Jesus Acuña General Manager

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Jesus Acuña, CSCS, SFG, Pn2 – General Manager


I  received a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Spanish from the University of Arizona. After graduating I have  continued on to  earn my  Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Certification through the NSCA, Precision Nutrition Level 2 Sport and Exercise Nutrition Coach, and a level 1 StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor Certification.

I became interested in fitness after going through my own journey of losing 100 pounds in 2009. (read the entire story here)

I joined the Tucson Strength team in 2015 as coach and I am now the General Manager of the gym.


I specialize in lifestyle habit changes, nutrition education, weight management, cardiovascular fitness, and various strength training modalities. As a fitness professional, I have helped men and women lose hundreds of pounds while working with various programs through organizations like the University of Arizona, El Rio Health Services, Codac Behavioral Health Services, the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, and various Tucson Public Schools.


During my off time I enjoy strength training in the gym, off on a trail riding my mountain bike, playing soccer, or baby proofing my home my wife Annette, for our growing family.

Over the past year I got out of my comfort zone and competed in my first triathlon and 1/2 marathon which has been a fun experience!


Women Strength Training Tucson

Have to share a story about yesterday as it helped add some clarity to my goals for strength training. The fine line between being strong but not bulky, right :)?! I was on my way to a meeting last night and there was a truck that was stalled in the middle of the road. Everyone just kept driving around him and this poor guy was trying to push and steer the truck out of the way by himself. Without a question, I pulled over and knew I was strong enough to help him. To me strength is about it never being a limiting factor for me. Never doubting that I am strong enough to carry my kids, all 3 of them if necessary. Strong enough to carry the 40 lb. bag of dog food. Strong enough to give my 96 year old grandma stability when she walks. Strong enough to replace the water jug on the water cooler at work. Strong enough to help a stranger push his car. Strong enough to participate in anything that comes my way. 
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding training me. Working towards specific goals while complementing my training in classes has been so beneficial.  – Missy Edy
The past few months have been anxiety laden for me, just really bad. Not being able to be at the gym made me feel even worse, but you saw the importance in what I have learned about myself in my time away. That made a huge difference in how I see the past several months regarding my physical health.

Instead of feeling like I failed, you made me realize that I have learned. You have spent time coaching me and encouraging me for the past few years. Today you made it very clear to me that you have really listened every time we have met, that you know me better than the time we have spent together would indicate.

You know how to minimize my anxieties and how to help me help myself. Most people tell me that I am a calming influence for them, but you can see the storm. You are an excellent listener, and that makes you an outstanding coach. –  Smita

I feel like we work in partnership: yours is not top-down coaching. You don’t tell me what to do and you don’t tell me how to do it differently. Instead, you know just the right important questions to ask to lead me toward discovery. I appreciate that approach very much.- Becky Myrick