“Thank you for all of your help in making me the golfer and person I am today. I started working with Michael Holland during my junior year of high school after my dad suggested that a personal trainer could help me improve my golf game. Through his focus on a progressive approach to all around fitness training, Michael helped me not only recover from tendinitis in my left wrist, but also go from a ten handicap to a two handicap golfer and the number one player on my high school team in my senior year.
Michael helped me lose weight and gain strength by guiding me through exercises using my own body weight. Additionally, Michael helped me with the mental aspect of golf in a variety of ways, including by having me hit putts with my eyes closed and by having regular discussions on the state of my game. Thanks to Michael’s dedication and support, I now look forward to walking on to the golf team at Cornell University and living a healthier and more mindful life.”
As a fitness professional with fifteen years of experience I’ve come across many trainers and coaches throughout my career and sporting life. The one that stands out the most for me is Michael Holland. His knowledge, approachable manner, and overall professionalism exudes excellence. He has taken me to the next level in my pursuit of competing in endurance events. I was suffering from iliotibial stress syndrome and had trouble running without severe pain. Michael introduced me to deep water running, added the correct stretching program, and strength training; coupled with running workouts. With Coach Holland’s program design I recently competed in my first Half Ironman. His systematic injury free training approach has worked wonders for me physically mentally and spiritually. What separates Michael from the rest of the coaches is his caring and nurturing attitude, and belief in you as an athlete and most importantly his knowledge to keep me injury free.
I have worked with Michael and have been utilizing his Comprehensive Athletic Training program since my sophomore year of college in 2013. His holistic modalities propelled me to tap into my full potential on and off the playing field. I graduated with my Bachelors degree in exercise science. I was selected as an ALL-American QB for my NAIA college. Prior to college I battled back from injuries using eastern modalities that western medicine could not provide for me. Michael provides the mind, body, and soul with exercises that puts you in a state of harmony which transfers to an overall better performance. Coach Holland also deepened my knowledge of Qigong by teaching me practices that translated to improved athletic performance, while keeping me injury free. I continue to incorporate these practices into my daily life, and they definitely help keep me healthy and fit.
Michael Holland has been helping me with my fibromyalgia and chronic back pain for three years. The holistic strength training, nutrition, and wellness methods he has taught me, gives me consistent relief, and improvement! He also has extensive knowledge in pain management, and resolution. I have nothing but high praise for him!
Michael’s ability to change lives is nothing short of Amazing. His gentle, yet powerful integrated approach to training and conditioning allowed me to achieve my dream of running a ½ marathon after only a few months of training. He uses his breadth of knowledge of sports physiology, nutrition and spiritual mindfulness at each session. By combining a multitude of techniques including carefully planned running regimes, pool work, and stretching sessions, he unlocked the athlete in me.
This past year I was seriously injured with a strained groin towards the end of my senior year track season. The injury rendered me incapable of competing in the 200 meters. Michael Holland was instrumental on my road to recovery – providing me with the support and guidance that I needed to heal and strengthen an injured body and spirit. Through working with him, I was able to run again, and faster than I had before. In a short span of the summer I went from walking to jogging to running without pain. Now I look forward to a bright career in collegiate athletics, running for the University of California, San Diego. This is all thanks to Michael’s dedication and support of all facets of healing, from catering to the tangibility of the body to the ethereal yet equally important temperament of the spirit. 2009 – 200m-21.86
I decided to compete in my first Olympic distance triathlon, which was in 8 weeks. At that time, I couldn’t run more than 1 mile before severe leg pain set in, and would have to stop running. I had been doing some swimming and biking. Coach Holland told me if I followed his comprehensive athletic training approach, my injury would heal, and I would be able to compete at a high level in my first triathlon. Eight weeks later I placed in the top twenty in my age group, and placed ninth in the swim out of 44 competitors. My leg injury is no longer an issue. I’m currently in training for my first half Iron man, and I’m following coach Holland’s systematic progressions. I’ve had numerous coaches in my life, however, none of them kept me healthy during my training, with the capacity to reach championship levels in the way Coach Holland has.
Michael gently and respectfully helps clients attain their maximum wellness and fitness potentials by recognizing and attending to the unison of mind-body-spirit. My path towards wellness includes nutritional guidance, Qi Gong, massage, trigger point therapy, Muscle Activation Technique, and more. I’ve progressed to the point that my body happily experiences a workout that Coach Michael Holland continuously progresses on the TRX Suspension Trainer and with the use of other training modalities. From providing corrective treatment to progressing a client intelligently, I have Michael to thank. He is ever seeking to evolve his work and inspires me to pursue the art of wellness with the bar set high.
Qigong has provided me with a mental framework with which to face the day and its unexpected events with a greater degree of calmness. I would like to share with you what has for me been a very unexpected benefit. I was a competitive swimmer for many years through high school and college. I realized recently, after one of our sessions, that the practice of Qigong has improved how I breathe when I swim the crawl. As a result of the Qigong you taught me, and the specific breathing patterns I learned in the process, I was automatically using those same breathing patterns while swimming. I am now able to swim much more easily and efficiently—and it has enabled me to swim for a significantly longer time. Many thanks!
My dietary changes, the stretches and the deep water running have been absolutely transformational in tuning and strengthening my body. In just a couple of months of working with Coach Michael Holland (and after about 10 years), I am now at my ideal weight. I feel great and with each week my knee is getting stronger. I have resumed a weekly practice of hiking the PG&E Trail at Rancho San Antonio (a rigorous 8 mile hike) without any knee pain, and I am looking forward to returning to doing triathlons with my daughter, who is 37 years my junior!