Mike Whitman is the Director of Training for SMARTER Team Training and since 2013 has helped organize and administer STT events across the country, as well as presenting at community outreach events and local high schools. He has worked with current or former NCAA, NFL, NBA, MLB, MLL, NLL, Olympic, and Paralympic athletes throughout his career. Whitman attended Towson University, where he interned under SMARTER Team Training’s founder Rob Taylor, and graduated with a degree in Exercise Science in 2011. Whitman has been a content contributor for STACK.com, Rogers Athletic, Lock Jaw, Iron Grip, New Balance, Pit Shark, Elite Form and has been a consultant for Under Armour projects with their innovation team. Coach Whitman has co-authored a chapter called “26 Ways to Make an Impact” to the textbook “Principles of Athletic Strength and Conditioning.” Mike has presented at NSCA state clinics as well as the SMARTER Team Training clinics around the country and annual conference here in Maryland.
Coach Whitman was formerly an employee, and Director of Performance, at a local Under Armour affiliated facility where he had the opportunity to work with several Under Armour sponsored athletes, as well as personal training and corporate clientele. Following that opportunity, he was the Fitness and Health Director for the Baltimore Area eBay and PayPal facilities where he was responsible for budget allocations and the day-to-day operations of a facility.
Mike is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and by USA Weightlifting.
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Whitman was a wrestler at Middletown High School, and gained his passion for the strength and conditioning field throughout those years. Beginning the sport at the age of 14, he realized that being the stronger and better conditioned athlete could make up for what he lacked in experience and skill. While wrestling he suffered several injuries including a concussion, separated shoulder, as well as several ankle and knee injuries. His effort to return from these setbacks led him to pursue information on better and safer ways to prepare an athlete for competition, plus how to return to competitive form after suffering serious injuries. He now works with several post rehab clients who have gone through major procedures ranging from Achilles ruptures and ACL tears, to hip resurfacing procedures and shoulder surgeries.
He is currently certified as a United States of America Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach, and a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist