Attainable Growth, LLC

Austin, TX

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

Many people understand traditional weight training techniques. However, many more are unfamiliar with how to implement exercises that would specifically target what the individual is trying to improve. What makes me different from other trainers lies in my integrated, multi-faceted approach that enables you to achieve your goals in the most effective and efficient way. I implement training progressions and techniques used by the top fitness professionals in the field. And, its these efficient and effective training techniques that have helped clients lose 6% body fat and 17 lbs in 8 weeks, drop 3 dress sizes in 5 weeks, and completely eliminate shoulder, knee, or low back pain.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

At home personal training allows me to engage my true passion, which is empowering individuals struggling with the common weight gain, and individuals with chronic muscle and joint pain that comes with adulthood and lifestyle changes.
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Location

Austin, TX 78723

Background check

Complete

Years in business

7

Reviews

10 Reviews
  • Karen L. Jan 5, 2012
    I have been working out with Mike for a year now and I love my new body! I get a lot of one-on-one attention even when I am in his fit camps with several people. He knows what he is talking about! I have had trouble with my knee do to years of sports and he has helped me find exercises to work on at home. I have to say Attainable Growth has change my life! The work outs got me eatting better which now has gotten me fit! My fit life has now has given me more energy at work and at home! I would recommend this to anyone no matter your shape or size! I proof it works!
  • Jon R. Jun 21, 2011
    My name is Jonathan Rogers; I am 25, and a former Marine. I have a fairly decent grasp on working out and have done so for 5-6 years now. I play hockey multiple times a week and I wanted to increase my ability to perform, so I went to Mike. I asked for him to develop a training program that focused on power, speed, and agility. Mike quickly hooked me up with an 8 week program. Needless to say it kicked my ass. Mike gave me movements that were unique and fun to perform. Sets, reps, and weight changed each week so it never became mundane. Mike was there throughout the entire process checking in on me to make sure the long distance program was going well and that I understood all of the movements. With the workout came numerous online videos that demonstrated proper movement to maximize effectiveness and safety. Mike offered to review my workouts via video and answered any question I had immediately. In addition to all of this is Mikes website: http://attainablegrowth.com/. The website is incredible. It is easy to read, especially with Mikes humor, and filled with new endless knowledge. I am frequently a reader, check it out, you will be to. The result of Mikes regiment was outstanding; I have never felt better on the ice. My shot felt harder, my skating ability went up significantly, I had more energy throughout games, could battle in the corners with better results, and had an increase in confidence. Mike, without a doubt, can meet all of your training needs, just like he did for me
  • CamilleD M. May 30, 2011
    I highly recommend Mike Groth as a personal trainer. I injured my left hip a little over a year ago. After I was cleared by my physician and completed all my insurance allowed physical therapy sessions I began training sessions with Mike. Mike was experienced working with athletes with injuries since he did his University of Texas Masters Degree internship as a trainer for the UT men's and women's basketball teams. I am gaining strength and mobility in that left hip by exercising using the tailored workouts Mike designed for me. Additionally, I travel a lot with my work and a regularly scheduled time each week is not always possible. Mike works with me and my scheduling assistant to find times for my workout. Mike comes to my home and brings all the necessary equipment for the session. The convenience of being at home, where I can work until just before the session and then shower and head to the next business meeting is awesome. Mike can design and conduct individual or group sessions to meet your needs. Try him out and see what you think!
  • Dan A. May 12, 2011
    I came to Michael to learn how to workout again and to gain flexibility with the added benefit of losing some weight, however I must say that the weight loss was secondary to my goal of learning. As a former college athlete, now in my 50's, I realized that much had changed both in my abilities (strength etc.) and the methods used for training. I had been working on my own using a popular program (P90X) for about 6 months and while my conditioning improved I was not reaching my goals in flexibility. After 3 months of working with Michael I reached both my goal in flexibility and knowledge. Michael was patient and thorough in his explanations with the kind of demonstration and attention to detail that made the customized workout perfect for me. I easily and joyful recommend Michael Groth to anyone that desires to see results and gain the knowledge of those lifestyle changes necessary to hold on to a healthy and active life.
  • Chad P. Apr 23, 2011
