After working for over 25 years in higher education research and planning, Michael made the decision to pursue his dream of helping people live healthier lives through exercise and fitness. He retired from Marymount University and pursued his personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise. He also became A Matter of Balance Coach through the Northern Virginia Fall Prevention Alliance in order to support older adults by providing balance education and exercises.
Michael’s love of fitness began in the 1990s when he started running the streets of Capitol Hill with a goal to “lose a little weight”. Since then he has run over a dozen half marathons and countless 5- and 10-K races throughout the region. After about 10 years, Michael started feeling some of the normal aches and pains from running and realized it was time to add resistance training. From this experience, Michael understands the importance of a varied, well-rounded, and fun exercise programs in reaching short-term goals and promoting long-term health outcomes.
Originally from Canton, Ohio, Michael moved to the Washington area after graduate school and has lived in Arlington since 2001. He is an avid reader, loves to cook, and hikes extensively throughout the area and West Virginia, where he has a cabin in the George Washington National Forest.