“Coach Donato does a tremendous job working with athletes of all ages. His knowledge and ability to break things down for all ability levels is second to none. Our basketball players at RBHS have made outstanding gains in strength and overall athleticism since working with coach Donato. We are very lucky to have him involved in our program.”
— MIKE REINGRUBER HEAD BASKETBALL COACH, RIVERSIDE BROOKFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
“If you are looking for a positive, healthy environment for you children (boys and girls) then you need to send them to Donato Sports Performance, which is run by Mike Donato. I cannot say enough good things about Mike and his program. The knowledge of fitness and the human body that Mike possesses is cutting edge which makes me very confident that he knows exactly how to get the most out of my child using a very safe and productive process. My son Jake loves to the atmosphere and exercises as he is seeing the results in his athletic performance on the field and court.”
— JULIE AND PAT, PARENTS
“As parents, we always want what’s best for our children. When our son, J.J. McCarthy, was in fifth grade, he had dreams of being a professional football and hockey player. At a young age, he knew the only way he could achieve his dreams was to get good grades and train harder than everyone else. My wife Megan and I sought out a mentor that would not only train our son’s core, speed & strength, but also train his mind. This is when we found Mike Donato, founder of Donato Sports Performance, and Mike has been an amazing influence in J.J.’s life ever since.
Being a D1 quarterback and a professional player after college himself, we knew this would be a great fit for our son as he was determined to be a quarterback. Mike’s personal experience has helped J.J. develop and grow in the quarterback position, but he also has helped JJ learn how to push himself beyond his comfort zone, both physically and mentally. We have seen J.J. grow exponentially in his physical abilities as well as his mental toughness. Even on hot summer days or after a long day at school, J.J. has never hesitated to go to work with Mike. Mike has shaped J.J.’s passion to train hard and better himself every day. And Mike is always there for J.J. when he needs advice or someone else to talk to after a game. We truly appreciate what Mike Donato has done for our son.
Donato Sports Performance continues to be a huge factor in helping our son work towards his goals. J.J. is the first one to say he never would have received a D1 scholarship offer or had the ability to play AAA Hockey prior to his high school career if it wasn’t for Mike.
I would recommend Mike Donato for any type of sport or training regimen that your child needs. Mike is the best at delivering the message in a way that kids respect and understand. He has a gift for helping kids understand how to challenge themselves and push themselves beyond their comfort zone. Megan and I are so thankful to have found Donato Sports Performance for our son.”
— MEGAN AND JIM, PARENTS
“We signed up our son to help him train for football last November. The attentiveness, encouragement, and knowledge that Mike brought to these training sessions have been invaluable! He listens carefully and customizes a program to fit each athlete’s needs. Our son has made great improvements on his fitness and nutrition because of Mike’s guidance and Bryan can’t wait to start training again once his season is over.”
— TAMMY, PARENT
“Though the physical gains from Donato Sports Performance could never be replaced, the mental aspect is even more important. The interaction between Mike and the athletes he trains is something that is truly unique. Mike Donato became a role model to me. He always said that the stuff we learn and go through during competition is so much more important off the field than on the field. Mike stressed the importance of leadership, perseverance, hard work, and believing in oneself; attributes that are not only important during football but also important in life. I took everything I learned from Mike during workouts and translated that into how I live my life. As I do homework and study for tests, I could not help but think of how Mike always stressed attention to detail and the importance of doing a job right. I could not help but finish all of my work even if I didn’t want to. Constantly I think to myself, “what would Mike say if he saw me right now?” Regardless of whether I am working out by myself or studying for school, I never can accept defeat. I cannot just give up or slack off on a few reps during a workout. I cannot just put off homework or study haphazardly. Thinking back on all of the different workouts with Mike that I genuinely thought I could never do, accepting mediocrity was not an option anymore. It gave me a competitive drive that I take to my life in general, not just working out. I view studying and doing the right thing just as I viewed workouts with Mike.
I do not think anyone could comprehend what I truly mean until he/she meets and works with Mike Donato. Not only does he push you to your limits and help you succeed, he does so with a genuine, carrying attitude. Yes, his workouts are extremely tough and at some points just downright cruel, but he always justifies why he is making us do the things we do. He talks about how running that extra sprint, or finishing that workout on a day when you are tired directly translates to how one lives his/her life. He teaches us never to give up or accept defeat in any facet of life. All in all, Mike proved to be much more than your typical “trainer”. He not only made me into a better athlete, he helped me become better person too.”
— VINCE, CLIENT