Testimonials

“Mike has been working with my two youth soccer teams. Soccer is an extremely physical sport that requires a lot of cardio preparation, balance, and strength. He has helped make them better athletes and soccer players. The workouts are age appropriate, fun, and beneficial. When other teams seem to be running out of gas, these boys have been ready to play.” -Tom Seymour, Emerald Soccer Club, Smithville, MO. 

Mike was my physical training coach for over two years. He is one of several who worked with our very large “boot camp” group that was taught by U. S. Marines and is one of my favorite coaches ever. Mike knows how to motivate his students in a positive manner. If you follow his program, you will get to love his style of progressive training. He starts you out at your skill level. Mike understands that not everyone is a twenty-year old Marine just out of basic. He works with you so that you will attain your personal greatest potential. While working with Mike, I found that he was one of the most professional trainers I have ever met. He is a prolific student of performance and training. He understands human physiology and how it relates to athletics. When I started working with him, he ran with me to evaluate my skills, gently correcting my running style, gait and other attributes of running. Thanks to him, I shaved off 30 seconds of my 1 mile run and increased my endurance from 3 to 6 miles within twelve weeks. I got better, not because he pushed me, rather because he worked with me. He showed me how to run more efficiently and thus, faster. Mike also worked with me in overall physical performance, upper body, core, and legs. All these areas help make me a better runner. Because of him, I became the oldest person to complete the prestigious “Citadel Bulldog Challenge” offered by the Marines here in Charleston, SC. This challenge tests all aspect of physical training and is not for the weekend runner. I was honored to complete the course. If you are considering a coach, I recommend Mike Harris with enthusiasm and without reservation. – Kem Fronabarger, Ph.D, Charleston, S.C.

Mike has character and integrity above expectations. He was responsible for the success of programs at the Medical University of South Carolina. He is the ultimate role model for bringing professionalism and accountability to any task or responsibility. The Medical University has high expectation for employees and Mike met these expectations and went beyond what was expected. He changed the lives of many civilians while teaching at the Medical University. Not many people can say they helped people change the way they lived their lives. The Medical University is proud of Mike and thankful for his contribution to our community. – Janis Newton, Director, MUSC Wellness Center, Medical University of South Carolina.

I first met Mike Harris when he ran an early morning fitness program at the Medical University of South Carolina. Having not exercised since college, twenty plus years before, I had been sent there by my doctor. I had a myriad of health issues that had grown acute over the years including obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. I was on the fast track to an early grave. Meeting Mike changed my life.
In the first two months of working with Mike, my blood pressure had dropped, my blood sugar levels began to approach a normal range, and my dosage of blood pressure medications were cut in half. Within a year I no longer took medication for diabetes and my blood pressure medication was reduced again. I also eventually lost over 50 pounds.
When I first walked in that gym, I wasn’t sure I would belong nor did I know what to expect. At the beginning we were all required to take a Physical Fitness Test. I completed the mile run in 15:10 by walking and jogging. Twelve weeks later, I had dropped the time to 13:00 and was named the most improved in the class. Throughout the class, Mike was always encouraging and giving me advice to improve. He always set the bar high for the class but he also showed me how to reach the bar.
One of things that was key for me was learning to love running. Each week, the class met Mike to run the Cooper River Bridge, a 5.2 mile trek. At best, I could jog a bit and walk a bit. Each time Mike saw me, he had an encouraging word.  
I found that I liked the challenging of running and started to enter road races. I was last in my very first race but eventually raced 24 times in my first year of racing which included the Cooper River Bridge Run. Since that time I’ve competed in numerous 5Ks and 10Ks, multiple half-marathons, two marathons, and a Half Ironman triathlon. I’ve done multi-day bike tours, off road bike races, and rode in the Assault on Mt Mitchell.
Ten years later, Mike Harris continues to be one of my chief encouragers. I am proud to recommend him to anybody who wants to begin running, improve their endurance, or increase their speed. Greg Shore
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Greg Shore after a successful Marine Corps Marathon in 2010.
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Greg’s race bibs!

 

 

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