Mike Chalfin has been a competitive athlete for most of his life. Born and raised in California, Mike moved north to the University of Oregon, where he wrestled competitively as a NCAA Division I athlete and graduated with a degree in Sociology. As with many athletes, Mike found he was suffering from numerous physical ailments as a result of his athletic career. With poor results from physical therapy, he figured his ailments were simply ‘a part of life.’ It wasn’t until Mike’s two-year service as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic when he found a book on Pilates that he finally found relief for his aches and pains. Given his living conditions and lack of fitness equipment in the remote country, Mike learned the basic techniques of Pilates and has been practicing ever since.
Mike is a Certified Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer. He has successfully completed the BASI Comprehensive Teacher Training Course and is a graduate of the California Healing Arts College’s Personal Training Program in West Los Angeles. With a foundation in Pilates, Mike is able to pursue the activities he once thought he would not be able to do. Mike enjoys surfing, competing in triathlons, trail running, rock climbing, and coaching youth wrestling.