Coach Jesse 

Jesse Zavala was born and raised in Brownsville, TX, and currently resides in Pearland, TX. He is a full time Forensic Chemist by day and an endurance coach by night. Growing up he was involved in football, basketball, boxing, track and field (shot-put and discus) and strength training.

He started his endurance sports journey in 2012 as a way of mixing up his strength training workout routines. In 2015, he entered the world of triathlon and has completed many races, including his first Ironman distance (140.6) triathlon in 2017. These days, Coach Jesse continues to train to maintain a healthy lifestyle and focuses on maintaining all-around fitness to join athletes on EPIC adventures whenever the time presents itself!

Jesse’s true passion is using his vast knowledge and experience to help his athletes reach their goals and push themselves to limits they never knew existed. To accomplish this, he thinks beyond the box to create personalized training plans to provide a strong foundation for each athlete and increase their efficiency and fitness, while reducing the chances of injury.

As with any relationship, the athlete-coach relationship requires frequent communication in order to monitor and make any necessary adjustments for maximum fitness gains. His athletes come from a variety of backgrounds and fitness levels – 5K runners to Ironman Triathletes to MMA Fighter to Ultra-Marathoners! If you have any questions or want to chat with Jesse, refer to the “Let’s Get Started Today” section below!


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    My IRONMAN journey began as a dream, but at the time I thought it wasn’t a realistic dream. I was 49 years old, overweight and had extremely bad knees. However, I signed up and decided to dive right in. I looked for a coach and instead I found a brother. This young man guided an old, stubborn, high maintenance diva of a man and molded him into an IRONMAN. They say Iron strengthens Iron. That’s exactly what Jesse did. He coached me with patience, expertise, understanding and lastly he tailored his plan and made my body and mind ready for 140.6 miles of fun. Coaching is not Jesse’s job or hobby it’s his passion and he doesn’t do it alone. His wonderful wife is there with him at every race and the rest of the MRE family joins in too. Be a part of Team Zavala! – Ruben Perez

    “At the age of 54, and having fallen off the “athletic” wagon years ago, I came to the realization I better get back at it before it’s too late. I had done some recreational cycling for a few years, but nothing serious. After watching the Ironman World Championships in 2018, I thought “hey maybe I’ll do that”…and so the journey began. Not knowing a thing about endurance sports, I knew I had to get help. I met Coach Jesse on a Mind Right Endurance “Epic Shit” ride – 120 miles in one day (and we were the group going short). Jesse (and Ruben Perez) were with me every pedal stoke…giving me words of encouragement and support…would have never gotten through it without them. We formed a bond that day that carry’s until now. Jesse’s not just a great coach, but a true friend that genuinely cares about people…he listens, encourages, motivates, mentors….and yes even gives you a kick in the ass if needed….all in the quest of accomplishing YOUR goals and dreams! Can’t think of anyone I’d rather have with me on my journey than Coach Jesse (and #TeamZavala)!” – Larry Wainscott

    Coach Jesse never fails to make me a well rounded athlete. He is not only a hard worker himself, but he knows what to do to get you to the next level.  The thought process he puts behind my weekly training plans always leave me feeling accomplished, and one step closer to my goals. Jesse is not only my triathlon/strength coach, but he understands life. When you need to talk things out like friends he’s always there to listen and provide his knowledge and assure you things will be just fine. I can honestly say that if you want to see improvements in yourself and strive for what might seem to be unattainable goals, you need #TeamZavala on your side! – Aspen Neely

    “Jesse is an incredible coach! He has taught me so much about training for Ultra Marathons and myself and what I am capable of. He keeps me accountable and if you follow his customized training plan, you’re sure to be ready for whatever event you’re training for! Go with Jesse if you’re serious about achieving your race goals! – Mark Andersen 

    “I can not describe how thankful I am that I found this group and jumped into training with Coach Jesse! I came back from having two babies and wanted to give triathlon a try. My results speak for themselves – 3rd place in my age group in my first ever triathlon. It was absolutely due to the care and expertise of Coach Jesse who safely built me up from nothing!Katie Rutherford

    “Coach Jesse is incredible! I came to Jesse with huge athletic goals and a relatively short time frame to reach them. Jesse coached me through to my first full Ironman finish, and he helped me do it through a ton of physical and emotional roadblocks. Jesse truly cares about his athletes. He helped me push through some incredibly tough times and reach goals I’ve had since for 15+ years. I can’t wait to continue working with Jesse and reach more crazy dreams with him in my corner!” – Allie Epstein

    “Having Coach Jesse has improved goal setting and provided focus in daily, weekly, and long term training plans. Some days feel easy and you have to reign yourself in. But, the process is evident by gains made in terms of time, strength, and endurance. The metrics provide clarity in tracking those gains. And then, there are the hard days…”Jason Schroeder

    “Starting my marathon journey with Coach Jesse has given me more focus and determination. I’ve put all of my trust in him and my progress/results speak for themselves. Every workout has a calculated purpose, and there is a method to the madness! After my first half marathon, I have adjusted my goals and I know with Coach Jesse’s coaching and guidance that I can accomplish these goals that I once thought were unattainable.”Carlos Salinas

    “I’ve only been working with Coach Jesse for a short period of time, but have had an amazing experience. I am the type of person who had viewed more mileage as the status symbol of fitness. I was a bit nervous when I saw my mileage dropping, but I’ve seen first hand that the carefully planned, quality workouts have been working very well. I’ve improved my 5K run time by 10 minutes and feel stronger and faster than ever. Coach Jesse definitely makes you work for it, but I’m excited to see how far I can progress heading into my first 70.3!”Ben Smith




    Athletes receive personalized, data driven training plans to ensure goals are met in the safest and most efficient way possible.


    No more guessing on how your doing. Athletes are provided with real time data on key metrics to ensure confidence your going into race day prepared


    Creating a proper work and life balance for every athlete is vital to training and race day success.