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Mike Klaus

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Phone: (314) FORWARD / (314)367-9273
St. Louis, MO
United States 63143
10 out of 10 (33 reviews)
 

Mike is a health and fitness professional and the owner of Forward Fitness. Passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, he makes fitness, nutrition, and recovery a priority. Playing the Irish sport of hurling, skiing down mountains, rocking out to Pearl Jam, and grilling steaks are among his favorite past times. He prides himself on consistently growing by pursuing education through personal coaches, books, media, seminars, and workshops. Current holder of the following certifications: ISSA, RKC, FMS, Restorative Breathing, TFW.

His coaching philosophy is designed around the Functional Movement System, a movement screen developed by physical therapists and used by professional trainers, clinicians, and even professional/collegiate athletic associations.

Mike coaches personal trainers, youth and collegiate athletes, competitive runners and cyclists, recovery clients, senior citizens, and anyone looking to take their health to the next level.

Accomplishments and Certifications

  • Strength and conditioning coach for the St. Louis Amateurs and AAA youth Blues hockey
  • St. Louis GAA hurling league captain and St. Louis GAA hurling traveling player
  • CPR certified
  • PATI certified
  • RKC Level II 
 
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10/10 Mike is awesome!
 
By Ryan Talbert / St. Louis, USA

I wanted to get into Kettlebell training and found Mike on the RKC website. His coaching and cues helped me get onto the right track and protect my body from injury as I explored kettlebell training. He focused on the fundamentals, encouraging and took a well rounded approach. Very enthusiastic and passionate about what he does and improving people's lives. He's also has a great sense of humor! Thanks Mike for getting me going in the world of hardstyle!

 
10/10 Stronger Than Ever
 
By Vince Machen / Union, USA

I have been training under Mike's tutelage for over 5 years. When I started my program I had constant back issues and could not even squat well, much less perform a kettle bell swing. Over time, with Mike's focus on my form and correctional cues, I was able to continually strengthen my core and begin to understand the importance of form and how to maintain it, not just in the gym, but in everyday life. I have gone from agonizing back pain to feeling healthy, strong, and confident in my physical ability. Mike's individualized approach ensures that he understands each clients strengths and weaknesses, and then develops a method to help them safely through those weaknesses. I have never felt stronger than I do now.

 
10/10 Motivation + Inspiration at Forward Fitness
 
By Aubrey Morris / Saint Louis, United States

I started training at Forward Fitness in January of 2016 with zero Kettlebell Training under my belt. From the start, Mike proved to be a patient, precise and incredibly motivating trainer. He’s consistent with his guidance and encourages each individual to not only practice good form, but to challenge yourself to grow in an encouraging and inspiring way. His ability to clearly articulate ways to improve movements, form and breathing techniques combined with his personal passion to continue to grow and strengthen his own abilities as a trainer and fitness enthusiast have made my time with Forward Fitness something I look forward to each week, instead of prior experiences…which often left me “dreading” the gym.

 
10/10 Mike is the best!
 
By Christa Frisella / Maplewood, United States of America

I'm so happy to have found Mike at Forward Fitness! He and his team have helped me towards my fitness goals while always working with me on proper form. If you're looking for the best, he is it!

 
10/10 Phenomenal Trainer!
 
By Amanda Buchheit / St. Louis, USA

Mike is by far the best trainer I have met. His knowledge is so deep and he continues to educate himself and his team. He has high regards for form and making sure safety is the number one priority. He knows when you're ready to weight up, and encourages you to do so. He doesn't hesitate to take a time out and help modify an exercise for you. Mike is passionate, knowledgeable, and is there to help you achieve your goals. If you're ready to make the next move up on kettlebells, he's right there with you teaching you how. The atmosphere him and his team have created at Forward Fitness is fun, friendly, and a blast to come to!

 
10/10 Top Kettlebell trainer in St Louis
 
By Drew Perkins / St louis, Usa

Couldn't be happier that I made the decision to start taking classes with Mike. He's knowledgeable and fun to learn from! It's also amazing that he keeps getting more knowledgeable by getting more certifications and passes that down to his clients!

 
10/10 Great Kettlebell Instruction at Forward Fitness
 
By Frank Johnson / Shrewsbury, USA

In my search for an RKC kettlebell instructor, I found Forward Fitness and registererd for their kettlebell workshop over the summer. I had started using kettlebells myself but knew I needed more knowledge on specific techniques of the exercises to get the most out of my workouts and facilitate safety. After the workshop, I have continued to take their kettlebell classes and have learned so much about using kettlebells while working under the guidance of Mike and Suzanne, the owners. I highly recommend Forward Fitness for kettlebell training or other fitness classes they offer (I've taken a few of those, too). You'll get individualized professional instruction, attention to detail, and a friendly family-like atmosphere, regardless of your age or current fitness level. A very pleasant experience.

 
10/10 Awesome Trainer
 
By Jeannine Beck / St. Louis, USA

Mike is an outstanding trainer who prioritizes good form and client safety over everything else. I have full confidence and trust in his expertise and as a result, I am motivated to push myself when he challenges me.

 
10/10 Motivating Mentor
 
By Tara Faller / St Louis, USA

Mike is a wonderful trainer in many aspects. He is extremely knowledgeable about the way the body moves and how to develop strength while burning fat. He is a motivator and pushes you to do your best, but at the same time doesn’t make you feel bad about the choices or mistakes you have made along the way. Instead he focuses on your goals and what you need to do to achieve those goals. He uses a lot of kettlebells with his workouts which are a first for me. I love it. I feel so empowered by learning movements with kettlebells. I have been working out with kettlebells for about 6 months now and I can noticeably see the gains I have made in strength. Before coming to forward fitness, I have worked out for years, both with personal trainers and by myself so I have been around the industry long enough to have seen and worked with several trainers. Mike is by far a great trainer, a mentor and someone that can really help you accomplish your personal goal. He is great with all levels from beginner to advanced.

 
10/10 Life Changing
 
By Christy Byrd / St Louis, USA

I came to Mike with the intention of completing a 6 week program. I honestly had no intention of continuing but after completing the program there was no way I could stop. I am able to move and feel better and have permanently changed my lifestyle thanks to Mike. He knows exactly when to push me and when to not.

 
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