Valeri is a valuable asset to the TFW team. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science with a Sports Medicine Minor. Valeri is also certified in Foundations of Strength & Conditioning as well as Foundations of Healthy Lifestyles.
What makes you the perfect person for your job? “From my education and personal experience with exercise, I can be an inspiration and motivation for people to know that it is possible to reach their goals via hard work and dedication.”
How do you help people meet their fitness goals? “I set realistic standards and individualize the program based on what each individual desires, and ensure they are sticking to the plan.”
What are your three most valuable skills?
- “Problem solving – Whenever there is in issue, not matter how major or minor, I am determined to find the solution.
- Being a Confidant – I feel I can be easily approached to listen and/or give advice if someone is in need of advice, needs to get something off of his or her chest, or simply needs to vent.
- Leadership – I can step in and keep people focused and organize tasks and make sure they are being done in a timely manner to get the job done.”
What is your favorite thing about your job? “Witnessing clients genuinely push themselves and strive to work harder and get better, along with being the motivation for them to do so.”
What sports have you competed in? “Volleyball in middle school, track and cheerleading all through middle and high school, golf in High school and leisurely, and bodybuilding in college.”
Which did/do you enjoy most? “Golf – It’s fun, but also relaxing and has a social aspect, and it can be played late into life.”
How do you like to get your sweat on? “A good, hard lift with some intense cardio spurts added in.”
What’s your favorite jam to work out to? “Anything with heavy instrumentals and hard vocals.”
What would you say is the best way someone can take their first step toward becoming a better version of themselves? “Get the education and materials to do so.”
Do you have a transformation story? What is it? “Close to three years ago, I became a Personal Trainer, and in doing so, I decided I needed to do more strength training to become stronger in order to move weights around for clients. The much more avid and intense weight lifting led into training for body building competitions. I trained hard and very strictly dieted for 8 months. This included counting my macronutrients, spending around 2-3 hours in the gym, and making sure I got enough rest. My transformation was going from 148 lbs. down to 135 lbs., and from 22% body fat down to 14%. I competed in the Physique category in the NPC Natural Indiana and the Mr./Miss Ball State Body Building Competition in the spring of 2014. Since then, I have maintained a lean and muscular physique and kept strength and cardiovascular training along with healthy eating as a major aspect of my lifestyle.”