Dr. Mike Clark, DPT


Dr. Mike Clark is the chief executive officer of the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Dr. Clark is the creator of NASM’s exclusive Optimum Performance Training™ (OPT) model which is used by 10's of thousands of health and fitness professionals with millions of clients worldwide. Since joining NASM, Dr. Clark’s innovation and leadership have redefined the organization as a global leader and authority in education for fitness, sports performance, and corrective exercise and was named the “Health and Fitness Visionary of the Year” by Men’s Health magazine.

Dr. Clark is a noted lecturer and author. He is consistently an invited lecturer at scientific conferences and he has authored 3 scientific textbooks, over 40 chapters, and multiple peer-reviewed scientific papers in the areas of sports medicine, sports performance, and fitness. Dr. Clark also has written 2 consumer books.

Academically, Dr. Clark has helped spearhead the development of several accredited online health science education programs, including a BS program, 2 Master's Degree Programs, and one Doctoral program.

Clinically, Dr. Mike Clark is recognized as one of the top Sports Medicine Professionals. He has also served as a sports medicine professional for 2 Olympic games. Finally, Dr. Mike Clark has served as a sports medicine specialist for numerous pro teams and his list of athlete-clients includes MVP’s, All-Stars and Champions from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS and the Olympics.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)--Rocky Mountain University
Master of Science (MS)—University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Bachelors of Science (BS)—University of Wisconsin LaCrosse



  • Founder & CEO: Fusionetics: Founder: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)


  • Milton, GA


  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Technically, no, but I suggest that you incorporate resistance training into your weight-loss strategy. If you can create an energy deficit (more energy out, less energy in), then you will lose weight. However, if you want to lose that weight more quickly and efficiently, and keep it off longer,...Read More
  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Sets are a complete round of repetitions. Once you have completed the recommended amount of repetitions for each exercise, you will have completed a set. For example, twelve repetitions of a chest-press motion equal one set. Read More
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  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Watch my video to learn about fat burning methods for real fat loss! 

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  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    A calorie deficit is the difference between the calories you consume (food, drinks) and the calories that you burn (during activity, and during exercise). To lose 1 pound you need to have a 3500 calorie deficit (500 calories/day less consumption than you burn). Read More
  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    When you bend forward at your waist, and keep your knees straight, you put tremendous stress on the muscles, nerves, joints, and ligaments in your low back. To decrease the pain in your low back when you bend forward, pull your belly button in towards your spine (this activates the muscles the help support your...Read More
  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Exercising in extreme cold weather is acceptable given the proper precautions, attire and preparations. However, research in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology has shown that extreme cold temperatures lower the ischemic threshold in patients with Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).  Clients with CAD,...Read More
  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Good balance is essential to a solid fitness routine. Besides, balance training is by far one of the best ways to tone your hip and thigh muscles. It is also a great functional exercise because as we get older, we tend to lose our balance, which makes us prone to dangerous and debilitating falls....Read More
  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    The human brain is responsible for roughly 20% of our total calories burned each day, which is pretty amazing when you think about it! To put this in perspective, if your total calorie burn for the day is 2000, then approximately 400 of those calories burned will be from brain activity. Research...Read More
  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    The deltoid muscle, surrounding the shoulder, runs from the insertion of the trapezius, part of the clavicle and a portion of the scapula to the top of the upper arm (humerus). It helps flex and extend the shoulder, internally and externally rotate the shoulder, and bring the arms to the front and...Read More
  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    The important element of your success has been, and always will be, your mindset. The power of your thought drives every action, reaction, commitment and ultimately success you have in your life. Your mindset will get you moving and keep you moving! Make a decision and move. Focus on the real reason “why” you are starting your fitness program....Read More
  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    The stabilizers are responsible for keeping the spine and pelvis stable, decreasing the chance for problems such as low back pain, disc herniation, or sciatic nerve impingement. In fact, research has found that individuals with low back pain (roughly eighty-five percent of American adults) have d...Read More
  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Maybe resistance training will make your body big and bulky, but only if your genetics call for it, and usually only if you are a male. Men have a high level of the hormone testosterone, which creates large muscle growth. In contrast, women have low levels of testosterone and high levels of estrogen....Read More
  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Strength Training is a very important part of your healthy living plan. 

    Here are some basic tips to get started:
    1. Start slow
    2. Perform a total body exercise routine incorporating 1 exercise/bodypart 2-3x/week
        a. Chest, back, shoulders, legs, arms, abdominals, low back
        b. Perform...Read More
  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    Crunches are a great exercise, and if you are looking to strengthen your abdominals, they are one of the best. But, when it comes to ab exercises the best choices for you depend on the goals of your training program. Looking for a six-pack? If you are looking for well-defined and toned abdominals,...Read More
  • Dr. Mike Clark, DPT - Milton, GA - Fitness
    For general health, the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) recommends a total of thirty minutes per day for cardio training. You can break this amount into different intervals, such as six five-minute bouts, three ten-minute bouts, or two fifteen-minute bouts (any combination that will equal...Read More