Updated: Mar 5
I am Scott Groth a full-time professional electrical engineer and part-time NASM certified personal trainer (CPT) and NASM Certified Nutrition Coach. I also obtained certification in plant-based nutrition through T Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies at Cornell University. I want to help people achieve their goals to live a healthier life, control their weight, be stronger, perform better and have less of a negative impact on the planet along the way.
I grew up in Bellingham and Franklin, Massachusetts. My brother, sister and I loved playing sports and being outside. My family enjoyed camping and spending time with friends, great neighbors, and family.
I think from an early age I was influenced by a very loving family. My mother was one of 8 children. So, our family grew to be large. It provided a large community to keep me grounded and created a desire to keep it simple. Mostly, the family was full of positive influences. Much of the family did good-natured things like camping, spending time together, and having great holiday celebrations.
My father was a hard-working truck driver and delivery man that had long hours but he was home every night. That was great that he was around to show us how to provide for a family. My mother was a great homemaker, decorator. She worked multiple jobs serving the community, including as a Town Clerk.
One of my uncle’s that I camped a lot with always seemed to be able to fix things by thinking through what was happening. He is one of the reasons that I became an engineer.
I was also influenced by things I saw on TV or in movies - like heroes fighting for good like in Luke Skywalker in Star Wars. Gentleman treating people well always appealed to me more than the bad-boy approach. And, I loved watching sports. I saw the sport. Then, I wanted to do the sport. I watched skiing and was amazed at the scenery and the speed. I saw great running backs, receivers and quarterbacks. Once I tried the sports, I usually wanted to get better at them. I had a long way to go with learning to be disciplined for success though. And, a long way to go with learning to be mentally and physically tougher for challenges. Life can be so easy unless you head for the challenges.
When I was about thirteen, I wanted to be stronger. So, I began learning about strength-training by reading and watching fitness shows on cable TV. Then, I started weight-lifting. I was pretty thin at the time and preferred to be thought of as strong not skinny. I also think I knew, even then, that I always would want the options that good health would provide. I stayed almost completely away from drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. Thinking to myself that none of those things fit with the image of being and athlete or at least athletic.
My freshman year of high school, I received the most improved trophy for my football team. I could catch a football better than some other players. And when the coaches found that out, my confidence improved as well as my effort. Unfortunately, or fortunately, my parents did not want me to get hurt playing football. So, I only played my freshman year. I was only 5’ 2” when I started and was getting crushed by much bigger players anyway. I was once hit hard enough in practice to see stars. I was 5’10” tall by sophomore year. So, I was disappointed to not be playing with my team, after spending the off season working out.
I also played a couple of years of basketball in high school. I did not step-up during games. Often, I passed the ball instead of taking shots that I could make. I put pressure on myself and did not want to miss. I would be mad at myself and shoot 3 pointers after the game, proving to myself that I could have done better but mad at myself for being too shy to seize the opportunities, even though I was a leader during practice. So, I was only half committed to basketball. And, at my size and average ability, sports were for fun. I also wished I had coaches that were interested in me and had a better attitude at the time. I would learn those lessons later. Working part-time was more of a necessity for success, in my mind.
Since I was looking forward to working, I did not plan to go to college. I was in a hurry to get rich. Instead, I dropped out in my first year at Northeastern University for financial reasons. I also did not have the best grades. Not knowing at the time that, at that age, it’s the best time to invest in yourself. A person is typically not missing out on a lot of income in their early twenties anyway. Instead, I worked full-time and went to school part-time for 13 years. It was a struggle to do it that way.
Dropping out of Northeastern, originally, was a time to reflect. I realized that I had not developed habits that were good for college. So, I spent that spring and summer working and starting to read large books like Patriot Games by John Grisham to get better at reading. I also started to teach myself music. I chipped away at learning songs on a keyboard. But I realized that would never pay the bills. I needed to figure out how to succeed academically and financially. Also, at the time, most of my close friends, were at college and I was working. That meant I was a bit bored and felt quite a bit left out.
While working full-time, in my early 20’s, I realized that everyone in a more senior position had at least an Associate’s Degree. So, I got back in school part-time at Dean College. When I told a girlfriend at the time that I did not do well at Northeastern, because I did not apply myself, she was disappointed and challenged me to do well. In high school, I had started a habit of trying to fly under the radar by not drawing attention to myself. I didn’t want to be the nerd. I wanted to be cool and an athlete. That day, I promised her that I would get all A’s. I fell short of all A’s by getting a B+ in one class. I made the Dean’s List and graduated Cum Laude. I wished that I had known what all of that meant much earlier. The success made me realize that if you put in the work, not only will you do well, doors will swing open for you instead of having to knock on them.
I started learning about goals setting. And, as I was finishing my associates in Computer Science, I realized that I would need to get my Bachelor’s Degree to earn the income and have the success that I really wanted. And, the best place for me, was back to Northeastern University where I could keep going part-time, since at the time I was trying to support an apartment and later a condo.
