WHERE I COME FROM
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. My father is from Ukraine and my mother from Venezuela. In my roots is where I get endeavor, resilience, drive and inner strength. Since an early age, I was involved in sports, gymnastics, volleyball, track, karate, just to name a few. My passion for teaching started at age 16 when I taught Martial Arts to kids. I am an accomplished certified personal trainer with over 25 years of experience in the fitness world. Some of my certifications include TRX Group Suspension, TRX Sports Medicine Suspension, Spinning, Polestar Pilates, LesMills BODYPUMP and CXWORKS, ACE personal training and group fitness Instructor. My wealth of experience in fitness is well known in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area since I was the owner of Downtown Gym and Fitness Club and Downtown Bicycles.
As a strong advocate for our community, I have been involved in the organization and support of charity events benefiting Kids in Distress, Child Net, Forever Family. Org, PINK Positive Influence Nurturing Knowledge, OurKids, Lupus Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, DCC Dolphin Cycling Challenge, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Childnet, Henderson Behavioral Health, Gilda's Club Cancer Support Group of South Florida, Lung Cancer Association, Woman in Distress, ArtREACH, Take Stock and Children. I was voted 2017 Take Stock In Children mentor of the year.
WHAT MATTERS TO ME
I believe that every person has the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential by improving their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I am confident in the ability of everyone to grow and succeed. I believe in self-awareness, a centered mind, a balanced healthy lifestyle, and in giving back to our community. My commitment is to strengthen your body, expand your mind and enrich your soul. My mission is helping others find and claim their most fulfilling professional and personal lives. With my authenticity, life experiences, education, knowledge, open mind and caring heart, I inspire others to focus and take charge of their health, happiness, success, aspirations, and dreams.
Gia Tutalo-Mote, Forever Family Founder & CEO
"Valentina Tischenko has generously supported the efforts of Forever Family to help teens leaving foster care. Her fundraising in partnership with the Downtown Gym raised several hundred dollars to provide emergency shelter and household goods for teens turning 18 without a family. Valentina is not only generous in giving financially, she also takes the time to truly learn about a cause and invests her heart as well."
MENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Tatiana Noll (TSIC)
“Valentina is such an inspiration to me. She constantly has a smile on her face and motivates me to be the best person I can possible be day by day. When I have a lot on my mind or simply can’t think straight, Valentina has a way of making me feel better emotionally and physically. She really has a way with words and helps me to keep my eyes set on the right things. I was so happy to hear Valentina was nominated as mentor of the year because I know this is going to mean a lot to Valentina. She is a wonderful mentor and is really inspirational because of the positive attitude and words that she spreads.”