Having been a trainer for over seven years, I’ve tried every new protein and supplement in hopes that it would improve my endurance, strength, and training ability. After making the controversial switch from meat-eater to plant-based eater, I see now that I was sorely mistaken based on the fact that I have more strength, energy, and endurance now than ever before. With proper nutrition, correct form, and a little guidance, I believe that anyone can accomplish their fitness goals, which is why I love working at Circuit Works. From proper nutrition to a systematic approach to exercise, I make sure all of my clients see the results they want as quickly and safely as possible. The hardest part is showing up; if my clients can do that, I’ll take care of the rest.
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.
In a time where technology has shortened communications, made travel easier and decreased the need for us to use our bodies more than we have to, we have become the most over weight society in the world. Exercise should not be an inconvenience. It should not feel like a burden. It should be as much a part of your daily routine as breathing. Constant movement and daily sweating should be a definite. Fitness is the way to make life the best it can be. Exercise is the key to feeling and living better. This is how I have felt all my life and this is the philosophy I live by. If you are serious about making a positive change in your appearance, your health and your lifestyle, I got your back every step of the way.
Sarah Ann Corkum is an award winning fitness instructor from NYC. She has been featured on Fox News and Zeel.com for her expertise in post-natal fitness and creative workouts. Her fitness philosophy is to find a workout that you love to do and will leave you feeling accomplished. Her passion for fitness began in physical therapy despite being told she would never be able to complete a marathon due to a lack of cartilage in her knees and hips. Sarah Ann has since completed several endurance events including marathons, triathlons, and two half-Ironman events. She will challenge you to impress yourself with each workout and her infectious spunk will have you coming back for more! Join Sarah Ann for a class or training session that will leave you drenched, smiling, and proud!
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.
Growing up I was never slim fit or in the best of shape. Naturally I became self-conscious about my weight and physique. I decided to get into shape with a pair of outdated dumbbells and a barbell, which belonged to my father in his youth. My first goal, like most guys, was to get big arms and shoulders. Soon, I found myself reading magazines, books and online articles to learn as much as I could about fitness. People began to take notice in my results and ask me for tips and advice on beginning their own journey. This is when I earned my Personal Trainer Certification through ISSA. Those old dumbbells introduced me to the world of fitness that changed my life. I now use my personal experience and professional knowledge to help others achieve the physical goals they desire. Are you ready to rebuild your physique? As your Personal Trainer, I know I can help get you there.
Hailing from the great island of Cuba where music, dance and sports are part of everyday life, I decided to embark on a career that mirrored my culture. My Master’s Degree in Physiology, and a love for fitness and sports, has lead me to Circuit Works where I have seized the opportunity to apply my education and passion, while changing peoples lives. I strive to inspire, challenge & educate my clients. My classes are very similar to my personality: fun, energetic and extremely challenging. The combination of International and Latin music adds the final touches to what you’ll find to be the best fitness class ever. Being here and doing what I love most is the start of My American Dream.
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!