Personal Trainers In Royal Oak | Strength Coaches
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 20 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 ensure 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
TY, Assistant Strength Coach
On any given day you visit MECA, one loud voice seems to carry above the rest, as this particular trainer exhorts his clients to pursue excellence. Ty Jensen proudly claims to be the loudest and most competitive Strength & Conditioning Specialist at MECA, but don’t let that intimidate you. He is passionate about helping clients achieve their full potential – but passion seems to be the word to describe anything to do with Ty.
- Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
- KILO Advanced Program Design (APD) Level 1
- KILO Advanced Program Design (APD) Level 2
- Athletic Trainer
After excelling at high school and college sports, where he wrestled and played football and baseball, Ty completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from Alma College in Michigan. Now, he enjoys going toe-to-toe with many of the professional athletes who are MECA clients. Ty enjoys a challenge, especially any challenge that helps him and his clients become fitter and more competitive.
As a Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Ty serves a wide variety of clients, from those seeking general health and wellness to professional athletes. He is well trained to help clients with alleviating pain, strength training, agility training, weight training, speed enhancement, endurance training, and preventing injury.
Ty’s loud manner belies his strong desire to help his clients achieve their highest level of health, fitness, and competitiveness. He says, “It’s fun helping people achieve their full potential, and I will do whatever it takes to get them there.”
Call MECA today to make an appointment with Ty Jensen, and be sure to ask why he is so shy!
STEPHANIE, Assistant Strength Coach
Stephanie comes to MECA with 4 years of experience as a Certified Personal Trainer and a background in high school and college-level coaching. She first completed her Associate degree from Williston State College on a volleyball scholarship. During a one-year break from college, she coached at Iowa Central College where she was named coach of the year.
Stephanie believes in work ethic and dedication will achieve goals. She wants to push not just athletes but a range of clients to meet their potential fitness level “What I love to see is the progress, the change, and the end result,” Stephanie explains. “Everyone has a goal but pushing clients to reach that goal, is the greatest feeling as a trainer, this is why I love what I do.”
- Associate in Science & Arts
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Certified Personal Trainer
- KILO Advanced Program Design (APD) Level 1
- Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting
- Preparing for CSCS Test in early 2020
Returning to Rochester University, Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in addition to other stints at coaching. Her superior athletic prowess and skill saw her earn First Team All-Conference and All-American collegiate sports honors as a student-athlete. She was also named Libero (Best Defender) of the Year in volleyball while at Rochester University.
Stephanie is married with twins, and yet still makes time to play competitive sand volleyball in her spare time. Her extensive sports experience first sparked an interest in personal training as a career. As a MECA strength coach, Stephanie emphasizes making strong connections with her clients, as well as demanding their adherence to perfect form.
She is particularly astute at helping clients develop an in-depth understanding of what their body needs to progress at each level of training. Her coaching experience combines knowledge, guidance, and exhortation to help each client reach their health, wellness, or competitive goals.
Ask for an appointment with Stephanie when you call MECA and be sure to ask about pictures of the twins. She likely has a few nearby!
RICH, Director of Integrative Nutrition
Rich comes to MECA bringing almost 20 years of experience and education in strength and conditioning and nutrition. He is a former NCAA Division 1 strength and conditioning coach where he assisted in 7 NCAA Conference Championships and 1 NCAA National Championship while at Northwestern University, Michigan State University, Xavier University and the University of Florida. He later went back to school to become certified in integrative and functional nutrition.
Taking his knowledge in functional lab work, hormones, gut health, detoxification, sleep and weight loss, his focus is to help optimize both athletes and the general population so they can achieve their goals in lightning speed and be the best in whatever they want their body to accomplish.
- Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner
- Board Certified Integrative and Functional Nutrition Practitioner
- Kalish Institute for Functional Medicine Certified
- Institute for Functional Medicine Member
- Master of Science in Kinesiology
- Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Psychology
DAVID, General Manager
David spent the majority of his life, from a young age through college, participating in a multitude of sports. As a result, he fell in love with the health and fitness component of athletics and has had a burning desire to turn that passion into a career. He attended Saginaw Valley State University where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a focus in biology and physical education. After a long endeavor in hospitality management, David has returned to his passionate roots with MECA but now brings a wealth of customer service and business management experience to the team.
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.