August 31, 2017

Tight Club Check In - Justine Martin

Take a peek inside the Tight Club community, each week we’re checking in with one of our crew to learn what they get up to when they’re not slamming balls or crushing burpee challenges. These are the people that motivate you in class when sh!t gets real. From OG’s to newbies, here’s their inside scoop.

Meet Justine.

Describe yourself using three buzzwords

Competitive, fiery, determined

Ok, no wait that wasn't all that fun. Describe yourself as a dessert, be descriptive.

Probably a carrot cake with cream cheese icing. Our colouring is pretty similar!

In this moment, what's tight in your life?

I'm SO lucky to be able to say that there's a lot of good in my life right now. I live extremely close to my sister and a few very close friends, so I'm constantly surrounded by people I love. We pretty much live in a real-life 'Friends' episode - everyone congregates to my apartment, so I'm the Monica of the group.

My shoe collection is also pretty tight :)

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan. I lived there until I was 24, then moved to Vancouver for fashion school and have been here for just over 6 years.

Tell us a secret, something we would have never guessed about you.

I'm not a natural redhead! I've been dyeing it red for 9 years - I go to Kendall at Stratosphere Salon, and she's f***ing amazing.

Justine, you made me an amazing cold brew coffee. What's your recipe?

Thank you! It's really easy actually - we usually buy the Kenya blend from Starbucks since it's fruity and acidic, and works well for cold brew.

We get the beans ground for a french press, put 1/3 of the bag in a 12-cup french press, fill it up with cold water, and let it sit for 8-10 hours overnight.

From there, you press it down, pour it in a pitcher, add equal parts cold water and serve it over ice. So good!

What's one hidden gem in Vancouver you're willing to share and what should we get there ?

This place is definitely not hidden, but I love Cuchillo. My favourite menu items are the fry bread, the cauliflower tacos and the Mexican sea prawns.

If you could power brunch with one person, who would it be?

I'd love to brunch with Anine Bing. She's built such a cool brand and has an amazing eye for detail and design.

You can only listen to one song on repeat forever, what's it gonna be?

It's a tie between The Only Living Boy In New York by Simon and Garfunkel and Life On Mars? by David Bowie.

Favorite place to grab a classy drink?

The Pourhouse in Gastown. It's my favourite place to hole up, especially in the Fall and Winter. My go-to drink is a French 75, but they also make an awesome Gimlet.

Speaking of classy drinks, what are those Molson Canadians doing in your bar cart?

HA I totally forgot those were there..I keep them around for when my dad visits. He's been drinking Molson Canadian for as long as I can remember - I think it's a pretty common Saskatchewan thing.

What is your number one life hack?

I've perfected the polished top-bun. It takes less than a minute, so it's great for the extreme lack of time between a workout and work. You can also get away with no washing your hair for an extra day - perfect for the lazy in me!

And in all honesty now, how do you REALLY feel about doing burpees?

I don't mind them! They've just developed a bad reputation - they're not that hard!

What does The Tight Life mean to you?

The Tight Life to me is doing the things that I love and being surrounded by my favourite people, and keeping any stress and drama to a minimum. It's about being happy, relaxed and fulfilled. That's why Tight Club is such an important part of my routine - it really coincides with the things that mean the most to me.

Find Justine on Instagram - @justinewm

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