December 20, 2014

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Brunswick personal trainer getting a movie workout

Mike Karban, a personal trainer at the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center, will be on the sets of "Draft Day" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" this spring in Cleveland. (LOREN GENSON / GAZETTE)

Mike Karban won’t have to stretch as an actor when filming begins for “Draft Day” next month in Cleveland. Karban will portray a trainer for the Cleveland Browns in the movie, which stars Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner.

“It shouldn’t be too hard for me,” Karban joked.

That’s because Karban, 30, is a personal trainer at the Brunswick Community Recreation and Fitness Center.

His business, Totally Toned Personal Training, includes working one-on-one with clients throughout the Greater Cleveland area, and he’s responsible for scheduling all the training and aerobics programs at the recreation center.

Karban also has developed more than 90 workout routines for Brunswick Area Television. The routines are designed for seniors to be able to complete at home or at the gym.

“Going into the BAT studio gives me the opportunity to focus specifically on routines and activities for seniors,” he said.

“Draft Day” won’t be Karban’s first time on the silver screen. He worked as an extra on “The Avengers,” shot in downtown Cleveland in 2011. He’ll get to see one of The Avengers in action again. He’s also been selected to be an extra in the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” also to be filmed in Cleveland.

It stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson.

“It’s just a lot of fun. You get to be on set. It’s great,” Karban said.

In “The Avengers,” Karban played a banker and said you can spot his bald head.

“You can actually see me in a couple of the scenes,” he said. The scenes where he’s visible in a pink dress shirt and black dress pants are near the beginning of the film.

Karban auditioned for a speaking role in “Winter Soldier,” but said he will be happy just to be on the set.

“It’d be great to get a speaking role, but just being in the background is amazing,” he said.

Karban also owns Break Out Fitness at Euclid Hospital, where he focuses on working with people with disabilities and those over 50 who need an individual workout after physical therapy ends.

“It’s a lot like physical therapy, and they can still feel like they’re progressing without paying an arm and leg for it,” he said.

Working with seniors, disabled individuals and those recovering from surgery is inspiring, he said.

“We have people who have had a stroke, or they suffer from Parkinson’s disease, and they come in with such a spring in their step, and they work so hard.

“It’s motivating to just be around that,” he said.

Karban is set to start filming “Draft Day” and “Winter Soldier” in May. Both are scheduled to be released in 2014.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.