ABOUT SICFIT SCOTTSDALE
Owner/Strength In Conditioning Coach
Luke Kayyem was born in Los Angeles, raised in Palm Springs and grew up in Hawaii. By spending every minute outside as a child, sports, athletics and fitness were not only a passion but quickly became a lifestyle. Luke attended the same prep school (Punahou in Oahu) as our President Barack Obama and continued his education in athletics playing football in San Diego and Baseball in Sacramento. Luke married his high school sweet heart Najla and has two beautiful children, Kanon and Camille. After moving to Scottsdale in October of 2007 Luke began his manifest destiny and started building his dream of owning and operating one of Arizona’s fastest growing Schools of Fitness. His success in the fitness industry as a Fitness Professional began 15 years ago.
When Luke first started in the industry he was 19 years old and bodybuilding was “all the rage”. Luke went from running a 45,000 sq.ft. “globo gym” to opening his own 150 sq.ft personal training studio. “I began to change my programming and I noticed greater client results when I was forced to incorporate functional movements, due to the size of my facility,” said Coach Kayyem. Functional FITness, such as squatting, jumping, pushing, and pulling became the focal point of his workouts. A regimen like this teaches you how to use your body as a machine. Incorporating these principals in his team training has allowed Luke to coach 100 students in a day and even train seniors alongside soldiers. Luke is a Competitive FITness athlete and world renowned Coach.
Luke is a board member of Arizona Baseball Charities, he prides himself on his community service and has been able to integrate community based events and non-profit support into the his School of FITness community and network and has personally raised over $50,000 to Arizona’s youth who can not afford little league baseball equipment.
Luke is a featured writer and blogger for SICFIT his stories touch the heart and educate the masses.
- Cooking with the Kayyem’s
- Double under jump rope clinic
- Sport class led by Coach Kayyem
SealFit Level I
- USAW Certified United States
America Olympic Weightlifting
- OPT CCP Life Coaching
- OPT CCP Program Design
- OPT CCP NutritionFITness Accomplishments 2011
- CrossFit Certifications Level I Certified/Kids Certified/Gymnastics Certified/Joint Mobility & Recovery Certified/Olympic lifting
1. 1000 pull ups + 1000 push ups 4:56
2. KOKORO Camp 16 SEALFIT Academy
3. PF Chang half Marathon 1:26
4. PF Chang full Marathon 3:53
Competitive Edge 2010-2012
1. 2012 Marine Corps Challenge – 1st Place
2. 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games Regional Team Competitor
3. 2012 Garage Games – 2nd Place
4. 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games Southwest Regional Qualifier
5. 2011 Friday Night Lights, CrossFit Open Qualifier – 1st place
6. 2011 Winter Open – 4th Place
7. 2011 The Courage Games – 4th Place
8. 2011 Southwest Throwdown – 11th Place
9. 2011 Mad Mud Run, 2 man Co-ed Team – 1st Place
10. 2010 Reebok CrossFit Games Regional Team Competitor
11. 2010 Mad Mud Run, 2 man Co-ed Team – 1st Place
Owner/ Strength In Conditioning Coach
Everyone knows that finding time for fitness isn’t always easy but it needs to be a priority. It was right after my second child that I decided to really hit it hard with my FITness training. 7 months after I really got serious about training, I had dropped 25 pounds, changed my eating habits and got in the best shape of my life at 30. It was fascinating to me that I was getting faster, leaner and stronger doing less cardio and spending less time in the gym (actually doing physical exercise vs. reading US Weekly on the elliptical). I grew up in Palm Springs, California, played competitive Varsity sports in High School and stayed active through my college years at San Diego State University where I graduated in 2001 with a BA in Communications. I immediately went to work for a development firm to build, manage, market and operate mixed-use retail lifestyle centers and married my life partner and high school sweetheart, Luke. Prior to owning CrossFit Scottsdale Powered by Kayyem Fitness and dedicating the last five years to the health and fitness industry I spent 12 years in the Real Estate Development arena as the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for various prominent mixed use commercial real estate development companies including Westfield, Caruso Affiliated, Related Companies and Red Development. Currently, I am the Chief Executive Officer for SICFIT, a FITness lifestyle brand and media company that showcases FITness as from push up to podium. Additionally, I consult for FITness facilities nationally helping them get to the next level by achieving their business goals and create lasting marketing and branding platforms and programs that help promote their business, increase student retention, enhance coaching practices and establish them as a leader in their market. I believe that the true beauty of functional FITness is that it is scalable, effective and efficient making it the perfect application for any committed individual. Functional movements are essential for independent living thus this program works for everyone regardless of age, ability or strength. SICFIT Scottsdale is an Integrated Fitness Facility we offer you the appropriate training, teamwork, accountability, nutrition counseling, camaraderie, an outlet for competition, challenges, seminars and overall education to enable you to live a healthier happier lifestyle. At the end of the day, I practice what I preach. I love my job. I love my life. I love my family and the fact that I can have such a profound, positive effect on changing people’s lives through health and FITness. The highlight of my day (besides coming home to two beautiful kids) is seeing the empowerment that people feel when they are able to accomplish their athletic, fitness, and health goals. Learn more about me.
