Freedom through movement: Carl Paoli On Sport and Life
Carl Paoli is a fitness guru who was born in New York City. He started working out at age 11 and continued until he graduated from college with a degree in exercise science. His passion for health led him to become an amateur bodybuilder when he was 18 years old.
After his first competition, he decided to pursue a career in sports medicine.
Paoli’s interest in sport and life began when he moved to San Francisco where he became friends with other fitness enthusiasts like Mike Mentzer (founder of CrossFit), Mark Twight (former world record holder for deadlift) and others. They formed the Bay Area Crossfit gym chain which eventually grew into its own franchise locations across the country.
In 2007, Paoli founded Freedom Through Movement, Inc. (FtM). FtM promotes and teaches the principles of “The Art Of Living” to individuals, groups and organizations around the globe.
In 2010, Paoli co-founded Fitocracy, a website that allows users to compete against each other for fun or money.
In 2012, Paoli launched a new venture called the Freedom Through Movement Academy (FtMA), which offers online courses in various subjects including fitness and nutrition.
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Carl Paoli’s fitness accomplishments include:
CrossFit Certified Instructor
CrossFit Endurance Trainer
Crossfit Kettlebell Trainer
Crossfit Specialty Course ( Gymnastics, Cardio Capacity and others)
Crossfit Movement and Mobility Coach.
Crossfit Gymnastics Coach
Crossfit Weightlifting Coach
Crossfit Nutrition Course
FMS Specialist (Functional Movement Screen)
Certified TRX Suspension Trainer
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
SFG Instructor (StrongFirst)
Physique 57 Studio Owner and Director
Personal Training Studio Owner and Director
TRX Certified Training and Certification
Crossfit Football Training Course
Crossfit Gymnastics Course
Crossfit Kettlebell Course
Fast Fitness Nutrition Coach
FMS Seminar (Functional Movement Screening)
FMS Instructor Seminar and Certification
Sports Injury Specialist Certification Seminar and Certification
Men’s Health Magazine Official Trainer
Men’s Fitness Magazine Training Columnist
MuscleMag International Magazine Training Columnist
Inside Fitness Magazine Training Columnist
Paoli was also a basketball player for Fairfield University in the late 80’s and early 90’s. He is still an active sports enthusiast having participated in the 2013 Crossfit Games. He recently ran a mile race in 5 minutes and 52 seconds, a half marathon in 1 hour 44 minutes and 20 seconds.
He also raced from Athens to Marathon in Greece.
This year, Paoli placed second in his age group at the Boston Marathon, with a time of 3 hours and 32 minutes.
Paoli grew up as an overweight child, but was able to shed the weight and achieve his ideal physique through diet and exercise. His passion for health and fitness continues to this day.
Through it all, he continues to spread his message of health and wellness with his positive outlook on life.
“I’ve had an incredibly blessed life. I have a wonderful family, and I’m grateful every day. We can all make choices that can impact those around us in a positive way.”
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