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Hometown: Paso Robles, CA; resides in North Hollywood, CA
Jason Holmes comes from a loving family; his parents have been together since high school. He really wants to find a romance similar to his parents' and hopes to find true love on the show. Holmes is hoping that his college football days will help him to win the challenges. His expansive list of first dates includes hiking, cooking, jazz lounges, salsa dancing, musicals and theme parks.
Holmes currently works as a personal trainer in North Hollywood.
Adam's afterthoughts July 13th
Who did you feel most connected to during the competition?
If there was anyone on the show I connected with the most, I would have to say it was Kym. Kym and I were terrific teammates: we won our very first challenge together; we got along pretty well - we just didn't have that love connection.
What behavior surprised you the most from the other contestants?
I was very surprised within the first five minutes of the first challenge when I overheard Kym and Derek bickering over the map. To me, a display of stress that early in the game was uncalled for and overreacting.
Any fun anecdotes or run-ins with nature you'd like to share?
In the second challenge when we were required to walk through the bat cave, I was a little nervous. Bats were flying right above my head, and I was just worried that I was going to get pooped on. For some reason, the thought of a bat attacking me never occurred. I just really didn't want to get pooped on.
What did you learn about yourself through this experience?
Through this experience, I have learned that no matter what anybody says, no matter how difficult it may be and no matter what the consequences may be, always go after what you want and don't let anyone prevent you from your goals. After going through challenges in the jungles of Costa Rica, I feel as though I am confident to accomplish anything I desire.
Why did you decide to take part in this show?
I decided to take part in Love in the Wild because I really felt like I needed something new and exciting to happen in my life. I've had the hardest time finding someone to connect with where I'm from, so participating in an event like this with women gathered from across the U.S., I felt like it was the perfect opportunity to finally find someone for me.
Would you call yourself an outdoorsy person? Why or why not?
I would definitely say I am an outdoorsy person. I strive for all challenges, physical and mental as well as emotional. I find it fascinating to see how different things can be in different parts of the world. The only thing I don't care for is all the different types of bugs!
What is your biggest fear or phobia?
My biggest fear is heights! I almost drowned once from jumping off a 100-foot cliff into a quarry of water. So every time I'm up somewhere high, it brings me back to that moment.
What surprised you most about being in the jungle?
The thing that surprised me the most about being in the jungle were all the wild animals. We had no protection from them out there. There were so many times we would see animals scurrying in the bushes all around us. I saw a four-foot-long cat-like animal and it scared the hell out of me!
What was the hardest thing for you to live without? What did you miss the most?
The hardest thing to live without for me was my cell phone. I am used to being in contact with people all day every day. With no phone, no television, and no Internet, I felt lost and out of the mix. I am a very timely and precise kinda person and when I have no sense of time, it makes me feel way out of the norm.
What would other people say are your best qualities?
I would say my best qualities according to other people would be how calm and collected I can be in stressful situations. Being a personal trainer, I've built up a lot of patience. Sometimes it is harder for clients to do what I do on a regular basis and I have to realize that and break everything down for them to complete a certain action, especially when it comes to athletic exercises.
Describe the worst date you've ever been on.
Ironically, I have a weak squeamish side to me. Everyone thinks it's humorous that a big bad bodybuilder/bouncer like myself has a fear of blood and needles. I have a history of passing out every time I have to do blood work at the hospital. Not only do I pass out while just simply giving blood, I also can't deal with watching gory movie scenes. One time I took a girl out on a movie date to a scary horror movie. Halfway into the movie, scenes start to get gruesome and next thing you know I pass out right there in the movie theatre. My date thought I was joking, but quickly found out I wasn't when it took 10-15 seconds to awake me from a deep cold sweat. Never have I been so sweaty in my life, needless to say it was an early night out.
What qualities do you find to be most important in your partner?
The qualities I look for in my partner are someone who can keep me motivated. I'm looking for someone adventurous, spontaneous and independent, as well as beautiful and physically fit. I don't like a high maintenance girl who needs me to do everything and pick everything for her.
Describe your ideal date.
My ideal date would be dinner at a fancy restaurant with a great view of either the city or ocean followed by something fun like a comedy show or music concert. The most important thing to me is to have a fun enjoyable one-on-one time with that person. \
What was it like sharing a cabin with a total stranger?
I've had one-night stands before, I've slept in the same bed as some of my friends who are strictly friends before, so sleeping in the same bed with someone from the show was whatever for me.