Scott Groth is originally from Franklin, MA, and is a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer with a certification in plant-based nutrition through T Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies at Cornell University. Scott works full-time as a professional electrical engineer for the MIT Department of Facilities. He played a wide variety of sports including baseball, basketball, football, volleyball, and tennis. Scott has lifted weights since he was thirteen years old. He is also a member of New Hampshire’s AMC 4000 footers club. Scott has completed an unofficial marathon, multiple half-marathons, rides, relays, and two sprint triathlons. He wants to help people achieve their goals to live a healthier life, control their weight, be stronger, and perform better.
Growing up in Worcester, MA, Daniel’s passion for science and exercise began during his high school years. Daniel’s strong passion for the sciences led him to study microorganisms during college. After receiving both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in microbiology at UMass Amherst, he was met with debilitating health issues. Following proper treatment and surgery, he took a medical leave during his pursuit at Northeastern University’s Biotechnology Program due to post-surgery complications. He dedicated his time to researching a proper diet and maintaining physical activity to heal himself Daniel, in his words, says he: “made an oath to place my health as my top priority to make life possible again.” His experience has taught him how fitness on a holistic level has tremendous healing effects for body, mind and spirit! Ultimately, he decided to embark on his passion for fitness into a new career path of personal training seven years ago. Daniel continues to share his passion and knowledge of fitness with those who want to improve their health through exercise.
Blake has always lived and breathed sports and now is an accredited personal trainer with a focus on athletic performance. Living life experimenting with all types of sports: varsity soccer and cross country for school sports. He trained under renowned Masters of Taekwondo and ranked at elite levels of sparring nationally. During collegiate studying, Blake got very serious into ultimate frisbee as an outlet for his energy. Lab jobs just weren’t cutting it for this very energetic-guy, so he U-turned and really put his life towards helping individuals train their bodies while also educating on the topic of fitness and mechanics. Blake is now a coach for Northeastern Ultimate as well as Sharon High School Ultimate and works full time helping athletes and others achieve their long term and short term goals in an effective; yet extremely unique way.
Certification: ACE Certified Personal Trainer, American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, Heads up concussion certified (C.D.C.)
Alex is a current MIT student majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a Minor in Japanese. He is a Nigerian who grew up in Bournemouth, England. Alex is an athlete who has a background in a wide range of sports and is currently playing club rugby and soccer, both of which he has played for over 10 years. Track and field took up a lot of his time in high school, and his work led to him being able to represent his county. He has experience with body weight and outdoor training methods including a level 2 kettlebell and circuit training instructor certification.
Certifications: NASM, Kettlebell Instructing, Circuit Training
James is a personal trainer that works with both small groups and individuals, with a specialty in boxing. He is also a Group Exercise Instructor for MIT Recreation, teaching Bootcamp, Total Body Strength, and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). James first began boxing 8 years ago, and continues to find it to be an enjoyable, challenging, and highly effective form of fitness training. With the philosophy “You’re training for life”, James believes that being active daily will improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of disease and chronic pain. When the boxing gloves come off and the gym closes, James likes to unwind by watching action movies and TV shows.
Certification(s): AFAA; EMT
Ethan specializes in working with beginners and those working towards strength training or body composition goals. A recent American Academy of Personal Training Graduate, Ethan is excited to share his philosophy focused on “feeling comfortable and confident in yourself and ability to move through your daily life”. Before personal training, he was a soccer player for his Alma Mater, Lesley University where he studied Business Management. It was a career ending knee injury that helped Ethan realize his passion for fitness, health, and wellness.
Certification(s): NASM CPT, CPR/ AED, First Aid
Native to Massachusetts, Megan has been heavily involved in pursuing sports and training since a young age. Megan was able to continue those passions at Merrimack College where she had a career playing softball and studied exercise science. She has since redirected these passions towards coaching others, having previous experiences as a graduate assistant softball coach at Regis College then as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at UMass Lowell, and now currently the assistant softball coach here at MIT. Specializing in strength training/sport specific training, Megan has the ability to work with a diverse clientele to positively influence and meet your fitness goals. Her training philosophy will be individualized to you, while incorporating healthy movements and lots of fun!
