Our Stories

At PaceFitness we want to provide you with science-backed advice that helps you towards getting into the shape you always wanted.

While we (Mike, Sean, and Edward) are confident in the information we collected and the programs we created, none of that may matter to you until you believe us that we have been in the exact same spot you are in now.

Maybe more importantly, that we found a way out.

Read on to get some background about each of our three founding members and the origin of PaceFitness.com.

Starting with Mike

Most of my early life I was a lean, athletic kid that enjoyed playing baseball until during senior year in high school, everything started to change.

Seemingly out of nowhere I gained over 50 pounds of body fat and from that point on I was known as  "the chubby kid."

Naturally at this point in my life I blamed my genetics for the way I looked because I didn’t change my eating habits and was still playing sports.

I learned to live with it for a while until I eventually saw the transformation Huge Jackman made for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men movies. It got me thinking about what I could be capable of achieving. But where do you start?

Initially I followed every fitness and bodybuilding routine I could get my hands on. While I started to lose weight again, it took me almost two whole years and in the end I only ended up looking skinny. Far from where I wanted to be.

I needed a new approach, something that was proven to work and fit into my schedule. After countless ours of reading scientific exercise studies I finally had a good idea about what it really took to build muscle.

Within a short period of time I gained 10 pounds of muscle tissue while even getting my body fat down to the single digits. This was something any bodybuilder I came across at the time would tell me was "impossible." Yet here I was. The craziest part is that I was only spending 3 to 4 hours per week in the gym while still eating all the type of foods I enjoyed. A major departure from all the "expert" advice I received at the time.

The complete picture of my transformation can be seen below:

After exchanging my background with Sean's and eventually Edward's we all came to the same conclusion: When following specific training principals, anyone will be able to make progress. Regardless of gender, age, or body type. What we happened to believe before gaining this insight, turned out to be cleverly targeted fitness marketing, paired with unscientific advice commonly known as: "BroScience." 

With this, the foundation for PaceFitness was laid.
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Continuing with Sean

I was always the skinny but muscular guy, until I acquired the science-based knowledge needed to redesign my routine to achieve a lean, muscular, fitness-model physique.

In elementary school my classmates would comment on me having bigger biceps than the average 10-year-old. I got the reputation that I was only muscular because I had great genetics, and was skinny. As an adult this same kind of misconception has led to me being accused several times of using anabolic steroids.

Little did anyone know about my personal motivation as a kid to one day be stronger than my big brother, who I always looked up to.
Little did anyone know that because of losing my mother when I was seven, I always felt the necessity to become an adult as quickly as possible.
Little did anyone know that because of losing my dad when I was twelve, I always wanted to look trained like he did just before he got sick.

Because of these thoughts, I started lifting weights when I was still a child. Much earlier than anyone I knew at the time. But even though I was stronger and more muscular than my friends, I always wished I could just have a normal childhood. I would have traded all that muscle to have a normal life, in no-time.

Inevitably, without proper training knowledge to guide me, by the time I hit my late teens I got exposed to so much “BroScience” and bad advice that I ended up tearing multiple muscles in my legs and rotator cuffs.
In the simplest sense - I became the victim of overtraining.

At that time I was so far away from ever achieving the fitness-model physique I desired, that I just ended up not really caring about real progress anymore.
Up until my mid-twenties I had tried several training methods, but all with very limited success.

In my late twenties I educated myself with the know-how to design science-based, effective, and efficient workout routines. By applying all scientifically effective principals of training, I was finally able to achieve the lean, muscular, fitness-model physique you are seeing today.
Best of all, I am still setting new records every week that I work out.

The expertise and backgrounds of my co-founders Mike and Edward, combined with my story, is what ultimately led to the creation of PaceFitness.
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Concluding with Edward

I’ve always been the little guy ever since I can remember. I was always very lean but struggled so much to gain mass and solid muscle.

I used to stuff myself full of food 6 times a day, drinking nasty mass gainer shakes, and doing tons of reps and supersets at the gym to try and bulk up. I made some gains, but whenever I stopped stuffing myself and hitting the gym every day I would lose weight as quickly as I gained it. Over the years I had given up on building a solid physique.

My before photo was in March of 2016 while working on a short film. After seeing how small I had gotten, I decided it was time to do something about it.

After I met Mike and Sean I started following the program they were in the process of developing to a “T.” Because of my unique body type, I was able to influence the program to become more suitable for people with similar body types like me.
Working with both of them taught me so much about the science behind why I hadn’t been able to build muscle. Within 5 months I had gained 14 pounds of muscle mass with less effort than I used to invest. 

All my weights in the gym increased, and I noticed a substantial growth in my chest, back, and arms. Not only did I became more toned but the added definition paired with my low body fat percentage made me look what the experts would call "shredded."
I could not be happier at this point.

PaceFitness does for me what I had failed to achieve my entire life, and that’s why I knew being a part of the PaceFitness team would be the right place for me.
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The PaceFitness Approach

This is how we came together.
It wasn't marketing, it wasn't 'guru' advice, it wasn't steroids.
The failures we made in the past is what got us to where we are today, and we could not be more excited that you have made it this far.

Just a little more to go.

Welcome to PaceFitness!