Yuri Novozhenets

Yuri Novozhenets



CrossFit Level 1

About Coach

I grew up playing outdoors. Summers that were spent playing soccer, swimming, biking, and winters playing hockey and cross-country skiing eventually turned into participation in multiple varsity sports. Ironically, my primary club-sport from elementary to high school was indoor volleyball. I was tall in elementary school, but by high school most of my teammates were towering over me. To keep up with my tall teammates I turned to lifting to be able to out-jump, out-run, and outlast them on the court. This is probably what started my affection for moving heavy objects overhead combined with running, jumping, and periodically bouncing off the floor. Fast forward a few decades - I started CrossFit to keep up with my two kids and it promptly highlighted a few things I had to improve. Better nutrition, rest, mindfulness, time management and…not taking myself too seriously. I mastered the last one but still working on the rest.

Turning Point

Motivation & Passion

Working out was boring…then came CrossFit. CrossFit class is one hour in my day when I completely unplug and immerse into the world of fitness. My mind, body and soul are challenged in a way that regular workouts can never attain. I find CrossFit to be best medicine to overcome workout boredom and a good coach is like a doctor who administers the cure. We all have different reasons for doing CrossFit, be it health, weight loss, wanting to increase strength, mobility, or just searching for a community of like-minded people. I coach to make sure that whatever someone’s reasons are, they’re able reach their goals in a safe, fun, and stimulating environment. I want to enable people to move better whether they are lifting their grandchildren, carrying shopping bags, shoveling snow, swinging kettle bells, or training for their next marathon. I believe that form follows function, and that with the right training, anyone can progress towards their goals…and, of course, never be bored in the gym again.

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