Back in early 2006, I woke up feeling ten years older than I should have felt (I was 32 at the time). I had absolutely no muscle tone and started growing a built-in inner tube for my trips to the beach. It was at that moment, looking down at my expanding waistline with one bloodshot eye, I decided a change was in order. There was only one problem: I was at a complete loss as to where to start. As a kid, I was on my bike for hours a day but never had any real interest in sports or exercise.
Motivation was hard to come by when it came to exercise. Then I remembered taking Tae Kwon Do as a teenager and, while it was new and tough for me at the time, I had some fond memories of it and the exercise it supplied. Knowing that you could burn a ton of calories in a Martial Arts class while learning to defend yourself at the same time sounded like a win-win to me. So, Martial Arts became the path I needed to take to get back in shape.
Within about a week I started classes in Shaolin Kempo at a local dojo. I couldn't do ten sit-ups to save my life, but that would soon change. Cutting unnecessary things out of my diet (I did keep some chocolate in there; I'm still human, afterall) and adding some things that were necessary helped maximize my transformation. Between that moderate change in nutrition and the instructors putting me through the paces, I was on my way. Did it work? Let me tell you, the simple act of starting an exercise program and watching what I ate helped me lose fat and gain lean muscle mass in a matter of months. I had lost 26 pounds in a matter of two months and it felt great. I felt great. I didn't want to stop, so I didn't. Oh, and about that inner tube? It fell off and floated out to sea.
So here I am today in the fortunate position to help others reach their fitness goals. I do not consider physical fitness training a job or even a career: It is my passion.
Outside of training, I love to cook and I keep music (mostly in the form of singing) as an integral part of my life. In 2017, I started practicing Taijiquan as part of my training and a way to become more in touch with myself. mikewithamic.weebly.com is where I spend some of my play time :-). I also enjoy taking part in endurance races/obstacle courses with my son, as well as keeping all of my kids aware of their health.
Certified Personal Trainer (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
Weight Loss Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
Fitness Nutrition Specialist (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
3rd Dan Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo (Avon Kempo and Aikido Academy)