About Michael

Michael Bonetti has been a certified personal trainer since 1994. His true passion is helping people. Whether you need help losing weight for a wedding, playing golf better, or living without pain; Michael is dedicated to learning everything he can to help you achieve all your health and fitness goals.

Best of 2014


Based on thousands of votes, we've been awarded Best of 2014 Winner for Atlanta Personal Trainers.  Thank you to all of our clients who voted for us.  We really appreciate each and every one of you!  MAX 4 FITNESS would not be where we are today without you! … [Read more...]

5 Regrets of the Dying

I am a subscriber to TheLadders.com and this is the email I got this morning…very powerful!  I had to share. Good Monday morning, Michael,Written several years ago, the simple article "Top Five Regrets Of The Dying" recounts the lessons learned by a hospice worker in Australia from her departing patients... Bronnie Ware writes: "For many years I worked in palliative care. My patients were those who had gone home to die. Some incredibly special times were shared. I was with them for the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. People grow a lot when they are faced with their own mortality. I learned never to underestimate … [Read more...]

Nutrient Timing…

From our good friends at Precision Nutrition. Is Nutrient Timing Dead? And does "when" you eat really matter? By Brian St. Pierre “Nutrient timing” sounds impressive. Science-y. The way sport and exercise people throw it around, you’d think it must be pretty important. But is it really? Does when you eat really matter? For health? For body composition? For performance? Let’s take a closer look and find out. Nutrient timing — simplified Nutrient timing simply means eating specific nutrients (such as protein or carbs)… in specific amounts… at specific times (such as before, during, or after exercise). Researchers … [Read more...]

How the most successful reinvent themselves (you can too)

This installment is from my friend Ty Jones @ Fit for Life Personal Training   www.fitforlifeatlanta.com Do you wish you were different? Better? More successful? Would you like to be thinner? Have better habits? And feel more positive about life? You may think that change is hard, that it takes time. But it really doesn't have to be. I believe that lasting change happens in an instant. Sure, this goes against mainstream belief. Most believe that change has to be a struggle. They expect to try and fail numerous times before ultimately losing or succeeding. For example, how many people do you know who struggle with their … [Read more...]

From our friends at Precision Nutrition

Sitting, standing, or walking: What’s the best way to work? by MC SCHRAEFEL We sit to commute. Sit at our computers. Sit at meetings. Relax…by sitting at home. In North America, most adults sit for about 9.3 hours. And that’s bad news for our health. When we sit for long periods, circulation is constricted. Metabolism slows. Muscles shut off; connective tissue tightens. Our brain hungers for blood and nutrients that are barely slugging through our system. Our body engine is set to “idle”, neutral, or even worse — switched off. Sitting too much makes us unhealthier, unfitter, more metabolically broken — possibly even dumber. Ha, … [Read more...]

A Common Bond


As the days pass, since the Boston Marathon bombings, one thing stands out to me more and more...'We' have a common bond.  According to TheFreeDictionary.com The Definition of COMMON 1. a.  Belonging equally to or shared equally by two or more; joint:  common interests.     b.  Of or relating to the community as a whole public:  for the common good. The Definition of BOND 1. Something, such as a fetter, cord, or band, that binds, ties, or fastens things together. 3. A uniting force or tie; a link:  the familial bond The 'We' that I AM implying is the Human Race.  Anyone who is, or has ever been, or will eventually be, … [Read more...]

What can AAA do for you?


AAA...no not the discount car and travel club that so many of our ‘parents’ belong to.           As a personal fitness professional, I have had the privilege of working with hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals spanning the course of my, now almost 20 year career and without a doubt, the 3 A’s are the foundation of my working relationship with them and for them with themselves. The three A’s I’m talking about are: Awareness Acceptance Action Some of you might be saying “what is he talking about?” the usual components of getting in shape are: A strict diet A ‘core’ … [Read more...]

There’s a time to reflect


and then there is a time to act.  I know all of you by now have heard about the terrorist attack at the finish line of the Boston Marathon this past Monday afternoon.  I know that I am not alone in the fact, that I can't believe someone or brothers even, could ever do something like that to hurt and kill innocent people.  Those of you that know me, might remember I almost lost my leg in an automobile accident on May 11, 1995.  After many surgeries and months of rehab, I was finally able to walk un-assisted and that very next July 4, ran the Peachtree Road Race with my brother Brad.  It was the first time either of us had run it and it was … [Read more...]

Do Something Different…


    Do you dread or avoid your annual physical? Do you take medication that you wish you didn't need? Do you lack energy at the end of the day? Do you struggle to prepare your family's meals?     Well, then I'm here to tell you that you need to 'Do Something Different'!  I have recently been told the definition of Insanity is: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results! Believe me, I know that doing something different is uncomfortable and that it can be scary.  Doing something different takes courage, in the presence of fear and doing it anyway.  Trust me, the … [Read more...]

The Myth of the Fat Burning Zone

Better off not you

A question I often get is "When I'm doing cardio (steady-state aerobic training), where does the fuel come from?  Because I want to be in the Fat Burning Zone!"  Everybody wants to burn fat...and most of us realize that we don't want to 'compromise' muscle at the extent of losing weight.  Well let me first start off with ' a little education' (I know, BORING, but it will help to understand my stance). First, the respiratory quotient (RQ) is the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) expired divided by the amount of oxygen (O2) consumed, measured during rest or a steady state of exercise using a metabolic analyzer.  When measured the RQ calculated … [Read more...]

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