EQUINOX Master Instructor
Certified Personal Trainer
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist
EXOS Performance Specialist
Precision Running Coach
Illustrator and Author:
PreHab Exercise Book for Runners
PreHab Exercise Book for Soft Tissue Therapy
Illustrating improved movement quality, optimal performance and physical longevity with PreHab Exercises.
Michael Rosengart is a Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as well as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) with the National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms) and a Certified Performance Specialist (XPS) with EXOS as well as a Master Instructor, Personal Trainer and Precision Running Coach at Equinox Fitness.
In the year 2000, Michael began his training career at a New York City Equinox Fitness Club and has since led tens of thousands of training sessions, each contributing to an evolving training philosophy that focuses on one main objective: to keep getting better.
Michael attributes much of his personal success and his success with athletes or clients to PreHab Exercises.
‘I am not a physical therapist and I do not pretend to be one, though I have spent plenty of time going through rehabilitation myself. I have been in rehab for a Fractured Fibula (Leg), Ruptured Achilles Tendon (Calf/Ankle – Twice), Torn Meniscus (Knee), and a Torn Distal Biceps Tendon (Arm).
No only am I still very physically active in my forties, but I continue to get better and better at what I do because I include PreHab Exercises in my training.’
Author & Illustrator
Michael is the author and illustrator of the PreHab Exercise website as well as the following books: PreHab Exercise Book for Soft Tissue Therapy, PreHab Exercise Book for Joint Distraction, and PreHab Exercise Book for Runners.
The Course of Michael Rosengart’s Life
Michael grew up in New Jersey close to the Giants Stadium across the river from New York City. Even though growing up Michael was very active in sports, he was also thirty pounds overweight and was labeled ‘obese’ by the school nurse. Consequently in 1988, a sixth grader at the time, he purchased his first gym membership. Michael then went on the Weight Watchers diet and followed various workouts in “Muscle and Fitness” or “Flex Magazine” at the gym.
Over the summer months, Michael not only lost the thirty, he gained a new lifestyle.
Throughout high school and college, it was not usual to find Michael working out in the gym. He was a constant fixture in the weight room and quickly became his friends’ and fellow students’ ‘go-to guy’ for workout questions. However, the possibility of turning his fitness and training skills into a career never crossed his mind.
In 2000, Michael walked into the Equinox Fitness on 50th and Broadway in New York City and started his personal training career. He was very fortunate to start with this company because unlike most companies, Equinox Fitness invested in their trainers by providing an In-House Education program called the Equinox Fitness Training Institute (EFTI). Michael completed the entire EFTI curriculum in two years and soon embraced a new training philosophy.
Change in Philosophy
After completing the EFTI course, Michael shifted his focus from muscles and body parts to movement patterns and biomechanics, themes he learned from the course. The EFTI curriculum also introduced Michael to the training concepts of functional training (functional movement) and periodization as well as other innovative ideas and methods including Myofascial Release, Corrective Exercises, and Stability Training.
While working for Equinox Fitness in New York, Michael saw his performance in sports and other activities improve dramatically. He soon found himself a star player on a Central Park softball team, a city football league, and a Mid-Town Kung-Fu temple. While catching winning touchdown passes, covering center field like a blanket, and running sub 20 5K’s on a whim, Michael was sold on this new approach to training.
At 30 years old, Michael attended graduate school at the University of Essex in England and joined the American Football team, which was full of 19-22 year old players. Fortunately for Michael, years of functional training equipped him well for the football field. Michael played quarterback for the University and led the team to the BCAFL Playoffs in 2005.
A Year of Injuries
Early in Michael’s second season with the University team, he suffered a fractured fibula while being tackled by two defenders, seemingly signaling the end of his season. However, Michael was determined to return to the football field. He rushed through rehab and began intensely training with his teammates once again. Unfortunately, Michael suffered another setback as he ruptured his Achilles tendon in the middle of a training session. His left leg had been compensating for the atrophy in his right leg, the leg that endured the fibula fracture; consequently, the Achilles tendon ruptured due to the overuse and stress from training.
Michael eventually recovered from his torn Achilles and began coaching American Football for a local adult league and a high school team in England. It was a pleasure to be involved with a team and get back to football. Unfortunately, coaching also led to the temptation of playing, and as soon as Michael felt he was capable, he joined the team and started playing once again. However, Michael’s Achilles was not ready for action; it tore again as he was being tackled by a defender, sidelining him yet another time.
Within one calendar year, Michael had broken his fibula and ruptured his Achilles twice, all because he returned to the field before his body was properly prepared for the sport.
Returned to Training
Michael resumed his training career in Los Angeles, a mecca for many fitness professionals, and soon came in contact with some of the sharpest minds in training due in part to Equinox’s EFTI Continuing Education series. Michael was fortunate enough to learn from:
Robert Dos Remedious
Additionally, Michael expanded his knowledge with certifications from:
National Strength & Conditioning Association – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
National Academy of Sports Medicine – Corrective Exercise Specialist
Functional Movement Systems – The Functional Movement Screen
EXOS – Certified Performance Specialist
Hollywood Football League
Within weeks of his arrival in Los Angeles, Michael teamed up with a large group of fellow trainers and amateur athletes to form a competitive Flag Football League in Hollywood. Week after week, the league drew a large number of participants who religiously performed hosts of speed and agility drills and practiced running routes to perfection. Before long, a local semi-pro football team learned about Michael through this league and recruited him to be a coach.
