Mike Mahler


For those of you that don't know who I am, I am a strength coach and freelance journalist. My articles have appeared in:

  • Testosterone Magazine
  • Ironman Magazine
  • Stay Fit Magazine
  • Intensity Magazine
  • Vegsource
  • The Code
  • Adcombat.com
  • And now Bodybuilding.com

I am also a certified Russian Kettlebell Challenge instructor and have been a strength athlete for over ten years. I also do kettlebell and bodyweight conditioning workshops for: athletes, law enforcement, the Military, Firefighters, and anyone else that wants to get in great shape. Right now I am focusing on the Mixed Martial Arts community and have worked with several fighters.


An Interview With Mike Mahler! - Check out this awesome interview with Mike Mahler, one of the top kettlebell instructors on the planet. Find out what he is up to, what is next and what he does at his workshops.

What I Do

I am available for workshops and personal training in the LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA area, as well as in the WASHINGTON, D.C./VIRGINIA area. In addition, I am available anywhere in the United States and overseas to do strength and conditioning workshops. I also design personalized nutrition and fitness programs online. If you would like more information on my workshops and programs, please e-mail me.

Santa Monica, CAVA
USA, 90403

To find out more about my latest news and upcoming workshops go to www.mikemahler.com.


  • My Journey In And Out Of Andropause!

    Back in 2000 I experienced many of the signs and symptoms of andropause, i.e., my sex drive was low; my mood was poor; my zeal for life was so non-existent ... Learn more.

  • Top Strength Coach Jon Hinds Discusses Incredible Training System!

    Recently I did an interview with Jon to learn more about his incredible training system and how he has produced such incredible results with his clients. Find out more.

  • 6 New Rules Of Effective Fat Loss - Plus: High Frequency Program!

    The common rules of fat loss are clearly not working as our nation gets fatter and fatter... It is time for the new rules of fat loss. Let's get started.

  • Strength World Record Holder John Brookfield Power Talk Interview!

    Battling Ropes Master & Guinness Book of World Record Holder John Brookfield discusses what records he holds, training philosophy and more. Check it out.

  • Power Talk With Top Martial Arts Strength Trainer Dylan Thomas!

    Martial arts strength trainer Dylan Thomas knows how to effectively combine kettlebells with weight training and martial arts ... Find out more.

  • Power Talk With Top Strength Coach Jason Dolby!

    Strength coach Jason Dolby explains how he uses Kettlebells to create the best athletic potential in everyone. Find out more from this power talk.

  • Strength Coach Mark Philippi Explains Benefits Of Strongman Training!

    Mark is an outstanding strength coach and has trained many athletes. Find out more about the great benefits of strongman training from this interview.

  • Top Kettlebell Instructor Ken Blackburn Discusses Unique Equipment!

    Top instructor & strength teacher Ken Blackburn has taught kettlebell training to many... Find out more about this unique equipment and sport.

  • Power Talk With Top Strength Coach Andrew Durniat!

    Andrew Durniat is an international kettlebell competitor and current American record holder for the single arm snatch. He explains how kettlebells have helped him to be successful and how they can do the same for anyone. Find out here.

  • 5x5 Kettlebell Training: Build Greater Size & Strength!

    5x5 training is a standard protocol that is also an effective way to pack on size and strength. Here are two detailed programs to gain mass!

  • Blast Your Mass With German Volume Kettlebell Training!

    I learned about German Volume Training (GVT) from top strength coach Poliquin. German athletes used this protocol to successfully add mass. Here is how it works … with Kettlebells! Try to build more mass.

  • Is Happiness Determined By Our Genetics?

    Research now confirms what common sense has always told us: Happy people live longer, enjoy healthier lives, achieve more success... Look deep to see if you are happy or not and learn what genetics have to do with it.

  • General Training For People Who Don't Care About Getting Big Or Ripped!

    A good training program will get you in shape so you have more energy for daily life and a higher threshold for stress. Learn more about training for general health with the following: training program, five pillars, and much more! Read on.

  • The Steve Reeves Solution For Size, Strength And Health!

