About VSJ Fitness in Grand Rapids

My name is Valarie James and I am the owner of VSJ Fitness. I started personal training to help “Inspire the Everyday Woman” to become more physically active and to develop healthier lifestyle choices. I understand how difficult it can be to care for yourself while juggling multiple demands and responsibilities such as motherhood, working more than one jobs, limited income, etc. I am here to help you overcome those challenges and offer motivation so you can achieve your wellness goals. I offer personal training services to women in Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas.

My love for fitness began as a collegiate athlete for Grand Valley State University in which I ran Track & Field as a sprinter. I graduated with my Bachelor’s in Public Administration with an emphasis on Community Health. I went out to pursue my dual Masters in Social Work and Public Health at Michigan State University. In grad school, I found my love for dance fitness through Zumba! I became certified to teach in 2015 and have been enhancing my skillsets ever since. I am certified to teach Zumba, Kickboxing, HIIT and TRX suspension training. I am a certified Personal Trainer through NASM.

I am a licensed Master’s social worker in the Grand Rapids area. I enjoy dancing, binge watching reality TV shows (especially Real Housewives of Atlanta) and having wine nights with my friends.
Please contact, I would love to hear from you!