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Personal Trainers In Novi | Novi Strength Coaches

David Lawrence, Michigan Strength Coach

DAVID LAWRENCE, Head Strength Coach

David is one of the premier and most widely recognized strength and conditioning coaches in the United States. He has personally trained literally hundreds of professional athletes in over 20 sports, including Nick Bellore of the Detroit Lions, Aaron Palushaj of the Philadelphia Flyers, and Super Bowl Champions Frank Zombo of the Kansas City Chiefs and Haloti Ngata of the Philadelphia Eagles. David’s passion and hands-on coaching ensures results, David sets the bar and brings that drive to the team at MECA, the premiere personal training and sports performance facility in Michigan.

    • Founder of Michigan Elite Conditioning for Athletes (MECA)
    • Former Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Concordia University Ann Arbor
    • National Team Conditioning Coach, Guyana Women’s National Football Team

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Rachel Johnston, Novi Personal Trainer

RACHEL, Assistant Head Strength Coach

Rachel’s personal experience with how strength training can help overcome injuries was her primary motivation to pursue strength training as a career. After graduating in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Exercise Science from Concordia University, Rachel became an intern at MECA until she became a permanent and valued part of the staff.

    • Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
    • Preparing for Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) certification
    • Working toward Poliquin® International Certification Program (PICPTM) Levels 1 & 2

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MATT SOBECK

MATT, Assistant Strength Coach

Matt has known MECA founder David Lawrence most of his life, growing up with him in Kalamazoo, Michigan. While Matt earned a degree in Accounting, it wasn’t until after college would he find his passion in training. Matt truly enjoys making a difference in his client’s life, likely that’s why Matt’s clients continue to train with him month after month and year after year. Matt is detail oriented and is always making sure that his clients are getting the most out of each rep in each set.

    • Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy with a Minor in General Business.
    • Poliquin program design certified
    • MECA trainer since 2015

JARED MYERS, Novi Personal trainers

JARED, Assistant Strength Coach

Because he has experienced both inactive and active periods in his life, including track, football, baseball, and boxing, Jared can relate to a wide range of clientele. He can make a workout challenging and fun at the same time, which is helpful for those clients who may approach working with a personal trainer with some apprehension because of weight or other matters. Jared’s goal is to encourage clients toward a healthy lifestyle, beginning from where they are right now.

    • Assistant Strength Coach at MECA
    • Certified Poliquin Level I Personal Trainer
    • Holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Performance and Fitness Entrepreneurship

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LIZ KUMKE

LIZ, Assistant Strength Coach

As one of 12 children in her family, Liz knows all about teamwork and competition. However, it was only after initially pursuing a degree in business that she discovered a passion for fitness and strength training. Athletes, those recovering from an injury, or clients seeking weight loss and better health, all MECA clients receive a personalized training program tailored to fit their unique needs. That personalization is what impressed Liz as an intern, and cinched her decision to pursue a career as a personal trainer.

    • Strength Trainer at MECA
    • Served as a MECA intern
    • Holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports Performance
    • Experienced basketball and volleyball coach

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ANNA ZITTEL

ANNA, Assistant Strength Coach

Anna is the newest addition to MECA’s growing team. Anna previously ran her own Barbell Club and was a personal trainer before deciding to join the team at MECA. After going through a tough time in her life, Anna found strength and a new passion in weight lifting and physical fitness and it shows in her training. She always brings the energy up in any setting and will always put a smile on your face. She loves getting the most out of her clients and sharing her passion with them. Anna has a tremendous ability to help client’s breakthrough mental and physical barriers, achieving their goals. There’s never a dull moment when you’re working with Anna, she’s your biggest fan and is very excited for your success!

    • Crossfit level 2 Certified
    • Crossfit kids Certified
    • Sports Performance Certified

Ty Jensen

TY, Assistant Strength Coach

Ty got his first experience in the weight room at the young age of 13 years old, trying to better himself for his chosen sport, football! Ty has always been competitive and found that the weight room was a perfect platform to compete against his peers and most importantly, himself. The weight room helped Ty be able to play football the collegiate level at Alma College. Once football was over his passion for competition lead him on the path of fitness and back where it all began, the weight room. Ty enjoys being challenged and motivates others to become the best version of themselves. He takes pleasure in serving and providing for clients that want to get better but don’t know how to help themselves. His enthusiasm for fitness can make every workout enjoyable for all clients.

    • Bachelors of science in Athletic Training
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists
    • Preparing for Athletic Training Board of Certification Exam

John Wallace

JOHN, Assistant Strength Coach

The importance of weight training was ingrained early on in John’s high school athletic career. Every coach said he needed to get bigger and stronger to play in college. John took every weight training and conditioning class offered by his high school, including an independent study in Strength and Conditioning. John has since graduated and added 100lbs to his frame. He has obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University. John used his education early on to improve the Central Michigan Men’s Volleyball Program and has worked with many high schools, colleges, and professional athletes since. John has been a strength coach for Central Michigan University, Northwood University, and the Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club. He has also coached high school and AAU Volleyball at high levels. John’s dedication to his client’s success is paramount to his coaching success.

