Mike Chalfin was raised in Southern California.  For most of his life, he was a competitive athlete.  While attending the University of Oregon, he was a four year competitor and one year starter on the wrestling team as an NCAA Division One athlete.  Upon completing his degree in Sociology and retiring from the sport, Mike found that he was suffering from numerous physical ailments that had been accumulated over the span of his athletic career.  With very little luck in physical therapy, he figured his ailments were simply ‘a part of life.’  It wasn’t until Mike’s two-year service as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kyrgyz Republic when he found a book on Pilates.  Given his living conditions and lack of fitness equipment in the remote country, Mike learned the basic techniques of Pilates and has been practicing ever since.

Mike is a Certified Pilates Instructor with Body Arts and Science International.  He has successfully completed the BASI Comprehensive Teacher Training Course and is a graduate of the California Healing Arts College’s Personal Training Program in West Los Angeles.  With a foundation in Pilates, Mike is able to pursue the activities he once thought he would not be able to do.  Mike enjoys surfing, competing in triathlon, trail running, rock climbing, and coaching youth wrestling.