Growing up, Andrew participated in various sports and activities including swimming, soccer, biking, skateboarding, and running. He’s exercised his whole life, but found his passion to become a personal trainer when the COVID lockdowns began. Andrew trains not only because he loves the act of training, but also because he wants to optimize his physical health, mental health, and longevity. His current goals are to get stronger in the squat and deadlift. His two favorite phrases are: “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” and “Discipline equals freedom”. Both phrases emanated from Navy Seals and they’re saying if you want to live a fulfilled life you must get out of your comfort zone and do things you might not necessarily want to do.
Jintaro Mikami is the owner and founder of Uplift Strength Center. Graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology and a minor in Fitness Leadership from Michigan State University. Since 2012, he has trained hundreds of clients/athletes in a variety of settings, ranging from one-on-one, partner training, semi-private, and group classes. Jintaro has experience training general population clients, youth athletes, and athletes with disabilities. His certifications include NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Functional Movement Screen Level 1 & 2, and Precision Nutrition Level 1. Throughout his career Jintaro has presented to numerous companies in the metro Detroit area on the importance of corporate wellness. His personal fitness journey is very diverse including ultra-marathon running races upwards of 100K as well as competing in numerous powerlifting competitions. Some hobbies that Jintaro enjoys are spending time with family, going outside, and listening to music. Jintaro is excited to be a part of your health and fitness journey here at Uplift Strength Center.
Keitaro Mikami is the manager and onboarding specialist at Uplift Strength Center. He graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. Keitaro's certification is FMS Level 1 and he hopes to pursue a Masters in Sport & Exercise Psychology to help athletes of all levels overcome psychological problems related to fitness. From a young age, Keitaro has always been physically active and played many different sports. In high school, he was a three-sport varsity letterman in swimming, tennis, and cross country. He has also competed in many road races, triathlons, and open water swimming competitions including a 2.4-mile race in the Tennessee River. Some hobbies that Keitaro enjoys in his free time include hiking, kayaking, meditation, and anything outside in nature. Keitaro looks forward to meeting you and assisting you in achieving your fitness goals.