    I have been involved in basketball for a little over 10 years now. I have been looking for ways to improve my game since I first began playing. For the past 6 years I have been trying different methods to increase my athleticism in order to further accelerate my game. I tried numerous online jump programs that claimed they could provide amazing results. I spent hundreds of dollars and tons of my time and energy on these so-called top of the line programs. These programs that lasted from 16 weeks and some up to a year long. I saw amazing results in my muscle mass, strength, and power. Even though I was making gains here and there in vertical leap and speed, I felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere near the results promised. I have been training for the past two years so that I could try out for an ABA team, with the hopes of one day playing for a professional team. I tried some local professionals who were known for training athletes of all levels in a dynamic yet effective training setting. The training was in a small group and it was like nothing I had ever done before. I felt the classes were great for overall athleticism, but didn’t really cater to my basketball needs. The training was kind of expensive and I was forced to discontinue their services after a couple of months. A friend of mine recommended Mike and said that he had worked with the University of Texas basketball team for a number of years and really knew his stuff. After meeting with Mike I could tell by his knowledge, enthusiasm, and attention to detail, that he could give me the training I needed to get to the next level. I was looking to focus my workouts around basketball specific training. I wanted to improve my movement efficiency, agility, court speed, court strength, and explosiveness. Mike gave me a workout that included the type of dynamic training that would transfer over to the basketball court. A combination of power movements, core training, agility and mobility drills, and some on court ball handling drills were all incorporated into my workout. After showing me how to perform each lift and drill properly while allowing me to ask as many questions as needed, I completed the first part of the program in four weeks. I was able to noticeable improvement in my movements on the court, after just a few weeks. I was shocked that I was able to actually notice a difference in improvement after a few weeks, after seeing very few results from years of training. Every four weeks I would meet with Mike to assess my improvement and add new drills in order to provide more advanced drills to accommodate my improvements. I have never worked with a trainer as thorough and detail oriented as Mike. After just a few months of using his custom made program I am significantly more efficient than I have ever been. I was known for having really good athleticism, but now I am freak. Before I started the program I couldn’t perform close to my peak level of ability for very long. I had a few bursts in me and then I was too tired to run as fast or jump as high. Now I am able to tap into my max potential more frequently, and for longer durations. I’m super excited to know that this is only the beginning. I can’t wait to see where I am after a few more months. The training has given me amazing results. To give you an idea of my improvement, I am 6’1” and I could dunk pretty easily before my training. I just found out yesterday that I could bump my head on the rim! The results surprise me, and I am the one doing the training. I just never know what to expect.
  • Kathy M. Apr 15, 2011
    A few years ago I fell while hiking with my dogs in the greenbelt, and I have been struggling with knee pain ever since. Since my injury did not require surgery, I went through physical therapy for about 8 weeks following the accident. My knee got a little better, but it seemed like it flared up all the time since I had no strength left in it, which caused me to re-injure it on regular basis. I also tried acupuncture for a few years, but it didn't fix the problem even though it helped with some of the swelling. I started training with Mike several months ago because I wanted to start working out again and I felt that I needed the motivation from a trainer. When I told Mike about my knee and my chronic back pain, he came up with workouts that would strengthen my core and focus on the weak areas of my body. I am so pleased that today my knee is stronger than it has been in years, and it is completely free of pain. My back pain is now minimal, and we are continuing to work on it. I am so impressed with Mike's knowledge and the way that he addressed my particular needs. I feel confident that Mike will get me to where I am completely pain free and stronger than ever. It has been a pleasure to work with Mike, and I love the convenience of having a trainer who comes to my home!
  • Cindy M. Mar 26, 2011
    I strongly recommend Mike Groth as a personal trainer. I had some severe neck pain due to bulging spinal discs and chronic muscle tension and Mike put together a series of exercises that helped me out tremendously. He is clearly a very intelligent man who knows what he's doing. He's enthusiastic and very motivated to help you with your individual needs. A++
  • Molly P. Jan 21, 2011
    I won't lie, Mike's my boyfriend, but he is a wonderful trainer and person in general. By just giving me a weekly workout and showing me how to execute the movements, Mike helped me lose around 15 pounds of fat in a couple of months, all while toning and gaining the muscle I longed for. He's a great motivator and truly cares about his clients, so much that he will continually check up on those he has not spoken to in a while, just to make sure they are staying on the right path. He can also provide group trainings at a great rate, which tons of my friends are now involved in. Mike's a sweetheart with a truly wonderful talent that will be noticed in your first session.
  • Lesley B. Jan 10, 2011
    Mike Groth is an amazing trainer. Not only does he help you reach your goal, but he teaches you knowledge that will help you continue a healthy lifestyle. He knows how to push you to work hard. I love working out with Mike.
  • Karah D. Jan 6, 2011
    My goal when I met Mike was to fit back into my "skinny" jeans, post pregnancy (after gaining more than 50 pounds). Through Mike's guidance I've achieved my goal, and so much more. I feel stronger, and my body is more toned than ever. I have more energy, and sleep better. Mike's home visits are ideal for mommies. We schedule our workouts while my baby naps. It's just perfect! Here are my numbers: I'm 33 years old, 5ft. 7in. We began working out together 3 months post-pregnancy. Within 12 weeks, I lost 20 pounds (144 lbs down to 124 lbs) and 4 jeans sizes (size 30 down to a 26). I still enjoy eating out and wine, and I'm never hungry. I am grateful beyond measure! If you are ready to meet your goals, I know just the person to help you achieve them. Call Mike...you have nothing to lose. :)

