Carol Michaels

I am the founder of the Recovery Fitness® cancer exercise program and an internationally recognized exercise specialist, consultant, author, and presenter. I am a speaker for corporate wellness programs, and am on the board of numerous health organizations. Classes and private sessions are held daily in my studio. I have appeared on health related radio and television programs and published in numerous magazines, blogs, and medical journals. The Cancer Specialist Recovery course in partnership with the National Federation of Professional Trainers can be found on the NFPT website. My book, Exercises for Cancer Survivors, is a fantastic resource for anyone undergoing cancer surgery or treatments. The book and DVDs can be found Contact me at [email protected] for the schedule or with any questions that you may have.

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About Me


  • BS, Business Mgmt / Marketing, Wharton School
  • Master's Degree, Business-Finance, Adelphi Univeristy

Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
Expires: 2022-11-30 08:00:00 UTC
ACSM - ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer
Expires: 2022-12-31 08:00:00 UTC
The Cancer Exercise Training Institute - Cancer Exercise Specialist
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

Amerian Heart Association
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2022-01-12 08:00:00 UTC

AED Certified

Amerian Heart Association
Agency Unavailable
Expires: 2020-01-16 08:00:00 UTC

Liability Insurance

  • FitPak

Additional Information


$0.00 / hr

Payment Methods

Cash , Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2012 PFP Trainer of the Year
  • ACE and Life Fitness Trainers To Watch finalist
  • American Cancer Society Pacesetter
  • 2014 IDEA Fitness Personal Trainer of the Year finalist
  • 2016 IDEA Fitness Personal Trainer of the Year
  • Medical Qi Gong

Languages Spoken

English , French



9 Ratings

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Pamela Spain on Oct 18, 2018

    I can’t say enough about Carol as a trainer and her extensive knowledge. Her ability to bring variety into each class – allowing me to actually “enjoy” the workout is unmatched. She not only is an amazing trainer, but she brings her vast knowledge of health to each class and, as we work each muscle group to explain and have us focus on exactly what part of the body we are working so our mind body connection strengthens as well. It is clear from her direction that we have learned that weight training is vital for one’s overall health.
    Her DVD is excellent for those who are recovering from cancer as well as those of us who want/need to get into shape. Carol demonstrates in detail all the exercises and her manner is extremely informative. The DVD clearly shows everyone that these exercises can be done at home (or on the road) with very simple equipment. She is an awesome trainer and this DVD brings her training talent and knowledge to everyone – not just those of us who are privileged to able to work with her personally. “The Recovery Fitness program is endorsed by the top physicians in the field” - it is a great DVD that belongs in everyone’s fitness collection!

  • by Susan Brody on Jul 15, 2016

    I've been taking Carol's classes for about two years. I hate to exercise, so for me to commit to a regular fitness program requires something special. Luckily, that's what Carol provides. I never leave her classes feeling exhausted or strained, but I always leave feeling like I've had a good well-balanced workout. Her commitment to her clients' health and well-being is obvious, and everything she has us do is tempered with good common sense. Her mantra is, "If it hurts, don't do it!" She keeps it interesting by mixing elements of yoga, pilates, and other equipment training, and her constant stream of friendly patter makes the time pass very quickly. I feel very lucky to have found such a knowledgeable, upbeat and goodhearted trainer.

  • by Gloria Newman on Jul 21, 2015

    After having a baby, I thought I'd never get my body back. With Carol's guidance and thoughtfully constructed workout routines, I am finally back in shape and feeling healthier than ever! Carol is encouraging, knowledgeable, and makes working out fun. I couldn't have done it without her and would strongly recommend her to anyone looking to get into shape!

  • by Laura Gorin on Jul 20, 2015

    Carol’s fitness classes are consistently good. She provides a variety of different exercises that work all the muscle groups, so the classes are never boring. She always balances out these exercises with stretching and flexibility work. I feel that I have become stronger and more flexible in the time that I am attending these classes.

  • by Ann Zaaijer on Apr 22, 2013

    I have been taking Carol's pilate classes for several years, first,through the local Adult School and now in her home studio. Her experience, preparedness and individualization of exercise are evident in every class. I have always been most impressed by her generosity and genuine interest in each of her client's well-being and progress.

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