Meet Team VA°
DYLAN & Shenae
Our names are Dylan and Shenae, we are the founders of Valhalla Athletic.We love that we have had the opportunity to bring this space to life for the benefit of so many people.
Valhalla Athletic came to Dylan in a dream. Originally a Yoga and Recovery cent, this dream expanded and developed into the facility it is today.
We keep a very real and open mind when it comes to health. Through our experiences, we came to understand that not one training regime is best or better than the other and in pursuit of achieving optimal health, we believe it is incredibly important for body, mind, and soul to experience various methods of training and apply what best suits for that individual.
For this reason, we share a passion for the exploration of different forms of exercise and work on embedding them into Valhalla Athletic. We have experienced great value from methods such as resistance training, powerlifting, olympic lifting, endurance running, plyometrics, yoga, and pilates as well as various recovery methods. We have done our best to include these here in our facility so everyone can find the value we have.
We love what we do, we love our people and we love this place. Our hope for the individuals entering our doors is that they feel challenged, supported, and apart of a vibrant and energetic community co-working to improve themselves on not just the physical but also internally.
Hey Humans, our names are Ari and Boss and we rule VA. Our wonderful parents adopted us and we’ve grown up with VA being our second home. We LOVE people and all the attention we get from our members.
Ari is a red heeler X she was the first one here and she knows it! She gets a little excited sometimes so please if she jumps and puts those paws on you turn your back on her so she knows she shouldn’t do that. Boss is a german shepherd X pointer. He is the friendliest, gentlest giant. If there’s pats going around he can’t miss out.
Ari and Boss are super friendly having grown up here. They spend most of their time sleeping or wrestling in reception. Due to hair shed we don’t allow them into the gym too much. They join us off leash on run clubs. If you are afraid of dogs we understand and are so compassionate to this. During the warmer months we ensure our garage doors are always open so you don’t need to walk past them, if you do need to walk in the reception let us know, best thing to do with any dogs is to ignore them and not make eye contact.
VÅLHALLA STUDIO TEAM
Shenae is a Pilates Instructor and Yoga Teacher at Valhalla Mat Studio.
She became a Pilates teacher in 2020 and introduced Mat Pilates to Valhalla Athletic. She has loved exploring different modalities of training but has found a passion in pilates and hopes to lead you to yours. In her own personal pilates journey Shenae has developed a more mindful connection with her body, understands what it is to be pilates strong and respect the pilates burn.
I hope to be able to guide you to the extensive benefits Pilates has for your body and mind; finding alignment in your body, understanding correct muscle activations, creating a mind-muscle connection, learning the concept of bracing your core and to shine light on the importance of training our small stabilising muscles.
"The mind when housed in a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power." - Joseph Pilates
Shenae completed her Yoga Teacher Training in 2021 and has been loving the integration of Pilates and Yoga as she teaches. It's her daily Yin & Yang as she welcomes the polarities of both practices. As a Yoga Teacher, Shenae, although new to this area of teaching, is very passionate about mindfulness and creating opportunity for her students to connect with breath and maybe even some inner contemplation to connect not only mind & body but mind, body and self.
Phone: 0403 397 782
Sally is our Valhalla Studio Manager at Coburg.
Sally's passion for Pilates started around 8-10 years ago. Sal had a keen interest in fitness her whole life but had always been really drawn to Pilates due to the discipline it takes from both your body and mind.
I studied at Studio Pilates completing both Mat and Reformer as well as an abundance of other courses that enable me to continue to expand on the experience I create in my classes. I love adding reformer exercises to the mat using equipment and getting creative.
I believe Pilates should be a staple in any fitness routine to learn how to activate the muscles properly, and correct form whilst exercising is so important. I love the deep burn and endurance Pilates creates in your muscles. Personally I always see really great results from pilates.
Aside from Pilates & my amazing clients, I love snowboarding & blue staffies.
