Serving in any branch of the United States Armed Forces is difficult, requiring extensive classroom studies in addition to a rigorous physical training program. The Coast Guard is the nation’s smallest branch of military service, and thus has very high expectations for its recruits.
Justin Krashefski served in the USCG for five years, beginning in 2001, and later spent four years as a police officer in south Florida. He chose to leave the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in 2010 to pursue a career in sports medicine. Krashefski chose this path because it was a career that was considerably less stressful than law enforcement, but still allowed him to help others and utilize his physical fitness training.
Before he enrolled in Florida Atlantic University’s Exercise Science and Health Promotion program, Justin Krashefski attained his Personal Trainer Certification from the American Council on Exercise. With his trainees, Krashefski developed a fitness plan based on his training in the Coast Guard. The USCG training included 29 push-ups in 60 seconds, 38 sit-ups in 60 seconds, running 1.5 miles in under 13 minutes, and treading water for 5 minutes. Performing these exercises left Krashefski in excellent shape, and they also have proved effective for his clients.
Upon completion of his degree, Krashefski plans to open a fitness and lifestyle studio. Interested in all aspects of exercise science, he wants to share workout strategies and diet and nutritional programs with his clients to help maximize their health. With his accomplished career protecting his country and community, he continues to protect the lives of others through fitness training.