Michael coached semi-pro football as an Offensive Coordinator and Special Teams Coordinator for three years where he was both alarmed and impressed by the athletes. He reflects, “Most of the players were not conditioned well. This is not to say they were not in good shape or athletic –many were ridiculously athletic. But, in general, the players did not take care of their bodies in regards to alignment, biomechanics, and recovery, mainly because they did not know how. Yet, they played with a lot of passion and a lot of pride, which was great to be around.”
Through a personal connection, Michael joined Gifford Lindhiem’s coaching staff at Santa Monica College where he served as a Strength Coach and Assistant Kinesiology Instructor under Steve Garcia and Zach Murry. At the time, Coach Lindheim recruited a great staff that created a winning tradition: the SMC Cosairs went on to win four straight American Division Conference Championships. This stellar coaching staff went on to send 79 student athletes from a Junior College to a four-year university to play football.
Running Groups and Running Book
During his coaching tenure at SMC, Michael led running groups at both SMC and UCLA while he authored and illustrated the PreHab Exercise Book for Runners. Michael included a regiment of PreHab Exercises in each of the training sessions that focused on Mobility, Activation, and Stability to improve the participants’ Movement Quality and running techniques.
PreHab Exercise Book for Runners
Michael wrote the first edition of the PreHab Exercise Book for Runners in 2012 and quickly followed it up with two rounds of revision. The third edition of the PreHab Exercise Book for Runners was published in 2014 and included 500 pages of exercises and detailed descriptions, which was sold around the world and helped launched the PreHab Exercise website.
PreHab Exercises Online
This website was launched January 1st, 2014, with the goal of helping more trainers and athletes learn exercises, techniques, and concepts that improve biomechanical efficiency and Movement Quality.
East Coast Move
In 2015, Michel moved back to the East Coast and relocated to Hagerstown, Maryland, where he began training and leading seminars in a myriad of different gyms. From private boot camps, to local high schools, to CrossFit Affiliates, to the YMCA, to corporate fitness programs, Michael led workshops, seminars, and classes in Speed & Agility, Strength & Conditioning, Prehabilitation, Fat Loss, Injury Prevention, and Corrective Exercises.
YMCA Swim Team
Michael was also hired to be the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Swim Team at the Hagerstown YMCA. Right away, Michael observed numerous discrepancies in his swimmers’ alignments and Motor Behaviors that contributed to noticeable compensation patterns in traditional strength training exercises. Quickly, Michael arranged the ‘Drylands’ training session to help his athletes develop more Stability and Integration among the different joint regions in his swimmers’ bodies. This led to huge improvements in basic functional movement patterns as well as titanic improvements in the pool. Every swimmer on the team boasted new ‘personal records’ in the water and some even went on to set new ‘pool records’. Several qualified for the district competition, with two earning top ten finishes at state.
Corrective Exercises and Injury Prevention
Michael was also hired to lead weekly Injury Prevention and Corrective Exercise Workshops for assembly line workers and engineers at Volvo Group and Mack Trucks. He helped the employees understand the effects of repetitive movements at work and how to combat them as well as how to improve their overall movement in general. Michael guided employees through training sessions and created corrective exercise programs that ‘bridge the gap’ from rehab to fitness.
“Many of these guys – and women,” Michael reports, “are dealing with constant aches and pains because of what they do all day and they are amazed when they learn how ‘movement’ can help solve the problem. I am constantly showing them how to counter their lifestyle and work habits with some rather simple exercises too. Makes me realize how important exercise really is.”
Functional Movement Screen Workshops
As a veteran Tier Three Trainer, Michael runs weekly workshops around the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and Corrective Exercise Training.
“Equinox has a high level of standards when it comes to training because our clients expect it,” Michael reports. “I get to lead weekly corrective exercise workshops where we go over assessing basic Movement Patterns and how to create any of the compensation patterns we discover. It’s simply a way for us, as trainers, to ‘sharpen our saw’ and keep training at a high level.”
Michael currently trains or leads classes and workshops for:
Volvo Group and Mack Truck
Equinox Fitness – Tysons Corner
Training Methods & Disciplines
Michael currently practices the following forms of Training:
Weightlifting (Olympic and Powerlifting)
Functional Strength Training
Sports Specific Training
• Speed, Agility, Reaction, Quickness
• Running (Mid and Long Distance)
• Boxing and Kickboxing
• Mobility Training including Soft Tissue Therapy, Joint Distractions, and R.A.D. Stretching Techniques
• Activation Exercises
• Stability Training including NRT, Integration Exercise, and Unstable Surface Training
PreHab Exercise Book for Runners
PreHab Exercise Book for Soft Tissue Therapy
PreHab Exercise Book for Joint Distractions (Coming Soon)
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