Michael's personal experience includes directing strength and conditioning programs for athletes at the collegiate level, patients in the physical rehabilitation field and with the general public in group and individual settings. He has completed a Masters degree in Exercise Science at the University of South Dakota. He has been certified as a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor and Lifestyle & Weight Management Consultant by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and MedX Rehabilitative Exercise Specialist by the College of Medicine, Health, and Human Performance at the University of Florida. Mike is also certified as a SuperSlow Exercise Instructor, U.S. Weightlifting Coach, Kettlebell Instructor, Speed & Agility Specialist, Training for Warriors – Level 2 Coach, Metabolic Fitness Trainer, Resistance Band Instructor, Nutrition Specialist, and Youth Fitness Specialist. In addition, his faith-based credentials include certifications as a Health Minister and Weigh Less to Feed More Instructor. Mike has also taken advanced educational courses in Kettlebell, Olympic Lifting and Resistance Band Training.
Michael also earned multiple NCAA All-American honors as a collegiate Track & Field athlete, is a USA Level I Track & Field Coach (USATF) and is currently an Assistant Track & Field Coach at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Michael founded Absolute Fitness in 1998 and it is the fulfillment of his vision to increase awareness and access to this revolutionary personal training approach. Over the years, this vision has expanded to educating people about achieving a lifestyle of total well-being: physical, emotional and spiritual. He presently resides in Trivoli with his wife Dawn and four children.