Strength Training

1-0n-1 Orange, CT or Virtual Anywhere

Build & Retain Strength

Back to basics with the absolute essentials: Iron, bodyweight, outdoors & music.

I believe in "lifting heavy things" with high intensity at least 2x per week. Compound heavy lifts, targeted weight lifts, body-weight strength training (calisthenics), physical outdoor work. 

However, I see so many overweight people jump into brutal workouts with the expectation they will lose weight from the workouts alone. This is so untrue.

I don't believe in rigorous exercise when diet is not an immediate consideration. No amount of training can overcome poor diet choices. You can't outrun a poor diet! (or out train, lift, walk, yoga, HiiT, group class etc.) 

I will help guide you through the physical work and dietary considerations.

Understanding Intensity.

There is nothing like the feeling of an intense strength session. It invigorates systems that have gone dim or dormant in many people. It’s still there. It needs to be awakened and used. I brought mine back from the dead.

Muscle memory is real.

I'm here to help you break free from your gym rut or advance your fitness. You need a push in the right direction. Accountability.

There's a reason why I'm almost 50 lifting 100lb dumbbells, running a marathon and have the flexibility to touch my palms to the floor with straight legs:

I modified my life to make nutrition, fitness, strength, stress management and flexibility part of my day to day. This is non-negotiable. This is the main takeaway for my clients.

Having someone with experience to rely on through your journey back to health can make all the difference. I hope to be your guide to maintaining lean muscle mass and flexibility as you grow older on your own with minimal equipment.

The commitment: effort and accountability.

One or two 30-minute sessions per week will change your life. You will be amazed by how much we can accomplish in this short time, how quickly your strength improves, and how much you gain as you navigate life. Learn to reframe your time and thoughts about working out, and how it can all be naturally and intuitively integrated into your life."

This effort is further supported via text messages and a simple online platform.

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    Blending traditional and innovative approaches to movement

    As a seasoned strength trainer, E-RYT yoga teacher, former yoga studio owner, and Certified Health Coach with over 30 years of experience in training, practicing, learning, and teaching, I will personally guide you in identifying and performing customized exercises that align with your goals and current condition. Together, we'll maximize performance, reduce stress, and activate your muscles. Let's get your body back in business. It's been on idle too long.

    • Gain strength, endurance, and mobility
    • Help manage anxiety and stress
    • Assist weight loss efforts
    • Aid in muscle recovery from rigorous training
    • Increase your bone density and joint range of motion
    • Sculpt your body with non-combative muscular development activities
    • Provide a platform to seek answers and guidance for fitness-related questions
    • Boost metabolism and increase calorie burn
    • Enhance athletic performance and power
    • Improve posture and overall body alignment
    • Reduce the risk of injury by strengthening muscles and joints
    • Enhance overall body composition by reducing body fat and increasing muscle mass
    • Enhance self-confidence and body image
    • Promote better sleep and restfulness
    • Increase energy levels and combat fatigue

    Private Minimalist Space Orange, CT

    Learn why I always say "Quit the Gym"

    Quit the Gym & Reframe Your Time

    You don't need a warehouse full of giant machines to accomplish muscle building. Once you know what to do, you can do it anywhere.

    I believe in performing minimalist outdoor activity as often as possible. I've been known to say "quit the gym". Why? The commute. The fluorescent lights. No sunlight exposure or fresh air. The TV / news overload. The lack of motivation. I can go on!

    Did you ever say "I don't have time for the gym" and then just quit working out? You can do pushups, air-squats and a 2 mile walk in the same time as that gym commute and get a killer workout. You can implement an under-desk walking treadmill and take several 1/2 mile walks throughout the day.

    Working out doesn't need to be a set time or volume, it can be broken up into micro or mini workouts. 15 minutes 4x a day = 1 hour! My goal is to teach you how to be able to get a great workout anywhere, any time with what ever resources are available.

    I never considered things like "painting my house", "walking the dog" or "hiking with my kid" to be forms of beneficial exercise. But it is! Move your body how you prefer to, just move it more often.

    When you live the life that I hope to teach you about, performing physical movement becomes effortlessly integrated not forced and dreaded.

    "Don't Weaken"

    -Rogue Fitness

    Mindful Movement

    A health coach mentors and guides their clients towards their fitness goals using a series of strategies including:

    • Teaching movement techniques to prevent injury
    • Developing personalized programming to keep fitness fun and engaging
    • Motivating and encouraging clients to achieve their goals
    • Tracking progress
    • Providing accountability to keep clients focused on the long game

    At Michael Baker Wellness, we view physical activity as an absolute necessity. Any way you choose to move your body is physical activity, and it’s essential to listen to what your body needs and choose movement that feels authentic, joyful, and supportive for you. It’s also important to know that putting your body in motion is a powerful act that benefits more than your muscles. Movement gets energy flowing, reduces stress, boosts mood, and can even sharpen your ability to focus.

    Prioritizing physical activity is an act of self-love and self-care. By carving out time to move your body, you’re giving yourself the gift of energy, focus, and strength. Physical activity is bio-individual. You can create more space for movement in a way that feels natural, authentic, and enjoyable and adds to your overall quality of life. Your approach can be whatever works for you and will change and evolve over time.

