Great Guy and an Awesome Instructor

A few years ago, I decided that exercise needed to be a priority in my life. I hit the gym at least 5 days a week, only to notice small changes in the way I felt and looked. I was very discouraged. I had no idea what I was doing, so I hired a personal trainer to teach me how to workout. I paid him lots of money over several months and saw no results at all. I love to workout and I was looking for a real challenge.

I stumbled upon Precision Kettlebells and figured I’d give it a try. I made an appointment for an intro lesson with Mike Barbato. I was a little nervous and figured I’d be meeting some muscle-head with an inflated ego. This is so far from the truth. Mike is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. After simply teaching me the basics of kettlebells, my nervousness quickly disappeared. He’s great at explaining how to execute each exercise. He’s not a crazy trainer who screams in your face to get you moving. He has a way of motivating his students without really saying much. He walks around class and offers guidance and encouragement when needed. His classes are challenging and lots of fun. I really look forward to each class. I’ve only been training with Mike for about 6 weeks. I’m down a dress size and I’m amazed at how great I feel. It only took 2 classes for me to fall in love with kettlebells. I can’t get enough!!! Mike is a great guy and an awesome instructor. I look forward to training with him for years to come.

Jessica M - Exton, PA

A passion for people

After training for Mike for a few months I decided its time to tell everyone out there what this guy has done for my mental and physical state. By no means am I in even decent shape, however, Mike is changing that class by class. Every time I arrive at the park I am ready to be challenged and worked. Every time I arrive at the park Mike is there with a challenge and encouragement that makes we want to keep coming back for more.

What makes Mike such a great instructor is that he genuinely cares that you receive quality instruction that is safe and done to maximize impact on your fitness. Many instructors have a routine they follow and don't deviate from it. However Mike has days where we get to choose what we do in class and he goes with the flow. That attitude of giving us what we need serves him well because we respond to the opportunity to control our own work out.

Now after spending an early Saturday morning with the whole Precision Kettlebell crew doing the LiveStrong walk I can tell you that I have never been more proud to be part of a workout group. The feeling of power and pride I felt walking the last 60 yards with my new found family was the best feeling I have had in a long time.

If you want a place to work out where you run in do 30 minutes of "exercise" and run home don't come to work out with Mike. If you want to get in the best shape of your life, feel better about your body than ever before and do a workout where you feel like you're with friends come to Valley Creek Park and swing some bells with Mike and company. It’s a trip you will not regret.

Giuseppe Rubinaccio - Downingtown, PA

Mike has the heart of a teacher

I wanted to wait until I had trained with Mike for several month before I wrote a review. I wanted a really good feel for him before I wrote something.

Naturally Mike has excellent form and is knowledgeable like you would expect from an RKC II; but the thing that really strikes me about him is that he has the heart of a teacher. That teacher in high school or grade school that inspired you and showed you that you are capable of more than you ever imagined? Mike is that teacher. He is a natural with people from every sort of background and experience. He deftly picks up on peoples personalities and quirks and immediately turns over that information into better ways to communicate with them, thus better training, and thus better and faster results.

Mike does this all while being a truly genuine, humble, and affable. Mike is a great RKC but the real truth is that his gift for teaching is almost wasted on corporate drones like myself; he should be coaching at a university.

Jeremy A. Christian - Downingtown, PA

Fun, Yet Challenging


I’ve been training with Mike and Precision Kettlebells since he first started.  No two classes are the same – I don’t know how he does it!  Each session is fun, yet challenging, and as a result all of Mike’s clients are stronger, leaner, fit and happy!  I admire his patience and dedication and am grateful for his continued guidance in achieving my fitness goals.  Thanks Mike!

Marilyn P.- Devon, Pa

Dedicated to Strength

An instructor who truly shows the highest commitment to Kettlebell training and quality instruction. Mike's desire to strength conditioning is evident by his creative and challenging workouts. He keeps the classes fresh and is well aware of his client's 'make-up', thus knowing how to build strength safely and progressively, as well as knowing when to 'push the envelope' for a true gut-wrenching workout!
Andrea - Phoenixville, PA

Knowledgeable and Caring

Mike has been a great trainer. I would not have continued with the kettlebells if it had not been for Mike. He's been encouraging and motivating and always designs my workout exactly according to what I need. I'm older (age 62) and have not been working out at all so I do not have the strength and endurance of a younger, more fit person. But that did not matter to Mike. Because of his training and the special attention he gave to my condition I have experienced a vast improvement in my daily activities--no more pain in my knees, or hips, or shoulders. Thank you, Mike that's worth everything. Thank you for sharing your great knowledge of strength training with me and for your patience in leading me on at just the right pace with just the right exercises. Anyone who wants to learn to work out with kettlebells needs a trainer like Mike--you'll never do it by just watching the videos or reading a book.
Susan - West Chester, PA