My professional career has centered on the engineering of buildings. I’ve worked for a large property insurance company drawing plans, consulting firms designing electrical systems, and for Massachusetts Institute of Technology helping build and maintain electrical infrastructure.
I have an associate's degree in computer science from Dean College, a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University, and professional engineer's license. The engineering and computer science education has helped me a lot with decision making and logic. Also, while continuing my engineering career, I have pursued my passion for self-improvement and for helping others be healthier by becoming a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and getting certified in plant-based nutrition through the T Colin Campbell Center for Nutritional Studies at Cornell University.
My wife and I lived in Rhode Island for four years and are now in Massachusetts. We have enjoyed the beautiful beaches, the coast line, and the many conservation areas. We love explore what we have locally. We also enjoy New Hampshire's White Mountains and the National Parks. We are fortunate to have very similar beliefs about staying active, having better nutrition, and having less of an impact on the planet. She impressed me years before we were a couple by explaining how she collected water as the shower warmed up.
We recently assembled a greenhouse continue to do our part to minimize our impact on the climate by growing our own food as much as possible. We have two gardens that we are trying to maximize growth in. This reduces the impact of transporting food and since we grow organically. It will help us and those we share with be healthier. And, we hope that it spreads a message of nutrition and doing something good for the environment.
Physically, I continued weight-lifting and playing basketball until I was 40, volleyball, and softball into my thirties. And, I still play tennis. I worked to get better at each. After a neck injury, I became more serious about sports with less contact like running, biking, swimming, tennis, hiking, skiing and cross-country skiing.
I am committed to acting professionally in all the work that I do. I want to continue to live a healthy life style and help those that want to do the same.
I plan to stay active. I like placing challenges out in front of me. I use marathons, triathlons or hikes to stay motivated to stay in shape. I am committed to staying strong through strength -training, staying flexible and maintaining balance by using stretching, core and balance training.
I have learned ways that help me reduce the chance of injury.
I am also committed to staying healthy by learning more about nutrition and applying what I learn.
I want to help!
I want to help others accomplish their goals, if they are motivated to and ready. If the motivation is there, I can help create a strategy and provide information regarding training and nutrition. I have also learned a lot about breaking down the steps to success to help others achieve their goals.
As Rich Roll often says, mood follows action. Anyone that is waiting for their mood to change before taking steps in a positive direction may only continue to have dominos fall in a negative direction.
With this website:
With this website, I intent to try to inspire, share information about what I have learned, share resources, share products, support those that I have learned from, and support those that I believe in.
During the year 2017, I had changed many things in my life. While commuting to work, I heard about podcasts. Many of those podcasts became a university for me. I learned tools to help repair myself from painful relationships. I learned more about how to succeed in different areas of life, including nutrition and athletic performance.
One of the podcasts that I settled on was The Rich Roll Podcast. Rich Roll has been interviewing ultra-athletes like James Lawrence and climbers like Alex Honnold and Jimmy Chin. He spoke long form with Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Garth Davis, Ben Greenfield, Matt Frazier, and others. Since then, the show has been a resource for me during commutes, long runs and rides.
Rich Roll is an ultra-athlete himself that turned his life around from being overweight, struggling with addition, and having health scares. He became an author and is on a mission to share information about transformation using mindset, nutrition, science, and other life tools. I have purchased and read many books by his guests. I have also implemented many of the lessons from his guests.
Another great resource that changed and shaped my life is Anthony Robbins with books like Awaken the Giant Within. I learned about turning dreams into goals and goals into reality. Because of that book, I realized that if I develop the right strategy, took the right actions, and modeled success then I could accomplish almost anything. There are still plenty of things that are beyond my comfort zone. But I give that book a lot of credit. I went back to the book many times for guidance with relationships and learning more about myself. I had tape sets of his that helped a lot, books, coaching and courses.
For nutrition, a couple of my favorite resources are nutritionfacts.org by Dr Michael Greger. He shares research that has been put to the test. It is based on science and not profit. Often, he is able to quickly educate about the healthiest known diet alternatives. His books How Not to Diet and How Not to Die are great resources.
The China Study by T Colin Campbell provides a great education about how the western diet has led to more health problems than traditional diets such as those in southeast Asia which provided that it is not typically heredity is the problem. It is typically diet. T Colin Campbell developed the Nutritional Studies Program at Cornell.
Jane Goodall’s books have been great resources for learning how our choices impact animals and what choices we can make instead to lesson our effect on wildlife, while at the same time live healthier.
In 2018, I started learn a bit about yoga. Yoga with Adriene has been a great introduction into yoga. She is very professional, fun and relaxing.
I hope this website will help others. It will be a work in progress. Please reach out if you want to connect.
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