Katia Chaban (Coach Kat) is a Coach and Fitness Professional at ROC Boxing and Fitness. While the gym is most known for its outstanding boxing and kettlebell programs, its clientele base has grown and represents a diversity of sports and fitness goals. As a cerfied Kettlebell Instructor, a USA Boxing Coach and Official, an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer and an experienced competitive athlete, Katia has established herself as a very credible Coach and Fitness Instructor.
Katia has a career focused in the world of Information Technology. However, after years of experience in the corporate workplace, she recognized personally the importance of balance in her lifestyle. For the past 10 years, she has been focused on her fitness, fitness education and overall well-being.
In August of 2004 her fitness level was advanced enough to participate in and successfully complete the Great Race in Auburn, NY. In 2005, both her talent and competitive nature were recognized, and she was asked to compete on the Rochester team which launched her competitive rowing career. Since then she has won over 50 medals including Gold at FISA Worlds, 2 Gold at Canadian Nationals (2012), and 5 at US Nationals(2012,2014). In addition, she was chosen to represent the team in 2005, 2007, 2012 and 2013 at the Head of the Charles, the largest Regatta in the World. Also during that time she improved her snowboarding skills, began hiking and started rock climbing as a hobby and hiked many places around the world.
In 2007, in a meeting of chance, she was introduced to Coach Dom Arioli and ROC Boxing as she was looking for another sport to accomplish. Boxing was already a part of her fitness regmine, but when introduced to Russian kettlebells for fitness training, she was completely hooked. To find a workout routine that incorporated both cardio and strength training was highly beneficial for time management as she still had to focus on work/life balance. In addition, the benefits to the training in her strength and endurance in her other sports and hobbies was noticeable, and she has been a huge proponent ever since.
Such a supporter in fact that after intensive training, Katia completed an intense two day Instructor Certification course in March 2009 in Ottawa, Canada hosted by Shawn Mozen (www.agatsu.com) consisting of a physical test, demonstration of the ability to teach proper form and technique, and a written exam. Since that certification she has taught kettlebell classes at ROC Boxing, and continues to improve her knowledge and skills in kettlebell. In 2011 she attended Level 2 Agatsu, was certified as a GS Sport Kettlebell Coach through Systema, and trained with Steve Cotter which allows her to teach different styles of kettlebell based on her clients goals. In 2012, she certified with Jeff Martone as CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer. In 2013, Katia participated in an IKFF event in Rochester and ranked #1 in the 5 minute Kettlebell snatch competition.
Coach Kat has been a certified Level One USA Boxing Coach since 2009, and a certified USA Boxing Official since 2010 where she has coached and officiated at a number of venues including Golden Gloves (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). Since 2010, she has been part of the coaching staff for the Aquinas Boxing Program which is only one of 2 of these types of programs in the United States. In addition, in 2011 she assisted in establishing the Mercy High School Boxing Club and the Boxing program at the Eastman School of Music.
Her coaching experience extends to the ice as an instructor at the Rochester Curling Club where she has been instructing diverse groups of people since 2008. In 2010 became an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer with continued education such as Yoga fundamentals, and training larger size clients ("Biggest Loser" Program), and she is trained in CPR and First Aid
Katia has also been highly involved in the community. She has volunteered at the Special Olympics (2006 and 2007), she participated in and organized as an active Committee member the successful fundraising event "Girls Hit the Ring," benefiting the James P. Wilmot Breast Cancer Center and Camp Good Days (2008-2011), which has been an annual event in efforts to raise awareness and money for the care of Breast Cancer patients. In July 2009, Katia Climbed Mount Marcy to raise awareness and funds for the American Foundation for Children with AIDS to help children with AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa achieve their full life potential.
Katia is results-driven and enjoys seeing people change, grow, become stronger and more confident. She takes great pride in being part of that process of health rejuvenation. She has a passion for physical fitness and sports (indoors or outdoors), and her intensity and desire to constantly learn in order to improve herself makes her an excellent instructor and motivator for individuals looking to improve their personal well being.