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Personal Trainers In Novi | Strength Coaches

David Lawrence, Head 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 40 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, Assistant Head Strength Coach

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)
    • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
    • Working toward Poliquin® International Certification Program (PICPTM) Levels 1 & 2
    • Kilo APD level 1
    • Kilo APD level 2

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Matt Sobeck, Personal Trainer

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, Personal Trainer

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
    • Kilo ASPD level 1 & Kilo ASPD level 2

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Liz Kumke, personal trainer

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
    • CSCS
    • USA weightlifting level 1
    • Kilo APD level 1

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John Wallace, Personal Trainer

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

Tyce, Personal Trainer

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

Shelly Czarnowczan, Strength Coach

SHELLY, Assistant Strength Coach

Shelly started playing hockey at the tender age of just 2 years old. By the time she was 14 she started to weight train with a strength coach for hockey and immediately fell in love. This started her fitness journey and lead her to study Exercise Science and further pursue her newly found passion. She continued to play hockey at the collegiate level for Adrian College and competed in 4 national tournaments finishing with a second and third place title over her time playing there. Since graduating college Shelly both interned and worked at a few notable places but really wanted to further her education and development. She wanted to learn more on how to become a better version of herself in order to help others be the best they can be. Having learned about MECA from a friend that completed an internship at MECA, she knew MECA was the place to help her realize her full potential. Being an athlete has helped her build the character she needs to do what she loves, helping the overall well-being of an athlete/person.


Dominic Patera, Personal Trainer

DOMINIC, Assistant Strength Coach

At a young age, Dominic tried several sports while growing up and soon became fascinated with becoming more physically fit in order to be better at every sport he was involved in. In high school, his passion for fitness grew after being influenced by his strength and conditioning coach who showed him several different styles of lifting. After seeing the benefits of lifting come to fruition on the mat, Dominic become eager to learn more about lifting and further aid him as an athlete. He continued his athletic and academic career at Adrian College, getting a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a minor in business administration. Dominic was a 3-time starter and captain on the Adrian College wrestling team. He completed both an internship with the strength coach at Adrian, as well as an internship at MECA. Dominic plans to continue to expand his knowledge in strength training, already having learned more in his short time here at MECA than anywhere else he’s been. Fitness and athletics have shaped who he is today and would love to show others how fitness can improve their entire lifestyle, both physically and mentally!


Logan Wheatley, General Manager

LOGAN, General Manager

Logan joins the MECA team bringing almost 5 years of Olympic weightlifting and Crossfit coaching experience. He also brings just as many years of experience in gym management. After a recent endeavor in a corporate senior living setting, Logan sought out opportunities to get back into a position he was passionate about in the fitness industry, helping others reach their goals. Logan adds to the company’s already stellar culture and reputation with his top-notch customer service and servant leadership. Logan holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a focus on Management.


Mike Debat, COO

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 may be.