Mike Griffin

Mike Griffin

5.0 (1)
1 employee
34 years in business

About this pro

I bring more to the table than just a few cards that you can practically find in a cereal box. I have spent over a decade studying and implementing fitness and nutrition strategies that work, and weeding out the ones that don't. With five years of experience as a Navy Hospital Corpsman and fitness leader, I have real world experience in training everybody from the one guy who needs to lose some weight or pass a fitness test, to the whole command needing to get shaped up and become competitive. I can work one on one with individuals on everything from fitness, nutrition, and supplementation, to weight loss strategies and athletic performance coaching, and bring you the success that you want and deserve.

Fitness is more than a hobby or a passion to me, it is my life. From waking up in the morning to going to bed at night, bodybuilding is on my mind. I love to inspire others to reach for their goals, and coaching somebody through to success makes me drive myself even further. Nothing is more important to me than making personal progress, and I believe that it is within our capacity as humans to continue to strive for success, and eventually greatness.

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Pasadena, MD 21122
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The first thing that any trainer or consultant should be doing with a new client is an in-depth consultation that explores the client's desires, so that we can bring you the results that you deserve. I will begin by exploring your personal medical history, current (if any) diet and exercise regimen, and any other life factors that you may have standing in the way of your success. We've all got a history, and we've all got a life, so the first step in our journey together is to find out what you've got stopping you from having already achieved your goals and design our work around. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a few credits shy of completing my second bachelor's degree in exercise science. Apart from that I have a great deal of real world knowledge and experience from the five years that I spent in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and a fitness leader. I have implemented diet and exercise plans with dozens of individuals and have coached each and every one of them to achieving their goals.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My typical pricing system for all of my consulting stands at $50 for a one hour session, as frequently as you need me to attain your goals. I will work with your schedule to make sure that I avail myself to you as needed, to get you to your goal.

How did you get started teaching?

During my Navy career, I took it upon myself to become as physically fit as I possibly could, as I was seeking to better myself and work towards a special operations career. During that time, when I really put my nose to the grindstone, I fell in love with the art and science that is hidden in the depths of the fitness industry. I took on the collateral duty of fitness leader within my unit and it became a part of my job to ensure that all of my men and women were as physically fit as need be to perform in their professions.

What types of students have you worked with?

During my military service I worked with sailors, soldiers, Marines, and airmen who were at risk of failing their physical fitness testing, as well as more motivated individuals who wanted more for themselves. I have trained colleagues in preparation for special forces selection, and I have consulted with retirees and others at my own gym who sought out my guidance. I have also had to work a great deal with people who had sustained injuries in the past that prevented them from doing the standard workout regimens that I would normally prescribe for one without such limitations, as well as clients with special dietary considerations.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Do not settle for a trainer who is without passion and treats you with no respect, whose only vision is for the dollar sign at the end of the road. Conversely, if a trainer comes across as a really good deal, it could be that he is just looking to create a portfolio of clientele, or it could be that he (or she) has no true appreciation for their own value within the industry. In such a case, they are likely less than dedicated to their own success and will, in turn, be less than dedicated to your success. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your main goals, what are the obstacles that have been preventing your from obtaining them thus far, and most importantly, are you willing to put in the work that will be required of you to get to where you want to be? Because at the end of the day, you will gain so much more than you have ever given up, but you have to be willing to put in the work.