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This week in our podcast, we thought it would be fun to hang out with someone that has been a regular player for five Challenges in a row — but we’ve never actually met in person. Her name is Athena Slavin and she became known to me when in her first Challenge, she became a regular contributor to our forums, not as an expert but as a participant. Since then, she’s become pretty a pretty well-know name in the forums and in our official Facebook group.
In the podcast, Athena shares with us many of the strategies she uses to get the most she can out of the Whole Life Challenge. She talks about how her closet, her weekend , and the people she hangs out with have all changed, as well as how she feels about herself. She has personally seen some amazing, whole-life-changing results from her participation over the years.
Andy is what you’d call a modern day Renaissance Man: a former professional trumpeter who attended the Eastman School of Music; a snowboarder, mountain biker, surfer, kayaker, outrigger paddler, mountaineer, and former Marine (Gulf War veteran); a professionally sponsored adventure racer; and the oldest participant to qualify for and participate in the CrossFit Games at the age of 43.
Andy is a certified CHEK Practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach. He holds a spectrum of certifications from CrossFit and is also a Vivobarefoot certified running coach. He has trained as a Zen buddhist and graduated with a Master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
Andy founded CrossFit LA one of the first and most successful CrossFit training centers in the world and the first to be featured in national media. He is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, Inc, currently its president, and is also a consultant and life/business coach. Andy lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julia, and son, Dashel.