Get in Shape with Former NFL Receiver Mikhael Ricks
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|Name: Mikhael Ricks|
|Stats: 6’6” / 260 lbs|
|Location: North Miami, USA|
Why did you decide to become a personal trainer?
After playing professional football for 7 years I decided to commit to something that was going to help my body feel better and help my overall longevity. I decided to become a Sports Performance Coach who specializes in Sports Medicine and Corrective Exercises.
What are your own personal fitness goals?
To try to get back to my football playing weight (235-250) and maintain that. Making sure I maintain my flexibility, balance and overall core strength.
What is your training philosophy?
Whatever you do make sure you’re built for it. You have to commit to a lifestyle change and don’t expect results overnight. A lot of my training deals with getting people outside their comfort zone and trying not to have them do the same workout more than twice.
Does your NFL experience play a part in your coaching?
It does. I motivate my clients by showing them the kind of workouts and training we did to stay in tip top shape. Workouts are explosive and in spurts without little rest time. I believe in the overall total mind and body conditioning.
Why did you create MRSP Fitness?
I was tired of seeing people get injured from doing workouts they should not be doing because it was a trend. There are a lot of people who don’t know how to take care of their body and they become overwhelmed with everything out there and believe that every workout is for them. I believe in progression and assessment and having people believe that they can do something they never thought they could.
What do you get asked most often as a trainer?
“How can I lose my belly fat” or “how can I trim up my arms”?
What are your top three exercises to improve athletic performance? Why?
Kettle bell Goblet Squats – This is important for hip mobility and to assess and correct form. You can really tell if a client is tight in their calves, hips, low back just by the way they do this exercise.
Single Leg Toe Touches – A lot of clients say they don’t have balance because they very rarely work on it. This exercise helps with core engagement, knee stability and ankle mobility.
Pull Ups or TRX Inverted Rows – Everyone lacks some type of upper body strength. Rounded forward shoulders and scapular engagement can really be fixed by doing these exercises and can in turn reduce shoulder injuries, neck and headache issues.
How do you keep your clients motivated?
I have a “goal box” so that clients can right their goals down and see them when they come in. Sometimes I’ll have to remind them why they are here. Also I’ll send texts and make sure they are eating right, and if they haven’t been here in a while I’ll remind them why they started.
And, how do you keep yourself motivated?
I want to be the best performance coach I can be. So I read, go to conventions, conferences and try to learn as much as I can
Finally, what is your favorite cheat food?
Anything that has to do with Blue Bell ice cream.