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Yep. We'd climb a giant wall of artificial rocks if we could get to Roberto Santamarina too. A pro beach volleyball player turned health and wellness professional, Roberto is the founder of Morphe Life, a one-stop wellness shop that offers everything from gravity resistance training to acupuncture, and life coaching to group and private fitness lessons. "Since I was a kid I always tried to adjust so that I can evolve and grow into something better. That's what I do for my clients with the Morphe method," he says.
"I can be a sergeant slaughter or a nice guy, but I'm all about discipline." – Roberto Santamarina
With a degree in sports medicine and exercise physiology and 20 years of experience under his thumb, this cafe con leche-loging, Miami-born trainer is known for his creative training methods, incorporating everything from rock climbing to rehabilitative massages or stretching in his client's regimens. "I've never done the same class twice," he says. "I can be a sergeant slaughter or a nice guy, but I'm all about discipline. That's how I was raised."
"Being a dad has taught me to have more patience and to have a little bit more thoughtfulness," he admits. "There's such sweetness in that little thing that it makes you think, 'why would I want to come scream at these clients when there's so much sweetness at home?'"
And while his new bundle of joy is stealing the thunder, don't think for a second that he's backed away from building his wellness empire. "You know you're really blessed when you can do what you love," he says. "The fact that I can go into an adult playhouse and meet amazing people and then, on top of it all, be able to help them? That's a blessing and makes it easy for my method to work."