    • Intern and Graduate Assistant for Central Michigan Strength and Conditioning
    • Taught Weight Training and Conditioning for Central Michigan University
    • Assistant Strength Coach for Northwood University
    • Powerlifting Team Coach for Northwood University
    • Head Strength Coach Saginaw Spirit Hockey Club
    • Director of Personal Training for Mountain Town Fitness
    • Holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University
    • CSCS*D
    • USAW Level 1

Stephanie Oliver

STEPHANIE, Assistant Strength Coach

Stephanie is no stranger to fitness as It has been apart of her life since she was young. Stephanie played competitive sports in high school and went to play college volleyball at Williston State College and finished out at Rochester College. At WSC, Stephanie received both her Associates in Science and Arts. She then finished out her Bachelors in Business Administration in Business Management. After graduating, Stephanie realized her passion for fitness and became a certified Personal Trainer through National Academy of Sport Medicine. On top of being a personal trainer, Stephanie also coached volleyball at the college level and high school/club level. Wanting to grow in her field, Stephanie found MECA and she is currently working on obtaining USAW Level 1 coach certification and also CSCS Certification to add to the credentials.

Stephanie believes in work ethic and dedication will achieve goals. She wants to push not just athletes but a range of clients to meet their potential fitness level “What I love to see is the progress, the change and the end result,” Stephanie explains. “Everyone has a goal but pushing clients to reach that goal, is the greatest feeling as a trainer, this is why I love what I do.”


Tyce

TYCE, Assistant Strength Coach

Tyce joins MECA with a diverse resume, after more than ten years in health, fitness, and the sports performance industry. From NFL strength and conditioning to corporate wellness consulting; Tyce’s passion to motivate, encourage, and serve others as they pursue their true potential shows in his approach and energy. He enjoys helping individuals mentally and physically reach new levels of personal growth.

Tyce found MECA through a continual pursuit of improvement, personally and professionally. He sees the process and intentional progression of the weight room to be a great analogy for life. He believes work ethic, discipline, and a growth mindset are key to continual, optimal improvement. As a strength and conditioning coach he has been able to focus his efforts and passion, to better serve others. His personal journey for functional hypertrophy and strength continues to fuel his desire to grow and embrace the process he coaches others through.

He enjoys motivating, challenging, and encouraging others, while best serving them according to their needs & goals.

  • Central Michigan University, Bachelors of Science in Health Fitness & Cardiovascular Rehabilitative Care
  • National Strength & Conditioning CPT
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator – CPT

Tyce

LONNIE, Assistant Strength Coach

Lonnie was introduced to fitness through sports like most people. Lonnie’s most competitive sports that he grew up participating in was basketball, baseball and track & field. It was through those sports that he learned the value of hard work and having to earn everything that you hoped to achieve. That passion to want to achieve the absolute most out of himself is why he wanted to be a strength & conditioning coach. Lonnie loves helping others work hard and reach their potential to the fullest, while trying to be competitive in their sport. Lonnie draws on his own experience of what it took to become a national level Olympic Weightlifter to aid him in his coaching today. He can empathize with athletes when they are struggling and motivate them to push past their plateaus and achieve the greatness that they are capable of while having fun in the process.

  • Bachelors of Art in Human Development & Family Studies
  • Certified Personal Trainer (American College of Sports Medicine)
  • Preparing for USAW Level 1 and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) Certification

Rich Jacobs

RICH, Director of Integrative Nutrition

Rich comes to MECA bringing almost 20 years of experience and education in strength and conditioning and nutrition. He is a former NCAA Division 1 strength and conditioning coach where he assisted in 7 NCAA Conference Championships and 1 NCAA National Championship while at Northwestern University, Michigan State University, Xavier University and the University of Florida. He later went back to school to become certified in integrative and functional nutrition.

Taking his knowledge in functional lab work, hormones, gut health, detoxification, sleep and weight loss, his focus is to help optimize both athletes and the general population so they can achieve their goals in lightning speed and be the best in whatever they want their body to accomplish.

  • Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
  • Board Certified Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner
  • Kalish Institute for Functional Medicine Certified
  • Institute for Functional Medicine Member
  • Master of Science in Kinesiology
  • Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Psychology

Mike Debat

MIKE, COO

Since MECA started in 2012, the business has done nothing but grow and at an impressive pace. The business eventually grew to a point where it would need an "Operator" and that is where Mike comes in. Mike comes to MECA with 14 years of experience in management with 9 of them being multi-unit management. Mike had previously started as an entry level employee at his former job and climbed the corporate ladder quickly and at a young age. Mike played a lead role in developing processes and procedures for his former company and brings that and many other skills to the MECA team. Mike has a servant’s heart and loves to help both clients and trainers with whatever their needs maybe.