Why Do YOU Love The Training Room?

Lost over 100 lbs!

Joining the Training Room was a birthday gift I had given myself a few years ago, and it continues to be the “gift that keeps on giving”.   Thanks to the strength and condition training program that Jim and Mike developed, I’ve lost over 100 lbs, was able to stop taking medication for blood pressure and cholesterol, and tapped into unrealized physical potential.  In addition, I’ve seen strength gains and have been able to maintain the weight loss for awhile now.

The training at The Training Room focuses on getting results, and keeping everyone motivated to challenge themselves during the workouts.  In addition, Mike and Jim stay abreast of the latest fitness developments and pass the knowledge onto their clients.  The workouts change from day-to-day, which keeps things interesting.  It’s daily practice of mine to check their website each morning to see what’s in store for me in the evening.

Joining the Training Room is undeniably the best gift I’d ever given myself…the gift of good physical health!

John Stypa


Amanda Scheer

When I first started at the TR, I was 18 & all I did was run. I was weak and often injured. I could hardly squat to 45 degrees without additional weight – which I am often reminded when Mike or Jim see me squatting more efficiently today. After years of learning correct lifting techniques and progressions as well as consistent training, I have been injury free and running faster than ever imagined!!! TR is the best :)

Maureen Murray

The training room has completely changed my life physically and mentally. Because of the Training Room I love to work out! I’ve never been stronger and in better shape. Participating in the training room classes is like getting personal training. Each day is a new workout that pushes me much harder than I would ever push myself.

Chuck Polhemus

This is not your ordinary gym. All the staff at The Training Room are highly skilled people who are there to help you learn how to properly do the exercises in the workout of the day. They will also Tailor the workout to your skill level from beginner to veterans. To sum it up this is the best cross training work out facility you will find in N.J. They are the original and the best at what they do.

Jeff Seymour

I started at the Training Room in November after a free intro. The intro was friendly, fun, informative and intense enough to give me a taste of the workouts. Having finished a 100 mile run in 26 hours the year before, I liked to think I was in decent shape. The truth was that I knew I had major weaknesses that I needed to address. I’ve been attending the Training Room four times a week for 5 months and the changes in my body and abilities are noticeable. Those weaknesses have been addressed and improved through the guidance and encouragement of the trainers/teachers/coaches/mentors of the Training Room. The cast of characters that attend are a valuable piece of the vibe and energy of the Training Room. Don’t be intimidated by uninformed perceptions. Bring your personality and weaknesses into the mix.


When I joined the training room, I knew i was in for a challenge. With meticulous commitment to ensuring proper form and technique, Mike & Jim help all their members achieve their personal best. There is no doubt that the training room approach is effective in building strength and improving overall health. There’s never a dull moment at the training room!

Gary Wronowski

The TR has had a significant impact on my lifestyle. Besides feeling healthier overall (mentally and physically), regular workouts have made it possible for me to more intensely pursue the sporting activities I love (surfing specifically). I spend more time in the water catching more waves. This in turn has vastly improved my surfing and has given me a renewed passion for the

Judy Young

The Training Room has had a very positive effect on my life both physically and mentally I’ve been able to strengthen my core, lose weight, transform my body and gain mental strength, as I apply discipline to the (expertly designed) workouts. I think one of the best things about The Training Room is the spirit. Mike and Jim set the tone of an encouraging, positive environment that welcomes all.

Tivona Eidelheit, PharmD

Workouts at The Training Room are fun and challenging. I get a better workout with Mike in 30 minutes than the one hour sessions I used to pay for with the last four trainers I used at my former gyms. I leave every session feeling confident and strong. You would have to be a fool to go anywhere else.

Helene Wolson

The training room has helped me reach a level of fitness that makes me feel strong, lean, and healthy. The people that exercise at the TR have been super friendly, supportive, motivated, and inspirational. Have made some great friends too!

Monica Neufang

In addition to offering training that is fun and gets results, the Training Room has created a supportive community, which is critical when looking to achieve higher levels of performance in one’s workout.” Or, if you rather swap out the word “community” with “environment,” I am fine with that as well.

Jill Regan

How about that I have myself a nickname!!

I have been going to the Training Room for almost 4 years.  After working out by myself at a local gym the past several years I heard about the training room and group training and decide to check it out.  I have made amazing friends and love the owners.  The Training Room knows their stuff and I always feel like I am in safe hands as they are always keeping their people accountable for good form and staying injury free.  I know for a fact without the group training, I wouldn’t work as hard or have half as much fun trying to do it on my own.  Jim and Mike continue to introduce new movements and come up with different workouts to keep us on our toes.  I am super thankful for the Training Room.  I live a happier & healthier life because of the #bestgyminmonmouthcounty

Stefan (swede) Nasstrom

Love what you guys do at the training room. Working you out to the point of exhaustion without taking it over the top where you lose form and get hurt like at some of the other facilities! As a heads up I do like your website as it stands but I am a bad reference being an old soul using websites rarely other than for work. Give me google and I am happy!!

