A note from Mike: Being a fitness leader is not just about being physical. We're often misunderstood as 'fitness' leaders. We're not just about 'building better bodies'. We're about connection, resources, seeing and encouraging positive change in those who want it. I believe it’s imperative that I - as a fitness leader, bring people to a place they want to go because 'they' want to get there. It’s my obligation. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to share in people’s lives this way. I've learned that my greatest competitor isn't another trainer or fitness studio, but rather fast food restaurants, processed foods and most of all personal indifference. Therefore I strive to bring something a little different, something unique to my classes/clients that makes each participant feel good in their own body and want to stay that way.
I have been part of Mike's Fit-Fam for over a year and want to share an experience to show how important staying fit is. I was walking on a beach with a friend when our feet began sinking up to our knees in very wet sand. This situation became serious as my friend found she could not move and fell over. I was able to assist in getting her to a safe area. I would not have been able to do this if I was not in relatively good shape. I want to thank Mike and his great team that have helped me move forward. - [Brenda S.]
I was encouraged when I realized that the workouts are improving my strength and mobility over time. Four months ago I could not have done a task like the one I did recently. Squatting and turning in a confined space behind the dryer to remove, vacuum out and re-attach the dryer vent would have been impossible. Through this journey, I have improved my health and changed my lifestyle. From a night owl to an early bird ☉. My daily workout is done by 7. That first coffee has never tasted so good. Thanks to you Mike C and Lyn O! The early morning boot camps are the meat and the Monday night and Saturday Zumba are the gravy 😀- [Ann Paul]
I’m a little anal(ytical) about keeping track now, only because I started a while back doing it, and my day feels kind of “unfinished” if I don’t do it. The mind plays tricks on us every time we turn around. I see that you have to adopt a bit of a “stubborn...I’m going to do this” kind of attitude at first, and then it just becomes second nature. I do believe I have a formed a few strong new grooves and boutons in my brain and I hope to never be as I was before! Honestly, I never dreamed when I got all stubborn about doing (exercise) that I would be on this journey I am on, get to where I am today, and still be getting stronger and healthier. [Lyn Oram.]
I would recommend Mike for one main reason, he helped me with attitude adjustment. I really dislike the gym and exercising by prescription. I have always been an extremely active and truly liked task orientated exercise. THEN, suddenly my knees were shot, osteoarthritis, and it was in my best interest to seek help. Perhaps proper and specific exercise could correct my problems and save me from surgery. I spent a couple of years with Mike's guidance and help. He made it fun, mixed it up a lot, and through his programs and routines I became stronger and more balanced. I am still not a gym person, but when I require help again with a bad gait and a "poor attitude", I will again seek him out again. - Shann Carmichael, Retired gym person Hiker, walker, gardener, potter, fisher, etc. etc. etc....[Shann C]
I saw Mike work with other person's with disabilities & admired his cooperative approach-geared & based on the clients individual needs. I also required assistance balancing to do some standing exercises which Mike was very accommodating with, as he was with all my needs. He is very respectful, & informed, & looks for ways to constantly adjust & improve his routines, based on his clients needs. Well done Mike cheers Jody Copley
I approached [Mike] because I was frustrated that my "balance" wasn't balanced. I did several exercises that are targeted to “heal balance”. Mike worked with me through them so that I would learn to do the exercises properly. Working with him helped me get started on the some exercises that gave me a base on which my “balance” is healing. One thing that I liked is his active enthusiasm for and commitment to encouraging me and working with me to achieve my goal. I found his experience, his knowledge, skills and enthusiasm gave me hope. I also wanted an exercise routine targeted at "living with” osteoporosis. On his own initiative, he sent me an e-mail about one of the largest studies on exercise and bone density. Mike has been an asset in many ways that benefit me and I am grateful. I would recommend [Mike] to people who need his experience, his knowledge, skills and enthusiasm. Mike is committed to helping people be physically fit and healed. - Heather Dyble
I really enjoyed the stretching sessions Mike held and would probably love the Zumba like so many other friends of mine. they rave about Mike. such a great guy, such a fantastic dancer, amazing motivator, very kind to his clients. [Caroline Jobe]
Mike is always upbeat, light hearted and encouraging. He has high energy and strong focus. The class is sufficiently structured. The music is GREAT - helps me to stay motivated. I like that Mike provides easier/difficult options in each class and also increases the difficulty over time. He is an inspiring teacher - I wouldn't work this hard on my own.[Anon: Class evaluation]
Mike, I wish to express my gratitude to you. I attended my first Zumba class 3 weeks after my dad passed away suddenly. I immediately fell in love with Zumba and I attribute that partly to your enthusiasm and positive energy. Your welcoming attitude and ability to meet clients where they are on their fitness journey is admirable. I appreciate being able to step into each class and hone my focus to experience what I need at that time. As I navigate through my bereavement process, my focus has evolved from a need to dance out my emotions to a desire to challenge myself physically, mentally, and emotionally to remove my own barriers to realize my wellness and fitness potential. Your classes have brought emotional and physical healing to me and I look forward to continual transformation as I continue my wellness and fitness journey. Thank you so very much! [Breanne R.]
It’s funny…..how my life has changed, over the past year and a half. I used to be such a night owl….couldn’t sleep before midnight….I had been that way for as long as I can remember. Now I’m in bed by 9:30 pm and up at 5:30 am.…and loving it! NEVER thought I’d utter those words! Why the change? Well, when I stepped on my bathroom scale and saw those numbers staring back at me, I was in disbelief. I spent the whole day in a funk. “How did I let myself get this way?” “Am I EVER going to be the weight I want to be?” So many questions. I was really, really down. That was it…..my turning point. I thought, “I can either do something about it, or not….now is the time to make that decision.” So, I joined a Tone & Sculpt class that Mike Clansey was running, at the Rec Complex. At first I was worried…..”What if everyone there is skinny and in really good shape? I’m going to look like a fool.” Then I stopped the negative self-talk and decided that I would go for ME….not for anyone else. I don’t care what I look like, I am there….and that’s more than a lot of people would do.
Well, what could I say about Mike...he's awesome! Great instructor, a lot of fun! I go to his Zumba and stretching classes and find him very easy to follow, explains things well. If you have any concerns, problems, health issues, he is very professional and helps you in anyway he can! I would gladly...and do... recommend Mike to anyone who wants to become fitter/healthier and have fun doing it! [Tracey]
I think Mike is an amazing instructor. I met Mike shortly after he started giving morning classes at the Rec complex, two years ago or so. I was impressed with his enthusiasm and knowledge in helping me and others, to achieve my goals in become more fit. His morning class three times a week at the complex, "Sculpt & Tone", has done the trick. I also enjoy my passion of dancing with his Zumba classes. He is easy to follow, he lets you know what's coming ahead of time. He is also laid back. He doesn't care if you follow step by step, as long as you are having fun and getting fit. I gladly recommend Mike to all my friends, when ever I have the opportunity! [Olga]