Born and raised in Brazil, I’ve given my love and passion to Chicago. I began my undergraduate education at NYU, ultimately receiving my BS and MA in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine from Long Island University. After earning my degrees, I worked as an Assistant Strength Coach at Long Island University and as an Athletic Trainer for the Columbia University football team.
During this time, I began working as a personal trainer and found my true calling. Hired by a internationally known fashion designer, I was lucky enough to spend several years honing my craft while traveling the world.
I created Bezztraining to allow me to take my passion to the next level. Now I am able to bring all my skill and love for fitness to the people of Chicago.
Critter coordinates and conducts individualized training programs and develops individualized nutrition programs for people looking to get back in shape, or athletes who need to go to the next level in competition. Critter has received his certification in Fitness and Physiology at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA. He also has competed in numerous power weightlifting competitions winning several awards and titles. Critter has trained and competed with “Iron Masters Powerlifting”, which is a group of men 40 and older, who are power lifting master event winners actively competing. Critter has worked as a personal trainer at World Gym San Francisco/World Gym Palm Springs and at numerous other Bay Area gyms. Critter is currently a trainer at Cheetah Gym and Bezz Training Gym.
PSFA - CPT
Class IV PL Trainer
Digo, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, began his career as a professional gymnast, winning 6 gold medals in the International Aerobics Championship competitions as well as performing at the Olympic commencement ceremonies in Sydney, Australia in 2000. Digo moved to Los Angeles where he had the great fortune to appear on stages worldwide and in music videos with titans of the music scene such as Mary J. Blige, Madonna, the Black Eyed Peas, Toni Braxton, Guuzen No Kakuritsu / Girl Next Door, Shakira, Russel Brand, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Adam Lambert, Sam Harris and Cirque du Soleil to name a few. Digo was featured in various world-wide ad campaigns and commercials, he choreographed for Toni Braxton’s Las Vegas extravaganza, “Revealed” and he made his acting debut in Rock of Ages The Movie, starring Tom Cruise in 2011. Digo is currently developing his Health and Wellness career as well as his music career while supporting the American Cancer Association and The Children’s Hospital LA with a successful arts programs. As a dedicated fitness professional, Digo brings more than 10 years of experience to Bezz Training. He holds certifications as a Lotte Berk Barre Method Instructor, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Nesta, Indoor Cycling, Muay Thai and TRX.
When I was in college, I ruptured my Achilles while training for a marathon. After surgery and six months of painful rehabilitation, I began to reflect on my poor training methods. This was a humbling experience that shifted my focus to proper goal setting and periodized training. I'm motivated to apply and share what I've learned from my injury. I work to educate my clients on how to avoid and recover from any setbacks to their health. I specialize in strength training, boxing, and movement disorders such as those affected by Parkinson's Disease.
Certifications and Education:
ACE Certified Personal Trainer
ACE Orthopedic Exercise Certified
Rock Steady Boxing Certified Trainer
CPR/AED Certified - American Heart Association
Bachelors of Science for Biological Science at Loyola University New Orleans