Mike Caza is recognized as a leader in the field of Strength & Conditioning, Functional training and general fitness. He currently spends his time teaching, training and managing Premier. Prior to starting Premier Fitness & Performance, Mike was an Olympic level track athlete having competed in the 1996 & 2000 Olympic trials and across the world on 4 different continents in various international competitions where he gained invaluable experience. From 1994-98, Mike was mentored by Dan Pfaff who was mentored by Tom Tellez both of whom have produced the fastest athletes in the world including Olympic champions Donovan Bailey and Carl Lewis. While at Kent State, Mike graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and went on to become Male Athlete of the Year in 1998, earned All-American status in 1997 and was inducted into the KSU Hall of Fame in 2017. Mike has worked with athletes from the NFL, MLS, MLB, NHL, IBL and at the youth, middle school, high school and collegiate level from virtually every school and sport in Northeast Ohio.
In 2004, Mike realized he had acquired invaluable knowedge and founded Premier Fitness & Performance to help both athletes and adults learn proper training methods to perform at their best. Today, PFP has become one of the top training facilties in the Midwest and has been influential in the development of thousands of individuals.
Mike has been a featured speaker for USA Hockey and at numerous Strength & Conditioning events and to many local businesses in the areas of Functional training, Sport Specific Conditioning and General Fitness training. Mike has written articles for Men’s Health, Volleyball Magazine and Women’s Basketball to name a few. Mike enjoys reading, golfing and spending time with his wife Kerry and their twins Madison and Michael.
Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Ohio University in December 2019. Tom has worked as a personal trainer since 2018 and is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine. Prior to joining the PFP staff, he served as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach for Woodridge High School and volunteered in the physical therapy department at Ohio Health O’Bleness Hospital in Athens, Ohio. In 2020, Tom was promoted to Lead Adult fitness coach where he oversaw the design and delivery of PFP’s Adult fitness programs and in Fall 2021 was promoted to Head coach where he leads the PFP team and oversees the daily operations of both the Sports Performance and Adult fitness programs.
Sean graduated from the Ohio State University with a BS in Exercise Science and is working on his Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Cleveland State University. Sean worked as an undergraduate research assistant for the Exercise and Behavioral Medicine Laboratory at OSU. Sean completed Premier’s internship program in the Summer of 2020 and was hired on as a Performance Coach in the Winter of 2020. Along with pursuing his Master’s degree, Sean plans on becoming an NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Sean enjoys weightlifting, playing sports and rooting for all Cleveland sports teams.
Josie, a Cincinnati native is a current student at John Carroll University with plans to finish her degree in Exercise Science in January of 2022. She is also currently working towards earning her Strength and Conditioning Certification through NSCA. Josie is also an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Independence High School. She has completed an internship at Archbishop Hoban High School as a strength and conditioning coach. With a background in softball and basketball, Josie had a passion for all things health and fitness.
Sean graduated with honors from Kent State University where he earned his BS in Physical Education and Sports Performance with a minor in Athletic Coaching. Sean completed an internship at PFP in Fall 2020 and was hired on as a Performance Coach after completion of his internship. Sean is currently working towards certifications in Sports Performance and Personal training. Sean enjoys weightlifting, nutrition, watching sports and training clients at Premier.
Adult Fitness Coach
Lisa has been a resident of Twinsburg for 32 years. She has reinvented herself to become a fitness instructor after retiring from teaching elementary school at the Solon City Schools. Along with going through PFP’s intense fitness orientation, Lisa received her fitness training certification from the Athletics and Fitness Association of America. Lisa also taught aerobics and cardio strength classes during her earlier years in teaching. Both of Lisa’s son’s also trained in Premier’s sports performance program when they were in high school. Lisa brings a wide array of experience and is excited to be making an impact on the lives of PFP clients!