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Pricing Options: • (In-studio)- $40/30min; $60/45min; $80/hour • (Travel)- $100/45min; $120/hour *Price based on travel to the Downtown area • Small group- Price varies based on duration & number of participants • Skype- $30/30min; $40/45min; $60/hour
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When I'm working with a client, the most important thing that I want the client to realize is that fitness is only one aspect of overall health. While it is an important one, too often individuals ignore or don't give much attention to other vital aspects of health that tend to be the primary drivers behind why they cannot achieve their result. Before the onset of training with a new client, I take an extensive inventory of the health history of the client, going over all musculoskeletal, hormonal, neuromuscular, and digestive issues that have been/are currently present. We take a look at nutrition and sleep habits, movement habits, and relationships that are in the clients life. From there, we go over an initial movement screen, looking at the strength and mobility at each segment of the body, from the toes to the nose. Current research is very clear that the body operates in a chain reaction. With this in mind, it necessitates the need to assess the ENTIRE body for assymetries and muscle weaknesses. The outcomes of the movement screen provides the blue print for the program design of the client, blending the wants of the client with the needs of their body, with the health and well being of the client always at the forefront.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have 10 years of in the trenches experience working with clients. In addition, I graduated from the University of Texas Masters program in Kinesiology. During this time, I had the good fortune of working with the UT Men's and Women's Basketball program for 2 years. After getting my Masters, I became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the NASM, PTA Global Certification and Advanced Certification back in 2011 and 2012. More recently, I have become very interested with Chain Reaction Biomechanics and the principles, strategies, and techniques of the Gray Institute. I became Certified in Applied Functional Science, and then, a Fellow of Applied Functional Science through a 40 week mentorship program. At the conclusion of this mentorship, I also became certified in Functional Manual Reaction. Being certified in FMR allows me the ability to use hands-on technique to achieve the right muscle motion and joint reactions that are authentic to the human, to help clients get out of pain, move better, and perform better.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I was in high school, I always was fond of the idea of taking an individual through a complete transformation of mind body and spirit. Too often, individuals get caught up in the "more is better" mentality when it comes to their health... I need to cut more calories, I need to exercise more intensely... etc. All the while, not giving any attention at all to the spirit of the individual, the movement quality of the individual, the quality of nutrients the individual is consuming, the quality of sleep they are having, the relationships the individual actually has in their life.... all of these other factors play a tremendous role in goal achievement. I take pride in going into more depth with these factors and show individuals if, where, and how they are lacking in their life.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've had the pleasure of working with collegiate and professional athletes, stay at home moms, business executives, doctors, lawyers, high school athletes, elderly clientele, and even elementary and middle school aged kids.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A client of mine who I've been working with for quite some time had an mcl tear as a result of an accident that happened while he was wake surfing. He ended up getting surgery, had less than stellar rehabilitation with a physical therapist, and came back to work with me being 3 months behind on his post-operative rehabilitation. Through careful assessment, appropriate exercise selection and progression, testing and retesting functional performance, we were able to get him back to very close to 100%. He now enjoys cutting, jumping, running, playing vigorous tennis, and regular lower body strength training sessions to maintain good strength in the joint and the surrounding musculature.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I always tell prospective clients the following when it comes to selecting someone to guide you in your health and fitness endeavors: - Look for at least a bachelors degree in a related field... Kinesiology, Teaching and Coaching, Nutrition, Exercise Science, etc. If they don't have this, then they absolutely must have a handful of certifications that are up to date. Look for the big 3: ACSM, NASM, NSCA. These are the industry standards. These are the bare basics of personal training education and certifications. - look for satisfied customers. What are their clients saying about them? How long have they been working together? High retention rate = satisfied customers. If you see trainers constantly looking for new business, it might be because they don't know how to provide value to their clients. - How much in the trenches experience do they have? - What are they doing for continuing education? Good trainers will try to attend at least 1 conference, or complete 1 certification per year. If your trainer isn't up to date with new research and learning from the best, maybe it's time to find a new trainer.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
In addition to the advice given in the previous question, I would strongly recommend that prospective clients consider the following: - be honest with your reasoning for hiring a trainer. If you have limitations, speak up. This may mean physical, emotional, psychological limitations. Being honest and up front will only help your trainer help you better. - Be ready to commit and be all in. No matter what a trainer promises you, at the end of the day, if you aren't committed to making positive changes in your life, then you aren't ready to make changes. A good trainer will have a plan to guide you down from the very beginning, no matter what your starting point is. - Be aware of wants vs. needs. For example, while your goal may be fat loss, and you desire to exercise intensely to do this, if you have joint pain while attempting to exercise intensely, this is your body telling you that something is not working right. You absolutely should not work through this pain. An experienced movement professional (like myself) will most likely be able to determine what the problem is, how to resolve the issue, and figure out alternative ways to help you achieve your goal. - know that anything worth value will take time. This means months, years, and continued effort throughout life. The clients I work with know that I am there as a humble facilitator, guiding them through the treacheries of the fitness industry that we get inundated with... fad diets, HIIT training, ketosis dieting, etc. While some individuals will get results with these "buzz" words, many times the journey to get to the desired destination is too difficult, not sustainable, which leads to derailment and a much more frustrated client. At the end of the day, NOTHING will replace healthy movement, whole, REAL foods, proper sleep and stress management, exercise and healthy relationships. Consistently strive for these entities, and watch your happiness and satisfaction go through the roof.