MEET OUR TEAM

Our team is just a bunch of regular folks trying to push people in our community to achieve their fitness goals so they can do extraordinary things (at work and in life). It’s our pleasure to meet you.

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Michael

Head Coach

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Olympic Weight Lifting
CrossFit Gymnastics
CrossFit Endurance
CrossFit Movement & Mobility

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Morgan

Coach

Morgan hails from Texas which means she works out hard… TEXAS hard! And if you had to pick one type of music a tall redheaded female from Texas would listen to, what would it be? You guessed it – 90’s hip hop (ya don’t stop!). She explored a variety of fitness activities growing up before discovering her passion for the outdoors. She’s been an avid rock climber for the past five years with a particular soft spot for the Gunks (climber speak for a mountain range about an hour and half upstate in NY). Morgan turned to CrossFit in 2012 after becoming bored of her running routine, and quickly noticed a major improvement in her climbing skills.

Morgan’s “day job” is working as a Technology Integrator at the Riverdale Country School, where she has taken a proactive role in outdoor education programs. She takes her students hiking, rock climbing, ice climbing, and even on trips to Patagonia. If the students behave, she usually brings them home as well.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1
Wilderness First Responder

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Martin

Coach

When Martin set his personal goal of joining the Marine Corps, he started to train on his own at a local globo-gym but wasn’t seeing the gains he needed to achieve ‘Merica quality fitness. In 2013 he was introduced to CrossFit Valkyrie and was hooked after his first On-Ramp class.

“Marty”, as he is affectionately known by many members, has all the tools you want in a great coach: infinite patience, a desire to teach and be taught, humor that borders on the bizarre and an incredibly awful taste for loud, thrash-tastic death metal music.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Olympic Weight Lifting
CrossFit Rowing

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Kent

Coach

With two Naval Academy graduates for brother-in-laws and a Marine for a father-in-law to keep up with, Kent’s decision to start CrossFit really boiled down to the famous saying from the American Revolution, “Join, Or Die.”

Outside of his survival, he truly does believe in the core philosophy of General Physical Preparedness. A “finance guy” by trade, Kent loves how CrossFit gathers and uses definitive and measurable information to quantify progress.

Kent attributes much of his hair loss to some higher power very inelegantly trying to help him become more aerodynamic for workouts. Unfortunately, the workouts are still just as hard without it!

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1

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Lucas

Coach

Lucas brings about a certain high energy into his coaching that is only conceivable for someone with his love of coaching and fantastic hair. Regardless of his day, Lucas will storm into the gym, shed the button-down & khakis, blast the music and deliver a motivated, energetic coaching experience. We encourage anyone to ask Lucas any question about the world of CrossFit. You’ll appreciate the educated insight and he’ll appreciate the inquisitiveness.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1

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Dennis

Coach
Dennis DeLeon, also know by his pen name “DDL,” has been a member at Valkyrie in Irvington since its inception. A powerhouse on the CrossFit battlefield, Dennis brings a calm and collected charm to his coaching technique. You can always count on Dennis to spare everyone the earache of heavy metal music with the fan favorite high intensity “Hype” playlist. Although don’t be shocked if you find him busting out near professional dance moves in between classes. Just look away and go about your business.
Dennis is also the programmer for the heavy hitting Barbell Club classes. Be sure to check it out if you want to improve on your Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting or set a new 1 Rep Max!!

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1

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Scarlet

Coach
Scarlett considers herself lucky to have found Crossfit around the same time she was contemplating elliptical-machine-homicide… now her favorite “cardio” is moving weights faster.
A type 2 diabetic, she started training specifically in Crossfit 3+ years ago and has since come off all medication and is a card-carrying member of the “Cool-Aid” crew as a result. She’s a stickler for form and has a voracious appetite for learning new things and applying her fitness outside the gym and/or for charity. From rock climbing to gymnastics tumbling to fund raising through burpees, there’s not much she won’t try once… and she invites you to join her any time you want.
In her “other” lives, Scarlett has competed as a Grand Prix show-jumper in the equestrian arena, and has toured the world as a singer with her band.
A tip for those who read all the way to the end: Scarlett accepts bribery for tardiness in the form of black iced coffee and cookie dough flavored quest bars.

Certifications

CrossFit Level 1

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Nicole

Bootcamp Coach

Certifications

USAS Coach

ASCA Level 2 Coach

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Becca

Yoga Coach
Rebecca. The 6 Foot “Gentle Storm.” Rebecca has been a long time loyal member of Valkyrie. After over a year with us, Rebecca brought over the perfect recipe to help fill the opposite end of our fitness spectrum. Yoga. Her Sunday Yoga classes provide a much needed 1 hour relief from the loud music, cheering and weight slamming during the weekly classes. That, in addition to the implementation of breathing with core control coupled with concise instruction and calm music, Rebecca’s Vinyasa Yoga is the best way to spend your Sunday afternoon.
As Valkyrie is notorious for our focus on mobility and safe movement, you can see why Rebecca’s yoga class is best suited for our abode.
Don’t let her tranquil demeanor fool you though. When it’s time to throw down, Rebecca delivers an explosive punch to every workout she immerses herself into.

Certifications

RYT 200

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McKinely

Massage Therapist

Offering customized therapeutic massage sessions for CrossFit Valkyrie athletes. Modalities include Swedish, Sports, Trigger Point and Myofascial. Prepare, recover, maintain, improve mobility & performance. For more info contact mckinleylmt14@gmail.com

Certifications

NYS Licensed Massage Therapist

From All Walks of Life

We love that our coaches and staff come from all walks of life. Their individual experiences and perspectives only serve to enrich the experience here at CrossFit Valkyrie. If you are looking to train for a specific event or skill, please feel free to tell your coach and they will work with you to train for your success!