President – Tyler Valencia, MS, CPT, PES
After graduating from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor degree in Kinesiology, Tyler turned an undergraduate internship with a Southern California online fitness education company into a full-time position. Throughout his time with the same company, he excelled at several positions, developing his skillset with online instructional design and eventually leading him to accept an executive position with the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers (NCCPT). After working for NCCPT, Tyler decided to start his own online health & fitness company and founded the Kinesiology Institute for Performance Specialists (KIPS). Since 2016, KIPS has been selling and developing online education for health and fitness professionals.
From 2012 to 2016, Tyler ran and operated his own fitness bootcamp company in Long Beach, California, which won Best Bootcamp two years in a row (2014-2015) and Best Personal Trainers three years in a row (2013-2015).
Tyler grew up in beautiful Manhattan Beach, California where he participated in track and field, and currently lives in Thousand Oaks, California. He competes in monthly Scottish highland games as a lightweight competitor.
Doctor of Philosophy in Health & Human Performance, Concordia University Chicago (in progress)
Master of Science in Applied Exercise Science – Emphasis in Sports Performance, Concordia University Chicago
Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Emphasis in Fitness, CSU Long Beach
Vice President of Business Development – Mark Myers, MS, CSCS
Mark’s career began as a graduate coordinator and teaching assistant at the University of Florida while also holding the exercise science director role at a local club named Orion Fitness Center. His career then took him to NYC, Los Angeles and North West Arkansas where he served as a personal trainer, club educator, personal training manager, sales manager and general manager with Equinox Fitness Clubs, Spectrum Athletic Club and the Fayetteville Athletic Club.
Mark currently lives in Jacksonville, FL with his wife and two kids.
Master of Science, Sport Management, University of Florida
Bachelor of Science, Fitness & Wellness, University of Florida
Course Instructor – Ian Vaughn, CPT, CES, PES, SFGII
Ian Vaughn is from Palmdale, CA – based at Viking Valhalla Training Center providing professional one on one training for any goal. He has traveled all around the world learning from the best minds in the fitness industry and preaches his own craft before he teaches it. He’s a certified fitness & nutrition coach, StrongFirst Kettlebell instructor, Flexible Steel Instructor, Mobility WOD Specialist, and a steel mace & club specialist. While the tools implemented at Viking Valhalla are unconventional; they all sync into one system to bring a new sense of awareness of how to move better, get stronger and more resilient in your life endeavors.
StrongFirst Kettlebell Certifications Level 1
StrongFirst Kettlebell Certifications Level 2
National Academy of Sport Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer
National Academy of Sport Medicine – Performance Enhancement Specialist
National Academy of Sport Medicine – Corrective Exercise Specialist
Mobility WOD Specialist Level 1
Mobility WOD Specialist Level 2