    "Find a yoga practice that works for you, whether it's gentle or vigorous. The key is to be consistent."

    -Andrew Huberman

    Yoga-Inspired Flexibility

    If requested, I will integrate personalized, yoga-inspired instruction into your training program, tailored to your unique needs and preferences.

    As a former yoga studio owner and E-RYT200 certified yoga teacher, I can tell you that yoga classes can get really weird. My approach avoids any overly feminine, cosmic, or uncomfortable elements. Instead, I focus on the most relatable aspects of a yoga practice that caters to you as an individual.

    Many men tend to avoid typical yoga classes. I understand why. With my personalized approach, I ensure that you will engage in movements that are most accessible, suitable and beneficial for guys.

    • Strength & Fitness Yoga
      Physical, rigorous, core focused, breathing & meditation techniques

    • Active Recovery
      Light physical, lengthier deep poses, breathing & meditation techniques

    • Guided Stretching
      Dynamic & static one-on-one assisted stretching

    • Flexibility Routines
      Develop short portable sequences to do on your own
    Needed a kick start back to life and got that from Michael. He’s knowledgeable, adapts to your preferences and optimized. Highly recommended. 10/10
    David Salinas
    David Salinas
    Working with Mike has been a game-changer. From day one, it was clear that I had stumbled upon a gem in the world of personal training. First and foremost, Mike has a remarkable setup at his home for one-on-one training. It's the perfect blend of a comfortable, private space and a fully-equipped gym, creating an ideal environment for focused workouts. The moment I stepped in, I felt at ease and motivated to push my limits. What sets Mike apart is his ability to craft tailored, bespoke workout plans that are thoughtful and effective. Regardless of whether you're a beginner taking your first steps in the world of weightlifting or someone who's been exercising for years, he has a knack for designing programs that cater to your unique needs and goals. Every session is a personalized journey towards achieving your fitness goals. It's clear that Mike has a deep understanding of physiology and exercise science, and he uses that knowledge to optimize each session. But it's not just about the workouts. Mike is an exceptional motivator and mentor. His passion for fitness is contagious - he listens intently, offers guidance with patience, and ensures that you not only perform exercises correctly but also understand the 'why' behind them. Thanks to Mike, I've not only regained my passion for lifting weights, but I also have achieved outstanding results in a very short amount of time. I feel stronger, more explosive, and even faster, all thanks to his expertise and support. If you're searching for a personal trainer who can provide a top-notch training experience in a welcoming and tailored setting, look no further than Mike. Working with him has been a fantastic experience, and I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone on their fitness journey.
    Steve Magi
    Steve Magi
    I started with MB Wellness in early March 2023. The passion Michael brings to every session is second to none, whether it is a cardio day, stretch/yoga day, or strength day he is always encouraging me and talking through some "roadblocks" I may have had the previous week. If you are a 40+ male and looking to get back in shape in a private one-one setting, Michael is your man. He will guide you physically and mentally getting you to your goals and beyond.
    Chad Bedell
    Chad Bedell
    Mike has been amazing to work with. Someone to give advice and keep me accountable without ever talking down to me or making me feel bad about my choices or decisions. He has helped me with Diet and Exercise, understands my goals and my situation, helps me through at my pace. He is invested in me doing better. Give him a shot.
    Terrance Arroyo
    Terrance Arroyo
    Shout out to Michael J Baker! Listen, even Certified Personal Trainers can use some good advice, motivation and need a sounding board to reach their goals. He’s a stand up guy who is knowledgeable, a family man and just a great mentor for anyone trying to love their best life! Thanks Mike! You’re the best!
    Elevate Personal Training & Wellness
    Elevate Personal Training & Wellness
    I have known Michael for over 30 years. I was so happy when I seen that he was doing this Health And Wellness program because he is in very good shape and he is very smart and knowledgeable about what he’s telling people to do to lose weight and eat healthy after just one month of working with Michael at 215 pounds. I have already lost 5 pounds and I am very motivated to reach my goal which is 185 just talking to him about what I was eating and doing wrong what’s so helpful for me whether was in person or over the phone he gives you plenty of information and details to work with while visiting his home. His family and him were very welcoming and warm to me as always I couldn’t of asked for a better person to help me with my journey , and anybody that needs help with their health and wellness. I would highly recommend Michael to be somebody to work with.
    John Keklik
    John Keklik
    I'm a hands-on strength trainer and 25 year work from home digital professional in Orange, CT and I live the lifestyle I talk about.
    Certified Yoga Teacher
    Certified Health Coach.
    25 Year WFH Professional
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    100% customized health & strength coaching

    30-35 minutes

    In-person Orange, CT or Virtual anywhere

    All coaching & digital training sessions and initial free calls are by appointment only via my calendar.

    Training sessions are available M-F 7:45am-2:15pm, custom weekend arrangements are made as needed.

    All coaching services are provided as a single flat rate of $50/session.

    All appointments are easily booked, postponed and canceled by the client via my scheduling application.


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    Strength Training

    1-0n-1 Orange, CT or Virtual Anywhere