Exceptional Trainer 

Small Private Unique Gym 

Welcome to my website! I'm Michael McCarthy. I am an experienced, dynamic, flexible & caring personal trainer. I own Arlington's small elite indoor/outdoor gym.  I take all COVID precautions. My gym is OPEN.


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Thanks for visiting my website. I'm one of the dozen or so adults who grew up in this area. Fitness has always been a cornerstone of my life. Before I became an ACE certified full time personal trainer in 2009, I taught elementary school. I'm grateful to call Arlington home. I love sharing my passion for health & fitness with my clients. I love training in my gym with all the latest & greatest fitness tools. I have Bipolar 2. I will have it the rest of my life. It doesn't define me. I've managed my mental illness quite vigilantly and successfully since 2012. I take my medications religiously, but it takes a lot more than prescribed drugs to stay on the right mental health track. Nutrition, fitness, sleep, stress management, gratitude, meditation, therapy, time outside & laughter all keep me grounded. I've also learned that you can't manage Bipolar by yourself. You have to share your struggle with family & friends. All of these things that I do every day to manage my Bipolar (with the exception of medication), benefit all people. That's my story & I'm sticking to it.

Personal training your way

1 On 1 Or 2 On 1 Personal Training In My Arlington Gym

You can get personal training that will motivate you & help you change your lifestyle. You can get affordable personal training.  Why wouldn't you want both? Come train with me & experience the best of both worlds.  Get personal health & fitness attention that fits your lifestyle. Do you have a challenging schedule?  Not a problem.  Are you nursing an injury? Not a problem. No two clients are alike. No two workouts are the same either.  We'll meet your health & fitness needs.  Are you ready to take your health & fitness in a new & improved direction in 2021?

Boot Camps In My Arlington Gym

If you're looking for a drill sergeant of a personal trainer, this is not it.  If no amount of rain or snow will stop you from training outside, this is not it.  If you want to train hard & have fun with a small group, you've come to the right place. You're going to use the best equipment. You're going to do great workouts. Not only will every workout be different, every workout will meet all of your fitness needs. Train hard.  Enjoy some quality social interactions with your fitness group. Join an already existing boot camp. Form your own boot camp.

Zoom Personal Training

You can't beat the convenience of training in your own basement or back yard. All you need is a little equipment. I would recommend buying the following inexpensive yet highly effective equipment: BOSU, stability ball, medicine ball, dumbbells, kettlebell & reistance bands.  Of course I would be happy to help you shop. If you don't have any of the aforementioned equipment now or even later, it's not a problem. You will always get great workouts.  Are you ready to Zoom to new health & fitness heights?


Burke Boot Camp

In 2009 we started training 3 days a week in one of our founding member's garage. We upgraded to an elementary school. Fast forward to 2021. We've shared over 1,700 workouts together. What a group & what a ride! There is something special about getting together early in the morning & training with such wonderful people. When it's too cold outside, we do the workout on Zoom.  Come join us Tuesdays/Thursdays at 6:00 am & Saturdays at 6:20 am.    


We're currently training at Terra Centre Elementary School.  The previous 10 years we trained at The Ponds Community Center.  The plan is to move the boot camp back to The Ponds eventually.



As a member of the Michael Fit Life family for 5 years I can say without a doubt Michael has helped me improve my overall strength and conditioning and helped me achieve my fitness goals.    Sean H. 
Awesome workouts, different every time!     Greg C.
I've been going to Michael Fit Life's boot camps since 2010 and love it. He is an excellent trainer, and makes working out fun. I have stuck with it for so many years not only because of the camaraderie of the group, but also the variation in the strength and fitness training. We never do the same workout twice. Boot camp sessions are always fun and rewarding. If you're looking for an excellent workout and personal trainer that won't disappoint and WILL keep you moving, look no further. You won't find a better workout and trainer. I always feel stronger, healthier, and better after Michael's workouts.     Kate H.
Want a fit life!?  Michael will custom fit your workout to your specific needs and goals.  He listens carefully to each of his customers and knows how to create a well-rounded fitness experience.  He even offers tips on healthy eating and mindfulness.  I've been working with Michael since 2010 and always appreciate his diverse and well rounded workouts - never boring!     Heidi D.
I have been working with Michael for a year, and he is a tremendous personal trainer!  He keeps me challenged every week, providing new and different exercises to keep me interested and improve my fitness.  He is also very accommodating of my personal needs and limitations.  Rick E.
I've been training with Michael over the last 4 years. He continues to challenge me with innovative exercises utilizing both traditional and unique gym equipment. Highly recommend Michael Fit Life!     Eitan N.
I very much recommend Michael FitLife for anyone looking to have fun, improve core strength and stay healthy. I turned to Michael as part of rehab for a knee injury and back pain and in the past 3 years, he's helped me recover from both, lose 7 lbs and turn in the best 10 mile and 5K race times I've had in a decade.  His coaching style and interesting workouts motivate me every week.  You will be challenged. Rates are competitive and he's very accommodating/flexible on schedules.  He has even provided me with personalized "do it yourself at home" workouts for in-between sessions that don't require a lot of space or equipment.  I like that.  Note:  his gym is not air conditioned, but open to outside so you workout in a more natural climate--can be warmer or colder than an indoor gym*  Eric T.    
We have been working out with Michael for over 5 years and we love it! Michael is a great motivator, and tailors sessions to our abilities. He does a nice mix of cardio and strength training and no two workouts are the same!  Art M.   
Michael was able to help me reach my goal of losing 25 pounds last summer. The workouts are tough but fun, and Michael is a great motivator and knowledgeable in not only fitness but nutrition as well. I highly recommend giving Michael's bootcamps a try!*    Sean C.  
Michael is a truly remarkable trainer.  He customizes each workout to the unique needs and goals of each customer.  I have worked with Michael for years now and each week I can't wait to see what the next workout will be!     Kelly K.
I've attended Michael Fit Life for years.  Every time I slip with my fitness goals, Michael and his workouts are there to help me get back on track.  Knowing me, I'll need Michael Fit Life for years to come!*    Omar T.
I started working with Michael at the Burke Boot Camp in 2009.  I continue to work out at 6 AM three days a week barring a natural disaster.  No workout is ever the same!  I have raised my level of fitness and continue to run 10 mile races into my fifties.  Thank you Michael for making me fit and strong enough to participate in my life and not be a bystander.     Terri S.M.
I started attending the Burke Camp as a New Year's Resolution several years ago and can't imagine a week without it now!  Michael comes prepared with equipment, music and a workout plan.  All we have to do is show up and sweat!  It's a great way to start my Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays!     Kim L.
If you are looking for a personal trainer committed to helping you reach or exceed your fitness goals, MICHAEL IS THE PERSONAL TRAINER FOR YOU.  Michael offers both boot camps and individualized sessions dedicated to your success and will work closely with you to help you achieve and build on lasting results.  He tracks your progress and develops personalized challenges to help you overcome plateaus.  Plus his upbeat attitude makes for an incredible workout every time.  Happy client since January 2012.     Kevin A.

* Results may vary person to person.

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5617 5th Road South

Arlington, VA 22204