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Iwona Kakareko

Level 1 CrossFit
Assistant Coach

Q: Give us a little background on how you selected your career path. How did you know that this was your calling?
A: Since I remember fitness and sport has been a part of my life. I grew up in Poland loving and participating in varieties of fitness activities and school sports. When I moved to USA in 2004 I decided to pursue little more into this field. I started working and managing two fitness facilities for women. This gave my a jump start and time to figure out...want to do next. I got certified as a group fitness instructor and shortly after as a personal fitness trainer. Until today I really enjoy training, helping other people to get stronger and healthier. While spending most of my time around fitness and wellness that's how I found Crossfit.
Q: What is your training philosophy?A: “ Its very hard to understand on the beginning that the whole idea is not to beat the others. Eventually you will learn that the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit”. Train honestly to get better and compete only with yourself. Don’t use the “whiteboard” to prove anything about yourself. Prove yourself on the floor, prove yourself in the final movements of crushing WOD. Prove yourself when you really lose count of your reps by starting all over again. Prove by no repping yourself when you did not get low enough on squat. Be the best athlete you CAN be.
Q: What is the biggest misconception clients have about CrossFit?
A: “Crossfit is too dangerous, people get serious injuries from it all the time”.

Crossfit is safe when done correctly. In Crossfit...safety is priority. This is why it is a fundamental part of the sport to educate participants on functional movements and proper technique so injury is avoided.

Q: What separates you from other professionals in your field?

A: I don’t really agree with a saying that crossfit is for everyone. In my opinion Crossfit is for people with strong mind. It has nothing to do with age, size or how strong they are physically.


Q: What is one piece of free fitness advice that you would give anyone?

A: Never quit….don’t give up and if you do..start all over again.


Q: What is your favorite exercise?

A: Wall Balls along with moderate weight thrusters. I know, I know you probably don't hear many people actually admitting liking thrusters.


Q: What is your least favorite exercise?

A: Of course...the one I am not good at it. Pull ups along with ring dips.


Q: What is your favorite song to listen to when you workout?

A: Any music/song with good and high beat keeps me going.


Q: What do you love most about working at the MSPF/CrossFit Williamsburg?

A: Definitely the community of great people. Fun times and memories we make together. Oh...how could I miss... little nugget Maddox. She is a BIG spark for all of us! Brings smiles to our faces everyday.

Iwona Kakareko instructs the following:
  • CrossFit - WOD
  • CrossFit Williamsburg's Workout of the Day
    CrossFit is our large group, General Physical Preparedness program. It is broad, general, and inclusive by design. We incorporate a variety of training modalities such as weightlifting, running, rowing, strongman, and gymnastics to prepare people for LIFE. The secret to success of any CrossFit program is the community support an encouragement of your fellow athletes.