ACE certified personal trainer

Michael McCarthy lightening bolt

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About Michael

I'm Michael McCarthy, personal trainer, gym owner, nutrition blogger and fitness video maker. If you are tired of big box gyms and are looking for a more personal training experience, come visit my gym in Arlington, Virginia. Small is the new big. My gym is loaded with the best equipment. When you train with me, you do the best workouts and get the best results. Contact me and experience the Michael Fit Life difference.


Areas of Expertise

  • Core and Balance
  • Nutrition
  • Strength Training
  • Weight Loss
  • Flexibility and Mobility

NCCA Accredited Certifications

ace certification ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Additional Certifications

CPR/AED/First Aid

Specialty Populations

Bodybuilders, Brides-to-be, LGBTQIA, Men, Military, Overweight/ Obese, Peri/Post-menopausal, Post-rehab, Pre/post-natal, Rehab, Runners, Seniors, Student-athletes, Women, Youth

Medical Conditions Experience

Addiction, Anxiety, Arthritis, Autism, Back Pain/Issues, Bone/Joint Injury, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Depression, Diabetes, Downs Syndrome, Hip Pain/Issues, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism, Joint Pain, Knee Pain/Issues, Lower Body Pain/Issues, Osteoporosis, Plantar fasciitis, Sciatica, Shoulder Issues, Sleep Apnea

5617 5th Rd S

Arlington, VA 22203

No Gym Membership Needed!

9837 Burke Pond Ln

Burke, VA 22015

Session Surcharge: $0

No Gym Membership Needed!

Want a fit life!? Michael will custom fit your workout to your specific needs and goals. He listens carefully to each of his customers and knows how to create a well-rounded fitness experience. He even offers tips on healthy eating and mindfulness. I've been working with Michael since 2010 and always appreciate his diverse and well-rounded workouts - never boring!

Heidi D.

I have been working with Michael for a year, and he is a tremendous personal trainer! He keeps me challenged every week, providing new and different exercises to keep me interested and improve my fitness. He is also very accommodating of my personal needs and limitations.

Rick E.

I've been training with Michael over the last 4 years. He continues to challenge me with innovative exercises utilizing both traditional and unique gym equipment. Highly recommend Michael Fit Life!

Eitan N.

I very much recommend Michael for anyone looking to have fun, improve core strength and stay healthy. I turned to Michael as part of rehab for a knee injury and back pain and in the past 3 years, he's helped me recover from both, lose 7 lbs and turn in the best 10 mile and 5K race times I've had in a decade. His coaching style and interesting workouts motivate me every week. You will be challenged. Rates are competitive and he's very accommodating/flexible on schedules. He has even provided me with personalized "do it yourself at home" workouts for in-between sessions that don't require a lot of space or equipment. I like that. Note: his gym is not air conditioned, but open to outside so you workout in a more natural climate--can be warmer or colder than an indoor gym*

Eric T.

Awesome workouts, different every time!

Greg C.

Michael was able to help me reach my goal of losing 25 pounds last summer. The workouts are tough but fun, and Michael is a great motivator and knowledgeable in not only fitness but nutrition as well.

Sean C.

We have been working out with Michael for over 5 years and we love it! Michael is a great motivator, and tailors sessions to our abilities. He does a nice mix of cardio and strength training and no two workouts are the same!

Art M.

Michael is a truly remarkable trainer. He customizes each workout to the unique needs and goals of each customer. I have worked with Michael for years now and each week I can't wait to see what the next workout will be!

Kelly K.

I've been working out with Michael for over 7 years now and have yet to be bored. Every class is exciting and different. You never know what you're going to do until you arrive. He's creative, up beat and works your whole body into a good sweat.

Terri M.

If you are looking for a personal trainer committed to helping you reach or exceed your fitness goals, MICHAEL IS THE PERSONAL TRAINER FOR YOU. Michael offers individualized sessions dedicated to your success and will work closely with you to help you achieve and build on lasting results. He tracks your progress and develops personalized challenges to help you overcome plateaus. Plus his upbeat attitude makes for an incredible workout every time. Happy client since January 2012.

Kevin A.

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