Coach Kostrzewski Competes in Fitness Challenge

Doctor Kostrzewski is a avid exerciser and regularly participates in athletic challenges including competitive weight lifting meets, slalom ski races and triathlons. Doc’s latest endeavor has him directly competing with 4 other doctors of similar athletic background in 5 unique challenges.

Challenge #1: Bench Press

Dr. Kostrewski, DMD is usually found carry the weight of running a successful dental practice, but when he needs to get something off his chest he’s always willing. The bench press competition was fierce, the other competitiors were able to put up close to 200 pounds, but Dr. K snuck into the first by adding 1/2 pound weights to every lift he did.

Sure enough that strategy paid off – he was able to secure victory in the Commit To Be Fit Challenge!

Challenge #2: Squat

“I felt most comfortable in the squat, because I’m used to having weight on my back” says Walter. He put up 100 pounds more than any other competitor with a total squat of 315 for 1.

Challenge #3: 5K Race

Coach Kostrzewski is quite the strategist – he actually took a L in the 5K and saved his energy for the other challenges. (see our links page for more info)

Challenge #4: Deadlift

Tired from the 3.1 mile run, his opponents didn’t have the energy to compete with Coach K’s 405 pound deadlift. The closest weight lifted was only 225 pounds!

Challenge #5: Arm Wrestling

The arm wrestling challenge was done through a round robin with the person who had the best record being declared the winner. Coach K was feeling fresh after skipping the 5K race and decided to play defense in order to tire out his opponents. He was able to seal the victory with a record of 3-1 and only lost to Dr. MacFarlane who was more skilled at arm wrestling than running a dental practice.

Getting To Know “Dr. K”

The Smile Designer and New York Magazine’s Best Cosmetic Dentist in 2003

Dr. Walter Kostrzewski, is a cosmetic dentist who is currently serving patients’ dental needs at Stony Hill Dental Care in Connecticut.

Also known as “Dr. K”, he earned his Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 1992. In 1993, he completed a general practice residency at University Hospital in Stony Brook, which placed an emphasis on medically compromised patients, dental trauma, sedation and treating the fearful patients.

Dr. K has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education courses and also earned a BS degree from Villanova University. His eye for creating passionate teams earned him the moniker “Coach K”. In 2000, he founded “The Winning Dentist” a team of consultants who aids in developing passionate teams, functional work systems, provide motivation and come up with congruent marketing.  Along with his numerous published articles, Dr. Kostrzewski authored a resource manual “Creating Passionate Aesthetic Dental Teams.” This publication is designed to help dentists, office managers and their counterparts on how to create their own winning team.  

Dr. Kostrzewski was a Clinical Instructor at the renowned Hornbrook Group in Chicago, where he trained other dentists in cosmetic dentistry and full mouth rehabilitation. He also published numerous articles that were featured in dental journals such as Dental Town, The Crown Council, and the dental leader. Due to his extensive knowledge of the dental industry, Dr. K also serves as a consultant to major dental manufacturers and dental laboratories. 

Dr. Kostrzewski is happily married to his wife Kristin. They have three boys – Luke, Alex, and Aiden. The couple plays golf on a regular basis and during the winter months, they ski and work out together. They are also learning ballroom dancing.