Valentine Welch

Valentine Welch


Can do muscle-ups sometimes

very big trapezius muscles

placed 4th in team comp with even stronger mom


CrossFit Level 1 Certification

About Coach

The road to fitness was a reluctant one for me. Although I enjoyed playing soccer with my friends, early experiences with typical workout routines long soured my opinion of "working out" as an activity in and of itself. I swam competitively in high school and raced motorcycles professionally from age 8 to 23, but it took years of watching my mom get stronger and healthier through CrossFit before I dared dip my toes back into a gym. Like so many others, I was hooked. Not only did I find an exciting way to exercise, but a supportive community that welcomed me with open arms. The gym is a second home for me now!

Turning Point

After high school, without the daily swim practices, I noticed my fitness slipping away. I missed the feeling of strength in my shoulders and the satisfaction of a good workout. Even worse, I felt isolated, depressed, and increasingly lonely, especially after a breakup and moving back to Oregon. I knew I wanted to regain my strength and find a sense of community, but I never imagined I'd find both in one place. Having something to focus on—something that engaged my mind, body, and spirit—while I healed and started creating the life I wanted was crucial to developing the positive mindset I have today.

Motivation & Passion

I love showing kids that fitness can be fun and challenging at the same time! It's not just about tough workouts, boring routines, or coaches shouting at you. Fitness can be the best part of your day when you're surrounded by people you care about, and it's an opportunity to tackle difficult tasks in a safe and encouraging setting.

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