Michael Thomas


Overcoming challenges and helping others is nothing new to Michael Thomas, owner of Columbia Life & Fitness Boot Camp; it is something he has been doing his entire life. He got his start motivating and helping friends reach their goals as a child and has followed this path ever since. In addition, Michael began his foray into business when he was in the sixth grade and became an entrepreneur for the first time. Since then, he has amassed more than 35 years of business experience, which he combines with his passion for public service.

Michael has continued to grow and learn throughout his career, and he brings this diverse experience and insight to his work at Columbia Life & Fitness Boot Camp. He is not only a United States Army Veteran, he has also worked as a Licensed Series 6 Financial Advisor, Juvenile Corrections Officer, Recreation Specialist, Youth Sunday School Leader, Battalion Chief at the Columbia Fire Department, and Personal Trainer. In addition, as a certified John Maxwell speaker, trainer, teacher, and coach, he combines his professional background with his personal experience in overcoming hardships as he guides others to living their best life.

Michael believes that tough times and failure are part of the success process, and that everyone has an area in life where they could benefit from a coach to provide support, accountability, and motivation to help them reach their best place. He draws from life lessons he has learned from great leaders and his own personal failures and successes – as well as more than 25 years of experience and training in public service – to offer powerful and liberating workshops.

He believes that stagnation causes misery, but growth is liberating. One of his favorite quotes is, “Everyone can do it when it is easy, but who can do it when it is hard?” Michael is proud to support people in improving multiple aspects of their lives through Columbia Life & Fitness Boot Camp.