Kateryna Ishchenko rapidly broke into the crossfit community: as soon as she started training in this sport, she won the third place in her first competition BANDA Arena Challenge 2015. That same year Katia took the second place in the DOG & Grand CrossFit Autumn Showdown tournament. Then more, in 2016 she won the DOG & Grand CrossFit Summer Showdown 2016, ond in the February of 2017 she took the first place in the international crossfit tournament Kyiv Battle in the category “amateurs”. This is impressive!
CrossFit teaches Katia not to give up, train her willpower, endurance, agility and other physical qualities.
Crossfit is not her only interest, Katia also does karate and is a multiple Champion of Ukraine in this sport. In 2017 she finished the Race of Nations and took the second place.
Kateryna has been in sports since childhood, she finished Brovary Higher School of Physical Culture and has a lot of experience in coaching: she was a karate coach for children for two years and has been working as a personal coach for three years.
It is a mystery to us how Katia manages to do all that, work, raise a child and spend time with her family.
We asked Kateryna to give some advice to the amateurs who want to take up CrossFit, but do not know where to start.
1.DO NOT BE AFRAID TO START: CROSSFIT DOES NOT REQUIRE A HIGH LEVEL OF PHYSICAL TRAINING
Get rid of your fears. CrossFit does not require a high level of training, it can even be used for rehabilitation! Your desire is all that matters!
2. CHOOSE THE “RIGHT” GYM
It is up to you to choose a gym. Yes, it is nicer to train in professional gyms, but nowadays it is possible to find something that works for you: someone wants a gym close to the workplace, others want it to be close to home, for some people price is what matters.
3. TAKE A FEW PERSONAL TRAININGS TO BEGIN
A proper beginning is very important. Even an experienced athlete needs a personal coach, even more so for amateurs.
4. CHOOSE A QUALIFIED COACH, DO NOT LOOK FOR SPORTS ACHIEVEMENTS
A coach must be a professional. I believe that victories in sports competitions and other achievements don’t matter much.
What matters is an ability to explain in an easy way and properly train people. This is what a good coach should be like!
5. IMPROVE YOUR EXERCISE TECHNIQUE UNDER YOUR COACH’S SUPERVISION
Of course, first of all you should work on your technique. Improper performance of the exercise can cause trauma even if you use a minimal weight load!
6. KEEP WORKING ON YOUR WEAKNESSES
Practice makes perfect. You should keep working on something you are struggling with. Of course, some advice from a professional would be a great help!
You can also control yourself by recording your performance on video.
7. READ ABOUT CROSSFIT
It is simply that – read, ask athletes, study English.
8. EAT WELL AND GIVE TIME TO PROPER RECOVERY
Nutrition, sleep and recovery matter a lot!
9. DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS
There will always be someone who is better fit than you, that is why comparing yourself to someone else will take you nowhere.
At the same time, you shouldn’t relax, I often set up battles with athletes who are better fit than me.
10. ALWAYS KEEP YOUR MOTIVATION
I often watch videos with professional athletes of international level for motivation.
The best motivation is competition! Come on February 3-4 to Kyiv Battle 2018 and see for yourself!