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About Annika

Annika currently works as a physical therapist at ProForm Physical Therapy in the north shore of Massachusetts. She holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Hartford in Connecticut, where she played Division I soccer.

Annika has extensive history in the health and fitness industry, including running a boutique fitness studio with her family in her hometown of Portland, Maine. There, she found her passion for functional fitness and holistic health and wellness. She has carried this over into her career as a physical therapist while also providing additional in-home personal training services to clients. She has worked in Portland, Maine and Chicago, Illinois and recently moved back to her homeland in beautiful New England. She has years of experience providing in-home personal training services and also has the capability to provide remote consultation and virtual training services.

In both her roles as Physical Therapist and Personal Trainer, Annika is committed to empowering her clients to live well in all aspects of their lives. She balances her comprehensive, integrative approach with gentle guidance, education and a sense of humor.


My favorite exercise

This changes constantly...but as a person who has lived with low back pain for years, one of my all-time favorite go-to movements is the Dead Lift or Hip Hinge. I love working my posterior chain in order to maintain functional strength and postural endurance!

My training experience

Annika has been a personal trainer for >8 years. She has extensive background in the following areas: 1-on-1 personal training - both in-home and in gym settings, small group training, large group classes, in-home virtual training; she has also previously taught workshops in hip and shoulder health to the CrossFit population; and, Running Mechanics to running groups in multiple gyms across Chicagoland.

Areas of Expertise

  • Core and Balance
  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • Posture
  • Kettlebells
  • TRX
  • Functional Training
  • Sports Performance Training
  • Injury Prevention
  • Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • Wellness
  • Corrective Exercise

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

Education

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Who I Especially Like Working With

Beginners, LGBTQIA, Middle-aged, Post-rehab, Rehab, Runners, Student-athletes, Women

Medical Conditions Experience

ACL tear, Ankle Injury, Artificial Hips, Artificial Knees, Back Pain/Issues, Bone/Joint Injury, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Headaches/Migraines, Joint Pain, Joint Replacement, Neuropathy, Osteoporosis, Postural Issues, Rotator Cuff Issues, Sciatica, Shoulder Issues

Training Areas Served

In-home, Outdoor or Virtual Training

After suffering a head and neck injury, I experienced constant pain for over a year that was affecting all aspects of my life. Any advice or assistance I had received during this period never fully brought me relief from my discomfort. In the course of my constant search for help, I was fortune to find Annika on the FYT site. I was very pleased to see that her credentials and experience were extensive and reached out to her via the site. She responded quickly and we began to work together for the next several months. During this time, Annika created treatment routines for me that consisted of stretches and exercises that helped to support and strengthen the muscles that were being impacted by my injuries. Her help was invaluable in helping me to return to normal functioning within a relatively short period of time. Annika is extremely pleasant and easy to work with and could not have been more patient or kind during the time we worked together. I highly recommend her!

Anonymous

I am a 53 year old living with HIV and peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage to my feet), lower back problems, tennis elbow and a torn rotator cuff. In recent years, it’s been harder and harder for me to exercise. Enter Annika Michaels. After working with Annika for 6 months, I am stronger, more flexible and more durable. Annika taught me how to strengthen my core, which has decreased the frequency, duration, and severity of my lower back pain. While my shoulder and elbow/forearm still bother me, Annika developed and taught me a broad array of exercises that have dramatically decreased pain and increased strength in these areas. Annika is a dream trainer because she is also an expert physical therapist. She helped me better understand how my body works and how to modify my workouts to achieve optimal levels of flexibility, strength and endurance. I have never had a physical therapist or personal trainer that has so effectively communicated with me about both what’s going on with my body and how to rehabilitate it. Finally, Annika is FUN! She has a great sense of humor, she’s patient and creative, and she cares about her clients. Annika Michaels helped me get my groove back!

Brett S.

Let me start by saying that I enthusiastically recommend Annika as a personal trainer. When I met Annika I was very deconditioned due to a serious, chronic illness. She was very able to assess where I was and what I could do in a training session. She is superb at breaking down a functional goal into its smallest parts and developing a plan that gradually builds. When I finished working with her, I was able to do things that I never thought I would be able to do and felt so much better all around. I actually think she is a miracle worker. She is also someone you look forward to spending time with. She is warm, funny, thoughtful. All I can say is if you have an opportunity to with with her grab it. You will be so pleased you did.

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