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  • "I wholeheartedly endorse Michael Schiemer’s work as a personal trainer. I met Michael about seven years ago. At that time, I was taking courses at Merrimack College as part of my sabbatical. Michael was a student at Merrimack College. One of my aims for my sabbatical was to improve my health and general fitness. I was 50 years old at that time and had never been to a gym. I never really saw myself as the athletic type though I knew physical fitness, both nutrition and exercise, were important to maintain good health. I saw Michael’s ad as a personal trainer and contacted him. We met. I explained my hopes, my concerns and my need for a trainer to help me learn to use the equipment, ensure that I was exercising correctly and to push me in the event that I reached a plateau. While I was on sabbatical I worked with Michael twice a week and also exercised regularly. Michael helped me a lot. He was great to work with. He explained the exercises well, made sure that I used the equipment and exercised without hurting myself and gave me suggestions for nutrition. . I believe he knows his field well. He was punctual and focused on me during my sessions with him. I know that I felt awkward — a 50 year old man working out in a gym with college students. His personality helped me to feel at ease and was encouraging. I made a lot of progress during the time I worked with him. I lost 30 pounds which I have kept off and felt physically stronger and more agile. In one sense he helped me to make some lifestyle changes which have been beneficial to my life. When I returned to ministry after sabbatical I joined a gym and worked with a personal trainer. I was not able to go to the gym as frequently but I tried to make gym part of my weekly routine. I have since been transferred to a new parish and am trying to make exercise and nutrition a part of my life. At the age of 57 I realize how important it is. I am still using some of the techniques he taught me. I am grateful to Michael Schiemer for his expertise and encouragement. I would highly recommend him to anyone, beginner or expert, as a personal trainer. If you should want any more information please do not hesitate to contact me.
-John DelloRusso, Brooklyn NY and Lawrence MA, Augustinian Monk and Student

  • I came to Mike because I needed a lifestyle change. I used to eat extremely unhealthy foods and avoid exercising. I got to the point were I weighed 250 lbs but Mike helped me get down to a ripped 170 lbs! Now I can run a mile in 6 min 40 seconds, whereas you would have had to time me with a sun dial before I began training with Mike. I have even gotten stronger, now I squat over 400 lbs for reps of 10 and have a Bench Press Max of 325 lbs! I never would have been able to turn around my lifestyle without the valuable training and nutritional advice that I got from Mike Schiemer as my personal trainer!
-Brendan "The Legend" McDonald, Medfield MA, Telecommunications Manager

  • "I came to Mike because I had really let myself go and knew that I needed to do something or I would continue to be upset about my appearance and at risk for health problems. I knew I couldn't do it alone, I had tried in the past but didn't have the knowledge to workout correctly or the discipline to stay in a consistent routine. Mike kept me motivated even when I was not having a good day and was always kind and encouraging. I learned a lot, cleaned up my eating, stuck with the workouts, and ended up losing almost 20 lbs of fat within 6 weeks! I feel healthier than I have in a long time and appreciate all his help. Thanks Mike!"
-Jen, Needham MA, Mother of Three and Small Business Owner

  • “I started training with Mike in January 2009. I was getting very little exercise at that time and felt that I was as out of shape as one could be. Within two weeks of working with Mike I had a lot more energy and was sleeping a great deal better. He recognizes that feeling better initially is more essential to one’s health and that looking better will come in time. Now that we’ve jumped that hurdle we are ready for the next phase of collaboration. With my hard work and determination to my health and Mike’s support I hope to lose weight and continue to enhance my total well being. Mike will sponsor a kinesis class which I look forward to participating in. Mike is very respectful towards his clients. He encourages me at every step and as a woman I feel comfortable with his bench side manner. He is an intelligent and motivated individual. His credentials and experience are impressive for such a young person. Mike has an incredible disposition (an invaluable asset) and is very supportive of the most modest advances I make in my program. I recommend him without hesitation as a personal trainer.”
-Sandra Frechette, Methuen MA, Communications

  • “Mike is not only a great worker that puts in the time and effort to make sure the service he provides is the highest quality, but is also a good teacher that makes sure his clients understand both what to do and why they need to do it. His knowledge base and teaching style make him a personal trainer that I highly recommend to any person that wants to improve their health and quality of life.”
-Edward Burke, Methuen MA, Registered Nurse

