Professional Fitness Trainer
BBA, ACE, Cooper Institute
Corporate Whipping Boy
"I wanna be forced into early retirement"
Happy Personal Trainer
"Ok Joan...let's flex those Biceps!"
moving to the great state of Texas from Buffalo, New
York at the age of 14, Michael grew up in Houston and
graduated from Jersey Village High School in 1982. He
earned a Bachelor' s degree in Business Administration
in 1988 from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches
Texas. Following college, he spent 10 years as
a Human Resources professional and an employee benefits
manager with The Baylor College of Medicine and Houston
Lighting & Power (now Relient Energy). Although
he enjoyed his corporate career and picked up some
invaluable business and management skills along the
way, Michael was searching for something more.
1996, he put his life-long passion for fitness to work
and started studying anatomy, kinesiology, exercise
science and biomechanics. He earned a local fitness
certification that was affiliated with the Baylor College
of Medicine (BSMI) as a Certified Professional Fitness
Trainer (CPFT) through Professional Fitness Instructor
Training (PFIT). Michael started training clients in
private fitness studios in Houston on a part-time basis
to test the waters and confirm whether he would truly
enjoy his new line of work. After working his full-time
corporate job and part-time personal training duties
for a year, Michael was presented with a chance to work
as a part-time Human Resources consultant for Houston
Lighting & Power's nuclear power plant in Bay City,
Texas (The South Texas Nuclear Operating Company) in
the summer of 1997. This opportunity allowed him to
split his time between Human Resources consulting and
Personal Fitness Training. Investing the extra in time
fitness training and building his client base confirmed
beyond a doubt that a full-time fitness career was the
right career path for him.
July 1, 1998, Michael shifted gears once again and became
a full-time Fitness Trainer, trading in his suit and
tie in for warm ups and tennis shoes. He now spends
his time as a freelance, professional fitness trainer,
marathon coach, writer and speaker teaching others the
importance of exercise, proper nutrition and making
fitness a more active part of their lives. He is the
co-founder of In
Flight Running, a Houston based marathon and half
marathon training program that prepares Houston area
runners for the Houston Half Marathon, Houston Marathon
and other long distance races across the United States.
He also owns a fitness
and nutrition e-commerce store that sells small
fitness equipment, sportwear and nutritional products.
is a currently a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer
with The American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is certified
in Biomechanics and Dietary Guidance with The Cooper
Institute of Aerobic Research (CIAR) in Dallas, Texas.
He is also a member of The International Association
of Fitness Professionals (IDEA).
Hobbies & Activities
In his free time, Michael loves to spend time with his
family, run, play tennis and compete in local and national
road races. He also enjoys training himself in the weight
room a few days a week. Michael's love of travel and
running allows him the opportunity to travel to various
cities across the country to compete in half and full
marathons. Hiking and photography go hand in hand with
his love of the outdoors and sense of adventure. He
is a proud husband and father and enjoys spending time
with his wife, Christina,
and playing with his son, Maximos.
For more information on Michael's personal training
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