Valerie is passionate about helping women find their strength.
"One of my favorite training moments was when a woman in her 50s performed her first-ever push-up in class. She had always done push-ups on her knees because she thought she wasn't strong enough. We worked and worked on the technique, her strength, and practiced many different methods to help her get there. Then one day, during a regular training session, she knocked out 3 totally awesome, perfect, REAL push-ups! She surprised herself, and everyone in class, and it was such a great moment. That is why I train."
Val's training has evolved since she began her Personal Training career in 2002. She worked in Health Promotion, completed a number of Physical Therapy internships, and was certified through many different organizations. She found her home in the RKC and then StrongFirst, two organizations founded by Pavel Tsatsouline. StrongFirst is filled with the greatest teachers and coaches of Strength and Fitness. In 2011, Valerie was one of first women in the world to successfully complete the Iron Maiden Challenge and in 2013, she was promoted to Team Leader with StrongFirst. That title allows her to teach kettlebell certifications around the world. She also maintains the CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) from the NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association).
Val has a passion for fitness and helping people stay active. These days, while sometimes still racing and competing, her fitness goals consist of being as fit and healthy as her body will allow and helping each student reach his or her individual potential.
Areas of Expertise
- Core and Balance
- Strength Training
- Weight Loss
- Flexibility and Mobility
- Muscular Definition
- Muscle Gain
- Functional Training
- Cardiovascular Conditioning
- Stress Reduction
- Corrective Exercise
NCCA Accredited Certifications
StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor, StrongFirst Body Weight Certification, Strongfirst Lifter Barbell Certification, StrongFirst Kettlebell Instructor Level 2
BS in Health & Exercise Science
Who I Especially Like Working With
Beginners, Cancer Survivors, Middle-aged, Overweight/ Obese, Peri/Post-menopausal, Post-rehab, Pre/post-natal, Rehab, Runners, Seniors, Student-athletes, Women
Medical Conditions Experience
Back Pain/Issues, Bone/Joint Injury, Cancer, Depression, Diastasis Recti, Fibromyalgia, Hip Pain/Issues, Joint Pain, Knee Pain/Issues, Lower Body Pain/Issues, Lymphatic, Menopause, Neck Pain, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Plantar fasciitis, Postural Issues, Pregnancy, Rotator Cuff Issues, Sciatica, Shoulder Issues, Stress
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