Valerie Battisti

Valerie Battisti


Back Squat: 187

Clean & Jerk: 140

Deadlift: 255

11 bar muscle ups in the 2021 CrossFit Open


CrossFit Level 1 Certification

About Coach

I grew up in Arlington Heights, IL and played sports all throughout my childhood. I loved to be active and developed a competitive spirit at a young age. I went to Wheaton College for my undergraduate degree in Spanish and played varsity soccer there for 4 years. Our team had 2 final four appearances during that time, and I also served as a team captain my senior year. I went to graduate school at Carroll University in WI to become a Physician Assistant and loved learning about pathophysiology and clinical medicine (though those were 2 of the hardest years of my life). In 2016 I moved to Honduras where I served at a missions hospital on the north coast. I got to know the young women in the nearby community through playing soccer and still cherish those friendships and that season of life deeply. Upon returning to the US. I started working first in pediatrics, and now in Family Medicine at a non-profit clinic near the gym. I joined BSCF in October of 2019 and couldn't be more grateful for the community and the high level of fitness I've been able to achieve. I got married in May of 2019, and my husband and I attend The Orchard Church in Barrington, which we love. Also, for the past 2 years I've been playing semi-professional (pro-am) soccer for the Chicago Mustangs. In March we won the PASL national championship, and in July I had the amazing opportunity to play in the first ever World Minifootball (6v6) World Cup representing the USA.

Turning Point

One of the biggest turning points in my life happened when I tore my ACL. It was my senior year of college, and I had been injury-free thus far. I had a great junior season and hoped this one would be even better. I initially injured my knee in practice, just an MCL sprain. A week later, in my first game back, I turned suddenly and felt a pop followed by excruciating pain. I had surgery a couple weeks later followed by 6 long months of rehab. I stood on the sidelines and watched while my team advanced to the final four without me. At first rehab went well, but after 3 months I hit a wall. I couldn't run or jump and developed tendonitis at the graft site which caused persistent anterior knee pain. I got down and depressed that I wasn't getting better and couldn't understand why this was happening to me. I questioned God's goodness and sovereignty in my life and couldn't see past my frustration to realize that He was at work. I was my own worst enemy. Negative thoughts consumed me, and I doubted I would ever get back my pre-surgery level of athleticism or soccer ability. With time however, I did get better, and I came to see that God was using this trial to grow and strengthen me. He was with me every step of the way, and He did heal me in His timing. In fact, He even did more. Tearing my ACL allowed me red-shirt and play another season of soccer. It also blessed me with an amazing co-captain who was also my roommate and who became one of my best friends - a friendship that wouldn't have happened without that injury. Often in the moment we don't understand why we're going through a season of suffering or hardship, but there is always a purpose, so we shouldn't waste them. We need to press in when trials come and look for how we can grow and overcome, no matter how hard it may be. I conquered the enemy of self-doubt through prayer, perseverance, and taking one day at a time.

Motivation & Passion

My purpose for coaching is to help athletes become the best version of themselves they can be. I'm passionate about serving those who unsure of themselves, but also willing to put in the work, show up, and give it their all.

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