- ACSM PT, 2013
- Gym Jones Fully Certified, 2016
In 2008, Michael experienced two significant life events. First, Michael was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease—an incurable autoimmune disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract. Then Michael was introduced to Gym Jones and the training philosophy that the mind is primary, and that only through hard work and a willingness to suffer do we truly change.
Michael's passion for fitness grew out of a desire to be in control of his health and put himself in the best possible position to recover from and endure the flares of his disease. As a result, he completely transformed his mind and his body. In 2011 he decided to leave his career in print and advertising to pursue fitness full time. He spent 5 years as a program director and trainer for a health and wellness center in Richmond, Virginia where he became an ACSM personal trainer in 2013 and attended his first Gym Jones Foundation seminar in September 2015. Michael became a Fully Certified Gym Jones Trainer in 2016 and joined Precision Athlete shortly after.