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What We Do
Move Train Thrive. Our philosophy is right in our name. Move your body; commit to training; thrive. Whether you want an experienced Personal Trainer or a fun group of friends, Move Train Thrive fitness classes will keep you active, engaged, and thriving!
Our goal is to keep it simple for you, so we bring the boutique fitness studio experience to Kalamazoo, MI. Move Train Thrive makes it easy to get the individual attention you need to reach your personal goals. We know that fitness is about more than heart rates and muscle mass. Our gym offers whole-person wellness opportunities, including
- Personal training sessions
- Zumba fitness classes
- Small group training
- Large group training
- Youth fitness programs
- Beginner yoga classes
- Total body conditioning
- and more!
We know you’ve tried other fitness gyms and you’ve been just another face in a large crowd. Move Train Thrive provides an intimate setting, personal fitness training, and a sense of belonging that you just can’t get at any other gym.
Visit our Class Schedule to choose a session today! Let the experts at Move Train Thrive guide you and show you just how far you can go.
Who We Are
Certified Personal Trainer
Melissa has been athletic her entire life, although it wasn’t until she became a mother of twin boys that she realized she needed to get serious about her health and fitness. Now, Melissa has an AFAA Certification in Personal Training and Group Fitness, as well as certified in Yogafit and Pilates.
She began just like you: by taking group classes at a gym. She discovered she not only enjoyed the exercise, but that she had a gift for motivating others to want to improve their own healthy living habits. Move Train Thrive is the result of years of training, dreaming, and developing a fitness philosophy that encompasses all ages, fitness levels, and goals.
Certified Personal Trainer
Michael is Kalamazoo-born and raised and graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.S. in Exercise Science. In 2015, he became a NCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Michael has joined Move Train Thrive to provide individualized, unique, and challenging personal training sessions in a safe, fun, and relaxed environment.
Michael has trained middle school, high school, and college athletes. He specializes in sport-specific exercise including, but not limited to, speed, agility, injury prevention, rehabilitation, off-season, pre-season and in-season training. Biking, longboarding, golfing, both footballs, and playing with his golden retriever are his favorite pastimes.
I began my yoga practice in the late 1990’s. I completed my RYT-200 in 2013 with YogaFit and launched Manor Yoga in Jackson, MI. I studied with Karina Ayn Mirsky of Sangha Yoga Institute and completed the SYTT 500 program in October 2017. I hold a BS Fashion Merchandising from WMU and have worked in various management capacities throughout my career. I returned to the Kalamazoo area in the fall of 2016 and now teach group and private yoga classes in Kalamazoo and Jackson. I enjoy helping others on their journeys of mind, body, and spirit discovery.
In addition to Yoga, I began running in the mid-2000's and completed my first 5k in 2006. Since then, I have completed the Riverbank 25k, four Half Marathon's, and numerous 5 & 10 k's. I have volunteer Coached various running programs including the Girl Quest program in Jackson, Girls On The Run and Summer Safari in Kalamazoo. I overhauled my eating in late 2009 after a near collapse after my first Half Marathon in Detroit. I have maintained a Gluten Free, clean eating lifestyle since January 2010.
Before I started to practice yoga, I was suffering badly from the chronic lower back and sciatic pain for several years due to multiple car accidents. Then I started to practice Healing Yoga (Korean Hetha yoga) in Korea in 2013 for about a year, I finally get a relief from my pain. Confident of the effect of yoga, I achieved yoga certification in 2013. Since 2016 when I started to teach yoga, I learned the joy of helping others feel better by yoga and with my own experience, I am confident that yoga can heal our bodies and minds.
In addition to yoga, I practice foam roller stretching (self deep tissue massage), Tai Chi, and Meditation. I also do intermittent fasting at least once a week.