OUR TEAM

Meet the Polsky's Strength & Conditioning coaching team! 

Our mission is to provide a crucial role in a healthy and happy lifestyle through the ultimate fitness experience.

We have created an atmosphere with like-minded people striving to achieve an increased work capacity through our elaborate strength and conditioning program. Our target market is any fitness level, from beginner to advanced, and any ages from 13+. We have built a sense of community within our space that connects our members to new friends and opportunities.

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NICK ANAPOLSKY

Head Coach, Co-Owner

Certifications/ Credentials:

  • Honours in Recreation and Leisure from University of Waterloo

  • CF L1 and L2 (Crossfit Coach)

  • USA Weightlifting Coaching Education Certificate

  • Can-Fit Pro (personal training certification)

  • GLPTI (goodlife’s personal training certification)

  • CASI (certified snowboard instructor)

  • Certified Zumba Instructor

Accomplishments:

  • 21st place finish (Canada) in 2019 CF Games Open 

  • 89th place finish (Can East) in the 2018 CrossFit open

  • 111th place finish (Can East) in the 2017 CrossFit open

  • 2x OUA football all-star

  • 1st Team All-Canadain 2013 football

  • Canadian Record holder for most receptions in a single season 2013

  • Invite to CFL evaluation combine in 2013 and regional combine in 2014

ABOUT ME 

My background started with 22 years playing football competitively through Rep in Guelph, to Highschool, and accepting a scholarship to the University of Waterloo. After graduating, I continued my football carrier playing professionally in Sydney Australia. During my time spend in Sydney, I picked up my passion for olympic weightlifting from my coach Peter Upham who coaches at the national level. When returning to Canada, as a long time personal trainer, I fell into a position of coaching at the CrossFit Side. The transition from football to CrossFit as an athlete was a no brainer. I loved to train and thrive on competition with not only other athletes, but seeing what my own body is capable of. With that being said, I pride myself on being a Coach first, and athlete second with a “practice what I preach” mentality.

My Favorite WOD: 

Fran: because it’s quick and dirty

My Least Favorite WOD:

Anything over 15 mins with running or rowing: I hate the mental game of trying to decide if I have paced properly. Although I’m working on it and it’s getting better.

If I had a hashtag that represented me, what would it be:#workhardplayhard


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KAIT ANAPOLSKY

Co-Owner, Coach
Registered Massage Therapist (RMT)

Certifications/ Credentials:

  • CF Level 1, USAW Level 1, RMT

  • My post-secondary Education includes studies of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba, Kinesiology at Lakehead University, and finally my Registered Massage Therapy Diploma with the CMTO.


Accomplishments:

  • 2021 Crossfit Atlas Games Semifinalist

  • I have had a wide variety of athletic experience including; Powerlifting, competing at provincial, national and world championships. Bodybuilding with the Natural Canadian Bodybuilding Association on both provincial and national stages.

  • Finally finding my true passion, Crossfit competing at the 2018 Canada East Regionals as an Individual Athlete placing 22nd.

ABOUT ME 

Originally coming to the KW area from the great white north, Thunder Bay, ON, my love of all things fitness began at a very young age. My passion for sports grew as I got older with an endlest list of competitive activities. With athletics being such a huge part of my life it only made sense to begin a career in a field I feel so passionately about. They say if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life, well I love all things fitness so I was set. I began working as a personal trainer at the age of 19 which eventually lead me to my RMT designation. I love the collaboration of being able to study someone’s movement pattern and build a treatment plan to help not only strengthen their bodies but also prevent injury in the long run. My work brought me down to the KW area, always looking for the next challenge. This is where I met my husband Nick and 2 years into my big life adventure we were able to open up our own functional fitness facility also incorporating my massage practice. Polsky’s Strength & Conditioning Ltd. I am so fortunate to live my passion each and every day alongside my better half, Nick.

My Favorite WOD: 

DT

My Least Favorite WOD:

1000m Row

If I had a hashtag that represented me, what would it be: #trainsmart​

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BRONWYN STEVENS

Coach

Certifications/ Credentials:

  • CF Level 1

  • Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary

  • 3 years experience as Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • NCCP Level 1


Accomplishments:

  • CIS Academic All Canadian 2011-2016

  • CIS National Champion (Hockey)

  • Multi-sport experience in track, swimming, hockey, basketball and triathlon

ABOUT ME 

I’ve been an athlete for as long as I can remember, and always enjoyed having a variety of sports to play when I was a kid growing up here in Waterloo. Hockey didn’t become my priority until my last two years of high school, and throughout my high school career I continued competing in basketball, swimming and track & field. I headed out west to play hockey for the Dinos at the University of Calgary in 2011 and spent my five years of eligibility training with some of the best athletes in my sport. 

