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About Michael Reeves

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
- Mahatma Gandhi

Michael’s passion for fitness began at a very young age.  As a child living in the Bronx, Michael’s mother enrolled her young son in martial arts classes in order to keep him out of trouble.  Little did she know that he would take to the sport so well that he would begin competing at the age of 10 and by the age of 18 he would begin travelling around the world as a member of the U.S. National Karate Team.  Michael’s love for the sport earned him numerous awards; yet despite his success with a variety of martial arts disciplines, there was another passion that Michael felt he needed to pursue further, his passion for music and dance.

After feeling he had reached the apex of his martial arts career, Michael then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a profession in music and dance.  Within weeks of his arrival to Hollywood, Michael’s dance career began taking off.  His repertoire soon included performing with artists such as Prince and Janet Jackson.

Having such an eclectic background that included a sport as disciplined and challenging as karate as well as a natural ability to perform and enjoy music, led Michael to find a line of business by which he could combine his talents in a rewarding manner. 

Helping others realize that fitness can be very rewarding and by no means needs to be boring soon became Michael’s mission. 

Michael quickly began honing his class instruction skills and combining his martial arts and dance talents in a way that would leave him unmatched as an instructor.  Evidence of his skills and popularity were soon validated when he was honored with holding the record for the largest workout class attendance ever taught at a Bally’s gym.  After years of teaching and training for a number of gyms, Michael spent some time as a celebrity trainer and then went on to accept a full time position as the athletic director at a prestigious country club in Los Angeles.   Finally, in 2000, he opted to do what most personal trainers dream of, he opened his own facility.

Currently, Michael is co-founder of Evolution 180 Fitness & Beyond, a private personal training facility near Playa Vista, CA.  Evolution 180 is approximately 4,000 square feet and is where he trains clients of all ages and fitness levels.

In addition to training clients, the overwhelming demand for Michael’s classes, keeps him busy with instructing toning and cardio classes multiple times a week (see Michael’s Workout Classes page for details and location of classes).