ACE certified personal trainer

Michele Santiago lightening bolt

Verified 9 Reviews
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About Michele


Let's train in person or virtually! Many of my clients train in person and virtually due to their schedules. My clients are dedicated to their health and know that being consistent is a top priority in reaching their goals. Clients either work from home and want to save time, find it more convenient, arent comfortable entering a gym. Whatever your reason I am committed to pushing you forward.

"Find something you love to do and you’ll never have to work a day in your life." This quote says it all.

I started on an entirely different career path. Earning my Bachelors degree in merchandise management I began a career in the fashion industry. After spending many unhappy hours behind a desk and a battle with depression, I decided it was time to get active and accomplish my goals. Making the decision to change careers and enter the fitness industry in 2011, I haven't looked back since. My passion for health and fitness flourished after seeing how much the world of fitness helped me clear my mind and became my safe haven.

In addition to personal training,  I am also a dedicated group fitness coach. I made the choice to devote my time to assisting others lead happy, healthy, active lifestyles. 

I absolutely love what I do and my clients determination and drive gives me joy in my work every day. I value my clients and enjoy working with you to improve your lives, overcome your fears, accomplish your goals, and improve your physical health and the well-being.

NOTE: My schedule is always changing and the timeslots dont always reflect accurately, there may be openings you do not see on the calendar. Dont hesitate to reach out if you do not see your preferred time available. 

My favorite exercise

Outside of work you can find me mountain biking or hiking, doing handstands in the most random location, eating way to much peanut butter or on the hunt for the worlds best gummy bear!

My training experience

Im a certified personal trainer with NASM and NPTI, and also certified as an ACE Group Fitness Instructor among various other certifications. As a trainer I am dedicated to your journey, safety and well being; I will strengthen and challenge you in a fun atmosphere. I love to learn and enjoy being continuously challenged by the growing and ever evolving industry and those I am surrounded by.

Areas of Expertise

  • Core and Balance
  • Strength Training
  • Flexibility and Mobility
  • TRX
  • Functional Training
  • Pilates
  • Kickboxing
  • Cross Training
  • Barre

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ace certification ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor
NASM Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications

NPTI Certified Personal Trainer, NPTI Certified Nutritional Consultant, NPTI Stabilization, Balance & Proprioception, NPTI Suspention Training, Pure Barre Level 1-3, Discoveries Dance Pole Fitness, AAAI Pilates 1, CPR/AED, OTFit Certified


BS in Fashion Merchandising Management

Who I Especially Like Working With

Beginners, Brides-to-be, LGBTQIA, Men, Middle-aged, Peri/Post-menopausal, Pre/post-natal, Seniors, Women

Medical Conditions Experience

Anxiety, Back Pain/Issues, Depression, Diastasis Recti, Hypertension, Obesity, Pregnancy, Stress

I had my first session with Michele tonight and it was awesome! Looking forward to getting fit and healthy.

Lynn C M.

I love working with MaryElizabeth and Michele. I need more stars! I started working with them in December 2016. I have lost 15 pounds over the last 9 months since beginning with them. The workouts are custom to my goals and cater to my past injuries. I have been given workouts that I can do when I travel. Nutrition help has been fantastic. Support has been off the charts. I feel like I have a team 100% focused on me and what's best for me, which is what I believe most people need in their lives - at least it is what I needed. I feel better physically, mentally, emotionally and every other -ly word. I am grateful to MaryElizabeth and Michele at Underground Trainers for instilling in me the core belief that I can sustain a lifestyle change--and not just make the change and fall off the wagon (which is what I did a lot) - but make a true sustainable, feel-good-because-I-am-worthy-of-it lifestyle change. And then provide the knowledge, expertise and inspiration to help to actually do it. The improvements have translated into better family time (I'm not grumpy or feeling like crap) and improved work productivity (better work means I made money to pay for this). I have worked with trainers and signed up for gyms through out my life - and my Underground Training experience surpasses them all and has been the best investment I have ever made for myself. Thank you, ladies!

Lisa R.

I have been training with Michele for about a year and she's helped me achieve my health and fitness goals while having a good time doing it. She's a great motivator, is fully versed on the most effective exercises and eating habits that can get you where you want to go. She's also amazingly supportive, caring and encouraging. I can't recommend her enough.


Michele has been instrumental in helping me achieve my fitness goals and makes every session challenging and somehow fun. She ensures that my technique is always correct to avoid any injuries. She is extremely reliable & punctual – always set up & ready to start training ahead of time, with an exercise routine planned. My fitness has increased noticeably and I’ve seen improvements in my ability to complete more abdominal exercises, lift progressively heavier weights & generally push myself harder throughout each session. I would not hesitate to recommend her as your personal trainer if you want to achieve your fitness and health goals!

Bianca .

I’ve worked out with several trainers in the past who didn’t push me or care about my goals. I think they thought I was paying them to gossip. I came across Michele with underground trainers and thought I would give a trainer one more shot. For the first time I felt like someone was listening to my goals and what I needed to reach them. I had an injury which I was concerned about and she was able to customize my workouts to be hard enough for me to achieve my goals without causing any discomfort. I’m down 25lbs and only have 10 left to go. Thank you Michele for your dedication and pushing me this far. Can’t wait to lose the last 10 with you!!!


Amazing trainer, always a fun session that flies by!!! She’s the best!

Jenny U.

Getting back into shape post baby! Great beginning to the process. Motivating to have Michele there to help!

Shannon D.

One of the first things I look for in a trainer is;what shape the trainer is in his or herself. One look at Michele and you know she walks the walk. I started training with her about 6 months ago and haven’t looked back since. She did all the keys things I was looking for. Especially working on my form and flexibility She has gotten me in great shape I highly recommend her!!!

Peter B.

Supportive and encouraging trainer, Michele Santiago. I've worked with Michele Santiago for almost a year. She has been fabulous. She tailored the workouts to meet me where I was and really helped me improve strength and form. She is very encouraging, friendly and flexible. Thanks to Michele, I began to look forward to workouts.

Meena D.

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