Meet the Pinnacle Fitness Team
CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINERS
The team at Pinnacle Fitness Scottsdale is passionate about fitness. Putting your needs first and genuinely wanting to help you succeed! Our innovative approach intermixes the best exercises from a variety of disciplines such as weight training, dynamic stretching, plyometrics and cardio interval training. Complete training plans are designed to bring together a variety of disciplines in order to match a client’s needs and interests.
Our commitment to providing clients with the best gym and personal training experience is reflected in the quality of personal trainers working at Pinnacle Fitness. Each trainer is certified, with an average of 5-10 years of experience helping clients meet their physical fitness goals.
Owner of Pinnacle Fitness/Certified Personal Trainer
Luke moved to Arizona in 2006 to pursue his dream of making the 2008 Olympic team as a discus thrower. Injuries ultimately hampered his training so, despite qualifying to compete at the 2008 Olympic Trials, Luke chose to listen to his body and prevent further damage. After dedicating 20 years to training and competing, Luke officially retired from competitive discus throwing in June, 2008.
Now Luke’s focus is dedicated solely on changing peoples’ lives through fitness. Using the success he created over the past (9) years of transforming personal-training clients of all body types, Luke launched Pinnacle Fitness.
Fitness has always been a part of Luke’s life. As a teen, he was a three-sport athlete in his hometown of Verona, WI. He used his athletic abilities to earn a full scholarship to UCLA to compete on their Track & Field team, eventually being named Team Captain in 1999 and achieving All-American status four times during his collegiate career with the Bruins!
Luke stays connected to his hometown roots in Wisconsin – his parents maintain their residency in Verona as does his older brother. He continues to develop young Wisconsin throwers through two annual throwing clinics and guest speaking engagements at schools and banquets.
Luke’s Certifications & Achievements
- Certified with a CSCS( Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) by the NSCA( National Strength & Conditioning Association)
- CPR & AED Certified by The American Heart Association
- USATF Coaching Education Level 1 Certification
- 2000 & 2004 US Olympic Trials Competitor in the discus.
- Top 25 USA Track & Field ranking as a discus thrower 1997, 1998, 1999,2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008.
- 4 time UCLA All- American in Track & Field
- 1995 Junior Pan-American Discus Champion
- 1994 # 1 Ranked HS discus thrower in USA
Certified Personal Trainer
Alicia was born and raised in Holbrook, AZ which is a small town in northern Arizona. Their claim to fame is the Petrified Forest National Park and The Painted Desert known for it’s brilliant and varied colors. She moved to Phoenix 15 years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Alicia has been a Yoga teacher for 3 years and has learned so much about herself and the students she teaches. Alicia believes Yoga is an important tool for all people in all walks of life. It teaches you to stop, breathe and stop reacting. It also helps you to take note of what is going on with your mind and body, if only for a short period of time. Alicia has always been passionate about fitness and was a fitness client herself for years. Two years ago she was met with a life changing experience and it was her faith and fitness that helped her to get up every day and persevere. She made the decision to become a personal trainer because she wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. Alicia wanted to show people that no matter what you may be going through YOU are worth the time and energy to make yourself a better person mentally and physically.
Alicia has two certifications with International Sports Sciences Association as a Personal Trainer and Nutrition Specialist. She truly enjoys being a Personal Trainer and working with different people with varying needs and goals. She also has a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training that she received from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts.
In her free time, she enjoys hiking, weight training, camping, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She is thrilled to be a part of the Pinnacle Fitness family and looks forward to the opportunity of changing people’s lives 1 squat at a time.
Achievements and Certifications:
- 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
- Certified Personal Training and Nutrition Specialist from ISSA
Certified Personal Trainer
Fitness has taken a huge leading role in my life. As a kid and a teenager I was considered
morbidly obese, and doctors would consistently tell me that I had to lose weight. And so with a
lot of trial and error I was able to lose over one-hundred twenty-five pounds! During this weight
loss journey I fell in love with the gym, and after some hard work and commitment I had finally
weighed in at under two-hundred pounds despite weighing over three-hundred at one point! I
regained so many things that I took for granted. I can tie my shoe without becoming out of
breath, run, and fit into clothes at the store. I wanted others to experience this freeing feeling.
So, I earned my personal training certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine
and set out on my journey to become the best version of myself as a coach!
During my tenure at the gym I started competing in the sports of Powerlifting and Strongman.
This has given me an extensive knowledge of ways to strengthen and condition the body. But as
someone who was still rather heavy, I had to work around many injuries and deficits in the way
that I moved. Being so injury prone, I chose to earn my Corrective Exercise Specialization from
the National Academy of Sports Medicine, this allowed me to rehabilitate myself and existing
clients through movement!
My favorite things outside of work are spending time with my wife, keeping up with the current
trends in the world of strength sports, and DIY projects that go horribly wrong 90% of the time.
Even though I’ve lost a lot of weight, I still enjoy trying new and fun foods from time-to-time and
would love suggestions!
Certified Personal Trainer
Jesi was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but was raised in Northern Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. He grew up in a small community called Leupp, which is about 50 miles east of Flagstaff. He comes from a family of five, and is the oldest of three. For as long as he can remember, he’s always had a love for basketball. He continued to play throughout high school, in hopes that he would possibly play in college. Unfortunately, his senior year in high school he tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his left knee.
After the injury, he had reconstructive surgery and a 6-9 month rehabilitation process. Although the process was tough, and sometimes painful, the road to recovery was an eye opening experience. This life changing event introduced a love for exercise science and passion to help athletes of all ages upgrade their lives.
He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Sports Performance from Grand Canyon University. He’s had the opportunity to have worked with athletes of all ages and backgrounds from youth athletes to professional athletes. He currently holds two certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and from the National Association of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer.
Certified Personal Trainer
Nathan was born in Chicago, Illinois and comes from a big family with 2 older sisters and 3 younger brothers. Having a father who has been in the marines for 25+ years meant that the family has moved 6 total times throughout Illinois and California. During high school, Nathan was a 3-sport athlete athlete playing football, wrestling, and track & field all 4 years. Being active started at a young age, when he first started playing sports and his father took him to workout. Since then, remaining active active has been very crucial in his life, especially when he decided to attend Arizona State University.
At school he joined the powerlifting club, worked at the school gym, and was an intern at EXOS working with MLB athletes. Nathan earned his bachelor’s degree in Clinical Exercise Science in 3 years and his personal training certification through ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine).
ASU is also where he met his girlfriend who also graduated in 3 years, but in Criminology & Criminal Justice. This is who he loves to spend any free time he has with. Post-graduation he moved away from home in Chicago to get away from shoveling snow and was working at the Boulders Resort as a maintenance man since he loves working with his hands. Now, he couldn’t be any happier to be back in the gym environment and to be part of a crew with amazing clientele.
- ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Personal Trainer
- CPR & AED certified by American Red Cross