Mike Fitch is an innovative fitness educator and movement coach with 18 years experience in the fitness industry. As the founder of Global Bodyweight Training, he’s developed multiple programs that focus on skill based, bodyweight training, including Animal Flow and the Bodyweight Athlete Program. He loves sharing his experience and knowledge with others, and has been able to teach many thousands of individuals around the world as a featured presenter major fitness conferences, as a contributor and subject of countless media pieces, and through his online and in-person educational courses.
Mike spent years exploring and coaching a range of techniques including Kettlebells, Olympic Lifts, Corrective Exercise and pre/post rehabilitation. However, it wasn’t until he turned 30 years told that he decided to put down the weights and explore only bodyweight disciplines. He describes his change in training as a major turning point in his personal and professional development: “I had reached a point where I decided that I was way too young to feel so beat up all the time. There was something that I had been missing.”
Beginning with basic gymnastics, Mike found himself both incredibly challenged and inspired. Gymnastics soon lead to parkour, which lead to breakdancing and then hand balancing. A common thread that ran throughout these disciplines ws the use of animal movements (locomotion) along with the emphasis of “flow.”
Mike is always the first to admit that he didn’t create animal movements. He sees his contribution to the discipline as having created a systematized program that makes the the movements easy to learn and easy to coach for person of all ages and skill levels. Building upon his previous understanding of body mechanics, anatomy, and common postural issues, he developed specific ways to integrate animal patterns and other bodyweight-focused movements to elicit specific responses and results. His goal was to use animal these animal movements to improve the function and communication of the Human Animal.
When it came to incorporating the Flow component, Mike found the feeling of free and potentially endless movement to be incredible empowering. He knew that others would feel the same immediate connection he did. In putting it all together, he created the Animal Flow program and its global community of inspired movers.
Today Mike remains dedicated to the various bodyweight-based disciplines, but still draws upon his accumulated knowledge to develop new training programs. You’ll see him integrating kettlebells, VIPRs and other heavy weights into his multi-disciplinary training regimes.<< Back to Instructors