Mike's training program has changed my life. After dealing with years of downtime from injuries and surgeries, I realized it was absolutely crucial to rehab not only my knees, but my entire body. The results I've made are nothing short of miraculous. I have gained in strength, agility, balance, core strength and flexibility. I have never been so motivated, not only to workout, but to work harder and more efficiently. Mike's intuitive style, strict emphasis on safety and form, and ability to simultaneously focus on short as well as long term goals is astounding. For example, after recovering from ACL replacement & meniscus repair in late summer, I was able to ski and snowshoe by early winter. Mike's training is tough, but fair and fun -- always challenging, always different -- he pushes you past where you think you can go, and your results are your reward. I am 40, with the body & heart rate of a 20 year old, in the best shape of my life, and have an amazing level of confidence that I did not think possible. "Life is a journey, not a destination", and I look forward kicking ass every step of the way. Thanks, Mike!!!!!
February 8th, 2016
"Here's what I've learned..."
It went on like a light switch. Just like that.
I'm sitting at dinner last night in a beautiful restaurant with wonderful company.
After my paleo cocktail of tequila soda and lime, the much dreaded bread man makes his way to our table with a basket of home made breads. Warm, beautiful and ready for the taking. What's not to love about a basket full of bread? But here's what happened in the moments after I said "no thank you". I finally realized I'm in charge.'i know it sounds crazy but I finally understood that the responsibility, all of it, is mine on what I eat and how I treat my body. I can't explain it to you on what this "aha" moment was like. Those three little words "no thank you" changed everything for me. Everything I've been working for just came together: all the sweat, the food journals, the discipline, the cravings. All of it. It just came into this empowering moment for me and my entire being just shifted. It's not even about OMT anymore, it's about how I treat myself each and every day and knowing that I deserve this.
And I can't imagine not having you in my corner. You are the reason I am here today, tall proud and wearing a size 10. You have taught me so much and I can't imagine my life without you in it.
Thank you for it all, and thank you for what we haven't even shared yet.
This is it, I'm never going back. Ever.
January 10th, 2017
I started Carozza Fitness last October (been a year – WOOHOO!) after leaving another gym after a horrible experience. I almost gave up working out completely (imagine ME giving up my fitness?!). Luckily I reached out to G who introuduced me to the Carozza family. I was so hesitant and had such a guard up starting CF til I realized this gym was completely different. The trainers and members actually care, really truly. And at the same time they kick my ass in that gym, challenge my weight choices and weaknesses (my core!). I came in with a bit of knowledge but a year later I have learned so much from Mike and his team about kettlebells and barbells that I’m actually educated and a GAZILLION times stronger. I see it, Mike sees it – then he makes me get a heavier weight…I love it!! Fast forward to signing up for Tough Mudder in February…I still didn’t even know everybody at the gym but I had been wanting to do the race so I figured – why not? I had no idea it would turn into one of the best experiences of my life with the best group of people….we were on a mission, every single one of us…to finish…together. Mission accomplished people!! Being able to run the majority of that race after all the running I had done was such a huge payoff for me. I was nervous when I saw my team, I was so nervous I wouldnt be able to keep up but I did and for that I am so proud! But I also know that if I had to stop or needed a break, they all would have waited for me. On the other side seeing so many teammates like Rose and G and Helen conquer fears….amazing…watching Joanne NOT give up on that very very first wall before we even started and getting over…priceless! Seeing Mike let himself get muddy and dirty…heartwarming (lol – sorry, I had to)! In all seriousness, this is something I’ll never forget and I know I’ve made lifelong friends at this gym. A gym that kinda saved my sanity a year ago. Mike, Doug, Sweet Scuba Baby Phil – thanks for getting our ass in gear and helping us tear up that course…can’t wait til the next!!"
March 21st, 2012
I have been one of Mike Carozza's clients for five years. Mike has taught me about the importance of exercise and how by making this a regular part of your routine, you can become a better person. I have worked with Mike on everything from weight training programs to a variety of exercises to improve strength to flexibility training which has affected my entire body. Mike's professionalism and patience has given me a very positive outlook on life and a good attitude when it comes to facing the many challenges that occur from day to day. I would recommend Mike Carozza for anyone that wishes to better him/herself.
April 2nd, 2015
I have been training with Mike for five years and have never been in better shape. He is an exceptional trainer and person who designs countless exercise programs specifically for my needs and ability. His repertoire of exercises is geared toward strength, endurance, balance and flexibility. We discuss diet, lifestyle, and health supplements, as he works on my total fitness. Mike trains my entire family and is in a class of his own!!!
I herniated two disks in 2001 when I had first moved to Stamford. I was in bed for three months. After three months I went back to work part time but I was told that I would never run, play tennis or play tennis again. I was depressed and gained over 75 pounds in the next six months. I was unable to do any of the activities that I enjoyed. I met Mike Corozza and in 2008 I started working out with him. In 2008 I was diagnosed with CAD. My carotid arteries were blocked 60 – 70% on both sides. My doctor told me that it would never get better but I could keep it from getting worse. My cholesterol was really high and so was my blood pressure. Mike had told me that I could do everything that the doctors said that I couldn’t. I decided to participate in the second Operation Muffin Top. I have continued to participate in all of the OMTs. I have lost 10 – 15 pounds in every contest. This OMT I have lost 12 pounds and I am 15 pounds away from my goal weight. At this point in my life my blood pressure is normal and so is my cholesterol. The greatest achievement was that my blockage in my carotid arteries is completely gone. I am healthy and I have work out six days a week. I can run, play tennis and do all of the things that the doctors said that I would never do. I turn 60 in 3 months and I am healthier that I was 20 years ago. Thank you Mike,
May 22, 2007
"I did it, yup; I earned my 2nd bright orange Tough Mudder head band. Something I realized is that there’s such a great feeling crossing a finish line with a TEAM that has got your back every step of the way. SHOUT OUT TO DOUG CAHILL who I kept hearing in my head all night “Let’s GO G”. To my team mates waiting for me as I get out of the numerous water obstacles (did I mention I have a fear of heights) Now I know too many it may not seem like such an accomplishment but to me it was. I didn’t do this obstacle in TM Mt. Snow 2011 and on Saturday that was my GOAL. So many people have completed this obstacle course, so it may not seem like such a difficult feat. But it’s so much more than that. Anyone can go through those obstacles (or opt out of them) and finish the 12+ miles. For me, it sort of symbolized how far I’ve come in life. It wasn’t just 12 miles for me. My body, my mentality, my strength, everything…I have grown so much. Crossing that finish line was like the icing on my cake. Very proud moment now what if I hadn’t even tried it because I was scared or doubted myself? I wouldn’t have known that I could do it. There’s such a sense of accomplishment, and not just about training hard for whatever it is you are working on — but more about yourself as a whole. You believed in me! Thanks Carozza TM Team Mates!!"
May 22nd, 2013