About Michael ColeMichael “Fitness Ninja” Cole is the owner/operator of 4Balance Fitness Experience and a Level 1 certified Crossfit coach. Micheal’s lifelong desire to be healthy and fit started early in life when his father purchased a weight set at age 5. That action led him to start watching fitness programs on ESPN at age 8. He competed as a two sport athlete in football and baseball until injuries forced him off the field while studying Health and Exercise Science at Furman University. He began working in gyms learning different training styles, theories, business practices and putting his education to work. Michael then obtained an associates degree as a Licensed Massage Therapist and began working in the physical therapy field assisting in patient rehabilitation. When injuries ended his playing career, a competitive void needed to be filled. He filled this void by entering the sports entertainment industry. In 12 years as a professional wrestler, he has wrestled for the WWE, TNA(Murphy), NWA and Puerto Rico’s IWA(Mikael Judas). While traveling as a professional wrestler, Michael received his Bachelors in Science in Nutrition Science from Kaplan University, which he uses to counsel 4Balance clients. He draws upon his diverse experiences and athletic background when constructing the 4Balance workouts, be it for the popular group fitness classes or personal training. Michael works with a wide variety of clients, however his passion is pushing an “Average Joe” to set personal records because “anyone can train a Division I athlete”. [···]
About Meg TraskMeg “Megzilla” Trask is a Level 1 certified Crossfit coach who recently relocated from Hartford, CT with her husband and two children. She was a personal trainer at a small fitness studio specializing in women’s only bootcamps and one on one training. Upon arriving in the Greenville area in 2011, she joined 4Balance as a member and fell in love with the community atmosphere. 4Balance changed Meg’s view on health and nutrition and helped her reach goals she never thought were possible. In the fall of 2011, she joined the 4Balance team as a personal trainer hoping to change the lives of others. As a mother of two small children, Meg understands how difficult it can be to make time to get back into shape, but with the right kind of support and motivation, anything is possible! [···]
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About Samantha CookSamantha “The Muscle Hamster” Cook’s interest in health and fitness led her to join 4Balance as a member in 2011. The combination of full functional movements, resistance training and skilled coaching at 4Balance fueled her love for fitness and love of helping people. In 2012, “The Muscle Hamster” joined the 4Balance team as a personal trainer. Samantha changed her life and now she wants to change yours! Samantha has long history as a competitive swimmer that sent her to the state championships 3 years in a row. She loves following the Paleo lifestyle and has a passion for cooking and creating new delicious recipes. [···]
About Cheryl PowerCheryl “Cher” Power is a native of Greenville and started with 4Balance as a client 5 years ago. She believes “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” When you aren’t seeing Cheryl leaving her passion for fitness on the gym floor, she is expressing it as the Marketing and Events Coordinator for 4Balance. With 10+ years of experience in event coordination and 5+ years of experience in marketing, Cheryl exudes creativeness and enthusiasm in every challenge given to her by the Fitness Ninja. [···]
I’m now in the best shape of my lifeStephanie Gomez, Fitness Freak
I have struggled with my weight for years. I have tried every weight loss plan there is. My last resort was gastric bypass surgery. I made an appointment with the doctor to have blood work done. The next week when I got my results, the doctor said he was shocked I haven’t had a heart attack or stroke. That scared me to death. When I got home I had a flyer for something called the “Biggest Loser” at 4Balance Fitness. After thinking about it, I figured I would give it a try. I called and set up a consultation the next day. I told all my family and friends. With 100% support from everyone, I was so excited that I now had a personal trainer. I worked out 4 or 5 times a week. The first couple of weeks were rough, but I made it through. I did what the trainers told me, and I didn’t complain too much. I figured I just needed to do what I had to do. That was October 2011. I have better self esteem these days. I also did something I never thought I would do. I completed a 5K, 10K and a half marathon at Disney World. I plan to do the marathon at Disney Land soon. I am not a runner and never have been, but I love it now. I can’t believe I have come this far. BTW, I have lost 50 lbs. My family, friends and trainers are my support. I would like to thank my trainers for getting me where I am today. If it wasn’t for them being so supportive, I would have given up. If you want to lose the weight, it’s up to you. If you don’t have your mind on losing the weight, you will never lose it. If you don’t listen to the 4Balance team, you are missing out. The key is sticking with it and doing everything they say. Thanks Michael, Meg, Sam, Jeff and Cher for your help and everything you do.