CrossFit Level 1 Cert, CrossFit Strongman Cert
Erin grew up a “tom-boy” preferring a life of monkey-bars and mud over that of Barbies and bows. She grew from a chubby kid into an athlete somewhere around age 14 and became a 3-4 sport athlete in High School. She found her true love lied in athletics and personal gains, not in Swiss Cake Rolls, or Twinkies (athough for a time, the jury was out).
Erin was a D-1 rower during undergraduate school at the University of Iowa and continued competitive rowing and racing until 2009. She coached club rowing and strength and conditioning for the Milwaukee Rowing Club’s Junior Program and Adult Women’s Program from 2007 until 2010 when she moved to Texas for graduate school. It was during her stay in Texas that Erin found CrossFit. No rowing was available in San Antonio and in order to stay in “racing shape” she searched for a gym that offered what she needed. She found the equipment, the intensity and the “team” at Elite CrossFit affiliate in San Antonio. In 2009 Erin qualified for CrossFit Regionals as a teammate for Elite.
Erin is a nurse and works full-time for the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. She is the proud wife of Mark Valenti and step-mom of Hayden Valenti. She has coached CrossFit since 2009 as a Level-1 trainer and has a passion for improving athletic performance, mental toughness, and the holistic health of each athlete that walks into Blind Dog Gym. She and Mark opened Blind Dog with a vision of creating a community that is focused on improvement of self, improvement of community, and service to those who have or continue to serve.
Erin’s personal athletic goals have changed drastically in the past year. Instead of focusing on competition, and maintaining “contender” status, Erin has resolved to focus on longevity, resilience, and injury prevention in an effort to become more coach than athlete.
“The greatest victory for me is celebrating the success of one of our athletes; whether it be conquering the fear of the first box jump, or standing on the podium at a competition. Their success is my biggest win.”