A match made in….Nutrition. Not your likely love at first site meeting place for two young college students but it was perfect place for one of our associates at SICFIT Scottsdale to find his love. David Sharp and his lovely wife Erica met on campus at Cal state San Luis Obispo or SLO as the locals like to call it.
A little information and “WHY” we are so lucky to have David on full time staff and a key role player in our organization. Well let’s just say these two young, FIT coaches are living the life they had planned back in college and we only hope they will continue to follow their dreams. I am very excited to have David on our team as one of our managers and only hope the future holds everything they both want in life. Cheers to you both and may your family, friendships and finances fulfill your hearts, hands and homes with love and prosperity.
Luke, Najla, Kanon and Camille Kayyem
I grew up in Lompoc, a small town near an Air Force base about 1 hour between SLO and Santa Barbara. I played all sorts of sports growing up from soccer to water polo to basketball and baseball. My parents have about 20 acres of land so he was always running around taking journeys with the dogs, dirt biking and causing mischief.
When I got to Cal Poly, he already had his associates degree and was planning on becoming a dentist. That changed with all of the calculus I had to take and decided to switch over to nutrition, where I met Erika.
I have held just about every job that you can imagine over the last 10 years (sales, marketing, EMT, firefighting academy, administration and coaching — my true passion. I wasn’t getting the coaching exposure and direction that I wanted so I decided to expend my knowledge and recieved a certification with crossfit and joined a local gym. I found SICFIT and transitioned over to a more focused strength and conditioning program with a detailed system and amazing business leadership in the community. I have learned so much about fitness, business and life in general.
I still plays baseball on the weekends, where Erika attends nearly every game (unless its late or really cold) and brings her snack bag and fluids — in true dietitian form. My goal of running a SICFIT gym and eventually owning multiple locations is slowly coming true. I am now in charge of a lot of responsibility and have become an intricate part of the business development side of SICFIT. I have so much still to learn in the FITness industry along with what I have already learned in coaching, programming and maintaining the SICFIT culture.
“I love what I am doing in my career and cannot wait for the future.”
Erika Sharp (Wincheski)
I was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. All of my extended family is from the east coast, my direct family (brother, Kevin (17); sister, Morgan (23); mother, Joanne and father, Ken) all live in Half Moon Bay, California. Though I was born in Maryland, I grew up in a small town about 30 min south of San Francisco.
I was a gymnast for more years than I can even imagine, from age 2-17 (on and off due to injuries) and coached gymnastics (preschool – level 4) for 8 years. My family is very active in sports, hunting, outdoors, and eating (that’s where the Italian in me comes out).
I always knew that I would be in the health and wellness field since I was in high school. I pursued that in college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where I majored in Nutrition. This is where David and I met, as he was also a nutrition major — one of the few males might I add. My passion and interest was in sports, so I tried to incorporate that into all of my school projects.
At the beginning of my junior year (I was able to graduate in 4 years, so this reference works) I noticed that this cute guy was in all of my classes (I was taking most of my senior level classes because I am a bit of an overachiever). He would always show up on his street bike, holding his enormous helmet and acting really cool. So naturally, I walked up to him and struck a conversation that began with… “so, you are in all of my classes…why is that?” he proceed to answer with “because I am a nutrition major”….well DUH! and then class began and we didn’t talk much.
About a week later, we were at the downtown SLO farmer’s market on a thursday night — this is the place to be on a thursday night. They shut down multiple streets, have all sorts of food, drinks and live entertainment. I was downtown with my roommate at the time when I saw the guy that was in all of my classes. He was with his friend who was having a pretty good time at that particular moment. He started to approach me and my friend when David noticed that I was the girl who approached him last week. We started talking and then he hit me with “hey, it’s my birthday next week and I am going to have a party, so let me get your number” — not a bad pick up line thats for sure. So of course I gave him my number and we hit it off.
Six and a half year’s later, here we are! Married, 2 dogs (our children) and a pretty sweet 3-story condo — not smart for your electric bill though.
We have lived through quite a bit of a long distance relationship while I finished up everything that I needed to for my career. I am a registered dietitian (RD) and the Director of Nutrition at EXOS (formerly, Athletes’ Performance) where I manage 9 facilities across the country and work with high school, college and professional athletes of all sports — my favorite time of the year is baseball offseason! I interned with them in 2011 after I graduated college so that I could get some experience in sports nutrition. It was amazing and I loved every minute of it. After that, I moved to the DC area for 11 months to finish up all of my hours for my credential. David and I would visit every 3 months or so and he got to meet my giant Italian family.
Mid-way through my time in Maryland, I was offered my dream job in AZ working with EXOS as a facility dietitian so after finishing up on the east coast, I journeyed back across the country to AZ where David was meeting me. Since then, we have settled in, planned a wedding, attended numerous spring training games and rescued another puppy.
Even though I work at a gym and in workout clothes all day, I did not work out for over 8 years — lots of old injuries, plus working out in a gym was foreign for me who mainly just lifted myself and flipped around. Thankfully, I eat well, maintain good portion control and have some impressive muscle memory. David has always been the really active one in our house with all of his lifting, coaching, and weekly adult league baseball. In January I started working out to a program that David developed for me. I called it my “get jacked for the wedding” program, and sure enough I put on a decent amount of muscle and lost some body fat. I think I am now hooked on lifting heavy objects. Thank you for welcoming us to Scottsdale and making us both feel like family.