INSTRUCTOR PROFILE: JESSE

Tell us a little bit about yourself—where are you from and what brought you to Milwaukee?

I grew up in Appleton and Dale, WI.  I then lived in Milwaukee for seven years before spending three years on the West Coast.  I’ve been back in Milwaukee for almost four years now.  I originally moved here because I’m drawn to larger cities with more culture, diversity, and things to do.   I came back because of friends and family. 

What got you interested in crew?

I remember being on a rower at a gym and although I had no idea what I was doing, I found I really enjoyed the repetitive motion. Then a customer told me about SPIRE’s crew class and I decided to check it out. I fell in love with the rower and the never-ending quest for the most efficient stroke possible. At SPIRE I learned how dynamic the rower really is and how great of a workout it provides.

When you’re not at SPIRE, where are you and what are you doing?

I’m a real homebody so I’m usually at my apartment getting into a project, reading, or watching Parks & Rec. I recently starting running with a great crew and sometimes hit up a weekly meditation group. I’m also a member of a minimalist group and have gotten rid of a lot of stuff over the past couple of years. I recently tossed 1000’s of pictures and my yearbooks; people usually get wide-eyed when I tell them that.

 Who or what has inSPIRED you?

I get a lot of inspiration from females that are out there making fitness a priority, pushing themselves to be stronger and healthier. Athletes with disabilities who don’t let it hold them back from doing the activities they love also inspire me. I recently saw the Nike commercial with Kyle Maynard and was in complete awe.

What is your go-to song to work out to?

I don’t have a particular song, but love exercising to house music. The artists on Dirtybird’s label create a lot of fun tracks and mixes that always get me moving.

What kind of music will we be listening to in your crew class?

You will likely hear a house track or two, some 90’s hip hop, and classic 80’s jams.   

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

The show Little House on the Prairie. I love that Charles Ingalls.

If you could marry any celebrity, who would it be and why?

Adrian Brody. He stole my heart in the movie Dummy.

What are some things on your bucket list?

Since I was young, I’ve always wanted to travel to Japan and get lost in Tokyo. Another is to go completely off the grid for a couple of weeks to see how I do (I’d want to make Ron Swanson proud). I also want to donate an organ and be debt free.

What motivates you to keep pushing hard, especially in the gym?

The simple desire to be a healthier, stronger person both physically and emotionally is my true motivation. However, I also find motivation by trying a new class or work-out, it helps to keep things fresh and exciting. It also helps to have a friend, exercise partner, or instructor push and encourage me.

What is some of the best

advice you have received?

Lean into the uncomfortable. That’s where real change happens.

What is a unique fact that few people know about you?

I have a bucket of worms under my kitchen sink that I feed fruit and vegetable scraps to once every week or two. It’s technically called vermicomposting, but I like “bucket of worms” better.

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

I would buy a simple, energy efficient house in the city, pay off debt, and take my family on a worldwide adventure. With the rest I’d help my family, friends, and community lead happier, healthier lives.

What is your favorite workout clothing/brand?

lululemon of course. I also like to cut off the sleeves of t-shirts and bring in the sides so they are a better fit. I did that with an old shirt of my brother’s punk band from the late 90’s; It’s my favorite.