I decided to establish Val Hopkins Fitness so I could share my knowledge and experience as an elite athlete with others. As a former member of the U.S. National Speed Skating Team, I was able to turn to cycling to stay fit and healthy as a working mom. But it didn’t come easy…I had been struggling with my weight after my second child, not sure I would ever lose the last 20 lbs. On top of that, I was experiencing the fatigue and stress that is so common when a mom puts exercise and healthy habits on hold while juggling work and raising children.

New England weather forces cyclists to embrace indoor riding but I failed to last longer than 7 minutes on an indoor bike. This is when I hired a coach. With the structure of a training plan that combined strength and cycling workouts, in less than 4 months I was at the top of my game racing the New England circuit of ladies pro races. After 4 seasons, at the age of 45, I won the New England Ladies Pro Criterium championships. This was all because I had a structured, periodized training plan that provided accountability, personalization and goals.

It is this knowledge and experience that I would like to share with you to help you achieve your goals. Trust me, if I can do it so can you!

-Val Hopkins


I lived at the Olympic Training Center while on the U.S. Development Team, moved to Milwaukee to train with the U.S. Olympic Team coach in 1994 and by 1995 I qualified for the U.S. Senior National Speedskating Team. “A good coach can change a game. A great coach can change a life.” – John Wooden


After having two kids, in my 40s I returned to competition as an elite cyclist, accumulating several 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes. In 2018, I won the New England Pro Ladies Criterium Championships. All of my training was based on one-hour rides with power, centered around my FTP.


USA Cycling Level 2 and Power Certified Coach

NASM Certified Personal Trainer

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

B.S. Human Movement Studies, Boston University

SafeSport Training Certified

CPR/AED Certified