    Reeves' Rules for Size, Strength And Health - In this article we're taking a closer look at the training philosophy of Steve Reeves and covering some sample training programs to get you into action. Let’s get started.

  • Is Kettlebell Training For You?

    It is time to train like a man again and get back in touch with visceral impulse that has been locked away for years. Find out here.

  • Advice Addicts: Which Type Are You?

    Advice is a funny thing: some people love being in the advice-receiving stage. They just can't get enough advice. There are several different categories for advice addicts. Read on to see what category you fall into!

  • Stay Sharp: Use Pressure To Be Successful!

    Many people try to avoid pressure, not realizing pressure is the thing that keeps you sharp and focused. Learn more as I share some personal experiences and tips on using pressure as a positive rather than a negative.

  • Combination Training For The Best Of Both Worlds - Adding Variety!

    There is no one best program, as no program will produce results forever. Eventually, you will adapt ... To make better progress here is what I propose: add some variety right off the bat with 5x5, 3x3, HIIT, sample regimen and more right here!

  • The Timing Is Never Perfect - Avoiding Procrastination.

    There's always an excuse to put off change and the timing excuse is one of the most effective forms of active procrastination. Learn why Timing is never Perfect and how to recognize when changes in life should be made.

  • Are You A Research Addict Or An Action Addict?

    While I'm a strong believer in the importance of massive action, this action without research will lead to disastrous consequences. Learn more about these two addicts, consequences of their actions, and suggestions on breaking out of the mold.

  • The Rounds Workout Solution For Muscular Endurance!

    Steve gave an example of doing kettlebell snatches. Since 15 reps is the goal, mentally the trainee will get tired the closer they get to 15 reps. Learn more and see an example workout program.

  • Six New Rules Of Fat Loss & HFT Programs That Will Bust Your @ss!

    Sick of boring fat loss programs that make you feel like an idiot? Does anyone really enjoy being on a treadmill or exercise bike? NO! Get 6 rules for fat loss and an intense training program for beginners through advanced right here.

  • My Philosophy: What It Takes To Be A Great Teacher!

    Being a teacher myself I know how intoxicating it can be to be in front of a room of students. While some enjoy having the power of that attention a great teacher learns to teach critical thinking, be humble, honest and more. Read on ...

  • Take The Sig Klein Clean And Press Challenge - Effective Workouts Incuded!

    What makes the Clean and Press so great? Execute heavy weights and low reps and the entire body will experience strength/endurance gains. Two proven clean and press plans (GTG and Density Training) are included!

  • Taming The Bulldog: A Step-By-Step Beginner Bulldog Workout.

    In this article I am going to take you step by step from basic beginner bulldog workouts to advanced bulldog workouts with one 88-pound bell. Learn more right now and start building up.

  • Are You Immune To Your Training Program? Try This 12-Week Training Program For Huge Gains!

    Don't let your body become immune to training like people become with advertising. Get a 12-week training program right here that will assure your routines never become ineffective? Check it out!

  • The Five Pillars Of Kettlebell Training!

    For most trainees, following a regimen with an emphasis on a few basic exercises is the way to go - although not long term. Here are five areas to focus on and three variations to increase balanced development.

  • Critical Factors For Program Success!

    One of the reasons why many generic programs do not work for individuals is that generic programs cannot take the individual into account. Get four steps right here to help you achieve your training success.

  • How To Design An Effective Personalized Program.

    Designing an effective personalized program is important for success, but for that to work you must deal with some key issues. Here I will talk a little about lifestyle, stress levels, sleeping habits and your physiology.

  • When Life Gets Stressful, Turn To Back-up Training Programs!

    When you finally make it back to training, all of the gains that you had made are gone. Even worse you are weaker than before ... Here is a 5x5 training program that you can use as a back-up when stress is high. Try it out!

  • Unleash The Power Of Heavy Kettlebell Training!

    Heavy kettlebell training is not just beneficial for size and strength, but for muscular endurance as well. This endurance with heavy kettlebells is more beneficial ... Learn more and see example exercises!

