WHY ATHLETIC PRIME?
At an early age, I discovered the positive effects of strength conditioning on my athleticism. Especially through my favorite sports of basketball and American football.
As the years passed, I noticed that I was able to maintain a respectable amount of athleticism by continuing to train like an athlete, even now at 50.
I also realized that health could be maintained by continuing to try to develop athleticism as a masters athlete.
There is both art and science involved in training as a masters athlete. Trying to balance exercise volume, frequency and modalities with proper recovery and nutrition can be tricky. Don't forget to throw health/injury issues, scheduling conflicts and personal preferences into the mix.
Somehow balancing all of this is the key to keep you training pain free with intensity, consistency and a sense of enjoyment through the years.
Carlos L. Cuadras
Founder, Owner, Coach
My mission is to provide training solutions for masters athletes that are safe, simple, practical and efficient.
Although tricky, I believe it is worth the effort to continue to try and develop as an athlete.
Athletic Prime stands for this belief and the vision is to be the guiding light for masters athletes in their pursuit.
If you train Athletic,… you will stay Prime!
WHAT MY CUSTOMERS SAY
Have been working with Carlos for about 15 months. For someone who sits at a desk for most of the day, his emphasis on mobility and proper form has enabled tangible results. He is incredibly knowledgeable and spends time explaining the bio-mechanics of each exercise. He caters to his clients with a flexible schedule, is very reliable and I would highly recommend his service.
I've worked with a bunch of trainers over the years and Carlos was hands down the best. The first reason is that Carlos has serious technical knowledge and a first-rate understanding of biomechanics. He helped me get functionally stronger and a lot more fit not by shouting at me to lift more, but by stressing – and being incredibly strict about – good form. I thought I knew quite a lot about training, but I learned an incredible amount from Carlos. The second reason is that I've never had a trainer who was more invested in my success. Carlos really took the time to not only hear what I was saying about how my body was working. but paid super close attention on a daily basis to how my body was responding to our training and made appropriate adjustments that significantly improved my overall health and functional fitness. I can't recommend him highly enough.
Born and bred in Miami Beach, Florida, my career in the physical fitness industry began in 1996 in Miami as a personal trainer at The Fontainebleau Hilton Resort & Spa and then as a club manager at The Island Club of Doral Isles.
In 1999, I decided to make a transition towards becoming a physical education teacher. In Miami-Dade County, I taught students across various ages, grades and levels including coaching American football and basketball teams.
Having already experienced coaching and teaching at the elementary, middle school and high school levels, I seized an opportunity to coach at the next level. In 2003, I was hired to be the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Florida International University, where I was involved in working with all varsity teams there.
In 2005, I moved to Gainesville, Florida to be closer to my family who had relocated to northern Florida.
There, I worked as a sports performance coach at Gainesville Health & Fitness Center (GHFC).
At GHFC, I was involved in:
-creating "The Athletic Academy" athletic development program,
-consulting and presenting about youth physical fitness for Alachua County's Extended Day Enrichment Program
-competing as an amateur 400/800 meter runner
-maintaining a private training clientele.
In 2009, I moved to Geneva, Switzerland to pursue a special someone I now call my wife.
Since being in Geneva I was able to:
-establish a private training clientele
-play and coach for the Geneva Seahawks American football team from 2009-2012
-play on Team Caterpillar city league basketball since 2012
-establish Athletic Prime Sàrl in 2010
-establish and operate CrossFit Geneva from 2011 - 2018 in an effort to combine the Athletic Prime philosophy with CrossFit.
-begin training clients online in 2018 exclusively as Athletic Prime.
MASTER'S DEGREE, MASTER OF SCIENCE (MS), EXERCISE & SPORT SCIENCE
Florida International University, 2004
BACHELOR'S DEGREE, BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BS), FOOD & NUTRITION
Florida State University, 1996
CERTIFIED STRENGTH & CONDITIONING SPECIALIST (CSCS)
National Strength & Conditioning Association, 1999 - present
CORRECTIVE EXERCISE SPECIALIST (CES)
National Academy of Sports Medicine, 2008
CROSSFIT LEVEL 1 TRAINER CERTIFICATE
CrossFit Inc., Basel, Switzerland, 2010
CROSSFIT LEVEL 2 TRAINER CERTIFICATE
CrossFit Inc., Basel, Switzerland, 2015
CROSSFIT GYMNASTICS TRAINER CERTIFICATE
CrossFit Inc., Horgen, Switzerland, 2014
CROSSFIT WEIGHTLIFTING TRAINER CERTIFICATE
CrossFit Inc., Zurich, Switzerland, 2015
EXERCISE NUTRITION LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATE
Precision Nutrition, 2020