I help busy professionals reach fitness goals and live more energized lives. As an avid runner and triathlete, I often hear from people that they would like to run a marathon, do a triathlon or just work out on a regular basis, but do not have time, energy, or motivation for it. These conversations inspired me to launch Become Your Best Self Fitness & Wellness Coaching


You want to get healthy and fit. You want to feel energized and motivated. You want to pursue your dreams and have a fulfilling life. However, you are overwhelmed with work and family commitments. You don't have time and energy to exercise and take care of yourself. You eat unhealthy foods and then feel guilty about it. You promised yourself multiple times to start a healthier lifestyle, but can't keep a promise. 

I was in a similar situation. I spent long hours in the office and did not have time to work out, eat healthy, and get proper sleep. I felt tired and had no energy to do things that I enjoyed. I used to get sick often and felt dissatisfied with my life. My fitness journey has radically changed my life. Not only my physical health has improved, I feel more energized, motivated, and focused. I also feel more accomplished, confident, and happier.  

Through my personal fitness journey, I've gained deep insights into physical and mental health, daily self-care habits, personal goal setting, motivation, and productivity. This experience combined with my training as a Certified Professional Coach, a USA Triathlon Level I Certified Coach, a Certified Nutritionist, and a Certified Personal Trainer gives me knowledge and skills to help you achieve your fitness and health goals and re-energize your life.

My fitness journey started during the first year after my MBA program as I returned to the corporate world. My job was stimulating, but I was craving some  physical challenge.

 

My family and friends were very surprised when I decided to climb Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, which rises to 19,340 feet (5,895 meters) above the sea level. The only time when I went camping was more than 20 years ago and I loathed it.

 

It was beyond my wildest dreams that I would voluntarily want to live in a tent on a mountain for a week, without internet, shower or toilet, while dealing with altitude sickness.

I still remember that feeling of awe I experienced standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro, watching a moonset and a sunrise, shaking from cold and feeling completely exhausted, oxygen-deprived and ecstatic.

By following my dream to climb Kilimanjaro, I have completely transformed my life. I have gained self-confidence, developed deeper self-awareness, and become more focused and energized.

 

Exercise has become an inseparable part of my life. After Kilimanjaro, I climbed Aconcagua in South America, Elbrus in Russia, three volcanos in Ecuador, and Denali in Alaska.

 

I have also become a passionate runner and triathlete. I've completed six Ironman triathlons consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride, and a 26.2 mile run in addition to ten marathons and ultramarathons.

I completed a Certified Professional Coach training with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), which is an International Coach Federation (ICF)-accredited coaching program. I'm also certified as a USA Triathlon Level I Coach, a Nutritionist Coach, a Specialist in Sports Nutrition Coach, and a Personal Trainer.

For several years I volunteered for a suicide prevention hotline and received intensive training to provide a professional crisis response service.

I earned my MBA at Columbia Business School and hold a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance and a minor in Psychology from Baruch College. I also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics from Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University (Russia).

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