responsible for the energy that you bring into the room.” I always bring positive, uplifting energy to you!
My journey in fitness began over 12 years ago with a need to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. The spark that started off as ‘just a way to get healthy’ has now ignited a passion, love and commitment to the heath and fitness industry. I earned my group fitness certified and spin Certified through AFAA so I could share my passion and drive with fellow enthusiasts. To expand my knowledge I also earned my personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, one of the nation’s premier Certification programs. I also teach kickboxing, spin, and boot camps, and I enjoy bringing all of those disciplines into my classes. My goal is to inspire people to accomplish what they never thought possible.
Nicknamed by friends as BA or “The Body Architect” from years of training and whipping people into shape, I have developed my own style of motivating and assisting people of all body types reach and normally exceed their goals. My personable and friendly, yet accountable approach to exercising comes from years of fitness, extreme sports and personal training. My background comes from more of a combat style. I have been a high school wrestling coach for years, that focused on a lot of strength and conditioning. My training style comes from years of wrestling, boxing, MMA and Krav Maga. I truly love fitness and all of the benefits it can bring into a person’s life. I can be very selective as to whom I chose to personal train one on one, as I put just as much of myself into your body transformation, as you do. My group classes are challenging, yet fun and very entertaining. I always say, “Goals and dreams are meant to be achieved and lived.” See you soon in a group class or maybe even one on one.
Growing up in the Midwest meant one thing: Sports. When Sam was 5 years old, sitting in his living room watching Michael Jordan play ball on TV, he decided he would pick up a basketball. From that point on he became an athlete and would go on to play multiple sports throughout school including: Basketball, Tennis, Soccer, Baseball, Track & Field, and Cross Country. Leading an active lifestyle was no longer a choice; it became a necessity. In his last year of College at Temple University in Philadelphia, Sam began weight training 5-6 times a week with a diet regiment to match. Because he was no longer playing sports on a regular basis, he decided this was the best way to practice his passion for fitness and all things active moving forward. Everyone’s journey starts at different times in their lives, but no matter how old you are or where you are there is no better time than now. One of Sam’s favorite quotes goes “The best way to predict the future is to create it!” and that is exactly how he approaches his client’s personal fitness goals. Your future in fitness starts now and with hard work, perseverance, a great attitude, and a little help from Sam EVERYONE can and WILL reach their goals!
Adam serves as a Trainer/Expert/Contributor to Turner Broadcasting’s wellness brand called upwave, has graced the cover of Runner’s World, created a series of fitness tips for the Tennis Channel, has been in the pages of Men’s Fitness, and featured in numerous ads and commercials for companies such as Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Champion and Gatorade. Adam attended Emory University, where he achieved an NCAA National singles ranking of #17 and doubles ranking of #9 in tennis. In soccer, he was a four year starter, two-time National Soccer Championship participant, and three-time University Athletic Associations Athlete of the week. His senior year he received the Russell Bridges Award, given to the University’s Best All-Around Male Athlete. Adams holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University and Master’s in Sport Management from The Ohio State University
Training is all about motivation. Where does your motivation come from? What drives you? Ever since I was little I always wanted to be two things: an athlete and a superhero! As a three sport athlete in high school (baseball, basketball and golf) and a two sport athlete in college (baseball and tennis) it only made sense I would choose a career that involves improving athletes’ abilities and creating everyday superheroes out of regular people. After graduating from Central Michigan University I joined the personal training team at The Michigan Athletic Club and trained a wide variety of clients with needs from weight loss to balance and stability to increased athletic performance. After 4 years of personal training I decided to try my hand at sports team strength coaching and accepted an internship with the Athletic Performance Department at UCLA. For 6 months I assisted the head strength coaches in many tasks to keep the athletes at the top of their abilities. I have always believed that working out is not something that should just become a habit. Find your motivation, then USE IT towards a goal! When I was in sports, it was easy. I wanted to be the best athlete I could be, so I trained hard! Now the focus is different. I train to be an everyday superhero, and that’s what I drive out of my clients. Every single workout should improve you…no excuses! I am very excited to be joining the Circuit Works family as the General Manager in Brentwood and look forward to bringing my experience, intensity, and fun personality to everyone’s workouts.
I knew I would be a great fit for Circuit Works from the day I took my first class. Health and fitness have always been an important factor in my life. My background in fitness ranges from playing sports (such as soccer, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics and cheerleading) to circuit training, Pilates and running. My high level of energy comes from the 8 years spent as a competitive cheerleader. Following my cheerleading career I coached competitive cheerleading and gymnastics for ages 5-18. My passion is to motivate others to live a confident and healthy life. Being able to take my experiences and use them toward making others feel good about them selves is a dream come true. I am extremely excited for the opportunity to join the Circuit Works LA team.
My interest in fitness was sparked at a young age, and quickly ignited into a passion. I was raised on a small island with a tight-knit community and with their support I was able to pursue my affinity for athletics. Beyond playing an array of sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball, crew and softball), I was able to assist and coach as well. Coaching helped train me to be a person that exudes a positive attitude to those around me. I am eager to develop in a new direction in Circuit Works and assist current and future clients grow so they can reach their highest potential.