Mike Collier grew up in St. Petersburg, FL, graduating from Keswick Christian in 1995. In high school Mike lettered all four years in Varsity Basketball and Baseball. He was a shooting guard on the court, setting 11 scoring records by the time he graduated. On the diamond, Mike played centerfield, shortstop, and pitched, batting .444 his senior year. He was the captain of the Varsity basketball and baseball teams, and won his school’s award for Athlete of the Year his junior and senior years. Mike was selected for the Florida High School All-Star basketball team at age 17, playing across Europe during the summer of 1995.
Mike attended Anderson University in Indiana where he played college baseball for the Ravens and studied Sports Medicine.
In 1998, Mike enlisted in the US Army, and from 1998-2004 was a member of the 7th Special Forces Group at Ft Bragg, NC. Mike was a paratrooper, sniper school graduate, combat life-saver and communications Sergeant in the 3rd Battalion Sigdet and a member of Operational Detachment Alpha 774 and 783.
Mike was honorably discharged November of 2004 and went on to graduate from the National Personal Training Institute where he became certified as a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist.
In 2011, Mike was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He took this challenge as a blessing in disguise and has since worked educating diabetics on the disease, as well as working with the JDRF doing interviews and sharing his story with newly-diagnosed diabetics.
Since 2015, Mike has been a full-time Personal Trainer and Nutrition consultant. He is also a group/class instructor, teaching bootcamps, HIIT, Strength and Agility, kickboxing and self-defense classes. Mike is an avid golfer and member of the GCAT tour. He gives lessons and instruction on Sports Life’s golf simulator, as well as on-course playing lessons.
Mike has three children, ages 12, 14 and 16. He volunteers as a camp counselor and youth group teacher at Bridgepoint Church, and also works for a non-profit organization called Jump for Kids that provides health/nutrition guidance for elementary to high school age kids in schools across Pinellas County.
Mike’s motto is “1% Better”
“If you can improve every single day, every workout, every interaction, by even 1%, you have made progress. You have improved for the better.”