Albert (Milan, Italy)
Mike is an amazing teacher with a good heart. He has a very peculiar and effective training method: I am improving and learning constantly in an efficient way as Mike adjusts the level of practice from weeks to weeks according to my goals and body needs. We have been working on brutal strength, flexibility and balance with amazing results. What I also really like is that, at the end of each single training session, I have a deeper perception of my body.
Mike, as an online coach, makes me feel like if he was right by my side. He is super attentive, corrects me on every single little movement and supports me as a brother.
Thank you Mike, for helping me explore and push my limits, and for guiding me towards balance within movement! Thank you brother!
Maani (London, UK)
I have been incredibly blessed to have been able to spend the last 15 years exercising through a mix of weight training, martial arts and general fitness work, coached by an array of some of the best trainers in the world.
A few years back I ruptured a disc in my (L5) spine which cut off the sciatic nerves in both of my legs, and left me unable walk. A number of months later, two epidurals and one discectomy I was back but had to start my training from scratch.
With a new attitude to "workouts" and renewed focus on "health" and fitness I spent a few years finding, trying and experimenting with "movement" experts and coaches from all over the world. It was only until I moved to NYC, that I managed to hunt Mike down, and after a few email exchanges discussing what I was after, I began my movement journey with him as my coach.
Mike has been one of the most incredible additions into my fitness life - His workouts are utterly different from what I had been focusing on for the past 15 years and I’d go as far as to say he has essentially been "re-wiring" the way I think about movement.
Underpinned by what is a deep, broad level of knowledge, supported by an incredibly calming (and in many cases patient) attitude to helping people grow in the world of movement Mike has been simply awesome to work with.
I can genuinely say that since I have been working with him, I have not only been pain free but have been using techniques, positions, and movements that I'd never worked with before.
Mike is the best of the best, take my word for it - and if you have any issues with my words, take 2 mins out and watch him do his "thing"... it borders on super human.
Madelyn (Colorado, USA)
I've struggled with a sprained ankle injury and a weak core for much of my life and have tried everything from PT to yoga to foundation training but none of those worked for me. I always felt like I was compensating and I was never inspired to do my routines, and I've never liked being in gyms.
I wanted to recover from my injuries while feeling inspired and full of joy through exercise; I wanted to play outside.
I found exactly what I was looking for when I started working with Mike. We met at the park each day and he would lead me through a series of exercise that I could feel were helping me immediately, and I was having fun! He incorporated acroyoga and handstands into the mix to help me feel what was possible and regain the joy I was looking for.
Mike has an incredible skill set and a way of seeing exactly what my body needs to balance and strengthen as a whole system. His ability to demonstrate and articulate the methods he teaches makes him a wonderful coach. But the best part about working with Mike is his joy, humor and steadfast belief in my capacity to go beyond my comfort zone. He creates a safe and fun space to play with movement. Being able to work with Mike in person I was able to get direct feedback and make immediate adjustments to make sure I was getting the most out of each exercise. I've already seen incredible results and progress in the few weeks I've worked with him with minimal effort on my part. I've started running again and am pain free. I can't wait to see how I feel as I continue to invest more in my body, my joy and my freedom of movement with his guidance.
My handstands are off the hook already!
Alex (New York City)
There’s no better way to describe Mike Aidala’s programming other than Ninja Training. Not only are you learning skills to move in ways you never thought possible, but also you’ll develop patience and understanding for your own body… ninja in more ways than one.
Mike’s programming is simple to follow and within the first few days I was already seeing results.
As a coach, Mike is ALWAYS there for his clients. He responds in a timely manner, checks in when necessary, and takes the extra effort to explain and ask questions when you need it most.
Working with Mike has changed my understanding and awareness of my own body and it’s capabilities.You will not be disappointed.
Brad (New York City)
Training with Mike has greatly accelerated my progress in handstand and hand balancing techniques.
Often he will suggest a skill that I didn't think was possible and under his guidance I will discover that I am more capable than I give myself credit for.
Mikes training goes beyond coaching into shifting my perception of how to approach my practice to achieve the best possible results.
Blair (Santa Monica, CA)
Mike is an excellent trainer and athlete. I've never worked with a coach who was able to break down movements so well and refine the pieces required to execute skills.
Starting with a strong foundation, Mike helped me to understand the areas I need to strengthen in order to press handstand. He is very patient and great at explaining movements in a way that made sense to me.
Additionally, Mike helped break down the mechanics of running and sprinting which was a huge breakthrough during my acl recovery. Mike's passion for movement, strength and training shows through in his work.
Aristotle (New York City)
Prior to meeting Mike, focus was something my training had been severely lacking. I was trying to do everything but wasn't progressing in anything.
Seeing Mike's incredible ability in a variety of fitness disciplines made me believe he'd be the perfect coach for me and he was.
The first and most important lesson Mike taught me was to focus on one aspect at a time. Rather than trying to learn multiple skills at once, master one before moving onto another.
Not only did Mike help me implement this new philosophy, he also helped me to realize that the devil really is in the details.
I started on a Ninja Training (gymnastics) program and after just the first week of focused training, I noticed a significant difference in my strength and skill.
As I became more comfortable with the movements, Mike continually made minor adjustments that translated into major improvements.
I am grateful for Mike's tutelage and the lessons he's helped me implement into my training and other areas of my life.