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.
Michael Wood, CSCS
Director, Michael Wood Fitness
Cell Phone: 508-369-5430