Staff Highlight: Miguel Gonzalez, MS, L/ATC
Meet our newest trainer, Miguel Gonzalez, MS, L/ATC, who joined the team in August.
Hometown: Torrington, CT
College attended: Endicott College (BS in Athletic Training); Austin Peay State University (MS in Health and Human Performance)
Favorite professional athlete or sports team: Derek Jeter/New York Yankees & Manchester City
Favorite place you’ve traveled to: Nashville, TN is by far my favorite! Fort Myers, FL and Charlotte, NC are also on the list.
What drew you to The Micheli Center? What drew me to The Micheli Center was the ability to pursue my passion. I have a love of athletic training, strength and conditioning, and getting athletes onto the field stronger and more functional than before. When I first heard of The Micheli Center, their vision, and the technology they have, it rose to the top of the list of places I would love to be a part of. Additionally, my love for baseball (as I continue to play semi-professional) and experience within the Red Sox organization will be valuable to The Micheli Center’s clientele and help these athletes reach their highest potential.
How did you develop an interest in personal training? Growing up, being the best at baseball was always at the top of my list. Just like any other kid, playing in the MLB was my dream. I first went to work out with my father when I was in 7th grade and the more I did, the more I fell in love with it. Training and preventing injury has been a part of my life since high school after I tore my labrum in my shoulder and unsure how to treat it, which ultimately led to pursuing a degree in athletic training.
What are small changes people could make that would have a large impact in their overall health? Always take at least 5 minutes a day to yourself and do something you really enjoy or that helps you decompress. A minimum of 5 minutes can go a long way in helping you make the most out of your day. Developing a consistent daily routine, such as going for a walk/run or limiting distractions (phone free) can help you get off to a good start.
What is your preferred method of exercise? I love to strength train and run. I focus on training for baseball year round and include a variety of exercise types (long-distance running, sprints, strength training). I also really enjoy spinning classes, playing recreational soccer, and yoga to keep things fresh and exciting.
Favorite motivational quote “There may be people who have more talent than you but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do” – Derek Jeter