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Mount Everest is the tallest peak on Earth, standing at a towering 29,029 feet above sea level. Each year hundreds of people attempt to scale Mount Everest as well as other staggeringly tall peaks. As you can imagine, this is no small feat. The costs can be just as staggering as the mountain itself, with climbers expecting to pay upwards of $100,000. In addition to the mountain of money that is required to fund such a trip, a heavy demand is also placed on time. It is impossible to climb to the top of Mount Everest in one day; it takes up to two months to reach the top.


Before even being able to start this perilous trek, an intensive physical training program is crucial for all who desire to summit the mountain, otherwise the climber won’t be able to cope with the extreme physicality of the climb and harsh conditions they’ll face. Even the most thoroughly prepared climber has no guarantee of even being able to make an attempt at scaling the mountain. Unfavorable weather conditions and other unforeseen issues may make summiting the mountain impossible.


Taking into consideration all the aspects that constitute a healthier lifestyle, from physical exercise to a healthier diet, it may seem like a mountain sized task. Just like climbing Mount Everest, it cannot be accomplished in just one day, it’s a journey. Thankfully though, the road to getting healthy isn’t as precarious as climbing a mountain, nor as intense. Most importantly, unlike climbing a mountain, any eɛ ort you put towards your health and wellbeing will see some results; none of your hard work will be in vain.


For the January and February’s Fitness challenge, we will climb our own mountain in the COA’s fitness center. Each participant will be tasked with the challenge of climbing Mount Never-Rest, which they will do by completing a series of exercises and routines at varying levels of difficulty. All who successfully complete the challenge and conquer Mount Never-Rest will earn a t-shirt. So join us here at the COA and have fun as you get fit.



Taylor Lee, Certified COA Fitness Trainer