Live life on your own terms
Minimalist workouts you can do at home.
Welcome to the new home of Agoge Fitness Systems, rebranded as Alabama Sasquatch.
Not one of us has managed COVID and the pandemic without being changed in some way. I am no different. As lockdowns took hold and we sequestered away in our homes, doing our best to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy, I learned a few vital things that have radically changed the way I see my work.
1. I REALLY, REALLY like my home. Honestly, I love everything about it. I love my wife. I love my kids. I love my dogs. I love my house. I love the land we live on and the land and people that surround us. I enjoyed the time that quarantine gave me to really connect with these things. Knowing that eventually life would return to some form of normalcy, I realized I didn't want to give them up.
2. The vast majority of my clients stopped training during quarantine. I tired my best to keep them engaged. I offered online classes and I held classes outdoors, but engagement was low. I realized I was failing in my primary effort which was to educate and help my clients develop their own love for movement. What I had been doing was not working the way I wanted it to. I needed to change my approach.
This led to a plan that ended up taking over a year to complete. I took money out of my house and put up a building on the back side of my property. I moved my gym home. What was Agoge Fitness Systems is now Alabama Sasquatch. My new gym now sits in my back yard and I couldn't be happier.
With the new gym I can really get in deep with my clients. My overhead is super low and now that the pressure of "making rent" is off I can worry less about how the gym is doing and focus my attention where it should have been all along - on how my clients are doing. Everyone is different. Sure we're all made of the same stuff and our bodies move in the same ways but inside of those similarities are huge ranges of variation. Those variations need to be taken into account. Goals, injuries (healed and not so much), motivations, and desires all vary wildly and an individualized approach is what's needed to really make an impact. That's what Alabama Sasquatch is about. Making an impact, helping people navigate the changes they want to see in their lives and build the life they want to live.
Now I understand that not every can or even wants to come train in my backyard (although, you really should give it a try, it's frickin' awesome). And that's what this site is for. Here I can share training advice, updates on what we're doing, and even provide online training programs that you can follow from the comfort of your own home or gym or home gym!
I look forward to interacting with you, so speak up, chime in, send me emails and messages, ask questions, let me know what you like and what you'd like to see. But most of all, welcome! I'm glad to have you here.
My time at your gym changed my life. I just want to thank you. When I first came to your gym in 2013, I had a lot of shoulder issues from previous dislocations despite surgery and rehabilitation. Your strength training and general consistency with me eliminated the fear I had surrounding my previous injury. Years later I have had nearly no dislocations. I can even do one hand push-ups now! You showed me how you be strong, literally. Because of that, I will continue to get stronger for the rest of my life. Thank you.
I found Dave Hall about 7 years ago. I spent about a year training at a Crossfit box which had gotten me into shape, but had also given me an adversarial mindset towards my training. My body was something I had to “whip into shape” and a successful workout had to leave me nauseous and exhausted. Anything less than that was me “letting myself down”.
Walking into Agoge the first time, I knew I was somewhere special. Agoge is more than I expected. It is not so much a “gym” as it is a dojo of strength training and physical culture. Surrounded by sandbags, Indian clubs, chalk boxes, and barbells, I felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself. There is a joy in the workout at Agoge. Dave Hall makes certain of it. No mindset of “crushing” your workout. No mirrors on the walls. Just the practice of mindfully engaging in the timeless pursuit of bettering oneself through the struggle between mass and gravity. I love this place. Agoge Fitness Systems is like home. Our coach and trainer Dave Hall is family. This is the place to practice being your best “you”. I cannot recommend it enough.
Working out at AFS has been truly a life-changing experience. I started training after having not been to the gym in over 10 years. I was overweight, unhappy and the lack of confidence in myself was causing issues in my professional life and marriage.
However, Dave is not just a great personal/group trainer, he is an incredible life coach and teacher. He not only molded me physically but even more so emotionally. Dave changed my attitude towards life, taught me how to be the husband I needed to be, and transformed me as a man inside and out.
Thank you for everything Dave, I have no idea how I could ever repay you for everything you have done for me.
Dave Hall has helped me change my life. If you read his blog, you will hear him speak of his tribe. The term tribe resonates with me because before I found Alabama Sasquatch, I was never that comfortable in the fitness/gym environment. I tried to participate in the circus that is most gyms but just couldn't buy into it all. I only became comfortable when I found MY tribe.
Since I have been going there I have become stronger, leaner and more energetic and perhaps a bit wiser. The culture that swirls around Alabama Sasquatch is the perfect mix of pure, simple hardcore workout tools mixed with a gentle spirit that feels like home when you are there. There is no room for ego or judgment here and a student is only met with understanding and encouragement.
The learning never stops. You will always be encouraged to improve in ALL areas of fitness: spirit, mind, and body. Dave will not break you down, he works only to build you up and make you stronger physically and mentally.
I always have and always will STRONGLY recommend Dave Hall to any and everyone who will listen to me.