Philippe is a certified personal trainer under the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He has always enjoyed sports and has rigorously practiced strength training and calisthenics for several years. He is currently studying International Business and entrepreneurship at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. Born and raised in Colombia, Philippe is also extremely passionate about scuba diving and freediving, he is a PADI certified open water diver. He’s decided to develop his career within the Fitness and Health industry because he believes that sports and exercise are crucial in developing a fulfilling life and help high performance individuals achieve their goals. Philippe’s goal as a personal trainer is to help his clients see what their bodies are capable of, and the benefits exercise has for their mind and self-esteem.
Certification(s): National Academy of Sports Medicine
Michael is originally from Ann Arbor, MI but grew up overseas, living in Japan and China before returning to the US for college. He is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley, where he studied biochemistry, bioengineering, and industrial engineering. During his time in Berkeley, Michael was part of the on-campus strength sports club and learned about powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting. He has competed at local, and state-wide powerlifting meets and is currently training to compete in Olympic weightlifting. He relocated to Cambridge to work as an automation scientist researching cell culture media in the cultured meat industry. After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in high school, Michael became passionate about health and decided to learn about human physiology to better understand his own body. He now hopes to share his knowledge to support individuals with their fitness endeavors.
Suzanne is a trainer whose philosophy is all about incremental changes to produce the desired result; you just need to take the first step. Inspired by movement at a young age, Suzanne has experimented with many forms of fitness including gymnastics, yoga, tai chi, belly dancing, hiking, running, obstacle course racing, and boxing. This list isn’t just impressive due to variety, but also because of what Suzanne has learned from it. She trains with a belief that movement is essential, both physically and emotionally, and that through practice one can discover that they capable of more they imagine just as she has. When she’s not helping others discover their own possibilities, Suzanne enjoys reading, thrift shopping, art fairs, museums, and even lends her hand at building houses in developing countries when she can.
Certification(s): NASM Certified Personal Trainer, American Red Cross Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
Teri is a graduate of the American Academy of Personal Training and is certified by The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Other certifications include, CPR-AED, First Aid, Mat Pilates, Schwinn Indoor Cycling Coach, and TRX. She is also a Group-X fitness instructor and is a member of the IDEA Health & Fitness Association. Her passion for fitness led her to pursue a career in fitness where she specializes in areas including functional fitness and strength training. She enjoys designing programs for those preparing for Tough Mudder and Spartan races. Teri’s goal is to help clients achieve their fitness goals and to improve their health and lifestyle.
Weight loss, nutrition, core and balance training are her bread and butter. Fen graduated from MIT in 2000 with her BS in Biology. Her resume includes experience in Personal Training, Group Exercise, Senior Fitness Instruction, BOSU Integrated Balance and Reactive Strength Training and basic running training. She became involved in fitness in order to help people prevent health problems and injuries, and because she loves physical activity. In her spare time, Fen likes to cook and watch action movies.
Certification(s): NASM Certified Personal Trainer; AFAA Primary Group Exercise Instructor; STOTT Pilates Matwork; ISCA Kickboxing; ARC First Aid; ARC CPR/AED
Rob is originally from Sussex County, New Jersey and moved to the Boston area after graduating from Lasell College in 2015. In addition to his Personal Training position, Rob is also an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at MIT, Strength Coach at Stack Velocity Sports Performance and Intern in Strength & Conditioning at Harvard University. His passion for athletic training began as early as 8 years old, when Rob began playing basketball. He has played competitively ever since, and now specializes in Olympic/Power Lifting, Functional Fitness and Sports Specific Training. Rob’s training philosophy consistently incorporates the training of movement patterns to effectively reach fitness goals.
Certification(s): NSCA-CSCS, NSCA-CPT, CPR/AED