Forrest Michals has more than 50 years of experience in the fitness industry. In 1966 a mutual friend (Peary Rader – the founder and publisher of Iron Man Magazine) helped him secure a position working for Rheo H. Blair (the nutritionist who first introduced protein supplements).
While working for Rheo he had the opportunity to train with, and be trained by, many of the legends in the industry, including Vince Gironda (the “Iron Guru” who trained Arnold Schwarzenegger), Don Howorth (Mr. Universe) and Larry Scott (the first Mr. Olympia). In 1971 Forrest opened his first gym, which was one of the first Nautilus Clubs and he continued to work closely with Arthur Jones (the inventor of Nautilus) for the next seven years.
In 1975 Forrest invented an early prototype of the accommodating resistance machines which are considered state of the art today. This machine which was only on the market for a short time, due to liability issues, was used by our U.S. Olympic weightlifting team, the San Francisco 49ers professional football team and a Mr. Olympia finalist among others. Many current and former professional trainers got there start in Forrest’s original club. Some of the positions these trainees assumed were strength coach at the University of Nebraska, University of Miami, Ohio State University, the New York Jets, the New York Giants, Director of the Cooper Aerobics Center and president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (the largest and most respected certification group in the world). Additionally, his powerlifting team set six world records.
Forrest is also a certified nutrition coach.
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