Sheffield fitness business settles in the community | Lorain County

Since 2014, Michael Hamilton, owner and operator of Motivate Me Mike Personal Training, has bounced from location to location trying to find a perfect studio.

From the city of Lorain to Sheffield Village, to Avon and back to Sheffield Village, Hamilton has spent time training members of the community to meet their fitness, health and mental goals.

“I’m a wellness coach, anything that has to do with holistic wellness, not doctor wellness,” he said. “But anything that has to do with sleep, fruits and vegetables, meditation, stretching and fitness courses.”

Recently, Hamilton opened a permanent studio at 3953 Colorado Ave. in Sheffield Village.

He said he’s always dreamed of finding his permanent location for his practice.

“I wasn’t going to move again until I found my 10-year plus spot,” Hamilton said. “Motivate Me Mike is here to stay in this community.”

Hamilton considers his niche is his strong understanding of the philosophical and logical side of fitness and wellness.

In his practice, he said he strives to bring happiness and advancement to the community through dedication, and both physical and emotional development.

“It’s my philosophical and logical approach to things that help people manage their emotions by becoming more aware of things going wrong so you can stay on a path,” Hamilton said.

He said his fitness certifications give him an edge over local competitors in the area.

Hamilton’s certifications include the National Strength and Conditioning Training Certified Personal Trainers or NSCACPT, Crossfit Level One certification or CF-L1 and the American Parkour Instructor Certification or the APK certification.

“I teach parkour as a discipline for using your body as a piece of art and using your body as a piece to survive,” he said.

According to, Parkour is all about moving through your environment efficiently and naturally.

Parkour practioners, who are often called traceuers (from the French for ‘to trace’), jump, climb and vault over obstacles in their path, the website says.

Their goal is to get from point A to point B as efficiently as possible.

With participants with various goals, shapes and sizes, Hamilton said the best way for him to approach training is to understand each individual on a personal level.

“Wellness is sacred,” he said. “They have different bodies and different minds. Interacting with people is the best way to learn.”

Hamilton said he uses his business and fitness to build up those around him and help them both physically and emotionally.

“Fitness is a way to heal,” he said. “Fitness is a way to get back up. Fitness is a way to become more resilient to the more damage in the future, whether it be physical or emotional.

“It’s a healing simultaneously.”

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