  • Training For Multiple Goals And Making It Work: Part 2.

    An achievement that revolves around the workouts is often the goal such as doing 20 kettlebell clean and presses ... let's take a look at a kettlebell program that covers all of the bases. Try it out!

  • Training For Multiple Goals And Making It Work!

    I am a strong believer you should only train for a few goals at a time. I've put together some different workouts for a trainee who wants to improve in several areas. Learn more about these routines for multiple goals.

  • 54321 - Shut Up And Start Training!

    Truth be told, the only time when trainees get bored with the basics is when they are not making progress. The 54321 program is just the ticket for a combination of basics and applying variety to keep things interesting. Try it now!

  • The 80/20 Rule For Incredible Strength Gains: Part 2.

    Last time we talked about the importance of focusing on exercises that provide the most bang for your buck. Here is another list I've put together another list of exercises that fall into the 20% Club. Learn more here and try them out!

  • The 80/20 Rule For Incredible Strength Gains: Part 1.

    The few exercises that are worth doing are the exercises that provide the most bang for your buck. I've put together the 80/20 rule here and listed some very effective exercises that some are afraid to try. Read on for more.

  • 3-5 Gradual High Volume Program For Incredible Gains In Size And Strength!

    When it comes to getting bigger and stronger, I love high volume training. However, high volume training is only effective when executed properly. I've put together a program that will not let you down. Check it out right here!

  • Getting In Shape For Great Sex!

    The way that you train to improve sex performance is similar to training for many sports. I'm going to give you four exercises that will improve your sexual fitness dramatically. Try them out if you dare.

  • 10 Reasons To Start The 3x3 Program!

    The 3x3 program allows you to focus on heavy weights and low reps. If you would like to learn more see the benefits below and try the sample routines included.

  • Strength Training That Actually Works For Surfing!

    Surfing and missing waves is about as fun as riding a moped. Here we will discuss strength and conditioning exercises that will help keep you from ending up dead in the water.

  • The End Of Painfully Boring Cardio Workouts.

    I am going to cover three highly effective fat loss programs in this article: PHA, HOC, and the Descending Sets Program. Beware - Some of these are not for the faint of heart. Try them out, your body will thank you.

  • Six Common Training Mistakes.

    Here are six common mistakes people make when training and why they are probably not making any gains even after training for a very long time. See if you are making these common errors.

  • A Master Swordsman's Advice For Productive Strength Training!

    In this article, I am going to quote some of Musashi's word's of wisdom and demonstrate clearly how they can be applied to enhancing your workouts and training goals. Read on for more ...

  • How To Structure A Kettlebell Workout For Size And Strength!

    One of the keys to designing an effective kettlebell program is to keep things simple. Learn more here and get some sample training programs that are sure to get you the size and strength you are looking for.

  • Maximizing Training With Heavy Duty GTG!

    I am going to go over how to modify Mike Mentzer's controversial 'Heavy Duty' program and mix it with two other controversial programs... The others are 'greasing the groove' and 'Conjugate Approach'. I will describe them here.

  • Rotation Training For Multiple Goals!

    One of the most common questions I get is how to train for strength, muscle gain, and fat loss at the same time. Well for those who really want to do that I have a program here that will do just that. Learn more ...

  • High Frequency Training: Avoid Overtraining!

    Tired of training programs that want you to avoid overtraining at all costs? Then maybe you should take a look at High Frequency Training!

  • The Compound Solution Program For Puny Arms!

    It is time to get back to the basics that will help you pack on some size including your arms. Here I am going to introduce to you seven super effective exercises that will get the job done.

  • Super Charging The 5x5 Program For Massive Gains In Size And Strength!

    People need to believe that existing training regimens really do work and that life does not have to be that complicated. Today I will share with you the tried and true 5x5 program. Yes it does work.

  • Condense Time And Get Bigger And Stronger Faster!

    In this article, I am going to reveal two training protocols that you can cycle between indefinitely to keep the gains coming fast and furiously! They are known as EDT and PTP. Read through here to see if they are for you.