When it comes to fitness, I always think in terms of what I can DO with it. I love the outdoors and want to be able to go out and run, ride, hike and explore. With that in mind, I like to ask my clients what they want to do and then help them be able to enjoy whatever it is they’re passionate about. As Henry David Thoreau said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” What can you imagine?
Experience & Credentials
I have an MA in Exercise Physiology from UNC and have worked in the fitness field for 25 years including 3 years as the Fitness Director at the Duke University Diet and Fitness Center. I have certifications from ACE, NSCA, Wellcoaches and USA Track and Field.
I have specialized knowledge and skills to work with three distinct populations: beginners, athletes, and clients seeking to lose weight.
For beginners, especially those with fear or misconceptions regarding exercise, I have experience with goal setting and behavioral change strategies to increase adherence.
For athletes, I have 26 years of competition and 22 years coaching experience in running and cycling and am able to utilize the concepts of periodization and sports preparation in my training.
For overweight clients, I can help set realistic expectations, explain the science behind weight loss, and provide effective coaching strategies to not only lose weight but keep it off for the long term.
Things I Like To Do
I enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and camping with my family. In cycling, I am a Category 2 road cyclist and Category 1 Cyclocross racer. In running, I race distances from the 800m on the track to ultra marathon trail events. And, in track and field I compete at the regional and national level, including two national 800m championships in the 45-49 age group.
“We are pleased to recount our experiences with Michael Scholtz as our personal trainer. This has been a very positive experience. Michael has been pleasant, efficient, professional, and, above all, effective. We both believe we have gained demonstrably in strength, balance, flexibility, and stamina. We have an improved sense of well-being.
He has helped us do things in a way that – while challenging us to progress – has been safe and protective and enjoyable.”George & Diana Bilbrey
“Michael works me hard and works with me to figure out my goals and stick to them. I’ve got more stamina, I’m stronger, and I just feel better than I did before I started working out with him. He makes you feel good about your progress yet challenges you to do more.”Charlie Flynn-McIver