Carol Michaels

WEST ORANGE, NJ 07052-6607

I am the founder of the Recovery Fitness® cancer exercise program and an internationally recognized exercise specialist, consultant, author, and presenter. I am a speaker for corporate wellness programs, and am on the board of numerous health organizations. Classes and private sessions are held daily in my studio. I have appeared on health related radio and television programs and published in numerous magazines, blogs, and medical journals. The Cancer Specialist Recovery course in partnership with the National Federation of Professional Trainers can be found on the NFPT website. My book, Exercises for Cancer Survivors, is a fantastic resource for anyone undergoing cancer surgery or treatments. The book and DVDs can be found Contact me at for the schedule or with any questions that you may have.

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IDEA Author/Presenter
IDEA Member

About Me


  • BS, Business Mgmt / Marketing, Wharton School
  • Master's Degree, Business-Finance, Adelphi Univeristy

Years Experience


Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Personal Trainer
ACSM - ACSM/ACS Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer
BOSU - BOSU Complete (8hr Instructor Training)
The Cancer Exercise Training Institute - Cancer Exercise Specialist
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

American Heart Association
American Red Cross
American Red Cross

AED Certified

American Heart Association
American Red Cross

Liability Insurance

  • FitPak

Carol's Locations

Carol Michaels Fitness

15 Luth Terrace
West Orange, NJ 07052

Pyramid Fitness Training

1500 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052-2956

Additional Information


$0.00 / hr

Payment Methods

Cash, Personal Checks

Awards & Accomplishments

  • 2012 PFP Trainer of the Year
  • ACE and Life Fitness Trainers To Watch finalist
  • American Cancer Society Pacesetter
  • 2014 IDEA Fitness Personal Trainer of the Year finalist
  • 2016 IDEA Fitness Personal Trainer of the Year
  • Medical Qi Gong

Languages Spoken

English, French



9 Reviews

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by Susan Brody on Jul 15, 2016

    I've been taking Carol's classes for about two years. I hate to exercise, so for me to commit to a regular fitness program requires something special. Luckily, that's what Carol provides. I never leave her classes feeling exhausted or strained, but I always leave feeling like I've had a good well-balanced workout. Her commitment to her clients' health and well-being is obvious, and everything she has us do is tempered with good common sense. Her mantra is, "If it hurts, don't do it!" She keeps it interesting by mixing elements of yoga, pilates, and other equipment training, and her constant stream of friendly patter makes the time pass very quickly. I feel very lucky to have found such a knowledgeable, upbeat and goodhearted trainer.

  • by Gloria Newman on Jul 21, 2015

    After having a baby, I thought I'd never get my body back. With Carol's guidance and thoughtfully constructed workout routines, I am finally back in shape and feeling healthier than ever! Carol is encouraging, knowledgeable, and makes working out fun. I couldn't have done it without her and would strongly recommend her to anyone looking to get into shape!

  • by Laura Gorin on Jul 20, 2015

    Carol’s fitness classes are consistently good. She provides a variety of different exercises that work all the muscle groups, so the classes are never boring. She always balances out these exercises with stretching and flexibility work. I feel that I have become stronger and more flexible in the time that I am attending these classes.

  • by Judy Kahn on Jul 10, 2015

    I am a breast cancer survivor and Carol has been my personal trainer for a few years. Carol has been instrumental in helping me regain the strength and flexibility in my arm after breast surgery, lymph node removal, and radiation. Since, I have always been an avid tennis player, I was concerned that breast surgery would greatly affect my abilities to return to the tennis court. With Carol’s help, I was able to return to play within months after surgery. I feel healthy and energized.
    I thank Carol for her encouragement and guidance. Her approach to fitness and health is exceptionally professional. Additionally, Carol is sincere, inspirational, and extremely caring.

  • by Ann Zaaijer on Apr 22, 2013

    I have been taking Carol's pilate classes for several years, first,through the local Adult School and now in her home studio. Her experience, preparedness and individualization of exercise are evident in every class. I have always been most impressed by her generosity and genuine interest in each of her client's well-being and progress.

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