About Founder & Master Trainer

Who is Donavon?

Founder / Master Fitness Trainer for Group4 Fitness Systems

This Desert Storm War veteran moves beyond simple encouragement to deliver a hard-core military style of motivation, pushing you to reach your full potential.

He is a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer who got his start more than 18 years ago as a Master Fitness Instructor for the US Military. Since that time he has worked with many different types of clients, foregoing specializing in one group of people for the varied experiences that a diverse client base can bring.

**Dr. Donavon Huff has been awarded the City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson Recognition Award!

While Donavon’s achievements included training active duty men and women that were in complete wellness and or disabled. Through training he met along the way some of the most responsive defense teams that help to protect and aid in supporting these men and women: Paratroopers, Army Rangers, Special Forces units, Air force Officers, Non- Commissioned Officers, Correction Officers, Police Officers, Fire Fighters and their wives and extended families. Receiving from many of them the highest forms of recommendations and new client referrals along the way—perhaps his greatest contribution to the fitness world to date is his ability to bring his fitness knowledge and training to anyone willing to change their life. Recognizing the opportunity for everybody to benefit from this style of training, Donavon founded Group4 Fitness Systems.

For 18 years now, Donavon’s focus has been on diversifying his fitness programs, so that they cater to all levels of fitness, body types and sizes. His time spent in rehabilitation has taught him the importance of having a flexible approach to fitness—one that can be disciplined and hard core, or encouraging and motivational, as needed.

Do Not Give Up Hope... Change Is Possible!

If you’ve always desired a higher level of fitness, but thought it wasn’t possible, or if you’ve simply lost hope that you are able to change—you’re wrong. Group4 Fitness Systems training is very impressive, and so are their results.

We Can Help You: Some examples of the types of clients Group4 Fitness Systems has worked with are:

  • Athletes of all ages
  • Exercise Novices
  • Military /Police Academy Candidates
  • Pre and Post Natal Mothers (and Fathers!)
  • Geriatrics’ of all activity levels
  • Disabled Veterans
  • Time Conscious Executives
  • Other Fitness Professional

Donavon states: “I have taken as much away from each of these groups as I have provided and feel I am a better trainer for working with each of them. In addition to the practical value of having such diverse group of clients, it has driven the need to have a just as diverse professional education.”

Donavon’s Certifications include:

  • U.S.Air Force Master Fitness Instructor
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons Master Fitness Instructor
  • D.E.C.A. (Defense Commissary Agency-Division of Fitness & Wellness)
  • IFA (International Fitness Association) Master Certified Personal Trainer
  • M.B.A Global Marketing, B.S. Business Administration w/ concentration in Fitness Facility Management
    * PhD. Global Marketing
  • Holistic Health- Institute of Natural Holistic Healing and Wellness
  • Certified Practical Reiki Master/Kundalini Teacher Level
  • Certified Lifestyle and Weight Management Consultant
  • Sports Nutrition (BioMed Labs Research and Development)
  • Advanced Health and Fitness Specialist
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Fitness Motivation
  • Developing Mind Body Programs
  • NFPT/ ACE Studied and Lectured
  • Exercise and Pregnancy
  • Core Conditioning
  • Northern Winds Martial Arts/ Self Defense
  • Kick Boxing Instructor
  • Aquatic Therapy Instructor
  • Advanced Group Training

Group4 Fitness Systems takes a multi-disciplined approach to each client realizing that just as every person is different so every workout must be as well.

Founder & Master Trainer Spotlight News Article

Founder & Master Trainer Spotlight News Article
News article on the company new Highlights and achievements of Group4 Founder and Master Trainer Donavon Huff techniques and training results.
Spotlight_May_June_2012.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [2.8 MB]

Group4 fitness systems and Northern Wind Martial Arts form Partnership!
Announces a strategic partnership for the development of fitness club facilities in the Northeast Ohio region. (Pg. 9)
STCLAIR_Sep_Oct_2013 FINAL.pdf
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Our Bodies

We believe achievements start with education and a commitment to small, daily choices.

Everyday our entire team works to deliver you our skills, knowledge and passion

  • CrossFit 
  • GYM 
  • Fitness 
  • Powerlifting 
  • Circuit 
  • Quality Before Intensity
  • Health Power Happiness
  • Body Pump

Body Pump resistance training workout provides participants with an all-over muscular endurance workout that is set to music.

  • CrossFit 
  • GYM 
  • Fitness 
  • Powerlifting 
  • Circuit 
  • Quality Before Intensity
  • Health Power Happiness
  • Body Pump

One major advantage that kettlebells have over dumbbells is that you don’t need a wide range of weight increments to create a workout.

  • CrossFit 
  • GYM 
  • Fitness 
  • Powerlifting 
  • Circuit 
  • Quality Before Intensity
  • Health Power Happiness
  • Body Pump
Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

We believe achievements start with education and a commitment to small, daily choices.

Most of us can agree that discipline is one of the most important virtues we can develop in our pursuit of self-improvement. Without the ability to exercise self-control and will ourselves to get the important things done, it’s nearly impossible for us to see the kind of progress and results we really want in our lives…. view all

We started a tradition when our doors first opened in 2007 of doing introductions at the beginning of each class – a tradition which has been adopted by CrossFit gyms all over the country. Because we have created an inclusive environment, our members all know each other, support one another, and socialize in (i.e. at our quarterly Taco Socials) and outside of the gym. Also, while many of our workouts are timed and competitive, it is all done in a supportive and team-oriented environment. Welcome!… view all

We started a tradition when our doors first opened in 2007 of doing introductions at the beginning of each class – a tradition which has been adopted by CrossFit gyms all over the country. Because we have created an inclusive environment, our members all know each other, support one another, and socialize in (i.e. at our quarterly Taco Socials) and outside of the gym. Also, while many of our workouts are timed and competitive, it is all done in a supportive and team-oriented environment. Welcome!… view all

CrossFit workouts are comprised of constantly varied functional movements (like pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting, running) executed at high intensity. At ShapeForce, you will not find any machines – instead, you will find kettlebells, barbells, medicine balls, sleds, and tons of open space for running, jumping, climbing, lifting, and throwing. The workouts themselves are completely scalable, which means that a new participant and a CrossFit veteran can complete the same workout with changes in load and intensity. CrossFit workouts will deliver phenomenal fitness in and of themselves or as a complement to your sport-specific training regime…. view all