Andrei Yakovenko – Mindful Strength Training (#177)

Andrei Yakovenko

Originally from the Ukraine, Andrei Yakovenko immigrated to Canada 20 years ago with less than $5 in his pocket. Determined to succeed, he built a successful career as a partner in a Geophysics business. Years later, Andrei came across Body By Science. After putting the principles into practice with a group of friends, Andrei saw profound physical changes, and began learning all about high intensity strength training.

Andrei discovered how HIT had the power to transform lives, including his own. Andrei decided to leave his high paid career in Geophysics and setup New Element Training, a high intensity training studio in Toronto, Canada, that specialises in mindful strength training.

Please note: Some episodes that have been recently published were recorded after my podcast with Andrei. If you’re a regular listener you may notice some inconsistency in my thoughts and this is why.

In this episode, we cover:

  • How Andrei built his high intensity strength training business
  • How to turn strength training into a mindfulness practice
  • How to source the best MedX machines on the market
  • … and much, much more


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  • Big fan of mindfulness. There’s a great book called the power of now by Eckhart Tolle which I think describes it excellently and definitely helped me to improve my life.

    The headspace app is very good and a good introduction into mindfulness.

    I would argue that if you aren’t present during training that you aren’t doing it correctly. Certainly training to failure makes you become present!

    • Hi Matt,

      Thanks for your comment!

      I was a big fan of Eckhart Tolle as well. He was a big influence on me when I was coming up with a concept of mindful strength training… Must have read New Earth at least 15 times 🙂

      Then I came across work of Philip Shepherd (check out his book: Radical Wholeness, and website: ). In contrast to Eckhart and other teachers, Philip actually points to a physical place in your body where we can land on stillness in a very felt/experiential, as opposed to an abstract, way. Changed everything for me!

      All the best,

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