Michael is an Exercise Physiologist, founder, and CEO of Applied Fitness Solutions. He oversees all fitness operations for AFS, including system development and practitioner education.
In addition to his role with AFS, Michael is a clinical professor for the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology and Eastern Michigan University’s Exercise Science Program. He also sits on the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team, is a member of the U of M Kinesiology Alumni Board of Governors, and is on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Fitness Club Association. Finally, Michael is the creator and host of the Wellness Paradox Podcast, produced in collaboration with the University of Michigan
Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan and is currently a Masters of Public Health Candidate at the University of Michigan, with a concentration on Health Education and Health Behavior. Additionally, Mike is an American College of Sports Medicine Exercise is Medicine Level II practitioner (ACSM – EIM Level II), a National Strength & Conditioning Association Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS), Center for Disease Control Diabetes Prevention Program Lifestyle Coach.
Michael was employed by Bally Total Fitness for seven years as a Master Personal Trainer, where he earned numerous distinctions and awards as one of the top personal trainers in the organization; including in 2004 when he was bestowed the honor of Personal Trainer of the Year.
After working in the “big-box” gym environment for so long, eventually Mike grew weary of the lack of connection and direction most of the members were given access to. It was either: hire an expensive personal trainer (which some people couldn’t afford much less sustain) or be left on your own. It was the frustration with this gap in service that inspired Mike to start Applied Fitness Solutions. He wanted to create a warm and welcoming environment that provides guidance for everyone. In the spring of 2007 Mike ran his first fitness solution class at AFS. Clients would train in guided group classes throughout the week and in addition they would each have a personal coach helping them with their nutrition and lifestyle habits along the way. Through the years AFS has added to it’s service offerings with the implementation of strength solution, fsx, a specialized athlete solution, and a flexibility class called mobility solution.
Michael also holds the USAW’s Sports Performance Coach Certification, he is Speed-Power Specialist Certified, and holds the Applied Fitness Solutions Certified Fitness Practitioner Credential. He’s formerly the educational events director for StrengthPro, Inc., and is a former co-chair of the Arnold Strength Training Summit.
Michael is a highly sought after educator and exercise scientist, who has lectured to, and worked with a diverse population with respect to all aspects of health, fitness, and human performance.
Michael’s incredibly passionate about disseminating the science of health, wellness, and fitness to all populations and is specifically interested in making that information more accessible to the masses.