We are now a nonprofit!
The Valkyrie Project is now a nonprofit, with the goal of enhancing military women's performance by sponsoring research in women's fitness initiatives and providing workout training to servicemembers. As we grow and generate more funding, we would also like to provide funding for scholarships and women veterans' support initiatives.
Why "Valkyrie?" In Norse mythology, the Valkyries were Odin’s army of female demi-gods that had the power to influence battles and choose who would or would not be let into the gates of Valhalla after dying. To us, the Valkyrie represents the woman warrior's capacity to determine defeat or victory on the battlefield.
Meg has over a decade of military experience in the US Army. She is a NASM and NSCA accredited personal trainer with 13 years of coaching experience, ranging CrossFit to boot camps and individual personal training. Meg competed in the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games Regionals, and has been published in The CrossFit Journal and several military publications.
Meg has witnessed, and believes in, the boundless potential that all humans possess. She saw the need for more community support and precision athletic training for woman warriors after the US Armed Forces announced all jobs and schools would become available to women in 2016. She has a passion to support military women seeking to grow professionally through training and job specialties that were unavailable to them until recent years.
Meg believes that all it takes for today's military woman to reach her dreams is to be willing to put in the work, and push the boundaries physically, mentally and emotionally a little bit every day. Small bites of short-term success lead to long-term dreams realized. "Do today what others won't. Do tomorrow what others can't."
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Em is currently Active Duty Air Force Serving at Special Warfare as a human performance and rehab specialist where she oversees training for injured students within their pipelines starting from Basic Training. She attended Eastern Washington University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Liberty University where she received her Master’s degree in Human Performance specializing in Strength and Conditioning.
She currently holds both NSCA Specialized Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator (TSAC-F) Certifications, is a POSE Method Running Technique coach, and is FMS 1&2 Certified. She has over 8 years of coaching experience in both military and civilian group fitness and individualized strength training. Recently, she was the first enlisted airman to be assigned to NASA where she was able to rehab and train astronauts upon their arrival back to Earth.
Em understands the importance of finding time for fitness as she is a mother to a very busy toddler and works a full-time job in the military. Her approach to coaching is to be adaptable to the athlete and make the absolute best use of their time. She believes that with a lot of sweat, some tears, and maybe a little blood; that any woman can get to not only where they want to be, but crush it the whole way there.