Best Personal Trainer if You’re a D.C. Politico

Justin Faust
In an Adams Morgan alley, there’s a door to a gym that’s different from the countless others in the District. Justin Faust owns it and runs a tight ship there—Mayor Muriel Bowser trusted Faust to keep her in campaign shape. He’s a former Howard University football player who started off as a personal trainer while finishing up a masters degree in Mass Communications. He says he originally thought it would be a good way to earn money while staying in shape, but it wasn’t until he completed an internship as a sports broadcaster at the local NBC affiliate that he realized that his hobby was more fulfilling than his end goal, and he decided to make sculpting bodies his full-time passion. He says his clients regularly boast weight losses of 30 to 80 pounds in less than a year. Justin takes his job seriously, and even though I like engaging anyone I meet in a conversation about D.C. politics, he moved from the subject like a running back avoiding a tackle. I’m sure his clients appreciate his silence, making him the best secret keeper in all of D.C. An even better-kept secret is the address of the gym: Faust asked that we not publish it to preserve its exclusivity.

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