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Jeff Grant is a coach & mentor, ultra-endurance athlete and a hillseeker in all walks of life. His passion is coaching athletes as well as people making the key lifestyle transformation to healthy living. Jeff is also an active supporter of charity work in Malawi and Cambodia as a Board of Directors member at the nonprofit Face-to-Face AIDS Project and an advisor to the non-profit Shore2Summit organization. Jeff chased a major dream by walking away from a successful 18-year career in IT and Global Procurement to focus full-time on building fitter, faster and more efficient athletes and in helping people improve their lives. This led to his founding of Hillseeker Fitness GmbH, a Swiss-based firm that delivers coaching advice, rich content and training plans to a global audience, in-person training in Switzerland via Hillseeker CrossFit and motivational speaking to groups and companies.
Jeff has lived out a series of adventures since making his own transformation in the mid-90s. He has finished 5 ultra-distance triathlons, including the 2000 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii and the 2007 Inferno in the Swiss Alps. He has also completed numerous marathons and ultra marathons, including a top-50 overall and second-place American finish in the 2008 Marathon des Sables 155 mile run in the Sahara Desert and a coveted finish at the 104-mile (166KM) Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc race in Chamonix, France in 2009.
As an adventurer, Jeff has climbed Kilimanjaro, backpacked in the wilds of Alaskan grizzly bear country, SCUBA dived with sharks in the Galapagos, mountaineered in the Andes, rock and ice climbed in the Rockies and jungle-trekked in Southeast Asia.
Jeff's ultimate test of mental toughness was completion of the U.S. Navy SEAL-inspired SEALFit Kokoro Camp in 2010. The Kokoro Camp is a grueling 50-hour crucible that tests a warrior athlete's fitness and mental toughness to the extreme with a complete lack of sleep, with plenty of cold water immersion and with dozens of hours of intense fitness challenges. Jeff emerged from the experience as the selected Honor Man of Kokoro Class 13 and with a heightened passion for using the experience to help others. He now works several times a year as a Kokoro Support Coach and Running Technique coach at the SEALFIT Academy.
Prior to becoming an endurance athlete in 1996, Jeff was 70 pounds (32kg) overweight and led a sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle. Motivated by his concerned family members, Jeff decided to embark on a new, healthy lifestyle and has never looked back. He still cherishes this motivation and the new life that it brought and now helps others reach their goals though virtual coaching around the world, motivational speaking and in-person coaching in Switzerland.
Coaching and Teaching Qualifications:
Jeff understands firsthand what it's like to successfully transform into serious endurance and ultra endurance sport from being very much overweight and completely sedentary. He understands how to make a long-term, sustainable lifestyle change. He understands what it's like to pursue and achieve major sports goals when real life also involves a demanding, time-consuming job and other committments. He understands how to transition from just finishing endurance events to being competitive. He understands how to prevent burnout, have more fun and achieve the seemingly impossible. Most importantly, he can convey this knowledge and experience to you and help you journey to a place in life that you may have never believed possible!
Jeff is also a Yoga Alliance-certified Yoga Teacher, Pose Method Level 2 Running Technique Specialist and Level 1 Swim/Cycling Technique Specialist, CrossFit Level 1-Certified Trainer, certified CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Strongman & CrossFit Olympic Lifting trainer, certified in Sports First Aid and AED/CPR, a graduate of CrossFit's Coaches Prep and Gymnastics programs.