Testimonials

A coach is nothing without their clients and I’ve had some terrific people to work with since we started up.

Connor Bohne
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“I began working with Mike early in 2016. Having spent the last 6 years training and building with what information I could find in books and on the net, I wanted to try and step foot on a competitive stage but knew I would need professional guidance. A mutual friend recommended I talk to Mike Allen at StageReady LLC. Mike responded immediately to my email, took me out for breakfast and gave a breakdown of the options. From the start he was honest and direct. The timeline I had in mind, he said, was a short one, but he would do his best if I had my heart set on it. Throughout the process, Mike was attentive, engaging, clear, critical and communicated high expectations balanced with realistic projections. When I wavered, he was there to reassure; when I had questions, he always had answers; when I asked for motivation, he gave me a body science video…well, it did get me laughing at how dedicated he is to this sport. All in all, I’ll let the results speak for themselves: I am Connor Bohne, Mr. Natural MN Mens Novice Tall Bodybuilding Champion. I am excited to continue to work with Mike in the off season to make my bid at a Pro card.”

Stephanie Domrose
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“I hired Mike Allen with my partner Connor back in January.  From the beginning Mike showed tremendous enthusiasm for the sport and true passion for his work.  His integrity shined through his honest feedback and level-headed analysis of our needs and progress.  We both completely transformed in a mere 4 1/2 months- the results were astonishing.  If you follow his advice, put in the work and keep your head in the game you WILL see results.  It’s been an awesome experience and Mike does an amazing job at customizing a program based on your personal goals. I would highly recommend his services- I certainly couldn’t have done it without him!”

Alex Palmer

“Mike’s guidance and wisdom helped me get to a level of physical development I was never able to achieve on my own. Not only did he encourage me to try new things I had never considered but he also debunked a lot of myths about the science of lifting and dieting that were killing my progress. That’s what impresses me most about Mike; he is truly dialed into the real science of the sport.  In other words, he teaches clients what truly works to get them real results. No bro-science.

If you’re looking for a coach who is smart, dedicated, and honestly interested in your success, Mike is your guy.”

Eric Loomis

“I expected the nutrition plan to be the typical bland diet food like plain chicken breast and steamed vegetables for every meal but Mike at Stage Ready, LLC introduced me to flexible eating & macro/calorie tracking which made all the difference. Learning this process taught me I could eat from various food sources and stay on track without having a super strict meal plan with bland food & timed to the hour. I’ve been able to eat foods I enjoy and do so when I’m hungry, while reaching a targeted calorie amount, tailored to my goals.”

Thomas Ehnert
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“I had just gone through some tough personal times in life when I saw a friend at the gym. I barely recognized him.  I hadn’t seen him in a while.  He told me he had just done a bodybuilding show.  A seed had been planted. I needed to get back in shape and I needed a new goal to work toward after those tough personal times.  My friend told me he had worked with Stage Ready, and with Mike.  My journey started the next day.

I contacted Mike.  It didn’t take long to notice a few things about Mike and his work.  First, he always responded promptly.  He took an individual approach.  He had me track my macros and track my specific workouts for a few weeks to see how I and my body worked.  He took a scientific approach, tailoring my nutrition and workouts to the latest research, which he often referenced in his work with me.  Mike took an educational approach too.  He didn’t just tell me what to do.  He explained to me why.  And Mike challenged me.  I essentially needed to lose 50 lbs of body fat, maintain what muscle I had, and build more besides.  Week by week, month by month, Mike walked me through the process, always just an email, phone call, or text message away if I had a question or needed support.

When a shoulder injury developed about a half year into it, Mike retooled the workouts so that I could continue toward my goal without further injuring myself.  As the caloric intake continued to decrease and the intensity of the workouts rose, Mike told me what to expect as we moved forward.  His is the voice of experience.  He even told me that I might start to think some odd thoughts, and offered that I could always talk to him if I needed to run those odd thoughts past someone.  As time went on, I realized that my original goal of doing a bodybuilding show would not be feasible due to changes in my personal life.  But I realized that I actually had reached my goal.  I lost 50 lbs.  I put on a lot of muscle.  I made it through the tough personal times I’d been going.  I never felt better – physically or emotionally.  What reaching all those goals had in common was Mike working with me every step of the way for a year.  I can’t recommend Mike highly enough.  He is a mentor, coach, inspiration, and friend.”

 

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