FIT Squad Flashback: Eight years of cutting-edge group training

Posted July 2, 2017

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It all started with a time management puzzle and accessibility conundrum. A personal trainer only has a certain amount of hours available to train clients. Aside from that, the cost of personal training is sometimes out of reach for folks who want to train and can benefit most from the experience. Thus began the FIT Squad – an eight to twelve week small-group training experience made affordable, community-based, and accessible for all fitness levels.

Eight years since the first FIT Squad formed, Rival’s FIT Squads are stronger than ever and expanding to incorporate the community’s desire to learn different training styles. Strength Squad was developed a few years after FIT Squad’s inception and Iron Squad is now in its third year. Kettlebell Squad, masterminded by Rival’s in-house kettlebell expert Ridge Carpenter, was added to the repertoire this year and is entering its second cycle in September.

While the original FIT Squad works with people who’re looking to lose fat and add tone through an accountability-focused program, Strength Squad is a dynamic program specifically focused on gaining lean muscle through workouts that incorporate slower movements and heavier strength lifts, Iron Squad helps members develop a technical expertise with lifts like the Bench Press, Deadlift, Squat, and Overhead Press together with a series of vital lifting principles. Kettlebell Squad is focused around the wonderfully versatile kettlebell and teaches squad members essential movements while developing core strength, balance, and mind-body connectivity.

But the common denominator with every FIT Squad is the unparalleled community experience. Lifelong friendships have been established on the FIT Squad turf through encouraging one another to break new PR’s and inch out that one last rep.

“Over the course of a few weeks, I’ve really gotten to know everyone else in the program and we’ve become good friends,” said Sally White, current Iron Squad member. “We do all the moves and put our bodies through the rigorous workouts together, so that’s built a lot of camaraderie. I feel like I’d get lonely in regular personal training.”

Throughout the years, Rival trainers have seen tremendous progress among FIT Squad participants due to the group-training atmosphere that creates a strong sense of teamwork and accountability. Twice a week for twelve weeks, squad members meet up and push their bodies to the limit and then reap the benefits together. At the end of the program, folks are left carrying a refined set of training skills and friendships for years to come.

“My capability – believing the things I can do – has just increased exponentially,” said Janak Mayer, also a current Iron Squad member. “You would be amazed to find out how much you can achieve in such a short amount of time here.”

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete who’s plateaued and is looking for new ways to train, or if you haven’t been to the gym in years, we have a safe and fun training atmosphere for you on our FIT Squads.

Summer Strength Squad is currently open for enrollment and is set to start on July 10, with a twice-weekly for eight weeks schedule, wrapping up on Sept. 2. The cost of the program is two monthly $260 (plus tax) payments and includes a Stamina Unlimited membership (access to open gym and unlimited classes) for two months (value $330). Each training session is an hour long and includes four to six members. To learn more about this opportunity, give us a call at 206-257-1507, email us at, or drop by the front desk during your next visit.

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