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  1. Viking Summer Raid 2017

    August 19 @ 8:00 am - August 20 @ 5:00 pm
  2. Strongest Man/Woman in the Forest XI

    September 30 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  3. A Viking Halloween 2017!

    November 4 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. Power for a Purpose 2017 by USA Powerlifting!

    December 9 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

TEAM VPT- BERSERKERS AND VALKYRIES

To many people, the Vikings are a fierce culture which died out centuries ago- to us, we know that Vikings are alive in well.  Through blood in some, but possible in all through spirit, through grit, through courage, through determination, toughness, strength, and tenacity.  As Viking Performance Training LLC continues to grow, so will these athletes and their accomplishments- watch for them on our newsfeeds and at upcoming competitions!

These athletes prove the Viking spirit lives on- to conquer new horizons and to reach new heights, the spirit and the drive to MAKE THEIR ANCESTORS PROUD.

Ashlyn Harlan- Strongwoman

 

 

Bryce Bohman- Professional Swimmer

Bryce Bohman in action   Recent Accomplishments: Top 20 finisher in the 2016 USA Olympic Trials…,2-time First Team All-American Swimmer at WVU in the 100 and 200 backstroke… Big 12 Champion 100 backstroke… 7x First Team All-Big 12 at Big 12 Championships, 2014 Big 12 Swimmer of the Year, 19th All-Time in the 100 and 200 backstroke for short course yards… 2012 Olympic Trial Qualifier.

Currently training for the 2017 World Championships under WVU Head Swimming Coach Vic Riggs.

Bryce currently resides in Morgantown and is a 2nd year Athletic Coaching Graduate Student at West Virginia University while also being the Aquatics Graduate Assistant for CPASS and is the Assistant Swim Coach for Club Mountaineer… Bryce is also one mean keg-carrier.

 

Katie O’Connor- Strongwoman, Powerlifting

received_10154010490772885Strongwoman: Beginning strongwoman competition very recently (August of 2016), Katie has become a frequent competitor and stalwart in the top 3 of almost every contest she’s ever been in.  In July 2016 was one of Katie’s top performances to date, finishing 4th out of 11 at Pennsylvania’s Strongest Man in a combined Middleweight and Heavyweight class (Katie is a true Middleweight).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tina Griffith- Strongwoman, Powerlifting

Tina Overhead, Canonsburg March 2013     Strongwoman:  2016- Maidens of Might 3rd place MWW, 2014- 1st place West Virginia State Strongman Championship, 3rd place Intense Barbell Strongman HWW, 3rd place Prodigy Strongman HWW

2013- 2nd place NAS Strongest Man in Pittsburgh, 2nd place HWW WV Strongest Mountaineer, 2nd place West Virginia State Strongman Championship

Tina’s best contest powerlifts are 280 squat, 175 bench, and 320 deadlift, all raw.

Tina attended West Virginia University on academic scholarship, where she walked on the rowing team and became an integral part of the team racing in the top boat during all four of her years and taking top three in most races.  During this time, Tina says the lifting portion of training was always a favorite.  After nine total years as a graduate assistant coach and then head assistant coach for the WVU rowing team, Tina got back into training and to get into shape.  To make it more interesting and competitive, Tina was introduced to strongman and powerlifting, where she was instantly hooked.

Tina says, “Strongman and powerlifting have become crucial parts of my life, including everything from posing a challenge, to enjoying the camaraderie, and being a fun and unique experience every time.  My current goals are to compete and represent myself, VPT, and West Virginia well and to get stronger every day.”

 

FORMER BERSERKERS & VALKYRIES (who have retired or moved away, and we continue to wish them luck! They will always be a part of the VPT family.)

Meg Ayers- MW and HW Strongwoman, Powerlifting

Meg Overhead, Canonsburg 2013

Meg attended West Virginia University as a varsity rower on full scholarship, where she achieved high honors- National Strength and Conditioning All-American, and CRCA Second Team Mid Atlantic, as well as being voted team captain.  After a few years she became an assistant coach for WVU’s rowing team, where she began to train with the team under their strength coach at the time, Jay Handley (founder of Viking Performance Training LLC).  After many challenging workouts, Meg decided to sign up for a local unsanctioned powerlifting meet, and then strongman, always thinking “are those not the most badass women you’ve ever seen?!?!”

Meg: “I never thought I would find myself swapping miles of river every day for a workout to seeing how many times I could deadlift a car or bend nails.  From the first training session I was hooked on the sport.  My future goals are to LEARN MORE LIFT MORE and GET BIGGER!  I also hope to inadvertently be a role model for anyone who finds themselves doubting their own capabilities.  One aspect that I find extremely important to my training and likewise is echoed in the staff and environment at Viking Performance Training LLC…put the work in and bust your ass every chance you get and you’ll see results!  I guarantee you’ll have a great time getting there with the incredible staff at Viking Performance Training.”

 

Anna Burdette- IBJJF World Championship Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor

Anna BurdetteSome Accomplishments: IBJFF Worlds 2014- Silver Medal, Blue Belt… Arnold Classic 2013- No Gi Gold Medal, Blue Belt Gold Medal

Anna finished her Blue Belt career ranked 5th in the world by taking 2nd in the World Championships held in California, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Neale Hoerle- IBJJF Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt

NealeAccomplishments: 2014 IBJJF New York Summer Open Featherweight Silver Medalist, IBJJF Boca International Open Featherweight Bronze Medal, IBJJF New York Spring Open Featherweight Silver Medal

2013- IBJJF New York Summer Open Lightweight Silver Medal, IBJJF New York Summer Open Medium Weight Bronze Medal, IBJJF New York Spring Open Open Weight Bronze Medal, Copa Nova BJJ Championship MediumWeight Silver Medal

Member of Team Junqueira / Marcelo Garcia Association Pittsburgh, MGNY, Alliance.

Coached by Rodrigo Junqueira from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Neale has been a fierce competitor in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu circuits for several years due to his understanding of the importance of proper, superior technique.

Neale is the Co-Owner and Coach of Team Junqueira Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Morgantown, WV, where he has been leading a growing community of BJJ practitioners and competitors.

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