About Valerie C. Merriweather
Valerie is a self-described fitness fanatic. On any given day, she can be found watching infomercials to assess the merits of the latest gizmo, searching the web for breaking health and exercise news or reviewing exercise DVDs. As founder and Chief Exercise Officer of Fitwell Training Solutions, Valerie’s clients rely on her ability to tap her reservoir of knowledge to design customized programs for them.
After graduating from The Ohio State University with a Master in Health Administration, Valerie ran a complex of health education centers for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California supporting 300,000 members. While successful in building out these centers, she struggled to find ways to pursue her passion for fitness more directly. She had achieved a breakthrough in getting off the “baby weight” after her first pregnancy and wanted to help other women. Being the proponent of education that she is, Valerie became certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM) to launch Fitwell as a full-time venture.
Passionate about integrating fitness into every life stage, Valerie has developed programs for pre-conception, pregnancy and post-pregnancy. From this work and feedback from clients, she created the babyShape Prenatal Workout DVD, one of the only DVDs on the market to focus on strength training for pregnancy. She has also helped clients prepare for and recover from knee and hip replacement as well as overcome challenges that all life stages bring.
Valerie trains and educates her clients in a warm, easy-to-understand style. If she can get her 93 year-old grandmother to work out at 3AM, she can inspire you to integrate fitness into your everyday life too.