  • “Mike Schiemer is a great personal trainer who uses his high level of knowledge and understanding of physiology, psychology and nutrition to get results. Workouts with Mike are never boring; his extensive knowledge allows him to tailor a workout that includes cardio, plyometrics, machines and free weights to help you reach your goals. Mike is a professional who shares his knowledge and insight and really cares about your advancement toward a healthy lifestyle.”
 -Anthony Capachietti, Methuen MA, Engineer

  • “Mike is a very detailed personal trainer. He has the knowledge and skills needed to meet my goals and beyond. I highly recommend Mike to anyone that wants to meet there goals. Mike adjusted his schedule to help me meet my goals and his motivation to help was beyond expectations. Excellent person and very professional trainer. Thanks Mike
-Tim Rondeau, Methuen MA, Software Engineer
  • “Mike took my very specific goals and developed a great plan that worked around my physical limitations. He knows his stuff.”
-Rand Hall, Greater Boston MA, Information Technology

  • “Mike has been extremely effective as a personal trainer for me this year. When I hired Mike, I knew I wanted to integrate fitness into my lifestyle. It was going to be a big step for me. Mike led me through the process which he designed for me in a masterful way. He is extremely knowledgeable. He immediately figured out how to get me up to speed, taught me the basics and later far more complex exercises, and was extremely good at making the motivation "mine". He was always encouraging in order to keep going and be excited about all my progress. He is first in class without question.”
-Karen Regan, Methuen MA, Human Resources Director

  • “In regards to personal training, I really enjoy the variety of the workout. It works the entire body and you don't get bored. Every session is different! I believe that in any area of enterprise, Mike would bring a personable, variety and creative aspect to the task.”
-Denise Coulson, Methuen MA, Photographer

  • “Mike has helped me successfully incorporate a serious training regimen into my busy schedule. I look forward to continuing to work with him going forward.”
-Brian Baker, Methuen MA, Insurance Project Manager

  • “I worked with Mike for three months and then extended the sessions. Clients noticed results as well as myself. He was so profesional and encouraged me to do my best. I looked forward to seeing him each time.”
-Robert Thomson, Newburyport MA, Hair Dresser and Salon Owner

  • "On my annual checkup I was told by my doctor that I had cirrhosis of the liver and I would have a dismal future unless I lost 40 pounds. My daughters were very concerned and helped me find a personal trainer to lose the weight in a healthy manner. Before I started training with Mike, I hadn’t worked out in a gym for nearly 30 years so I was a little nervous at first. I wanted to find a trainer that could give me personal attention and some confidence to lose that weight and try to get my health back on track. Mike worked with my doctor and nutritionist to help come up with the best and safest methods to improve my health.  I have lost over 25 lbs of fat under Mike’s guidance and my strength and energy are higher than they’ve been in decades! I get compliments on my weight loss everywhere I go now, even my young grandchildren notice the difference! Mike has been patient with me and shown me that it really is possible for me to better myself. I am now doing his workouts on my own and doing great, I would recommend his services to everyone."
 -Janice Cudihy, Newburyport MA, Retired

  • "My experience training with Mike has been very good. I just turned 62 and decided that I needed to make myself and my health a major priority again. Over the past 30 years I have been a mother of three on top of working full time so my well-being was unfortunately put on the backburner. I knew that going to the gym on my own was not going to work for me, I would just end up wasting my membership fees. With Mike I had appointment times and always had him there waiting for me ready to go. I loved the one-on-one personalized training which made the working out much more fun and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend Mike to anyone who is looking to get in the best shape of their life, mentally and physically."
 -Jilda, Seabrook NH, Retired

  • "I came to Mike Schiemer after a heart attack following cardiovascular rehabilitation. I needed to safely and effectively strengthen my heart and lungs, lose some weight, as well as lower my blood pressure and cholesterol levels to reduce the risk of it ever happening again. After working with Mike, my cardiovascular strength and endurance has improved drastically. He educated me on the details of good nutrition for optimal heart health and fat loss. I have been able to cut back on a good portion of my medications due to the health benefits of the workouts and nutrition counseling here. My muscles are also significantly stronger and more toned now as well and they continue to improve each week. Most impressively, I have lost about 20 pounds thanks to my training sessions here! Thank you for improving my health, physique, diet, and quality of life!"
-Jon Somes, Amesbury MA, Hair Stylist

