Our Story

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Hey, Mike Stanlaw here.  I’ve been a Certified Personal Trainer for over 9 years and I’ve been involved in fitness my whole life.  My father taught me how to use the weights when I was 10 years old, and I instantly fell in love with it all.  I remember seriously getting into fitness when I was 15, and instantly noticed my academics, discipline, and self-confidence improve drastically.  I knew that to continue improving in these areas of my life, fitness had to be part of my every day routine.  It was a discipline I developed very early on in my life, and a discipline that I believe continues to help me in all other aspects of life.  


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I come from a competitive bodybuilding background, and used this experience to springboard my way into helping men and women of all ages and specific goals shape their bodies and their lives, just like I as I had shaped mine with my particular goals.  Bodybuilding taught me that if you truly set your mind to something and work as hard as possible at it, you can accomplish incredible things beyond even what you thought possible.


Throughout my years completing my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Psychology and Social Work, respectively, I realized that while I really did enjoy these fields and took so much away from them, my true passion and calling in life was fitness and I could not stray from that path.  I found myself going to school and internships physically, however my mind was at the gym and thinking about workout plans and nutritional advice for clients.  I even found myself writing up exercise programs for fellow students and teachers in graduate school!  


After working in gyms as a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, and Fitness Manager for 7 years, I realized how much I actually was able to incorporate psychology into what I do.  I did realize the importance of having these undergraduate and graduate degrees as they have helped with my interpersonal skills immensely.  While working in these gyms, I also realized that although I loved Personal Training, I did not necessarily agree with the way it was practiced in health club settings.  I did not enjoy seeing members, clients, and even employees being treated as simply numbers to a business.  I wanted to put the “Personal” back in Personal Training.  Yes, in business you have to know your numbers, but more importantly you have to know your clients.  Helping your clients realize their goals has to be the most important aspect of any fitness business.


The idea of having my own fitness facility was of course always in my mind, but the idea really starting forming in May of 2014, where I started believing it was something that could actually come to fruition.  Though it is never too late to start something, this was probably the most opportune moment I would ever have to take a leap of faith.  With the unwavering support of my family, friends, and clients, I took the biggest risk of my life by starting Stanlaw Fitness and finally opening the doors on July 13th, 2015.  It was the proudest day of my life, a dream that became a reality, and a moment I will remember forever.  To everyone that was a part of that day, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.


Fast forward 2 years, we are gifted the opportunity to help get Bayonne (and beyond!) in the best shape it’s ever been in.  We are fortunate to have an exceptional team of Personal Trainers who make Stanlaw Fitness what it is today.  My brother Rob Stanlaw, Jessica Macre, Danielle Dundas, and Kelly Ball have all given Stanlaw Fitness more energy in the form of intensity, versatility, and personality that is nothing short of contagious.  It is an honor to have them wearing the Stanlaw Fitness blue and seeing them not only improve their clients’ lives daily, but continue to further their own skills as Personal Trainers as well.  We all share the same vision of helping clients improve and get in the best shape of their lives, and to continue helping as many people as possible “get their 30” minutes of physical activity in daily!  It is great to work alongside this amazing staff every day to help others.  


Thank you for being part of our dream and thank you for trusting us to help you achieve yours.


–Mike Stanlaw and the Stanlaw Fitness Team  

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