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Justin has been doing CrossFit at CrossFit Slipstream for six months!  He had his sights set on hiking to Everest base camp and needed to get in shape fast!  The secret to his success was consistently going to class 3 to 4 times a week, and as the pictures show, he even tested out his gear in a training session.  He completed his goal a few weeks ago, achieving his Everest climb.  Read more about Justin below:

1.Why did you decide to try CrossFit?

I came to CrossFit because I needed a jump-start.  I was in a rut.  I have a gym in my building and plenty of equipment, but lacked the motivation and the programming to get where I wanted to go, and I had to get there relatively fast.  You see, in November I had agreed to go with a friend on a little hike in the Himalayas, in April, to Everest base camp.  I had four months, and I was in the worst shape I had been in in years.  I had been looking at CrossFit Slipstream, the gym across the river that I could see from my house, I had done CrossFit years ago, and I knew what I had to do.

2. How has having a coach changed your workout or fitness results?

The difference between having John and the other coaches at CrossFit Slipstream, and not having a coach at all is night and day.  As I said previously, I struggle, like most do, with motivation.  Getting there is often the hardest part.  John’s programming makes it easier, his instruction makes it less intimidating and his supervision and scaling makes it safer no matter your fitness level or previous injuries.

3. How has CrossFit affected your life/health?

I have a demanding job and a crazy schedule. I needed motivation and I needed to get in total body shape.  I had a goal, I wrote the goal on the whiteboard at the gym, and I put a picture of Everest base camp on the refrigerator at home.  Without CrossFit, I would never have been able to achieve my goal.  I couldn’t have done it without you!

4. What would you say to someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?

Whatever you think about CrossFit, forget it.  If you don’t know about CrossFit, check it out.  You don’t have to be an athlete, you don’t have to be in amazing shape to join, and you don’t have to be as intimidated as I was the first time I tried it out.  The truth is, we are there for motivation, we are there for community and everyone at the gym supports each other along the way.