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Upcoming Events

  1. Appalachian Team Championships 2018

    May 26 @ 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. Viking Summer Raid Weekend 2018

    July 7 @ 10:00 am - July 8 @ 7:00 pm
  3. Teen Nationals

    July 21 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  4. America’s Strongest Viking 2018

    September 1 @ 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  5. A Viking Halloween 2018

    November 3 @ 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
  • We specialize in personalized Goal and Sport-Specific, individualized training
  • Atmosphere that’s about results and motivation in a way you won’t find anywhere else
  • From Olympians to elementary schoolers – we’ve trained them
  • Come and get training…get a workout made…or just do your own workout.  Do work, and get better!

20150628_172452“Jerry’s enthusiasm and passion for excellence pushed me all the way to the Olympic final. He was always willing to think outside the box and find a way to make me stronger, leaving no doubt that my athletic dreams would come true. Thanks Jerry!” –Megan Wright, 2008 Olympic finalist in 5,000 meter run and NCAA National Champion (more testimonials on bottom of page!)


Viking Performance Training LLC is Morgantown, West Virginia’s first true elite world-class strength and conditioning fitness center available to anyone looking to reach their maximum potential- whether athletes, strength, or general fitness. Jerry Handley (Owner) has over 12 years of experience working directly with Division I athletes, professional sport draft picks, Olympians, and more. He also has worked with national-level mixed martial artists, boxers, powerlifters, and strongman competitors.

Located at 139 Greenbag Road (across from Giant Eagle), at Viking Performance Training (VPT) you will be at the home to the best collection of strongman, powerlifting, weightlifting, and strength & conditioning equipment.  Welcome home.

Great news piece on 2018’s WV State Strongman Championship, “Battle of the Blizzard”! Strongman Growing for Men & Women


Take a look at WBOY’s feature on “Reppin’ for William”, a fundraiser for our friend William, a boy with Muscular Dystrophy, to help get a wheelchair van- the lifting community is a strong community!  Reppin for William WBOY

Newest feature on the gym from the Dominion Post:

Check out our short feature on WBOY:


“Sports specific training is Jerry’s specialty.  As far as anyone else around Morgantown- no one touches him.” –David Carpenter, Major League Baseball Pitcher


“In my years Jerry Handley was instrumental to the success of WVUs basketball team. As a member of the strength staff, he helped transform me from a skinny freshman into a beast of a human being. Every day, Jerry embodied the intangible elements of hard-nosed competitive drive and genuine passion for strength and conditioning. The knowledge that he brought to the table was invaluable, and his extensive experience made him very easy to work with. I would train with Jerry again in a heartbeat.” –Joe Alexander, NBA draft pick and former WVU All-American  


“Working out isn’t always the most exciting thing to do, but when you have people around you that care about your well-being the way Jerry does, it’s impossible not to achieve your goals. Being around Jerry makes you want to work harder than ever before because you know he’d give an arm and a leg for you to be successful, and he’s a large part of why I am where I am today.” –Frances Silva, professional woman’s soccer player and former WVU All-American


“At the forefront of strength and conditioning, Jerry has the knowledge and tools to train athletes to their maximal potential. Using technique as the foundation for the programs he designs and implements, Jerry is able to maximize an athlete’s performance while decreasing their risk of injury. One of the best strength and conditioning coaches I have seen in the field and have had the opportunity to work with, I recommend Jerry for anyone trying to increase their fitness levels while staying injury free.” –Dr. Kyle West PT, DPT, CSCS, and former West Virginia University men’s soccer player


“Through an extensive wealth of knowledge and a no-quit work ethic, Jerry Handley has become an incredible trainer. I’ve competed at all levels of wrestling for over 20 years and Jerry has been the best strength coach. He is constantly challenging with creative technical workouts as well as providing positive encouragement. Jerry Handley can, and will, get you to any level you wish to achieve. Thank you for being a great coach and friend.” –Mark McKnight, former Penn State Wrestling All-American, Pan-Am 2013 gold medalist, national team member


“Jay has been one of, if not the, most critical part of the successes I have been fortunate enough to experience in such a short period of time training as a strongwoman competitor and powerlifter. His ability to adapt to athlete specific concerns, sport specific foci and personal goals makes his training methods appealing across a multitude of abilities and pursuits. Not only does Jay create an environment that challenges athletes on a daily basis but also builds confidence in athletes that affords them the opportunity to seek out challenges in their own training. Every training session I get closer to being the athlete I want to be… and it feels awesome!” –Meg Ayers, National Strongwoman and Powerlifting competitor


“Jerry Handley has been the strength trainer for our NCAA Championship rifle team at WVU for the past 4 years.  Jerry has had a huge impact in making the team members stronger, fitter and generally tougher which has been vital in winning the past 2 NCAA Championships.  In addition he has impacted 4 individual National Champions, 2 Olympians and over 20 All Americans.  More importantly Jerry makes his workouts fun while being a great motivator and gets the most out of all his athletes!” –Jon Hammond, WVU Rifle Coach and Olympic athlete

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