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Lena Placzek grew up in Poznan, Poland where she competed on the Polish National Track and Field Team between ages 15-20. During these years she was top 3 in the country in 800 and 1500m on the track and qualified to race at the World Cross Country Championships in 2010. She then moved to America to attend the University of Iowa where she double majored in Health and Human Physiology and Sports Business Management. During her studies, Lena was a member of the University of Iowa’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams. Lena moved to New York City in 2014 to pursue a career as a health and fitness specialist and a coach. After a few years hiatus from competitive running Lena ran her first marathon in New York City in 2019 finishing in 2:56:26 and placing first among Polish women. This result earned her a recognition from the Polish Embassy in New York.


Doctor of Physical Therapy Student at Hunter College, Class of 2024

B.A. Health and Human Physiology 

B.S. Sports Business Management

ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
FMS 1 & 2
RKC Instructor and Team Lead






As a coach, Lena takes an individualized approach to training. She puts a lot of effort and commitment to understanding each client, their individual history, needs and goals. Her work is a reflection of her professional education, years of experience and a life long passion for health, fitness and performance.


Outside of over 15 years of personal experience with running and strength training, Lena has 7 years of experience training athletes and the general population. She earned her degree in Health & Human Physiology and Sports Business Management from University of Iowa in 2014. Lena is currently a student at Hunter College in NYC pursuing her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. 


Lena holds multiple certifications including: ACSM Exercise Physiologist, NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist and FMS. In 2021, she became a Russian Kettlebell Certified Instructor and was nominated to be the RKC Team Leader in NYC. She continues to deepen her knowledge about the human body, movement and performance by attending variety of continuing education courses each year.

Lena believes that daily physical activity, building strength and improving cardiovascular fitness are necessary for health and longevity. A strong body will help you improve performance and prevent injuries - keeping you happy and ready to reach your full potential in whatever endeavour you choose to pursue.

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