Introducing Matt: UBX Graceville’s Everest Challenger

February 14, 2024 at 3:12 am by

At UBX, we pride ourselves on the transformative journeys our members undertake, each story unique and full of inspiration. Today, we spotlight Matt from UBX Graceville, a testament to what dedication, resilience, and a supportive community can achieve.

As Matt gears up for the Everest Base Camp next month, we’re not just spectators; we’re his biggest supporters, and we wanted to share a little bit about his journey so far.

Matt receiving his first Fighter’s Journey milestone in December 2023, just 6 months after joining UBX Graceville.

A winning start

Joining UBX Graceville in July 2023, Matt took his first step into what would become the start of a transformative fitness journey. Despite never having been part of a gym, he found an immediate connection with UBX’s dynamic environment and the supportive community at Graceville. His commitment and hard work during our 17th Training Camp not only marked his first gym membership but also led him to become our global Major Prize winner, earning the chance to fulfil a dream: conquering Everest Base Camp.

“Winning the UBX Training Camp prize was amazing and gave me confidence that I could take on Everest Base Camp!” Matt shared, “A few friends have done it, I’ve always thought it would be an amazing experience but never thought I’d be able to do it, between work and family commitments and financially.”

Matt won both his local Training Camp prize at UBX Graceville as well as our global Major Prize

Preparation and anticipation

Embarking on a trekking journey for the first time, Matt is facing the adventure with a mix of excitement and anticipation. “The elevation will be the highest I have experienced, and the scenery, vegetation, and views of the Himalayas will be so different to anything I have experienced before,” he said.

Matt credits his preparation and confidence to his training saying, “UBX has given me a really solid foundation, and I feel confident in my fitness ability.”

Matt (right) participating in the UBX Graceville Time Trials

Looking ahead

The anticipation of reaching base camp, experiencing the rich culture along the way, and sharing this journey with other UBX members is what this adventure is all about. Matt is particularly keen on the sunrise views and the helicopter ride back – experiences we can’t wait to live vicariously through him. He said, “it will be fun to share the experience with other UBX’ers… I’m looking forward to making it to the end most of all.”

Matt with fellow UBX’ers at the Graceville Christmas Party

Advice for other UBX’ers

Matt’s advice to others embarking on their fitness journey is: “Don’t underestimate your ability. Consistency is key, go for it!” His journey from the gym floors of UBX Graceville to the towering peaks of Everest is a testament to what can be achieved with determination, resilience, and the support of the UBX community.

At the end of his 6 week challenge, just after receiving his prize, we interviewed Matt to learn a little more about what helped him achieve such incredible results, and he said, “Build a routine to support your workouts and nutrition goals. Don’t be afraid to make changes if you suffer setbacks. Progress is progress, so celebrate your wins!”

Stay tuned as we continue to share Matt’s experiences, challenges, and triumphs on his way to Everest Base Camp!