As we stand here tonight celebrating 5 years of (SICcess) as CrossFit Scottsdale Powered by: KAYYEM FITNESS we have so many people to thank that have been such a large part of our lives and the growth of this program. We would like to start by thanking you the students of our amazing FITness School. Without you we would not be! In the past 5 years we have Coached over 3000 students, completed over 4,000 baselines and taught over 13,000 classes, more importantly we have eliminated over 5,000 lbs of fat from our bodies and added countless years to our lives. We have sent 3 teams to the CrossFit Games Regionals along with 9 individual athletes and will continue to develop those who choose to compete in “The Sport of FITness”.
My greatest “JOY” however is the experience I have shared with my family and yours. This family atmosphere has become a staple in our program. My daughter Camille was born in the gym literally mid workout as I was Coaching two of my first students “Buddy & Toby Schultz” that would eventually become my adopted parents. We would like to thank you both for giving me back something I never had.… a Mom and Dad. “Pops” thank you for showing me how to give back to our community in his 22nd and final year as founder of Arizona Baseball Charities Buddy has raised over $5,000,000 and with that he will “go out on top”. We created the Jump-rope-a-thon to help assist in the fundraising process and are proud to say our jumpers have raised over $50,000 in less than 10 days. A special thanks to the unseen who raised money and never asked for anything in return. Larry Benowhich, Josh Vella, Kalen Richard, and Michael Fischer.
We would like to thank our neighbors and the families that choose to train with us. The Holts, The Tousleys, The Coopers, The Andres, The Mans. Because of you we have the strongest neighborhood in Arizona and some of the FITest most confident kids in our schools. They are the “Future of FITness” and I am proud to be a part of their lives. For those of you who know me outside the gym you know my family is my life and without them I would not be standing here today. They are the driving force and passion behind everything I do.
To the women who just might be the single greatest networker since Ivan Mizer, the biggest job creator since Walmart and the hardest working women since Oprah, she is my high school sweet heart, business partner, best friend and wife Najla. Words cannot express the emotions behind our friendship, relationship, and existence together in this world. You inspire me to be successful, balanced, honest yet simple and thankful for every moment of every day. You gave up a career in fashion, development and shopping for a life of lulu, FITness and Paleo. You have invested tireless hours to work on the things I imagine and that you actually make happen. You are my everything and I will forever be yours.
To those students who have witnessed progression and never blinked an eye at change I will always be at your service. When we first moved to Scottsdale in October of 2007 I took a job as a personal trainer at Golds gym for a little over 3 weeks and in that time I was handed a few “members” to schedule a workout with…. 5 years later they have achieved goals never imagined. Tina Vange who just wanted to loose some baby weight and try a few sessions, Dr. Reem Kiddess who has opened up her heart and her practice to my family and my daughter’s missing tooth on a Saturday night. John McKeever who just recently *PRd his clean & jerk with #185, Katie Hunt who always showed up and never quit, Bill Gold who has been a founding member since 2008. The “Mayor” Mr. Bob Hisle and Marc Lutz who over the years has gone from overweight, to loosing weight, to FIT, to athletic, to now we train together and who I admire for becoming one of the most goal oriented humans on the planet. Marc just recently completed 700,000 meters on his rower from home in the past 3 years. Marc has also become a mentor for me and in true entrepreneurial fashion given me the advice needed to make some exciting things happen in the FITness industry.
To the military athletes also known as “Jedis” who join us young, weak and inexperienced. It is a privilege to teach you strength, wisdom and responsibility before you set out to join the forces that keep us free. Nolan Bonsetter, Al-Mikel Armstrong, Logan Smith and all of our military forces THANK YOU.
To the Coaches who have had to put up with our meticulous standards, constant evaluations and OCD based cleanliness you guys are what makes this place special, class after class and hour after hour. We constantly stress the idea that “just because your certified does not make you qualified” and with good reason. You put your trust on the single most important item in your life, your body and in return we promise to prescribe you the right amount of intensity, work and movements. This is why we developed our 3 levels of exercise physiology simply described as LIFE, FITNESS and SPORT. “From push up to Podium” we promise to provide the highest quality coaching, programming and nutritional education for anyone and everyone willing to learn. With the exception of World record holder Danny Nichols, we have only hired students as coaches, meaning we only hire from within and will continue to do so building an-infrastructure that supports success from the moment someone walks in that door. Hallie, Erin, Ashley, Tyler, Tony, Joe, Chris, Troy, Jaclyn, Brianna, Billy, Stacey, Nicole, Mike, Josh, Tom and Nate.
To my own personal coaches and mentors who I know I don’t know more than and is why I have sought out their expertise. Those who have guided me in the right direction, answered my late night and early morning texts and given me strength to endure the peaks and valleys of the FITness business. Troy Henson, James “OPT” Fitzgerald the 2007 CrossFit Games champion, Andy Petranek creator of the baseline fitness test and John Burch the affiliate business Coach and founder of The Biz. Chris and Maribel LaLanne pioneers in the FITness industry and two of the most influential couples in the industry.
To my affiliate brothers and sisters close and far we will continue to remain an open resource working closely within the FITness community, remaining allies and continue to be an ear to your voice assisting in your business success anyway we can. “We are united through FITness”. We will remain sponsors in your Competitive FITness events, donate time and energy to showcase your achievements and stream the SICEST Throwdowns around. We will continue to support your great causes like CrossFit for Hope, Fight Gone Bad and Memorial Day Murph. When a HERO falls we will without fail donate to your cause in anyway we can.
So whats next for our “SCHOOL OF FITNESS? Our belief is that FITness is a never-ending journey that evolves as we evolve, grows as we grow and embraces CHANGE. With the inception of SICFIT San Diego and the addition to SICFIT Scottsdale we have decided to set standards, structure and create systems to put in place that guarantee the SICFIT experience is universal and that the integrity is maintained in all of our gyms.
A founding member “Jeff Zuhl” once told me that I inspired him through my positivity and have enriched his life by walking the walk. You need to lead from the front through positivity and that’s it. Those words have been ingrained in my mind for years. Our vision as FITness professionals is to make you feel better when you walk out the door then when you walked in. A place where life, work and suck can be forgotten even for a moment but long enough to give you the emotional energy and physical confidence to go #ONWARD.
Thank you all for being here tonight, for taking the time out to come down, support and celebrate with us on this wonderful occasion. Here’s to the past five years and to the many years to come. From our entire team and family. Aloha my Aina’, thank you and GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Luke D. Kayyem
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