My name is Jesse Evjenth, and I coach people who struggle to stay fit on their own.
To tell you the truth, I’ve struggled myself, and I continue to find new challenges that steer me off my own fitness path. But those experiences, plus having personally worked with over 200 clients in my career over the past five years, keep me motivated to keep moving forward and learning. In total, my clients have lost nearly 2 metric tonnes of body fat since I became a fitness coach. But what's more astonishing is how much their lives have changed as a result. In each new client, I help sort the divide between the person they see in the mirror and what they want to see. The best part of my job is being able witness their transformation into the body and lifestyle they've always struggled to get.
My mission is to build an active, fulfilling life for myself; and to empower others to do the same.
I've learned that I am happiest when I am experiencing new and exciting physical challenges and expanding my mind in new ways; and most fulfilled when working to lead and empower others to do the same. That's why I love what I do!
As a child born with asthma, I often struggled with keeping up in recess, gym class and sports. As a teenager I often struggled with diet, depression and body image issues. As a young adult I often struggled with identity, choosing a career, and broken hearts. Luckily, I have met some amazing teachers, coaches, and leaders who became my mentors and role models. They helped me to discover my true self and direction; and that my passion of coaching others had been inside me all along.
You might not guess that you'd have much in common with a personal trainer. Many trainers look like they've been effortlessly fit their entire life! But, they are human. I am human. I gained a fair chunk of weight in body fat (from 115lbs to 175lbs!) from overeating. I lost it from eating sensibly and some light exercise (down to 120lbs). Then I lost even more from eating a raw vegan diet and marathon training (lowest was 105lbs). I still didn't like what I saw in the mirror but I was feeling pretty amazing! I tuned in that I needed weight training to add the muscle back. A balance! Now I'm a healthy 170lbs, nice muscle definition (if I do say so myself), great cardio endurance, and energy to do more; and boy did I learn a lot along the way!
When I work with a new client, I try to learn as quickly as possible the deep down reasons of why they want to work out, change their diet, look a certain way, or lose a certain number of pounds. Then we get started addressing the obstacles that prevented them from reaching that goal in the past. I arm them with knowledge and continued support; and work with them to build a flexible program that over time evolves into the lifestyle that will allow them to keep up with or surpass the goals we worked hard to achieve.
I now live a very active, healthy, balanced lifestyle; and have been hard at work to reach out to more people like you. Its tough work, but with the right planning and direction, you'll get there too!
And hey, thanks for being here. I genuinely appreciate it... and you!