We’re excited to welcome Jesse Thomas as the new ASC Director of Group Fitness. Get to know Jesse by reading his interview below:
What do you like to eat for breakfast?
My breakfast typically starts with my Vitamix and a healthy juice made of carrots, banana, kale, spinach, seasonal fresh fruits, flax seeds, chia seeds, Acai or other juice and frozen fruit. Just blend, and enjoy! Other than juice, it’s usually oatmeal or eggs.
Describe your perfect workout:
My perfect workout includes a dynamic warm-up followed by 45 to 60 minutes of a well-rounded, high-intensity workout focusing on biomechanics: power, strength, balance, range of motion, muscular endurance and flexibility. My ideal exercises put my heart on a roller-coaster of intensity and recovery times, and most challenge my core. I'll end my workout with 5 to 10 minutes of static stretching. I look for efficiency when I train; if I’m going to spend an hour working out, I want it to be time well spent. I get mentally focused and bring 100% effort every time.
What’s your favorite way to spend your free time?
My free time is spent with my family and friends while doing lots of outdoor adventure type things. I'm an adrenaline junkie, and an outdoor sports fanatic! Hiking, hunting, fishing, backpacking, camping, river rafting, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, snowboarding, road and mountain biking, roller skating (not rollerblading), playing soccer, basketball, Frisbee, beach volleyball, swimming, surfing, snorkeling; or, just traveling the world taking in endless life experiences and cultures.
What’s your personal teaching philosophy?
My goal when teaching/coaching is to help you seek answers, to help guide your inquisition, to create critical thinking skills along with developing your analytic skills. You are surrounded by details, so pay close attention to as many details as you can. Don't just do something because you were told to do something; instead ask the right questions to understand why you are doing it. If you understand the "why," you are one step closer to teaching the "How." Study, Practice, Repeat.
What's in store for our group fitness training programs?
I'm looking forward to delivering relevant industry-leading trends that are backed by scientific research. I seek to bridge the gap between industry research and practical application. We will be implementing new programs that drive powerful results while having fun. As the Health & Fitness Industry continues to grow, I look forward to bringing the most effective and unique types of fitness to Active Sports Clubs. You'll be guided by amazing instructors and coaches who deliver the highest quality content in an exercise environment you and your friends will love to be a part of.
About Jesse Thomas:
Jesse Thomas, M.S., CSCS, has over 15 years of experience in the Health & Fitness Industry. Jesse's well-rounded and diverse education and training have helped pave his unique approach to coaching. A competitive multi-sport athlete and mixed martial arts practitioner, Jesse has been a Strength and Conditioning Coach for collegiate and professional athletes; he is a master personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Jesse has vast experience managing multiple corporate and commercial health clubs. Jesse is a Master Trainer and National Presenter for The Indoor Cycling Group (ICG) of North America, he is also a National Course Presenter for the NAFC and a continuing education provider for ACE, AFAA, NASM, NSCA, and NAFC. Jesse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.