About

Michael Wood, CSCS, is widely recognized as one the nation's top strength and conditioning experts. He serves as Founder & Director of Michael Wood Fitness, formerly the Sports Performance Group, founded in 1988. The award-winning fitness-consulting company calls some of the biggest names in the athletic, academic, and entertainment industries their clients. The company has completed more than 35,000 training sessions to date under Michael's guidance.

Michael spent 12-years as the Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub corporate headquarters in Rockland, MA. During his tenure, Michael was responsible for product development that included all coaching, nutrition, and exercise content. This included 150 strength training and 500 audio-based cardio programs that were built for treadmill and elliptical machines. His exercise programs are still completed 205,000 times each month across the entire franchise system represented by more than 80 clubs across the U.S. and Canada. Michael was also part of a team that developed online coaching certifications for all coaching staff. He was a key contributor in developing a partnership with the American Council on Exercise.

Michael hold professional certifications from the National Strength & Conditioning Association (CSCS) and Precision Nutrition (Pn1).

Michael is a member of the advisory board at Perch.fit and Koko FitClub and a member of the Fitness Industry Technology Council. He is also a former member of Power Bar Team Elite. Michael has raised money for two scholarship funds when he reached the summit of Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340') with Thompson Safaris.

Michael's honors have included receiving the coveted Boston Magazine "Best of Boston" award and in both 2004 and 2005 Men’s Journal named Wood one of the top 100 trainers in the United States. In the December 2004 issue, the magazine also included Michael on their trainer "Dream Team," comprised of the nine best trainers in the U.S. 

His professional experience includes director of business development and business director at two Velocity Sports Performance franchise locations, and director of strength and conditioning at New England Sports Academy. In addition, he had the great fortune of working as assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Connecticut and senior exercise physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the USDA-HNRC on Aging at Tufts University. Michael has also consulted for Sage Strategies, LLC, a premier management consulting firm specializing in the health and fitness, as their corporate fitness expert.

He has served on the exercise physiology review boards at HealthGate.com and HealthyWomen.org. In addition, Michael wrote a monthly fitness column for Walking Magazine called “One Minute Moves” and his fitness column, during his three-year tenure as contributing editor, at HealthGate.com (now EBSCO) was hosted on more than 650 medical websites. Michael was also a Brand Ambassador for the Boston-based food delivery service, Purple Carrot (2016).

Michael is the author of The TBC30 Plan: A 6-Step Diet & Exercise Strategy for Life (Amazon Digital Services, 2017). His exercise programs have been featured in two other books, The 30-Minute Fitness Solution (by JoAnn Mansion, MD and Patricia Amend, Harvard Press, 2001) and Cut Your Cholesterol (William Katz, MD, and Debra Gordon, Reader’s Digest, 2003). Michael was also featured in the List Makers Get-Healthy Guide book from the Editors of Prevention Magazine (Rodale Books, 2010).

Michael taught undergraduate strength and conditioning courses at both Boston University and the University of Connecticut where he also attended graduate school. He attended Springfield College on an athletic scholarship before earning a B.S. in Human Performance/Exercise Physiology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and an AS in Physical Therapy (PTA) from North Shore Community College.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Michael Wood, CSCS

Director, Michael Wood Fitness

FB: Michael Wood Fitness

Email: woodspg@gmail.com

Cell Phone: 508-369-5430

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6 Comments

  • Al Miller says:

    Michael, are your audio Elliptical HIIT programs available for purchase? There are no KOKO Clubs in my area. (North of Dallas). Thanks.

  • Lyn Jenkins says:

    Just joined the KoKo club in marble falls TX. After three hard bouts of cancer I lost a lot of muscle. Also had a whipped surgery when pancreatic cancer was the diagnosis. Just lymphoma lol. Question why do I have to wait for the fuel portion of the club until 24 sessions on the smart trainer. I can only afford the middle/no coach level which is only 5 smart training/month. Way below what is needed to get strong. I do 3-4 cardio everyday. Love the Grand Canyon Zion. I have backpacked both. Also I have worked out for 3 weeks and not list a pound. Gained one pound of lean weight. 63 years old femal 5’7″ and 145#. Have run 10 marathons and want to do another. Thanks

    • michael wood says:

      Hi Lyn – this would be a great ticket that a coach at the club could submit – then once its answered – all can see it – you can get strong doing basic Smartraining even on your own – as long as you’re pushing on each strength test. A coach will get you there quicker and safer – Three weeks is not a long time – it takes months …years to put weight on ….give it time – safe and effective weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week – 75% of the issue is what you’re putting into your mouth – exercise is important but diet is critical. I want you to look at my TBC 30 Plan found on my blog – will try to help you out in addition to coaches at your club. Please keep in mind this (blog) is part of my own brand – Michael Wood Fitness – lets help you out by first reading TBC30 – found under the menu tab

  • Lori Baker says:

    Wow! Great bio! Thanks for sharing it.

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