How To Run Pinnacle Peak

How To Run Pinnacle Peak

 Do you enjoy the outdoors and working out? SICFIT Scottsdale has the perfect solution… a hike up Pinnacle Peak!

 With challenging vertical climbs and stairs on both the start and turn around points, this trail is for all ages and levels. The hike takes somewhere between 40 minutes and 2 hours. The top time holds the over and back course record in just over 30 minutes flat and when we walk it with the kids the course can take almost 2 hours. The path is very well manicured with a restroom at the base along with water and a volunteer post.

Watch this video to see how the Fittest Tribe Alive does their hiking up Pinnacle Peak


Pinnacle Peak
26802 N 102nd Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Kale Makes You Run Faster… Seriously!

If I were to tell you that Kale made you run faster would you believe me? Better yet would you eat it?

What if a  9 year old that reads labels and loves smoothies gave you this information? Would you believe him?

Check out this 90 second video and start eating Kale. Below is a fabulous Kale salad recipe my wife creates for the entire family to enjoy. Check out the Kayyem Kids as they teach us all how and why it is important to eat Kale, drink fresh juice and keep your body in tip top shape at any and all ages.

10 Proven Benefits of Kale:

1. Kale is Among The Most Nutrient Dense Foods on The Planet

2. Kale is Loaded with Powerful Antioxidants Like Quercetin and Kaempferol

3. It Is an Excellent Source of Vitamin C

4. Kale Can Help Lower Cholesterol, Which May Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease

5. Kale is One of The World’s Best Sources of Vitamin K

6. There Are Numerous Cancer-Fighting Substanes in Kale

7. Kale is Very High in Beta-Carotene

8. Kale is a Good Source of Minerals That Most People Don’t Get Enough of

9. Kale is High in Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Powerful Nutrients That Protect the Eyes

10. Kale Should be Able to Help You Lose Weight


Kale is amongst the most nutrient dense and commonly served vegetables in the world. One cup = 1,327 percent of the Daily Value for Vitamins K, A and C.

4-6 cups Kale
1 lemon juice only
3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, mashed
salt & pepper
Hot red pepper flakes *taste

Instructions: Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and a generous pinch (or more to taste) of hot red pepper flakes. Store in the fridge. Clean and remove stems and midribs from Kale. Add dressing generously over Kale and marinate for 24 hours in a glass Pyrex container.

Client Testimonial: Robert Scovill


“Yeah, I’m That Guy”

Yeah, I WAS that guy. That guy that LOVES to workout. In some ways, I love working out and preparing more than the actual event for which I’m training. A “dyed in the wool” gym rat at heart. But also a guy who believed that, because I worked so hard at the gym, I had then somehow earned the right to eat what ever I wanted. And of course in my youth, I got away with this insane line of thinking. “Just burn more calories than you take in and everything is going to be just fine.” Okay, I’m not going to bury the lead here, I simply could not have been more wrong and what I’ve learned is that nothing could be further from the truth.

The best decision I ever made in my life, specifically the athletic portion of my life was to join SICFIT Scottsdale. Hindsight being 20/20 and all, I say this because they put as much emphasis on nutrition as the do on fitness. They believe and preach — as I now do — that these two things are inextricably interwoven. One simply does not truly work well without the other.

Now, I need to state that I am not what is commonly referred to as a “fire breather” with regard to my physique or even my fitness. When I came to SICFIT at the age of 51 I was about 5’ 10” and about 190lbs. I could hold my own physically, a did well for my age group at the gym along with many of the endurance events that I entered, but after a relatively short amount of time, the light bulb started to flicker as I realized that my progress had definitely plateaued. Frankly, I was struggling a bit staying motivated, not only in my fitness life, but in my professional and personal life. Of course, I quickly put that down to my advancing age, and the declining testosterone that comes with that age and all of the other “convenient” rationalizations that we older men have been handed when we need to explain anything negative that is happening. What I hadn’t fully processed though was the insanity of buying into the mind set that “I’ve earned the right to eat poorly” and how it was actually impacting all of it.

Thankfully, Luke, Naj and their “Food as Fuel” concept finally began to sink in and speak to me. My internal voice and rational finally turned into “Let me get this straight, you just worked your ass off, and in so doing, you now “deserve” to completely toss away all of that hard work by denying your body the fuel it needs to not only recover, but improve. Have I got that about right?” Like I said, absolute insanity.

So why I am I telling you all this? Because earlier this year, while supporting my wife’s efforts to get her eating habits under control, we collectively chose a nutritional program that has it’s roots in the Paleo diet. At my first weigh in and body analysis, I was 198lbs and approximately 28% body fat. This kind of blindsided me and frankly did not seem possible given the level of fitness I had achieved over my time at SICFIT.

