Michael Hartle

Dr. Michael Hartle is not only a chiropractic physician, but he is also a board-certified Clinical Nutritionist (DACBN), a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a Master SFG Instructor with StrongFirst, and an Active Release Technique (ART) provider since 1995.

Raised in the frozen tundra known as Minnesota, he once lived in Hawai'i while his father was stationed at Pearl Harbor during Vietnam. He has been practicing in Fort Wayne, Indiana for the last seventeen years.

A nationally-ranked powerlifter, who has won several national titles with USA Powerlifting, Dr. Michael is also the Chairman of the Sports Medicine Committee of USA Powerlifting (USAPL). He was the Head Coach of the USAPL World Bench Press Team for eight years, winning the 2004 World Championship Team Title. His best competition lifts are 705lb squat, 535lb bench press, and 635lb deadlift with a best combined total of the three lifts of 1,840lbs in the 275lb weight class.

For the last seven years, he has been playing semi-pro football, defensive tackle, and loving it! His football team, the Adams County Patriots, won the National AA Semi-Pro Football Championship in 2008! He treats, trains and advises to all kinds of patients, from babies to the elderly, from youth athletes to NCAA student-athletes to professional athletes. He also coaches junior high football and track and field, volunteering his time for the last twelve years. He has three sons who keep him busy with their personal endeavors, including hockey, baseball, football, lacrosse, track, and field and of course, academics.
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Alex Peterson
Not funny. Great guy, ran a great SFGI and was/is a great coach but a terrible comedian. I hope he will find this review funny, since he does have a good sense of humor.

Brett Turley
Dr. Hartle was the master instructor at my SFG level 1 in Tampa. I will always remember to smile while lifting weights and also Last Set Best Set! He was a top notch leader and instructor. He was able to pinpoint any technique issues and explained exactly how to correct them. I learned so much about how to teach and coach others. Would recommend anyone to see this man if you wish to grow in life.

Martin (Marty) Phillips
I started Simple & Sinister in May of 2020. It didn’t take long to realize I needed some one-on-one instruction on how to perform the exercises correctly. In June of 2020 I had a private lesson with Dr. Hartle. I learned more in that hour than I did watching endless Youtube videos and blog posts. In August of 2020 I started seeing Dr. Hartle weekly for training and instruction. In September of 2021, I certified as an SFG I Instructor thanks to Dr. Hartle’s training, programing, and instruction.
Dr. Hartle’s training style is straight, personable and to the point. His programming is designed for the individual student and their needs. He has an eye for detail, safety, and remaining injury free. Whether you are looking at taking one of his courses and training, you would be hard pressed to do better! Highly recommended!

Luis Gonzalez
Dr. Hartle is an excellent teacher. He was just at the SFG 1 certification in Tampa, Fl. He was leading the event and helped correct my form on several lifts. He helped with the tension techniques and told us to go for a PR. I attempted double 40kg clean and press and nailed it. I left the certification excited about the new depth of knowledge I acquired from him.

Kevin Cleary
I first met Dr. Hartle during my SFL certification. His blend of deep knowledge and expertise, combined with huge doses of hard work and humor, make for the perfect learning environment.

I've also assisted under him, and would not hesitate to do so again. Any instructor wishing to help out at a certification would do well to be a part of his team.

He has drills and solutions for any issue that you might run into as a StrongFirst student and/or instructor, be it technical, programming, etc.

Whether you're a student or instructor, you'll walk away from his courses with a full brain and a full heart!


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