We had the good fortune of connecting with Jesse Holland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jesse, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When I was starting my own business 5 years ago my thought process was that I was working for others for the previous 7 years. I was working 40 hours a week at 4 other facilities over 7 years. I was always helping other owners create success at the same time working towards my personal goal of impacting more lives than McDonalds has served. 5 years ago I had a plan of that didn’t go the way I had planned. I took it as a sign that the future didn’t need look exactly the way I envisioned it, as long as I was not standing still. My company started without 4 walls. It was built on a website, online, through events, swag, and programming popping results that was different from what people were used to. I have kept a learners mindset while building my business. I have learned from many mentors that have contributed to my success. I am very grateful to each and everyone of them. After more than a decade I know without a solid support system I wouldn’t be where I am today. When I was starting my business I was very confident I would be able to create a life that enabled me to make money doing what I was most passionate about, helping others and seeing them succeed. After starting my business, I have worked more than 40 hours a week. But, I work with a few amazing company’s providing corporate wellness, I have an amazing community that work with me in nutrition, movement, and others travel around the world with me as I guide adventure trips. My thought process 5 years ago was that I had knowledge and passion for something that most people could benefit from. 5 years after opening my business I am grateful for the thousands of people that have given me their trust, time, energy and effort to create results.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a movement specialist, I help guide many people towards their physical targets in the gym. What sets me apart from others is my journey. I had an injury 12 years ago that put me lying on my back in recovery. I spent three years assisting Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers in post op rehabilitation. Going through a serve recovery process myself and assisting others in their recovery I have a different lens than I did 20 years ago. I have found a practice of attention in the details of basics and teaching people to become masterful in movement. I am most excited for the year ahead! Work and life in 2021 is going to be creative, adventurous, and fun! I have gotten to where I am today by being persistent in my passion and purpose. I was told a long time ago the more people I help accomplish their goals in life it would be much more likely for me to achieve my goals. The more people I impact the more doors open for me. I feel fortunate today to be able to make a living in a field I am fueled with passion and purpose. I am an Olympic Weightlifting coach, a Functional Fitness coach, a Human Performance Specialist, a Wellness coach, a International Mountain Guide, and a Public Speaker. Each year has been fueled by the year previous and my sincere desire and care to see my clients success. It has been anything but an easy road. This story begins after my back surgery. Although I would not be where I am today had my surgery not happened, it was almost a year of my life that I sat in what was the darkest and most challenging year for me. I was on a mission to find a life without feeling constant physical pain. I overcame my daily physical pain through submerging myself in an environment of education and healing. I have learned so many lessons most of which the principals of my physical programing are based on.
I want people to know that I was life a life fighting through constant physical pain. I want people to know that I had a life altering surgery and I was told I may never walk again. Through understanding of kinesiology, the study of human movement, and creating a healthy active lifestyle I was able to find pain free living. I am now walking, running, lifting, hiking, biking, climbing, and moving feeling better than I ever have in my entire life. Movement is medicine and the mechanics to your movement matter. Food is fuel and fueling your movement properly will be paramount to your performance and success. Follow me to see where your can adventure through life and join me if you would life me to guide you in your journey to pain free performance and healthy living.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I have a friend visiting for the week, there is lots to see here in Arizona. I would pick them up on a Friday, plan to do a healthy dinner out in Old Town Scottsdale and see some off what the night life has to offer. I would call it a early evening.
Start the Saturday off early out at the house with some eggs, oatmeal, and some fresh fruits to fuel our morning workout at my local nutrition club. We would wrap up the workout with a post workout smoothie before heading to one of the resorts for the rest of a hopefully runner afternoon filled with time by the pool relaxing massages and time to relax before we did dinner.
Saturday night we may do something like Flemmings or Ocean Club for a nice dinner before wrapping up the day.
Sunday rise and shine I would take my friends back to the nutrition club for a shake to fuel our morning hike on one of the many incredible mountains in the heart of the city. The rest of the Sunday would be dedicated to some down time to relax by the pool in a cabana at the house.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout today goes to lululemon. The company has been a driving factor in the growth of my business. I have been working with them in staff and community events for just over 6 years. Since the first event that I coached at the Scottsdale Quarter I was drawn to the culture that the brand created. I made friends with the staff and managers. I was grateful to be highlighted as a community leader by the staff. After doing events for 3 and a half years I was brought on to lululemon as a brand ambassador. Since I have become an ambassador the company has supported my personal and professional growth. I was gifted a week of leadership training in Canada, I have been given a grant to take a story telling program that I am honing my story telling skills. I am extremely fortunate and feel blessed to be supported by a global leadership brand.
As I Iook back over the last twelve years my family deserves some recognition,I think that everyone I have worked with, each and every person I have worked with has contributed to my success. I also am grateful for amazing facility to work in, a very supportive partner, and friends that support my dreams of helping others.