Let’s just say that my soccer game improved by leaps and bounds after just getting more athletic working out at the TR.

Linda Hansen

The training room has definitely had a positive effect on my life and fitness. It is a great place to get personal training and I have enjoyed every minute of it.

Kelly Balady Koenig

I joined the Training Room 4 years ago and I have to say, hands down, it was one of the best decision I’ve Made. At the time, I was in a real “gym rut”. Being a former Division I field hockey player, I loved fitness but for some reason was dreading going to the gym everyday after work. I started going less and less and my fitness level was on the decline. I knew I needed to make a change but just wasn’t sure what to do. My best friend, Leah VanBuskirk and her boyfriend Louis Doctor finally convinced me to give the Training Room a try. I have to admit, it was a little nerve racking to start something new, but I was hooked from the start. Everyone at the Training Room was so welcoming and encouraged me from the start. Many gyms are cliquey and not welcoming to newcomers. Our gym is the complete opposite, one of the many reasons why the Training Room rocks! I love Jim and Mike and their philosophy on fitness. The workouts they create are challenging and fun. I don’t think you can ever get bored because there’s always something different being thrown into the workout mix.

I still remember when I first started; I felt like the workouts were so hard and I was going to die. But then I would look around the room, at everyone pushing themselves, and I knew I Couldn’t be the one to quit. I love that feeling when you have people around you pushing themselves and it inspires you to give more. That’s very hard to replicate in a gym in an authentic way. I feel like each person is respected and valued for what they can do athletically and it’s not a bunch of muscle heads walking around making you feel inadequate.

I’ve made so many amazing friends along the way at the Training Room. I have made friends from all different walks of life.I think that was the missing piece that the Training Room was able to fill in my life. I look forward to working out every day with people who inspire me to push myself past my comfort zone. I’m surrounded by people that make me question myself,do I have a little bit more left to give? It’s almost like I have teammates again and I feel that camaraderie. As a result, my fitness level has increased. I’m doing things I have never thought I’d be able to do. It’s the best feeling being able to have your competitive spirit come alive again! Looking back, I’m not so sure why it took me so long to make the switch. I feel grateful that I found the Training Room and all the good it has brought into my life!

John Gregory

In a world that throws the negative at us too often, Jim and Mike at the Training Room bring the positive! At that age where youth is fleeting and Doritos increasingly common, Jim and Mike’s leadership and dedication got me back into the mind of my younger self…..challenging my physical self…. committing to make myself better than I have been in years. Without a question, had I not been introduced to Jim and Mike’s excellent training methods I would be fading into middle age like far too many, wondering where my former self went. With the way Jim and Mike run the TR I can’t wait to see what the next day of training has in store, everyday. Community of Excellence!

Karen Ryan

The Training Room is very welcoming and the trainers work with you to make sure the exercise program is designed for your needs and any physical problems that you may have. I am so impressed with the knowledge expertise and professionalism of my trainer, Jim Milkowski. His patience and kindness make it a pleasure to work out and do your best. The classes are fun, always a little different and certainly make you feel better!!!!!

Shelley Hair

I have been a hard core fitness buff for over 30 years.  I have to say that my experience at The Training Room has been the “BEST” ever!  Here is what I Love about it… The trainers are “Top Notch” and the most knowledgeable ones I have come across… Not only do they stress the importance of “form” but they also take time before and after the workout to “stretch” ….which is “huge” in preventing injury.

The training  room has an amazing “feel” of acceptance and family … Which is important to “us” older people..lol…

I don’t even get “yelled” at when I come in a tiny bit late!!   Seriously , other gyms often scolded me for running in a minute late .. Being a working 48 year old mother with 4 kids sometimes I am running in a minute or two late.


John Shotwell Jr.

I love my work and being physically and mentally fit has kept me enjoying it decades longer than most of my co-workers. When most of my co-workers have retired, or can recite how many days they have left until they retire, and many haven’t been physically on top of their game for years, I’m feeling better than I did on day one, pressing the new hires to keep up, and anticipating the future. The Training Room is a big part of that.

I noticed my brother was getting back in shape about 5 years ago. He told me he was working out at the Training Room. He’s an engineer scientist, and if nothing else, there’s always entertainment value in his recommendations. I called and scheduled an introductory lesson. I was impressed first by the emphasis on form and safety in the exercise movements. I’d never seen or heard of a kettlebell at that time. After my first session, I researched kettlebell training and decided it was worth committing a few months to try out. The structured, but varied workout routine, including body weight, cardio and strength conditioning, and combination workouts quickly resulted in increased strength and speed. Soon, I noticed fewer work and running related injuries, and an easier transition in switching between skiing, running, swimming, and the physical demands of my work and community involvement. I’ve been going to the Training Room for about 5 years now.