Okay then, let’s do this. I made a vow to keep things simple, which is one of the things I LOVE about the Paleo diet. At the behest of the program, I decided to begin simply by eliminating added sugar, all dairy, breads/pasta any “processed foods” while at the same time increasing my daily protein intake to 100grams and 64 ounces minimum. I then continued on with the same workout schedules and routines that I had established over the past 4 years at SICFIT. Long story short, in less than 90 days I morphed from 198lbs and 28% body fat to 172lbs and 9-10% body fat. WTF? Are you kidding me right now?

Ya know what? My wife of 25 years now, has never seen me with this physique or anything close to it. The increase in my strength and cardio performance at SICFIT, as well as the endurance events I’ve entered since replacing the food I was eating with actual fuel, has been nothing short of astonishing by comparison to my pre-Paleo days. Maybe most importantly, it’s been many years since I’ve been able to maintain the amount of mental focus and stamina that I now have. Every area of my life; family, career and fitness has improved as a result of simply changing the fuel I put into my body. With all the focus on waistline and washboard abs, It’s easy to forget that your brain is actually part of your body, and because it is, it of course reaps ALL of the benefits of ingesting better fuel too, no less than your waistline does.


I SO wish I, and my coaches, would have known all of this as an athlete in my teens and into my twenties. Well, I definitely know it now and so should you.


As for me, I will NEVER go back …

SICFIT Scottsdale’s Guest Week!

Guest Week kicks off TODAY! Who will be your guest?

guest week

Have a few friends and family members who keep saying things like, “I really need to get back in shape… amp up my workout… lose some weight… get healthy… get in control of my diet,” etc?
It is time to get those folks to stop by today, January 11th through Saturday, January 16th during all classes for Guest Week at SICFIT Scottsdale! Let your friends and family see for themselves how SICFIT Scottsdale can help them reach their goals.  Check out to view our schedule for January!





Making resolutions is a popular holiday tradition, but keeping those resolutions past the first week in January is the hard part. Did you know that while 45% of Americans regularly make New Year’s resolutions only 8% actually keep them. So, how do those 8% do it?



Write them down and look at them every day.



Do the activity every day! After a week or two, it will naturally become part of your day-to-day schedule.



Forget making a resolution because it seems like the right thing to do. Your resolution should be something you are passionate about, otherwise you will lose interest.



Get a coach or an accountability buddy. If the resolution is to eat healthier, let everyone know you’re on a diet. SICFIT Scottsdale has dedicated coaches that focus on nutrition and fitness to help you reach you goals.



Building a team of individuals with the same goal will make it easier to stick to your own. Get involved with like minded people. SICFIT Scottsdale has a ton of seminars, challenges and events to keep you motivated and engaged in the process.



Make them concrete by making them quantifiable. Set a goal with dates, times and measurements to see if you are on track. If it can’t be measured, it can’t be improved.



Keep your resolutions on track by writing in a daily journal. Use your SICFIT Scottsdale SICcess Journal to track your progress. Entries should be short and to the point.

Food As Fuel at SICFIT Scottsdale


The food we eat affects how we feel, look and perform. To learn more about which foods will give you the best results, join SICFIT Scottsdale for Food as Fuel. This free class will cover the basics of why a “practically paleo” nutrition plan will compliment your work in the gym, and how to simply incorporate it into  your life. Come with your questions, an open mind, and ready to write down ideas for quick and easy recipes, tips for grocery shopping, and how to stick to your plan when eating out and on the go! Food as Fuel will begin at 7pm on Thursday, January 21st.

Best Kids Fitness in Scottsdale


Check out this video interview with a singing, dancing, life loving Freshman in High School Zack. S outtakes provided by Kanon. K. If you don’t know if SICFIT is right for your kids this is a must watch.





  • We teach children to become successful leaders.
  • We will provide a safe and positive learning environment.
  • We promote the importance of health and fitness for a lifetime.
  • We will bring out the lil’ beast in your child!
  • Private Lessons – SICFIT Scottsdale also offers private lessons for children ages 3 – 17. For schedule and pricing, email
  • Special Groups & Events – SICFIT Scottsdale hosts a variety of events, including birthday parties, PE classes from local schools, summer camps and specialized training for sports teams. To find out how we can help your children be even more successful at their sport or have the best birthday they will ever remember, email us at

The Lil’ Beasts program currently offers children’s programs for three age groups:

Kids – Ages 4-8, 45 minutes

The Kids class concentrates on building movement patterns and creating good healthy habits with functional fitness. Balance and basic knowledge of how the body moves is the focus of this class. Children learn the foundational movements like squat, push-ups, climbing, jumping and basic gymnastics movements. Fitness games make learning fun and help teach important skills of listening and working well with others. You will see you child learn to follow directions, communicate, and play with others. Your child’s confidence, both physically and mentally, will grow with each class. The first class is always free.

