About Mike Coval

Mike Coval


Mike is the owner, and founder, of COVAL Fitness in Ann Arbor, MI. Mike’s passion has always lied within the realm of human performance, but it wasn’t until he interned with Indianapolis Fitness & Sports Training (IFAST, named one of America’s Top 10 Gym’s by Men’s Health) that he realized he not only enjoyed helping athletes, but non-athletes that were striving to lose weight, rid chronic aches and pains, and improve their performance both in and out of the gym.

Mike noticed that although the people of Ann Arbor had countless options to engage in when it came to their health & fitness, there wasn’t anything that was tailored to the individual here in Ann Arbor; everything was group based. Coupling his passion for not only health & fitness, but his desire to provide a high-quality, training service that focused on the individual and developing strong, impactful relationships with each person Mike decided to give the people of Ann Arbor that option by opening COVAL Fitness back in May of 2011.

During his 13 years of coaching, Mike has helped a wide range of clientele from a 90 year old grandfather with Alzheimer’s to NBA basketball players to everything in between.

Mike’s goal with COVAL is to help each person that walks through the door find success and happiness while utilizing a holistic approach that helps them shift their relationship with their body, mind, and their health.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys playing basketball, watching basketball, lifting weights (shocker, right ????), reading & spending time with his wife, Heba, & their 3 dogs (especially Calvin).

Degree: Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science from Western Michigan University

Professional Certifications: USAW Sports Performance Level 1, Precision Nutrition Level 1 (Pn 1) Nutrition Coach, Strongfirst (SFG) Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor, FRC (Functional Range Conditioning)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you so expensive?

There are plenty of facilities available in Ann Arbor that offer excellent general fitness options for everyone or specific niche crowds. These venues are cheaper because they have general systems that they have scaled and allow them to make a greater profit while providing an option to the consumer that is budget friendly.

There's nothing wrong at all with that and I refer people to places like those all of the time as they can be great health & fitness options for a lot of people.

I'm not trying to appeal to a lot of people though.

I want someone who is process oriented, appreciates the details and nuance that goes into one's health & fitness, and who is ready to mentally and physically put in some serious work.

I go into great detail with each client's journey. I use all of the knowledge that I have in the realms of biomechanics, exercise physiology, psychology, human behavior, and many other disciplines of human life and performance and apply it to my work with my clients.

What I do isn't' for everybody and I don't take offense to that. If you're someone who wants a plan and coaching that is tailored specifically for you, then I'm your guy. If you're looking for something more generalized, then that's perfectly fine too! Just email me (mike@annarbortrainer.com) and let me know the top 2-3 things that you're looking for in a trainer or gym and I will happily refer you to a team or trainer locally that would be a great fit for you.

I'm not an athlete and I'm not in shape. Is COVAL right for me?

I've helped clients from all different backgrounds: fitness level, ages, genders, medical conditions, athletes, former athletes...you name it I've helped them.

If you would like to hear some stories of how I have helped awesome people like you, then check our reviews out on Google.

If I end up on the waitlist to work with you in-person, then how long will I wait?

That depends. Usually, I have openings when current clients either move or graduate high school and go to college.

In the past, I've had wait times as long as 1 year and as short as 3 weeks. It's all about timing.

While you wait to work with me in-person, I do have options for working together online. If you would rather wait to work with me in-person, then I encourage you to follow my free content through my newsletter and some of my videos on my Patreon page.

"I worked with Coval Fitness multiple times before I decided to sign up. I struggled with the price as other gyms were less expensive. I tried multiple options but never ended up making a consistent healthy option. I signed up for Coval with the idea that I would use it short-term to prepare for a trip. The benefit that I have seen in my life I keep going. My personalized plans help me grow in strength and become more healthy."

Stephanie Curtis

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"I've always been one to shy away from gyms, not feeling like I fit with the culture. My experience with COVAL has flipped my preconceived notion. COVAL is one of the most welcoming and places that I've had the pleasure to work out in and develop a community with.

COVAL has given me the tools to be successful in weight loss, meal prep, nutrition and exercise techniques. If you're shy or hesitant about taking the next step towards a healthier and happier you like I was, know that you'll quickly find a home at COVAL. What better way to invest, than to invest in yourself!"

James Gulvas

COVAL Fitness

COVAL Fitness is a Personal Training Studio and Gym in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Our Location




(734) 749 8891


Mon / Wednesday:

5:30 - 9:15 AM

4:45 - 8:45 PM

Tues / Thurs:

4:45 AM - 8:45 PM

Friday: 5:30 - 10:30 AM

Sat: 8AM - 12PM

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