Mike and Jim have solid extensive educational backgrounds, experience and commitment in training athletes and the ability to safely guide an athlete of any ability. Every workout session is preceded by a warm up, clear instruction, and a demonstration of the exercise(s) to for the day. They also bring a genuine infectious enthusiasm for fitness into every session, whether it’s 6 a.m. in January, or 7 p.m. in August. When most other gyms or training rooms just add quantity, the Training Room delivers quality.

Owen Daly

I am a 68 year old senior citizen living in a 50 year old body, that’s the way I feel. I joined the Training Room after much reluctance. I have a good exercise routine, i.e. running, swimming, golf on a regular basis. My joints were getting too sore over the winter, so I joined the gym. At first I was too weak to participate in the hour long class. After 2 months of private lessons, (30 minutes twice a week) I became strong enough to participate in the hour long sessions. It is important to note to all seniors, the trainers are careful to keep you from getting injured. You primarily work with body weight, cardio exercise machines, and kettlebells (weight appropriate). After 3 months of proper training, you will loose your arthritic moments and dramatically improve your mobility.

Alicia Seemuller

I look forward to the TR workouts and characters everyday!

The G-Man

I’ve been a member of The Training Room since 2009 and without question it was an immediate impact on my health and well-being. The Training Room differentiates from so many other gyms “boxes”, and health clubs through a combination of culture and knowledge. Mike and Jim have cultivated a culture and environment of acceptance and positivity, where all members and prospective members feel welcome. Their knowledge and experience in the fitness industry is deeper than any professionals or coaches I have come across, and that stems from the fact they are students themselves; they are constantly pushing their boundaries, and learning new techniques that they in turn deliver to their member community.

I can without hesitation that The Training Room helped me focus on my fitness goals and gain a better understand of my body and mind. No place like it in the world!

Joan Leather

The Training Room has had quite a positive impact on my life both mentally and physically. After the death of my son 13 years ago I have been on a quest to improve my health and the health of my family members. My oldest son has joined my quest and has been working out the last few years at the Training Room. By working out, with the best trainers around I might add,you become stronger and strive to become healthier. It effects your life beyond the gym. You tend to eat better and to become more active in your every day life.

We have helped many non-Training Room Members!

Gregory Quintero

You guys have such great info from workouts to videos. I always get something out of what is posted. Keep up the great work and I hope to meet up and train with you guys.

Sean Magee

I’ve never been to the Training room, but my best friend John Shotwell did train with you and recommended your site several years ago as I got into CrossFit quite on my own while stationed in Africa.

Although I’ve been off and on know for years, I’ve always appreciated your updates and encouragements and especially the videos you post on how to do certain exercises!

Thanks a bunch!

Donald Girard, Next Level Performance

Just wanted to thank you again for helping me move forward in both my training technique on the kettlebell and in your valuable assistance in setting up my website and gym. You have always moved me in a positive direction. You are certainly an original High Intensity Interval Training facility. Many thanks. In part I owe you my present success.

Bob Godwin GFC fitness club

Under the leadership of Mike I have learned so much to add to my fitness skills first of all Mike taught me how to put together workouts for my senior clients to make it easier for them to get the best workouts that would benefit them in the daily lives the training center is excellent place to train I got my certification and kettlebell training there which I’m using all the knowledge in my club here in Delaware thank you so much Mike for all that you’ve done for me

Professional Testimonials from some of the best in the fitness industry.

Rick Daman, Strength Coach Damon’s Strength Training

I have know Uncle Mike for 5 years and since day 1 I was impressed with his facility and the overall training atmosphere.

Everyone in The Training Room that comes to train is ready to go.

The videos are always of quality training and technique.

The one thing that sticks out the most about The Training Room is all of the events that they run as a gym.

It’s impressive to see everyone come together to a good cause or just a good time

Vincent Gabriele MS,CSCS,IYCA

Uncle Mike is absolutely on of my favorite people in the Fitness Industry.

Having seen Mike train his clients on numerous occasions I know from personal experience he is one of the best in our industry.

I look for every opportunity possible to learn from Uncle Mike about training, life, business and simply being better than I was yesterday.

If a fitness professional has the opportunity to learn from UMS they should without hesitation make that call.

Uncle Mike defines excellence.

Paul Reddick

Starting at The Training Room was one of the best decisions of my life. I’m in the best shape of my life and have more energy now that I did when I was a teenager.

I had no experience with kettlebell training but they took their time to teach me everything I needed to know.

You just have to give them a try…you’ll be glad you did

Steve Cotter, Founder/Director IKFF

Mike and Jim, I have to tell you how impressed I am with the Training Room. You guys have a real talent for training people and I was really surprised at how technically proficient your clients were when I was there for the kettlebell workshop. It’s obvious you both have a passion for helping people. I’ll definitely be there training with you guys when I come to the Jersey shore again. It is the place to train.

Ken Blackburn, IKFF

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel all over the country and visit/teach at various gyms.  “The Training Room” in Avon, NJ is amongst the very best in terms of positive culture, fun energy and awesome instructors.  Can’t wait to go back and visit Mike, Jim and the rest of the crew very soon!