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About Mike

I am an American College of Sports Medicine certified Health Fitness Specialist, with a degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University. As a leader, I work to get the most out of my clients with positive energy and intelligent programming. I love the people I work with, and have a knack for getting you where you want to be. Whether you're looking for inspiration and motivation to make a life change, or you need a professional to deliver results, I am the choice for you! Look, Feel and Move Better. Honor and Integrity.

I would equate my philosophy of training to Bruce Lee's 'Jeet Kun Do': a style without a style. It's not this school or that school, it's what works based solely on the need. Every one is different, and requires some degree of individualized work. A yoga pose may help an athletic client, while a deadlift variation may help an elderly client. Its all about applying the proper technique, in a simple, disciplined and efficient way. Nothing fancy. Just basic proven principles, based on proper movement patterns, all delivered at the right intensity to create change! Strength Training, Interval Training, Mobility, Patterning and Soft-Tissue work play essential roles in my programming. Smile, have fun, work hard, win the day.


My favorite client story

Most personal trainers define success based only on numbers (weight loss, strength, sales, etc.). However I like to define my success based on positive life changes in addition to physical changes. After all, it is the client that ultimately decides they want to change, I am just the coach who guides you, and motivates you to keep going when it gets hard. Becoming pain free, forging a self-confidence that wasn't present before, creating total-body symmetry, feeling great, and winning every day, are all equally important when it comes to success stories. I take pride in all of my clients who have had success. They have all consistently worked hard, and changed their bodies as well as their personal expectations. The physical change is the EASY part. Putting in the work, and learning that your limits are greater than you previously imagined, is the true measure of success. One of my favorite stories is of my client Mike. He could barely handle his own body weight without getting nauseous, was skinny and noticeably unsure of himself. After 6 months of hard work, and learning to believe in himself, he was off to Army boot camp. He recently graduated and is getting better every day. He changed his body, but more importantly, his life. That is success.

My favorite exercise

Single-Leg Romanian Deadlift: This is one of my favorite exercises because everyone can benefit from it. It strengthens the posterior chain (glutes! hamstrings, spinal erectors), which is important because we are a nation of desk jockeys, with over-active hip-flexors. Even many athletes rely on their anterior chain (quads, calves, hip flexors) too often. This can cause knee pain or lower back pain. Doing this exercise will allow you to strengthen your posterior chain (which plays a role in eliminating knee or lower back pain), focus on single-leg strength & stability, and teach your body to work in unison. Just being able to do this exercise with proper form takes some time, and is a great measuring tool!

My favorite quote

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."- Teddy Roosevelt, Man in the Arena

My training philosophy

I would equate my philosophy of training to Bruce Lee's 'Jeet Kun Do': a style without a style. It's not this school or that school, it's what works based solely on the need. Every one is different, and requires some degree of individualized work. A yoga pose may help an athletic client, while a deadlift variation may help an elderly client. Its all about applying the proper technique, in a simple, disciplined & efficient way. Nothing fancy. Just basic proven principles, based on proper movement patterns, all delivered at the right intensity to create change! Strength Training, Interval Training, Mobility, Patterning and Soft-Tissue work play essential roles in my programming. Smile, have fun, work hard, win the day.

My training experience

Indiana University, BS Kinesiology. City of Bloomington Fire Dept 2007. Independent Contractor/Lifetime Fitness 2008-2012. Jim Karas Personal Training (Chicago, IL) 2013

Areas of Expertise

  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

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