  • "I trained with Mike for over 4 months and I can’t think of a better way to get back in shape and rejuvenate your workout sessions. I’ve been working out regularly for over 15 years but Mike showed me how to sweat again, build new muscle mass, and improve my endurance. Mike is an excellent trainer that focuses 100% on you, helping to achieve your desired goals and results, and he makes it fun too! Before I started training with him I was working out 3-5 times a week but I was bored of my regular workouts. He showed me dozens of new exercises that push you in a different way and produce positive results. He also educated me on improving my overall nutrition and was very flexible with my busy schedule traveling all over the country for work. I could not be happier with my decision to train with Mike, the investment is 100% worth it! Thank you!"
-Marty, Newburyport MA, Sales Executive

  • "I have been working out on my own consistently for many years but I’ve always had a lot of trouble putting on muscle, especially in my legs. I do manual labor in a warehouse for a living so strength and endurance is a necessity or I am out of a job. I came to Mike to boost my strength and muscle as well as take my own workouts to the next level. Since I started training with him, I have gained almost 10 pounds of solid muscle and lost a few pounds on my midsection as well! The workouts that Mike put me through were very successful for boosting my strength, power, and muscle size. I am more confident in my appearance and have learned a lot about better workouts and nutrition to reach my goals. I will definitely be utilizing his training services again before this upcoming summer. Thanks for everything!"
-Mike Wheeler, Amesbury MA, Shipping and Recieving / Navy Veteran

  • "After visiting my doctor in early July, I was told that I needed to lose about 30 lbs to be in the healthy weight range for my age and height. Being only 17 years old and working on getting into college, I wasn’t really sure how to go about losing the weight. My mother suggested hiring a personal trainer and I began working with Mike on learning weight training and cardio training. After training with him for several months, I have lost over 15 lbs of fat and 4 inches from my waist. My strength and coordination has also increased significantly. I am now well on my way to having the healthy bodyweight for my age and height.  I will be going to college next year with a much better physique and fitness level so I am very happy about that."
-Nick V, Georgetown MA, Student

  • "I began training with Mike in early May and it has been one of the best decisions I’ve made towards achieving my fitness goals. Before I hired him as a trainer, I was struggling to find the time and motivation to fit exercise into my busy schedule and because of that my health suffered. Mike helped make my health a priority again. I love working with a personal trainer because the workouts are constantly changing and I have consistently seen results. Working with him I got the personal attention and encouragement I needed to stay motivated. Thank you for building my confidence back up and getting my fitness goals back on track!"
-Nicole A, Newburyport MA, Restaurant Manager and Student

  • “After an injury and many years not having had the time or energy to exercise, I decided it was time to get back on track. I joined the gym and within the first week, I met with Mike. I immediately knew that I would be comfortable working with Mike. He was not judgmental and was very focused on understanding my goals and more importantly my physical limitations. We decided that we would meet weekly. Each week, Mike would have a plan ready for my workout. He would start each session with how I was feeling; checking on my pain points. I was confident that Mike would make sure that I would not further injure myself while also ensuring that I strengthen those areas. In addition to Mike customizing a workout for me, he was also able to provide nutritional guidance. He helped me to understand the importance of feeding my body correctly, especially while following an aggressive exercise program. I have made great progress towards my goals. I feel fabulous. I actually look forward to going to the gym. I also know that I can stop and ask Mike a question at any time. If you are looking for a knowledge personal trainer who can help with an exercise program for YOU, and provide nutritional guidance, then Mike is the trainer for you. I highly recommend Mike.”
-Najat Arsenault, Methuen MA, Software Engineer

  • “Mike has a high understanding of how to help clients reach their goals. He is trustworthy and goes above and beyond what is expected of him at work. He is passionate about what he does and takes the time to plan his client's workouts."
-Lauren Mosher, Methuen MA, Music Professional and Teacher

  • “Mike is a fabulous personal trainer, he works with you to help you pursue your fitness goals.”
-Heidi Tyrrell, Newburyport MA, Registered Nurse

  • “Mike patiently guided me through anaerobic workouts up to three times a week. Mike did an excellent job motivating me throughout our sessions; professionally balancing conversation and exercise. Thanks to Mike I am able to manage my weight and knowledgeably use gym equipment effectively. I would still love for him to be my trainer but I've moved away. I strongly recommend Mike for anyone looking to get into better shape, especially if you've never had a trainer. He was always prompt and understanding when I had to reschedule at the last minute.”
-Michael Winston, Boston MA, College Student and Extreme Sports Enthusiast