My favourite part of sports was always the grind of the training, and putting in the work — though I didn’t know much about CrossFit, I was immediately hooked after my first session training with Nick and Kait, and felt that competitive spirit come back. I’m excited to keep learning as an athlete and a coach through the fast-fitnessing that we do as a PSC family! I love connecting with people and being part of the positive atmosphere that is already so present in the culture already. 

My Favorite WOD: 

Anything long and gritty 

My Least Favorite WOD:

I wouldn't want to single any out (but Chad)

If I had a hashtag that represented me, what would it be: #startfastholdon (hopefully)​

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GRACE DITZEND

Coach

  • CrossFit Level 1 

  • NCCP Gymnastics Foundations

  • NCCP Trampoline Foundations

  • Artistic Gymnastics Introduction to Competition

  • MAG Introduction to Competition

  • First Aid and CPR Level C

Accomplishments:

  • Provincial Gymnast for 8 years

  • Third place on Beam at 2016 Provincials

  • Provincial Qualifier placements

  • Kitchener Sports Association Scholarship 2018

ABOUT ME 

Being a competitive gymnast for eight years, I quickly learned how easy it is to get swept up into being fully committed to sport. For most of my life, gymnastics was a part of every single thing I did and I didn’t really know what to do once I stopped competing. I began CrossFit hoping to find a new sport to fall in love with, and believe me, I did!  CrossFit has pushed me so far out of my comfort zone (actually touching a barbell) while still allowing me to use some familiar aspects of gymnastics.  

I began coaching gymnastics as soon as I was old enough because I want to be able to provide young athletes with opportunities, skills and passion just like my coaches did for me.  I currently coach pre-competitive boys which has been such a great way to stay connected with gymnastics despite retiring once I began studying Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo.  I love that I’m able to give back to give back to my sport communities through coaching because I hugely appreciate what my coaches have done for me. It is amazing that I can now do the same for other athletes.

My Favorite WOD: 

Anytime I get to be upside-down!

My Least Favorite WOD:

DT

If I had a hashtag that represented me, what would it be: 

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DAN STECKLEY

Coach

ABOUT ME 

Sport and physical activity has been a huge part of my life.  I played many sports competitively and recreationally throughout my childhood, highschool, university and adult life, from basketball, volleyball, soccer and rugby to waterskiing and spike ball.  I am grateful and have learned a lot through a variety of experiences in athletics and recreation that include; playing varsity volleyball at WLU, coaching at the high school, club and university level, working as a sports instructor on Oasis of the Seas for Royal Caribbean International, and teaching high school physical education and functional fitness classes.  I earned my Bachelor Honours Kinesiology and Physical Education degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, Bachelor of Education at Brock University and Honours Specialist in Health and Physical Education from York University.  Throughout my athletic career I have suffered two major knee injuries requiring multiple ACL reconstructions and meniscus repairs.  I have a strong respect and understanding for the process required to rehab from injury.  My CrossFit journey started at Polsky’s 3 years ago (summer 2018).  It has changed my life as I am stronger and in the best shape I have ever been, and here where I met my wife Jill.  I love the community, challenge and variety of movement skills this type of training has to offer. I am passionate about coaching and seeing members achieve their health and fitness goals. I am excited to continue to learn and share my fitness journey with you as part of the PSC community! 

My Favorite WOD: 

High skill workouts, the warm-up


My Least Favorite WOD:

GHDs and Rope Climbs

If I had a hashtag that represented me, what would it be: 

#chalkup #quicksingles

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JACK FARLOW

Coach

Accomplishments:

  • 2021 CrossFit Atlas Games Semifinalist

  • 6th Place at CrossFit Games in 2019 as a teen

ABOUT ME 

I grew up playing rep hockey while also participating in other sports on school teams and recreationally. In my most competitive years of hockey, I found CrossFit and immediately noticed an improvement in all areas of my game. My passion for fitness soon out grew that of hockey, until I eventually decided to fully commit to being competitive in CrossFit. I achieved my goal of competing at the CrossFit Games in 2019, placing 6th. I’ve always made an effort to balance school and training. I am currently pursuing a degree in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. I look forward to sharing my excitement and passion for fitness at Polsky’s Strength and Conditioning!

My Favorite WOD: 

Max out snatch or clean and jerk. Or just heavy oly lifts in any metcon!

My Least Favorite WOD:

TBD!

If I had a hashtag that represented me, what would it be: 

#mindsetmatters