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Yury Miankovich

Yury Miankovich is probably one of the most enthusiastic AFC participants I’ve met so far. He is so interested in everything that just choosing which sessions to join gets him worked up, ‘I throw myself into everything. For me everything is interesting . . . it’s like, “oh my god, where should I go?” It’s a lot of stress!’

Yury Miankovich

Yury Miankovich is probably one of the most enthusiastic AFC participants I’ve met so far. He is so interested in everything that just choosing which sessions to join gets him worked up, ‘I throw myself into everything. For me everything is interesting . . . it’s like, “oh my god, where should I go?” It’s a lot of stress!’

After participating at AFC, he admits there are a lot of innovations that are new to him. He has previously lived in China where ‘even in China, I didn’t see these things. Like TRX, you can get it, but you don’t really know how to use it. It would be a great thing to incorporate in my work and fitness.’ The knowledge he’s gotten from ACE trainers and their level off expertise has made him really excited to try it out and implement it at home.

He started with coaching people in dance and then moved on to Pilates. ‘Then it was building up that I needed, a little bit more knowledge, and I decided to come here to study,’ where he switched from dance to fitness.

Yury is now a personal trainer and instructor at ‘NShape Fitness’ based in Hanoi, Vietnam. He is amazed at the contrast between fitness development between Vietnam and Thailand. ‘In Vietnam it’s so slow. Just two years ago they had a fitness boom and right now fitness gyms are opening. But they have no people who can actually give knowledge or train people. It’s very challenging.’ He feels that Bangkok’s fitness industry is more modern, whereas Hanoi seems to fall 20 years behind.

He’s noticed that the traditional exercise mentality is very strong in Vietnam. People go do their exercises in parks, but what they don’t realise is that this is what people did in the US, maybe 15 years ago, and they think that’s how they should do it. ‘It’s hard to tell people that’s not the way it should be and is not actually good for the body.’ However, Yury does applaud Asians for incorporating any form of fitness into their lives, ‘in the west, either they just [include] fitness or they don’t care about it at all. In Asia they moderate.’ There is a potential for balance if what is learned here could be incorporated as well.

01/12/2010 - 15:09

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