Carl Paoli

Born in the U.S. to Swedish parents and growing up in Spain, Carl Paoli learned from an early age how to communicate with others. As a child, Carl’s passion for physical activity and desire for sport led him to delve into the worlds of any different sports such as snowboarding, skiing, wakeboarding, water skiing, karate, and the like. It was his love for gymnastics, however, that would most greatly shape his definition of hard work and determination.

Carl was an elite gymnast in Spain where he trained and competed for over fifteen years. Throughout his gymnastics career he received many accolades including a National Gold Medal for Vault. Carl studied Environmental Science at Universidad Miguel Hernandez and specialized in Genetic Engineering and Coral Reef Ecology. After university, Carl returned to the U.S. to pursue his career in marine biology.

Never far from his mind was his appreciation for sport and fitness. He reentered the world of gymnastics in 2004 in San Francisco, where he now lives and works as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and runs his own practice called Naka Athletics (, which specializes in all level physical preparation and representation of action sports athletes.

School is never out for Carl as he has many certifications surrounding health and fitness and is in continuous collaboration with several international athletic programs. He takes his athletes and clients seriously, but not himself. It is his consistency in his business, personal and family life that allows him to continue the pursuit for success.

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