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Meet Mike Nicholson

Mike Nicholson



Born & Bred

Brick, NJ

Teaching Style

While earning my Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Delaware, I worked with Team USA increasing human performance at the highest level during the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. I studied Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics alongside the greatest athletes, coaches and sports medicine professionals in the world. This experience instilled in me a genuine desire to make people better, so I became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and started training clients at Chelsea Piers in New York City soon after. 

I have received the Chelsea Piers Coach of the Year award and my workouts have been featured in Men’s Health, Self, SpikeTV, Glamour, Weight Watchers online and more.  In 2012, I was an integral part of the team that launched SurfSET Fitness, a fitness start-up that earned international success when Mark Cuban invested on ABC’s television show Shark Tank. 

My favorite quote is Henry David Thoreau’s, “Move confidently in the direction of your dreams; live the life you’ve imagined.”  My daily objective is to bring out the best in my clients and help them live the life they desire. With a positive mindset and a comprehensive approach, I am passionate about motivating and coaching people to achieve their fitness goals while feeling good and living a balanced, fun lifestyle.

Favorite Place in NYC

Chelsea Piers sundeck, Central Park or the dog park.

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