Hi Igor, tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, job etc.
I’m 21 years old with a Belarusian heritage. My parent immigrated from Belarus 25 years ago to live the American dream. Shortly after they got married and had me. Being the first born I was taught Russian as my first language and had a minimal understanding of the English language. Now 21 years later I hardly have an accent. I love working out and enjoy sweating. Currently I’m a full time student at the University of Montana and working as a ranch hand whenever I can.
I’ve only ever seen you smile in class. In fact the only serious face I’ve ever seen you make was the two seconds when your picture was taken. What gives?
Well technically being Russian I have to be serious in photos. Our stereotype is to always be serious so in that picture I tried hard not to smile.
How did you first get involved in CrossFit and how long have you been CrossFitting?
I’ve been watching crossfit for a while now learning whatever I can from the greats like Rich Froning and Dan Bailey. I’ve only been crossfitting for a month now just because the cost kept me away being a college student. When I decided to try it out it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. It’s well worth every cent and day by day I’m getting stronger and fitter.
What would your dream CrossFit workout look like?
My dream workout has to be anything with the Olympic lifts. Power cleans, any kind of squats, and snatches.
What would your nightmare workout look like?
My nightmare workout is anything that has to do with running. Cardio isn’t my strong suit therefore I hate it.
Do you have any fitness goals or targets you would like to hit in the next year?
I would really love to get under 180 pounds by next year. So I have 20 more pounds to lose and with crossfitting I shouldn’t have a problem achieving that. I would also love to deadlift over 400 pounds and power clean at least around the upper 200’s.
You’re a Communications Major, what kind of work do you hope to get into after you graduate?
After I graduate I would like to get a sales position as a pharmaceutical representative. With my enthusiasm and my connections I shouldn’t have a problem achieving that.
Being born and raised in Missoula, do you see yourself leaving at some point in the future or do you hope to stay?
To be honest I’d love to stay in Missoula, but I know that better job opportunities are in booming cities like New York or Seattle. Time will tell if I stay or not.
What is your favorite way to spend your time outside the gym and work?
Eating is probably my favorite thing to do outside of the gym and work. The hardest part of wanting to look good is giving up sweets and fast food, but I’ve made the leap and given it up.