If there is one word to describe me as a manager, coach, and trainer, it would be “architect”. Whether I’m managing and coaching an aspiring model, bodybuilder, or someone looking to get back to the weight they were 10 or 15 years ago, I see the finished product from day one.
“One day Mike approached me about modeling and thought I had the look for it. At the time I thought it was a joke because I was more focused on being a body builder then anything else, but he knew that my direction was to go towards something bigger. I was cast for Philly Fit Magazine for being Extremely Fit and Mike helped me get to where I needed to. After that casting was over he wanted me to do my own shoot further down the road and he said he would continue to train and coach me throughout the way so I wouldn’t get lost. During the shoot Mike was saying remember what we practice and it kept clicking and made it very easy for me to get the shoot done. After it was over it was less than a week later I got signed by Colby Models in NYC and I’m now signed with Silver Model Management in NYC, one of the biggest Fitness and Commercial modeling agencies in the country. I’m also doing photo shoots with Luis Rafael, Rick Day, Kristopher Kelly, Paul Reitz, Furious Fotog, and Sean Watters. These are just to name a few and I have a lot more coming in the future. Mike Shaw saw the sun even when there was clouds. He never gave up on me and for that I owe him a lot. Not only is he a great guy to work with but he is now one of my best friends.”
- Justin Coale
From the time I was a teenager and first got into fitness training and modeling, I was always passionate about creating something beautiful..
“I always thought about entering a bodybuilding competition, but when Michael asked me to do it and take a leap of faith, I did. I didn’t know what to expect or all the things that I should do, but Michael coached me through every aspect. He was patient and hard on me when he needed to be, and really believed in me. He helped me become a champion at my first bodybuilding competition. I consider him more than a coach and mentor, he is a true friend. I’m glad that we’re taking this journey of mine together.”
- Brandon Council
I have found that experience is a great teacher. There are very few things in life more rewarding than helping someone realize a dream.
“I worked with Michael Shaw preparing for pageants. Michael not only taught me how to train for a competition, but educated me on other aspects, including nutrition, supplements, and pageant day preparation. He was very helpful with progress checks regarding body composition and stage presence. Michael is also very down to earth and easy to talk to! He is a great motivator and I really enjoyed working with him. I am looking forward to preparing for my next pageant with him. I recommend that anyone who wants to take their fitness to the next level to work with Michael Shaw.”
- Melissa Kirk Mrs. Wilmington America 2011 Mrs. New Castle County United States 2012
One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how much of an impact we can have in someone else’s journey, even when we don’t realize it.
“I’ve been working with Michael for 9 months and I have lost more weight and body fat than I have since having all 3 of my children. Michael has helped me not only physically, but spiritually as well. As a spiritual practitioner I can honestly say that my working with Michael has had a profound effect on my life and my journey. I’m thankful he’s a part of both.
- Allison Betts