Small group training at AG is similar to our one-on-one model, except of course you have the pleasure of working with several other of your close friends, family, coworkers, or the opportunity to work alongside a new workout partner!
At the onset of small group training, an individual meeting is set up with each of the group members to establish goals and desires and to take an inventory of health history. From that initial meeting with each of the group training participants, we draw parallels through each member's goals and desires, taking into account each participant's health history. We use the information gathered in the meeting to customize a training program that will fit the needs and desires of the group as a whole.
One of the most common questions we get asked is "what if my fitness level is not the same as everyone else's in the group?" or, "What if I'm not working hard enough?". These are excellent questions that can be summed up with the following: Our small group training is set up so each individual will be able to work out at a pace that is comfortable and appropriate for them, without having an impact on anyone else. While participants will be encouraged to push themselves, careful consideration is always given to make sure everyone is staying within their thresholds.
Each small group personal training session is always dependent upon how each client feels prior to and during the session. In other words, clients are not made to fit a specific training session just because that is what the trainer came in to work on for that day; on the contrary, the trainer always adapts the session to how the clients are feeling on that specific day. We feel that this is crucial to the health and longevity of the group in terms of avoiding burn out, addressing the body as not just a physical entity, but also including the mind and the spirit of the person as well. On the same hand, if one person in the group had a bad day, and they might benefit from a "restorative" session, but the other members in the group are ready to train hard, then the session for that day will be adapted to the circumstances of the members of the group that fulfills everyone’s needs.
This is a relatively more cost appropriate option for individuals who still desire high-quality coaching and feedback on exercise techniques while burning fat and building muscle alongside friends, family, or co-workers. Limit of 4 participants/group.
Small group training participants can expect to work with all of the same equipment that is available with one on one training:
- TrueStretch stretching cage
- Resistance bands
- Cable pulleys
- TRX Suspension Trainers
Meet Michael Groth, M.Ed., CSCS, CES
Mike Groth, has been a practicing certified personal trainer since 2007, and a Movement Specialist Fellow through the Gray Institute Fellowship of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) since 2016. He is also certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach, as well as a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Corrective Exercise Specialist. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science from the University of Maine in 2008, as well as a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from the University of Texas Graduate in 2010.
Mike has an excellent ability to motivate, communicate, and relate on a personal level with clients/athletes, as well as the ability to excel at comprehending and applying new knowledge in the allied health profession. Individuals seeking improved health and fitness through personal training are too often disappointed by the overly-simplistic program design and the limited education and experience level of personal trainers in the industry today. One of Mike’s fundamental beliefs is that every training session must be approached with the focus revolving around education to the client on how to exercise congruently with individual goals, be it fat loss, correcting posture and movement, or strength training, as well as to debunk myths portrayed by the mass media about fitness and health.