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Basecamper Stories

Meet Nikki Harris – Trail-lover and long-term Basecamper


Nikki was one of, if not the first person to join JBC, back in the early days of Joe’s Garage. It was Joe, an inspirational and knowleageable leader, and his community of like-minded people that attracted her to join initially. “You could join a thousand gyms but you won’t ever get the community that is the Basecamp” she says.

Nikki has been awarded the esteemed prize of “Most disruptive” in the gym (she likes to talk…), but believes her biggest achievement has to be the change in mindset she has experienced since training with JBC. “If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would have seen, experienced or lived the life full of adventures that I have today, I would have collapsed laughing!” Nikki has now completed ultra-marathons, multi-day treks, weight-lifting PBs, 4 hour military-style training sessions and Tough Mudder (to name a few!), and is currently training for Race the Planet Patagonia which is a 250km stage race in November this year!

The strength and conditioning training and watching those around her achieving wonderful things has helped her to achieve her own goals. If she could give one message to her former self when she first joined JBC it would be “Believe in the process”. Nikki is also a big believer in having a good mindset before you can be good at your physical training – “Get the head right, and the body will follow” she says, “It is important to give everything a go, have no regrets, and embrace change. Life is short – live and love fiercely and without fear!”

Elly Gearing

Elly is Joe's Basecamp's member "go-to". With a background in zoology and the study of animal behaviour, Elly has spent many months in remote areas of the world following wild animals - all in the name of science! She loves her training, making sure she is fit and strong for anything the wilderness throws her way!

The gym is home to unique functional fitness, strength and conditioning, and endurance training programs for trail running, trek training and mountaineering. The facility caters for all outdoor, adventure sports and wilderness activities - a one of a kind Bucket List gym!

If you want to know more about our coaching programs contact us here to find out how you can be a part of our great community of like minded people.

If you would like to know about working with our trainers to get the most out of your adventures, your events, your sport contact us here.

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