Mike Fitch is an innovative fitness educator focused on bodyweight training, skills-based practices, and multi-planar, fluid movement. As the president of Global Bodyweight Training, he has developed multiple programs (including Animal Flow) that celebrate movement. All of his work embraces the philosophy that anybody can excel at bodyweight training and advanced skills building with practice and proper progressions. With 18 years’ experience in the fitness industry, Mike has used and taught a range of styles from Olympic lifts and kettle bells to sports-specific and Speed-Agility-Quickness training. He has also done specialized training for post-rehab and corrective exercise clients. Always interested in non-traditional forms of exercise, he embarked on a new journey in 2010, beginning to use only his own bodyweight for training while exploring many different disciplines, including gymnastics, parkour, hand balancing, breakdancing, and, of course, traditional progressive bodyweight training.
Mike created the Animal Flow program out of his deepening understanding of the unique strengths, complemented by the commonalities, of each discipline. Fusing elements from all of them, and focusing on multi-planar, integrated, movement the resulting program is challenging, fun, and very effective in achieving results.
Now dedicated to the various bodyweight-based disciplines, he still draws upon his accumulated knowledge to develop new training programs. He’s been featured in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Fitness Magazine, Shape, My Mad Methods, and Train Magazine, as well as on The Doctors, Good Morning America, and LIVE! with Kelly and Michael.
Qualifications and Certifications
- National Strength and Conditioning Association – CPT
- National Academy of Sports Medicine
- NSCA Approved Kettlebell Coach by Jason C. Brown
- AAHFRP Certified Medical Exercise Specialist
- C.H.E.K. Exercise Coach
- IFPA Accredited Personal Trainer