Dylan is the head coach at Valhalla Athletic. Dylan has grounded himself in this industry drawing from years of extensive training experience and furthermore experience in the industry which has developed him into a highly skilled coach.
In the group training space here Dylan has embedded a culture that gets our people ONBOARD pushing themselves to their limits and achieving goals that once may have seemed impossible. Dylan is a hands-on coach with a passion for injury management and prevention.
Zak has helped a number of people achieve their goals from gaining strength, increasing flexibility, and mobility to improving overall functionality and movement. The most important things Zak teaches his clients is the knowledge of combining quality movement and nutrition with a positive mindset and a balanced lifestyle to help build their confidence. All Zaks clients are different, presenting unique goals and Zak carefully tailors his knolwedge, advice and programming to the individual and their lifestyle.
Ultimately I want to help as many individuals improve overall function, create better movement, and assist in balancing a healthy and fun lifestyle to become better versions of themselves!
Phone: 0416 671 733
Shenae started in the fitness industry in 2018. Her main focus has always been applied to Group Training where she has helped people from all different levels of fitness. She loves to connect with people and drive them to step up and show up in the best way they can.
Shenae is a woman who has learned to let go of unrealistic expectations of herself in her own journey and furthermore a coach that helps others do the same so they can really start achieving. Shenae believes health is more than just physical rather, the equilibrium of peak physical, emotional, and mental health.
After many years of pursuing his own journey, in 2018 I decided to dive into the fitness industry a little deeper.
Dean began investing in himself. Developing knowledge around different types of training, nutrition and experimenting with many ways for the human body to feel optimal.
As Dean continued to find his way in the industry, he began to discover a true passion in helping others find theirs.
Dean believes to reach ones true potential, we need to begin to approach it from multiple avenues. Incorporating ways to provide higher levels of energy and performance both in and out of the gym.
The fire in me is well and truly lit. I want to pass down my experience and knowledge to any individual who seeks it. Guiding them on their journey and showing each of my clients that there is a better way of living.
Phone: 0431 117 092
Sione, born in the Pacific island of Tonga.
Sione has been in the fitness scene for 7 years. Sione has had an incredible personal fitness journey, from an obese individual to losing 50 plus kilos but he did not stop there. Sione went on to explore Crossfit and Weightlifting and is now a competitor in both sports at a national level. He holds current national titles in NZ in both sports and is currently working on taking the titles in Victoria. We're so excited to have VÅ watching this space as Sione fulfils this goal!
Sione has now been a coach for 5 years. In his coaching expect to be pushed to your limits, be driven and know that you are learning from an incredibly experienced individual. With Siones personal experience he excels in teaching olympic lifting and is all about sessions that bring on that sheer grit needed to take you to that next level.
Fitness has always been a huge part of Taylor’s life. Growing up on the stage as a dancer planted the seed for her love for movement, and since then this love has grown so many branches. Strength & weight training, cardio/high intensity sessions, water sports, yoga, stretch & remedial conditioning exercise - movement makes her whole, however it’s been her admiration for Pilates that has tied the knot and driven her career.
Tay obtains a strong belief in holistic health - that our state is not only to be measured physically, but equality the condition of our mind & soul. Interlaced in her passion for wellness also comes her love for food science, as she completes her qualifications as a Nutritionist.
Why Pilates? Tay believes it’s the fitness worlds greatest concoction: it’s strength, flexibility, mobility, mind/muscle engagement, alignment, total body burn that leaves you feeling invigorated post workout, is creative, contemporary and hands down FUN!
She is here to get you moving, help you feel empowered, support you and challenge you. Her aim as an instructor is to bring you dynamic Pilates movement that applies deep burn, tests your control & stamina and of course that you enjoy. “You never complete a workout and regret it afterwards”, is words she stands by, and she guarantees you’ll feel the same after her classes!
Tay Mac might be a familiar face already! One of our OG members of Valhalla Athletic but also the face of Valhalla Aesthetic skin spa.
