Jesse Holland is one of those guys that you wish you had known your entire life. He’s someone you can count on, trust and are as happy to see him as he is you! When Jesse enters the room even before he speaks you know and feel his presence, then after he speaks he is in complete command of the room. I have had the pleasure of knowing Jesse for over three years and have been working along side him for the past fifteen months. His life has changed at SICFIT Scottsdale and now he changes lives. From fat to FIT to athlete Jesse has been crushing workouts, races and competitions lately. Which is why I decided to honor him with the coveted title of Athlete of the Month. Thank you Jesse for walking the talk and representing the SICFIT lifestyle. You have a huge heart and even bigger soul. Thank you for being you a man that I respect and enjoy time with. Luke Kayyem
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I was born in Vermont. I lived in upstate New York and in the North Shore of Boston prior to packing up and heading West to Arizona in 1993. I moved here in high school and went to Brophy College Prep before transferring to Chaparral where both my sister and I graduated from. I then moved to Tucson and graduated from University of Arizona. I moved around with work after school and lived in Las Vegas, the Inland Empire, Los Angles, San Francisco, and Sacramento before I came back to my family here in Scottsdale. My family is everything to me!
My mother (Cindy), father (Mark), sister (Ashlee), and niece (Makayla) are all very close to me. I have many other family that has moved out West since we made the Pilgrimage back in 1993. The worst job I ever had would have to be no job at all. I would rather have something I don’t enjoy doing than doing nothing at all. My best place of employment would be Claim Jumper. I grew up while growing that company from one to twenty locations. I had many great teachers and mentors along the way that propelled me into the places I wanted to excel to. I was introduced to SICFIT three years ago. It was just a gym that people went to before it became my home. I was slow to the dance at first but, once I had gone through my first introduction workout out with Coach Luke and afterwards knew that this place was the missing element I needed in my training and in my life to get back to a healthy place. After a lower lumber surgery and 11 month recovery process. I joined team SICFIT in January 2014. Luke, and the rest of the coaching staff had given me the guidance and support I needed to shed over 70 lbs and start rebuilding the muscle mass I had lost in the recovery process.
The experience that I have had over the last two years in making SICFIT my rock and having the fruition of all of my hard work show is part of how I motivate others to know that we are all capable. We are all capable of achieving more, everyday. It is a great feeling to do things that you never thought you would or could do. It’s very empowering and from a coaches stand point that is to me the largest reward, when I see an individual see more in themselves then they thought they had, it makes my day, my job and my life. I love celebrating SICcess.
My greatest weakness in my current training is that I have not completed a Muscle Up on the rings. I will break through this weakness within the first half of the year. This last year I had competed in a few competitions to see where I stood in the group. The taste of SPORT did nothing but, make me even more hungry. I am going to compete in five competitions this year to take it to another level (one of my personal goals for 2015). I also plan on continuing my education in nutrition, health, and fitness in the years to come.
The greatest accomplishment of mine is when I was able to be resilient enough to pull myself back up from a serious back surgery. To continue the journey of the recovery process and take it beyond what I ever thought was possible. I was able to lose the weight I had gained and push past the darkest portion of my existence to return to living a healthy and happy life surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones doing what I love most, coaching. When I was in the recovery process I struggled with defining my self worth. I made a decision that I would crawl, walk, jog, run, and sprint my way back to the man I was before no matter how long it took me to get there. I wake up feeling great everyday!
In good health,