Advanced Personal Training in Chico CA

"I routinely train ages 7 to 70 years old, special needs clients, male or female, and I successfully help to rehabilitate people recovering from injury and surgeries.  I’ve helped, including but not limited to, back, shoulder, frozen joints, and neck injuries – as well as knee, hip, and abdominal surgery recovery."

- Mike Headley - North State Barbell Club

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Strength training is also known as resistance training and it is a vital component of overall health. The basic principles of strength training involve contracting the muscles under heavy resistance and returning to the start position for several repetitions until failure. This process creates microscopic tears in the muscle fibers. As the body repairs itself, it fills these gaps between the tears with new muscle tissue resulting in increased muscle mass and strength.

Although most think of weight lifting when they think of strength training, this is not the only way to build muscle mass and improve strength, you can also use your own body mass, resistance bands and cable machines to name a few. Not only does strength training increase muscle mass but it also increases endurance and flexibility.

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Strength training not only increases muscle mass and tone, but it may enhance your quality of life and improve your ability to do everyday activities.

  • Resistance training builds muscle which protects and supports joints. Building muscle also can contribute to better balance and may reduce your risk of falls. This can help you maintain independence as you age.
  • Increasing your muscle mass also increases your metabolism resulting in an increase in calories burned and reduced body fat. In 24 hours, one pound of muscle will burn approximately 96 extra calories in comparison to fat tissue.
  • Strength training can lead to improved blood flow, lowered “bad” cholesterol, increased “good” cholesterol and it helps the body use insulin more efficiently.
  • Bone mass generally decreases as we age leading to osteopenia and osteoporosis which significantly increases the risk of fractures. Strength training will slow bone loss and actually build stronger bones.
  • Strength training can improve your overall mental health, increase cognitive function and improve sleep quality.

It’s never too late to build muscle and strength. You can build muscle no matter your age.  A proven strength training program for building muscle after 50 is to lift two or three days per week, doing 10 sets per muscle and week, with about 8–15 reps per set.  Eat a healthy high-protein diet. A protein supplement can help you increase your protein intake if you don’t get enough from your regular meals. Other helpful supplements include creatine, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D.

Building muscle after 50 is not only important for a great-looking physique, it’s also essential if you look forward to a long life of healthy aging in a strong body.

Contrary to popular belief, age is not an obstacle to gaining muscle. Strength training is both effective and safe for older adults.

Effective Small Group Weight Training

I safely train members from 7 to 70 years old including those with special needs.  I also train for recovery or rehabilitation from injuries such as back, shoulder, frozen joints, and neck trauma.  Likewise, I aid with rehab for knees, hips, and abdominal surgery recovery.

Most importantly, we train every day people who just want to get stronger and increase their physical capacities to improve their quality of life!


Proven & Time-Tested Personal Training

Year after year we’re Chico’s strongest gym and my personal training is 100% affordable.  What’s strong for other gyms is average here!  Hard, safe, and performance driven training. Our members will tell you “it’s a closely knit family and very supportive.”

At North State Barbell Club, we’re not trying to make you skinny – we’re trying to make you a formidable human being and a stronger version of you!


Specialized and Advanced Personal Training

For those members that like to push themselves, my powerlifting team has won over 20 state records, a dozen national records, and even a few world records.  Many of these advanced competitors are female and/or master lifters (over 40 years of age).

We also have a competitive and local Chico area cycling team that trains here as well as a combat athlete crew consisting of grapplers, kick boxers, and wrestlers.


Owner: Michael Headley

My training is 100% customizable to your specific training needs.  It doesn’t matter how strong you are or what kind of physical condition you are in when you show up for your first day of training.  As a master and experienced personal trainer – I know how to dive in and begin your training at precisely a level that is tailored to you.

Let’s talk about your fitness.

(530) 203-5787

North State Barbell Club, Chico CA

Have you previously joined a new gym and felt all alone or like you didn’t quite know where to start?  One thing that you’ll hear time and time again from our loyal members is that they each feel like they’ve found a home, like-minded people, good friends, and that they have the full support and encouragement of other gym members.

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Chico's 1st Responders Train Here

I’m extremely proud of the fact (and it says a lot about North State Barbell Club) that many local First Responders rely on us for their personal strength training.  Our growing gym is trusted by members of local SWAT, Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Technicians.  If they trust my personal training – then you can, too.

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"Best gym in Chico!! Whether you're into strength sports, bodybuilding, or just want to get in shape, North State Barbell has more specialty equipment than any other gym in the area, and Michael has decades of coaching experience. Come check it out, you won't regret it!"  - Cole James, Google

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