Tweens – Ages 9-12, 45 minutes

Our tween program begins preparing students for organized high school sports. It gives them an edge into sports by teach them speed, agility, and power, while increasing their strength and stamina. This program also advances them from the kids program and prepares them to enter the teens classes.

Teens – Ages 13 +, 45 minutes

Our teen and tween programs takes training to the next level. Students will continue to learn the 10 basic physical skills, including strength, cardiovascular conditioning, agility, coordination, and balance. In addition they will take a more in-depth exploration of the movements and programming consistent with the Strength In Conditioning philosophy. Weight training will transition from dumbbells to barbells, with the emphasis still on using the least amount of weight possible to provoke a growth response in the body. Proper form will be priority number one. Workouts will be of higher intensity than and will more closely resemble an Adult Beginner class. There will be a strong emphasis on teamwork, communication and leadership skills, knowing that our Teens are just a few short steps from being grown-ups out in the “real” world. High school athletes will be reviewed and assessed by a coach to determine if adult classes are more suitable. The first class is always free.

“Why 2016 will become the greatest year of your life” by Luke Kayyem December 31, 2015

Yes, I said it! Welcome to the greatest day of your life and I mean it!!! If your not living your absolute ideal, most beautiful, sunny, beaming, joyous life in all arenas including family, fitness, nutrition, business, sleep and happiness then stick around and join us on this legendary journey we call LIFE. I promise I will teach you a few skills to become that person you truly want to be along with learning how to perform at optimal levels.

Today is the first day of the rest of the life that you choose to create. There is no one in this world that has power or control over you except you!

Attitude is everything was once quoted by an early client of mine and she actually had a terrible one. Always a problem, never her fault, complaining, nagging and creating more of the negative energy she already expressed. This relentless work at being unhappy actually created more unhappiness and the vicious cycle revolved.

You see we are all creatures of habit both good and bad and when we want to TRANSFORM ourselves into someone of something better we have to fight not only breaking an old habit like drinking soda with a new one like drinking water. Your actually walking up hill both ways, possibly in the snow and it happens to all of us every single time especially around the New Year.

Why do resolutions not work? Because the idea that your not going to drink a soda for a year after drinking them for years and replacing a sweet Coca Cola with a bottle of water for 365 days is too much for the kind of mind we Paleo Neanderthals have to handle. We need smaller more specific targets to hit continuously so that these small victories over time create a compound factor that snowballs into more victories which in return over time becomes a habit until eventually you can’t remember the last time you had a soda was.

Just yesterday I asked Exclusive Coaching Client since 2009 Reem Kidess what her 2016 VISION was? She replied with “Traveling more and practicing more French”. Easy enough! She has the resources to go anywhere in the WORLD and grew up speaking French. However with no commitment, timeline or TARGET to hit why or when would she truly need to reach them and take ACTION towards accomplishing them. So I used my best Luke Skywalker Jedi mind trick and said…. What if you accomplished both of those on New Years eve?! She looked at me SMUG! and I said let’s take that grand IDEA and turn it into a TARGET you can HIT tonight. Plan your next trip, choose the destination, buy your tickets and pick from the Top 100 French movies of all time all from the comfort of your home. BANG!!! Who’s the greatest Coach in the WORLD?! Well thank you but it wasn’t me it was her and you that have the POWER to make these decisions towards creating KEYSTONE habits that generate more positive outcomes and eventually give you the confidence to do ANYTHING you put your VISION to.

Group Photos

This is the Power of Habit by: Charles Duhigg and my first book mention of 2016. A direct recommendation from Matt Blanton member since 2010 and one of many I will share with you in the New Year.

Here is a checklist of events in January at SICFIT Scottsdale. Program them in your calendar, use reminders and alarms and only schedule events that will improve your life for the BEST.

“80% of SUCCESS is showing up” Woody Allen

January 1, 2016 First Positive Habit of the Year I will be hosting open gym 10-2pm

January 11-16 Guest Days bring a friend and save a life

January 21 Food as Fuel Nutrition seminar 7pm

January 27 Vision Board Party at Pinspiration City North $25 *Bodyweight workout included 6-8:30pm

January 28 Level I FITness proficiency test 7pm

January 30 In house FITness Challenge 9-11am $30

February 21 Final 9-11am

“SHOW UP, DON’T QUIT” Luke Kayyem


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