Okay world, I hope you’re ready for me! If you’re reading this and have not seen my personal story, I urge you to check it out; it’ll give you the inside scoop on what I’m all about.
My name is Michael White, but when in fitness mode, I go by Mr. Motion.
I plan on sharing a lot of my personal thoughts and insight on the world of exercise, including tips and pointers that will build on one another from week to week. I want this to be an interactive blog, I am encouraging each of my readers to tell me what they think, ask questions, post some of their own exercise insight and anything else of the sort. I want to address the questions and comments you share with me in my blog.
It should be a lot of fun, especially if I am not the only one contributing. I always look for opportunities to learn and grow, so like I said, tell me what you all think.
I am going to start off with the cliché where I talk about how “I am fortunate for this opportunity.” But honestly, I could not even put into words how sincerely excited I am. To be able to share my beliefs with all of you and also to be in a position where I have the chance to affect so many people’s lives is truly great. I thank God for giving me the opportunity.
I have a beautiful wife and 11-year-old twins who serve as my inspiration. I have more than 25 years of training experience and through that have developed an intuition — for lack of a better word — on how to address and assess the various problems people face with their bodies.
I personally have seen my fair share of adversities. I’m not the kind of guy who sugar coats things. I am very straight forward, which I feel is necessary in my field of work. For far too long, people have been misled into thinking three minutes of this and this pill or diet will change their lives. It’s not that simple.
When I work with my clients, we focus on more than just a physical workout. Rather, I craft routines that incorporate the physical, mental and emotional aspects of an individual.
This is my life and my passion. This is what I have devoted my energy to. I am far from perfect and have a long way to go before I can say that I have reached my full potential. But who knows, maybe this blog will help me move forward in my journey toward living my best.
We often fall vulnerable and sometimes look to outside sources for extra motivation. That is where I want to be of assistance; I want to be a stimulus for people who are feeling burnt out and need that extra bit of exterior inspiration. At Body-N-Motion , we are a family with real people, real lives and real stories.
Like many of my clients, I have a past that is filled with obstacles and challenges.
I want to share a piece of myself with you. If there is one thing that I want you to take out of it, though, it is that I am here today –– successful, healthy and happy because of my past and the array of obstacles I have defeated.
As a teenager, I was an average athlete. I wasn’t the star of the team, but I wasn’t the benchwarmer either. What deterred me was not lack of skill, a bad attitude or a deficit of motivation. Rather, I had a weight problem and struggled to keep up with the other kids. As all children do, I wanted to make ol’ Pops proud of his son. I took the initiative to change and entered into the world of the gym where I sought help from the right people.
By the time high school graduation rolled around, the weight problem had disappeared. I decided Uncle Sam could use my assistance, and I joined the Army. I felt it would be an honor to serve my country, not to mention all the hard work I had put into my body would be well utilized.
Unfortunately, fate had other plans for me. During training, I tore the ligaments throughout my ankle. The Army can’t do much with a soldier who has only one functioning foot. Upon my discharge, I underwent full ankle reconstructive surgery alongside counseling to help me overcome the trauma.
I was devastated. I searched for something to uplift me, and once again exercise and personal fitness was my redemption. I returned to the gym and tried to re-establish my body and get my life back together.
Once things straightened out, I turned my attention on finding a career I cared about. I realized my passion was exercise, and I wanted to use that passion to help other people who had struggled with weight issues and injuries.
While working at a training center in Anderson, I wanted to test myself and entered a body building competition. Again, fate had other plans for me. During a training session six weeks before the competition, I ruptured a disc in my back and pinched a nerve, causing paralysis of my left leg.
I was back in surgery. Fortunately, the doctors were able to recover my mobility, but the strength and endurance I had worked so hard to develop was completely depleted. It took nine months of painful self-rehabilitation to recover from this incident.
My hardships were a blessing in disguise. Because of all of the injuries, I was able to apply for Vocational Rehabilitation, which helped pay some of the expenses for me to go back to school at IUPUI. I received a degree in physical education exercise science, acquiring not only valuable knowledge but also validating myself as a scholar and putting credentials behind my name.
During a softball game, I blew out another disc, this time paralyzing my right leg. Back in surgery, I could not believe this could happen to me again. Everything I had worked for had been taken from me.
Thankfully, not long after, I was able to continue working with my clients. They sustained me and gave me a reason to get up every day. I helped them work through their problems, and whether or not they realize it, they helped me work through mine. I struggled through the long self-rehabilitation process again and have by the grace of God made as full a recovery as possible.
I decided it was time for me to pursue my dream of owning a training facility. With help from clients, family and friends, I found a location, negotiated a lease and acquired equipment.
I’ve realized my clients are always more important than money. They become like family; no dollar amount could replace them. My first and foremost priority is to develop great trainers and help my client’s live happier and healthier lives.
Through everything — the injuries, the job changes, the schooling — I have persevered. My body is a living testimonial to what we are capable of when we do not lose faith and continue taking care of ourselves. I am so blessed to be able to do what I do, even after all the trauma. This is what Body-N-Motion is about.