  • “Mike provided terrific advice in regards to personal fitness. I truly value his opinion about what regiment would work best for myself. I highly recommend him to anyone searching for a personal trainer.”
-Christopher Rudnick, Boston MA, Market Research Specialist

  • “Mike is a great guy with a high work ethic. He reads people well and adjusts accordingly. Just an all around good guy.”
-David Logan, Newburyport MA, Medical Equipment Sales

  • “Mike is wonderful to work with! He keeps me motivated and keeps me working...”
-Kathy Logan, Newburyport MA, Medical Equipment Sales

  • “Mike has been a wonderful personal trainer. I hired him for myself and I hired him to train my parents. He is flexible and available whenever you may have a question on concern. He is willing to work with you to create nutrition plans and workout plans to meet your individual goals. He is very knowledgeable. He has great dynamic workouts that really push you to your fullest potential. I always thought I was in pretty good shape but Mike showed me that there is always more that I can do and I can always work a little harder. He offers a great deal of expertise and knowledge for an unbeatable price. HIRE HIM YOU WONT REGRET IT!!!”
-Jen Sullivan, Medfield MA, Graduate Student and Resident Advisor

  • “Mike is an excellent personal trainer who also takes the time to get to know you, and learn what your personal fitness goals are. He provides a convenient, comprehensive service that is well worth his fee. I highly recommend him to any one looking for a great workout, and/or seeking overall wellness support.”
-Christine Day, Medway MA, Education Professional

  • “When I began my marathon training, I did not anticipate how important proper nutrition was to my success. I focused on the miles, following my running plan down to the last quarter mile. However, as the runs grew longer and longer, I felt my body wearing down—I wasn’t giving my body the proper fuel. I poured over internet articles looking for the right nutritional plan, yet I still felt sluggish. With about six weeks left to train, I asked Mike Schiemer for advice. He and I discussed my marathon training in detail, focusing on nutrition. He offered me a personalized guide that was catered to my caloric requirements. He was able to answer all of my questions, from what to order at a restaurant to a full explanation of the role that carbs and proteins play. Following Mike’s guide, I was able to train harder as my runs neared 20 miles. I felt more confident knowing that I was eating and drinking properly. Mike offers a multifaceted approach to fitness training. He is open to the goals of any client, from a performance athlete to someone who just wants to lose a few pounds. I know that without Mike’s guidance I would not have achieved my goal. On May 2, 2010, I finished my first marathon eight minutes ahead of my goal time. Thank you, Mike!”
-Paul Creedon, Boston MA, City Manager

  • I have been working with Mike since February, 2010 and I have come to know him very well.  I have noticed how he always has a smile on his face and he is always ready to work hard (especially when he is working with me!).  Also, I have noticed that he takes pride in what he does, starting with his Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine, his certifications (too many to list here!) and his awesomeness!  He truly knows what he is doing.  He truly knows how to get the most out of me and how to motivate me.  He is probably one of the most personable people I have ever met, too.  In an average training session, it may be awkward between client and trainer, but not with Mike.  Not only have I learned a lot about Mike but I think he has learned a lot about me, too.  Every time he steps out of his car he asks how I am doing or what happened during my week.  I don’t feel like a stranger to Mike and Mike doesn’t seem like a stranger to me.  All in all, Mike is the best qualified and best trainer within 200 miles – or more.  If you are considering working with him, I would strongly advise you to do so.  It is worth the investment.  Not only will you feel good from his workout but you will see RESULTS!!
- Johnny M, Student/Athlete, Medfield MA
  • Long story short, after breaking my back 10 years ago, getting back into decent shape has been difficult. I follow your blog, and you've helped quite a bit with motivation. I now have a body I can be proud of! Thanks again - Erik Donaldson via Facebook, American Fork, Utah
  • I do have to tell u ! Those exercise u recommended and my pt helped me to not need surgery for a second time on my knee . And I lost 40 lbs so thank u !! And wish I could say the same about the gallbladder but out it comes on Friday U helped more than u know ! I even passed some of the exercise along to a friend that is having trouble with her knees. Keep up the good work on helping people like me. - Rose Leville Hanscom, Billerica MA
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