about us

mike picMichael Hamilton Retterer

Michael is a certified personal trainer & yoga instructor who customizes individual programs for each of his clients to help them reach their personal goals. He has Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from Illinois State University & over 10 years of professional experience. Michael has worked as a personal trainer in various fitness centers and client homes and has also worked as a rehabilitative exercise physiologist for a chiropractic and physical therapy practice.

His passion for fitness and helping others reach their fitness goals prompted Michael to establish Essential Movement in March of 2003. Since then he has helped his clients to lose weight, increase flexibility & strength, and gain self-esteem. Michael's approach is to combine hard-work, proper techniques and a sense of humor to motivate his clients to reach their potential.

Michael is a Naperville native, but now resides in Warrenville, IL. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and his three dogs.

Education / Certifications:

  • B.S. in Exercise Physiology: Illinois State University
  • Personal Training Certification: American Council on Exercise ( A.C.E.)
  • Personal Training Certification: National Academy of Sports Medicine (N.A.S.M.)
  • Sport Yoga Certification: National Endurance and Strength Training Association (N.E.S.T.A)