Michele has been in the fitness industry for 20 years having competed in SIX federations, Panel Judged and Head Judged for multiple bodybuilding federations, and is regarded as a top professional posing coach and physique transformation specialist with a "keen eye" for even the smallest of details.
Michele is sought after for her unique ability to teach all divisions and federations and many of Michele's posing clients have won professional status across federations for divisions such as bikini, figure, fit body, physique, and bodybuilding.
In her own competitive career Michele became a champion competitor in all federations including NPC, Fitness Universe, WBFF, WNBF, and OCB. She won overall titles and "best poser" awards as a bodybuilder and figure competitor and achieved Professional Figure Status in three different federations. In addition to her vast competition experience, Michele is a prestigious RYT 200 Embodyoga Certified Instructor; a Graduate of the John Casablancas Modeling And Acting School; a multiple business owner; published author, and she has earned three different personal training certifications (including one from The Charles Poliquin Institute).
Michele has created her own teaching style, methodologies, and best practices from her diverse and eclectic education, first hand experience as a competitor, and many years of hands on teaching. She understand how much competing in competitions MEANS to competitors, especially if you they never been on stage before in their life. From new competitors to seasoned veterans looking for a competitive edge, Michele has been able to transform even the most challenging posing clients and make them stand outs on stage.
Michele's posing and choreography expertise is sought after nationally by competitors in all federations and all categories. Besides the different "looks" of every federation, Michele teaches all the different posing and stage routine and/or walk requirements of each federation. Over the years she has noticed that competitors are pressured to compete in one organization over another which can take the fun out of competing if a federation or a division is not best suited for her. She believes everyone should receive unbiased instruction and knowledge about all options available before deciding where to compete. Her Learn To Pose™ sessions/workshops are either in person, online, or via traveling workshops nationwide.
As a judge for multiple federations Michele knows from experience the criteria the judges use to compare athletes in all the different divisions of a competition including: Bodybuilding, Fitness, Figure, Bikini/Model/Fitness Model, Physique, and Fit Body. She is sought after to judge professional competitions due to her keen eye for a balanced physique and her ability to distinguish key physique differences between athletes.
Finally, as an entrepreneur, Michele has owned multiple successful business in addition to her posing and choreography business. One such business was a successful full service gym & posing studio in Avon, CT. During her gym ownership she created the "Michele Approved Movement®" identifying the best of the best local businesses, created "Michele Approved®" healthy menus in 4 different restaurants, and implemented a grocery list with over 200 shelf tags in a local supermarket identifying "Michele Approved" foods. Michele's unique marketing strategies caught the eye of many media publications and local and national businesses wanting to collaborate and earn her "stamp" of approval.
Michele sold the gym business in March 2016 so she, as Broker/Co-owner, and Vassilios Metropoulos, the love of her life and Head of R&D and Business Development, could launch the real estate brokerage firm, Welcome Real Estate….AND expand Michele’s posing and choreography business. Michele and Vassilios integrated their "outside of the box" marketing strategies and Michele’s 16 years of real estate experience to grow a locally owned, cutting edge, boutique real estate brokerage. In addition to posing coaching and choreography, Michele’s transformation expertise became sought after again in real estate after she and Vassilios transformed the interiors of many homes that sat on the market for years prior and sold within a couple weeks after unveiling their new look. In 2017 Michele’s mother Maryann joined the real estate firm allowing the business to continue to thrive while Michele and Vassilios begin a national tour of “Learn to Pose(TM)” Traveling Workshops.
For inquires on hosting a Learn To Pose Workshop in your area, send Michele a message on this website via the contact form.