- Level 1 CrossFit Certified
- CrossFit Gymnastics Certified
- CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified
- CrossFit Endurance Certified
- USA Weightlifting Level 1
- Sports Performance Certificate
- Community Nutrition Educator
- OPT Science of Nutrition
- OPT CCP Life Coaching
- OPT CCP Program Design
Strength In Conditioning Coach
Growing up as an athlete I was always involved in some sort of activity whether it was organized group sports or just snowboarding with family and friends. Having played baseball, football, soccer, basketball and wresting all throughout my life staying in shape was never an issue until I hit a lull in my late 20’s and early 30’s. Going to the “gym” and doing chest on Mondays and back and bi’s on Tuesdays just got mundane and boring. Around February of 2011 I was introduced to functional FITness through a good friend of mine and I have been addicted ever since. At first it was, “Wow these WOD’s are really working me out and I love the Oly lifting too!” Now, having been a part of SICFIT Scottsdale for a little over a year I started noticing that not only do I like to participate but emersing myself in the “lifestyle” is something I really wanted to do as well. Coaching is a way for me to help those who come into our affiliate get comfortable in understanding and executing the movements that we perform on a daily basis. I have realized that not everyone has been exposed to Olympic lifting movements as I was in high school and college and I really enjoy helping them achieve those goals in a safe nurturing environment. My goal as a SICFIT coach is to assist any athlete from beginner to advanced by helping them perform any movement safely, effectively and efficiently to improve times, weights and the personal goals of that athlete. Helping people get better is what we do and as I get better I love seeing those around me being lifted up too!!!
- Level I CrossFit Certified
Strength In Conditioning Coach
“Smile” he said, “weightlifting is fun” he said. I did. Actually I stepped away from barbell and kind of giggled. It was the first tryout for competitive FITness I had been in and I was rather nervous. That has stuck with me since, when you first see me; I’ll be the one smiling. Somewhere in my soul, at that moment, I decided that I wanted to coach FITness.
Prior to that, I was actively involved in teaching martial arts, primarily Jun Fan, Kali, and Thai Boxing. Then I went to college and graduated from ASU with an Engineering degree in 2009. The importance of systems was deeply impressed upon me there. During my years of collegiate schooling FITness was on hold.
Upon graduating college FITness became my best friend again. I spent some time on my own lifting weights and running all the time, on average 30 miles a week. Which lead to enough injuries to make me stop running for a year. My “Training System” was not great and it was severely imbalanced. It was only in my failure that I began to realize the importance of getting coached.
When I started as a student at SICFIT Scottsdale I had prior injuries. My coach modified every workout for me while I saw a physical therapist until I was healthy again. I got back to normal and then I got better. From the integrated FITness System that focused on creating dynamic full body results, at SICFIT Scottsdale, I was able to complete my first marathon with only TWO days a week of running training.
FITness is the first in a series of dominos. One could improve their financial situation and their life could become more stable. One could find spirituality and find new meaning in life. Those are authentic and desirable goals. They can and should be sought after. FITness is different because it is the foundation for life. When you intensely exercise and eat earthly foods everything else begins to improve. It is the catalyst for all other self improvement projects.
I love running and I love Integrated Training Systems. Whether you want to run faster, lose weight, or get stronger, or heck maybe even all those I want to be a part of your FITness.