Tay has had a wonderful journey of growth since she has been apart of VÅ and we're so excited that Pilates has been apart of her journey.
Tay decided to become a Pilates teacher after falling in love with Pilates when it first came to the studio. She completed her studies in 2021 and has been straight into teaching since this time!
Expect a session that brings in a focus on activation through the body, brings the slow burn that we all LOVE and leaves you feeling accomplished and connected with the breath and the body after.
Molly is both Pilates Instructor and Yoga Teacher at Valhalla Mat Studio. She comes with an abundance of experience which brings so much knowledge into her teachings.
Molly initially came to Pilates in 2013 as a way to manage pain associated with scoliosis. After years of dedicated practice, she experienced a whole range of benefits from increased body awareness, posture alignment, core strength and stability, and the complete realignment of her spine which cured her scoliosis. After experiencing such an immense transformation, it was clear for her to begin to share her knowledge of Pilates with the world. Molly teaches core awareness, muscle activation and bracing techniques together with breath work and subtle but effective movements to increase overall strength, posture and injury prevention.
As a Yoga Teacher Molly takes you through a flow practice but also creates space for pranayama and meditation. Flow with Molly invites welcome challenges for backbends, arm balances and inversions, of course, always with options. Molly holds space beautifully for you to practice on your mat and shares with us that what you practice on your mat can be practiced off your mat.
NUTRITION / MINDSET COACHING
ONE HUNDY EXPERIENCE
Dean, a coach here at VA and Cat his partner, together founded One Hundy Experience in 2020. Cat qualified nutritionist and Dean PT together form an overall experience for their clients. They target nutrition, training, mindset and lifestyle in their unique approach.
Phone: 0431 117 092
Zak Goold is available for one on one nutrition coaching to assist in gaining health. He creates an extremely positive coaching environment to guide his clients to develop a healthy perspective on nutrition. As an experienced personal trainer he can collaborate both services to drive results.
Phone: 0416 671 733
Ed Sotero from Ironborn Physiotherapy has been embedded in the Valhalla Athletic team from day one. With over a decade of experience dedicated to strength and conditioning training of himself followed by his masters in physiotherapy, Eddie has molded a unique exercise-based approach to Allied Health. Eddie offers Physiotherapy services in-house at Valhalla Athletic and also Clinical Group Physio sessions and Personal Training. Head to his website too for more details on Ironborn Physiotherapy and to book services with him.
HEART OF YOGA
"Stretching, breathing, connecting to our body…these are the doorways into self, they help us be more conscious, be more present in our everyday experiences. My drive in this community is to do more of what I love, influencing and supporting people to grow and evolve to be the best they can be.”
- Tracey Cerchiara, Founder of Heart of Yoga
Tracey Cerchiara, began yoga and meditation studies with Swami Sarasvati in 1998. After many years of practice she has studied various yoga styles with a range of teachers. Her continuous self-development has enabled Tracey to hone her skills and offer a variety of yoga techniques. Tracey’s down to earth nature allows her to create meaningful and interpersonal connections with her clients; this enables her to better accommodate to the individualistic nature of each class.
Tracey has completed a Dip. of Yoga, Swami Sarasvati, 120hrs. Yin Yoga training, Level 1 Meditation Training, Swami Sarasvati, Dip. of Bowen Therapy, Mind/Body Bowen as well as Massage Therapy and Reiki 1 & 2.
Over the last 20 years Tracey has had many opportunities to share her passion and knowledge with her community conducting weekly group classes from the Valhalla Athletic studio. She has also had the chance to work with refugee women, primary, secondary and special developmental schools, Hospitals, Osteopathy clinic and in corporate environments.
Guided by her years of experience and intuitive nature, classes are varied and unique. Sharing the ancient wisdom of yoga philosophy in a gentle and relevant way; Tracey aims to delve into the deeper psychology of yoga which supports each individual to develop a greater connection with themselves.
Phone: 0421 540 566