- USAW Level 1 Sport Performance CoachCrossFit Level 1 TrainerCrossFit Endurance CertifiedBlack Belt in Jun Fan / Kali
- Competitive Edge:GORUCK Challenge 2013Tough Mudder 2013Lost Dutchman Marathon 2013Ragnar Del Sol 2011PF Chang’s Phoenix Half Marathon 2011San Diego Half Marathon 2010
Strength in Conditioning Coach
My whole life I have been playing various sports, from soccer to skateboarding. My main background is in endurance training, from the 400m run in track to the 5k in cross country season. In both track and cross country I competed in the Junior Olympics, but after a while I became so bored with it that I stop going to practice and was discouraged when other athletes had progressed passed me. I then realized that I was going to need something that could keep me more focused.
When I was 15 I started doing strength in conditioning fitness workouts to supplement my racing. It was on a friend’s front yard with rusty kettle bells and poorly measure distances that I rediscovered my passion for pushing my body pasts it’s limits. With my endurance background I was usually ahead of everybody, unless it came to heavy weights!
Finally after it finished high school I decided to dedicate myself fully to competitive FITness and I enrolled in the Hell Night class at SICFIT Scottsdale. There I met Coach Luke and he became a person in the sport that I looked up to. A few months later he helped me get programming from Coach Danny and now I am fitter than ever and lifting weights I never imagined.
My goal is to help people who are in the same rut I once was. I want everyone to know they are an athlete and they are capable of anything they put their minds to.
“The only easy day was yesterday”
- CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
- Competitive Edge:Junior Olympics Track & Field, Cross Country 2008 & 2009
Strength in Conditioning Coach
At roughly 7 years old I started playing co-ed coach pitch baseball and it was an awakening experience for me, even at such a young age. I fell in love with the physical demand of athletics as well as the competitive element.
Moving forward, I was always involved in something sport or fitness related. I have played a wide array of sports including basketball, softball, soccer, track & field, volleyball, and flag football, in addition to other activities like mountain biking and wake boarding. Being involved in athletics naturally steered me to an environment of physical fitness training. I learned to love conditioning my body as much as performing in competition.
Eventually that road lead me to earn Personal Trainer Certifications from NASM, ACE, & NCSF. I trained one-on-one clientele, as well as group classes such as boot camps, for 6 years before discovering true functional fitness. Once I tried my first “WOD” I felt like I belonged. The methodology behind functional fitness made a lot of since to me. Not to mention the results I earned occurred far faster than in any other training regimen I had ever followed. I guess you could say I became a believer. In addition to being a coach and having experience in the field of personal training, I also have earned a BS in Psychology and an MS in Sports Management & Athletic Administration. My passion is progression and helping others achieve the best version of themselves.
- CertificationsNCSF Personal Trainer
NCSF Sport Nutrition Coach
Strength in Conditioning Coach
My name is Alex Thien and I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. When I wasn’t playing soccer or running track as a youth I was hiking up the great Rocky Mountains, where I learned to love and appreciate the great outdoors. After I graduated from Loveland High School I enlisted in the United States Navy. In my 4 year tenure I was deployed to East Africa twice where my team and I ran anti-piracy
operations. I quickly learned how much I value our freedom and just how great our nation is. Most of our days were spent gathering intel, keeping the shipping lanes free and clear and of course training our minds and bodies. This is where I quickly fell in love with human performance and food as fuel.
I did all the typical gym rat routines for a few years until I found functional fitness and Olympic weight lifting. There was just something about lifting weight over my head and going as hard as I can. While in the Navy I received my Personal Trainer Certification through the International Sports Science Association. After completing my contract with the Navy I found SICFIT online over seas and became hooked in everything they were doing both online and physically in the gym (s). I spent hours watching videos and even followed Luke’s online programming. When I finally got to Arizona I immediately reached out to Luke and the rest is history. I joke around the gym but my goal is to take Luke’s job one day and become the greatest coach in the world.
“Be strong, Be accountable, Never complain”
Strength in Conditioning
A current pro for Arizona Tennis Association with 6 years of teaching experience. Former two-time state individual champion in doubles and singles in 2007 and 2008. Also, a former tennis player of Scottsdale Community College Artichokes and Arizona State Sun Devils Club team. An active and competitive athlete in the United States Professional Tennis Association.