It’s Time To Feel Awesome

Sweatin’ For Sanity

FREE Online Workouts during COVID-19

I’m providing my HIIT Sculpt & Stretch and World of Dance UJam Fitness classes via Facebook live in my new group, Sweatin’ For Sanity! The HIIT workouts will remain in the group for later viewing but the UJam workouts will only be available live (and will begin in April)!

HIIT Sculpt & Stretch
Mondays, 6:30 PM PST (or later viewing any time)

World of Dance UJam Fitness
Wednesdays, 5:45 PM PST (live only, beginning in April)


Losing weight, eating right, getting fit, toning up, feeling better, gaining confidence, and having more energy. Are these things on your wish list too? The pursuit of health and fitness is plagued with a minefield of confusing and conflicting information. So what is the answer to achieving your best body? It’s different for everyone. We get caught up in looking for THE diet and exercise plan that will FINALLY be the one, the magic pill. This approach leads us to believe that we can’t achieve better health and fitness unless we fully adopt “that” plan. A plan that may or may not fit into our lifestyle, bring us enough joy, or overall be worth it to us. It leads us to all or nothing thinking… if we can’t stick with this plan(s), we’ll never be fit, trim, and healthy. My goal is to empower people to find manageable, sustainable changes that work with the lives they already lead, to foster positive changes that last. The only true way to stop struggling with weight loss and getting in shape is to make slow, steady changes that become as much a part of your life as brushing your teeth or putting on your shoes. I offer fitness classes, incentive challenges, and nutrition and fitness coaching, both in person and online. I’d love to help you find and do what makes YOU feel AWESOME!

– Melanie

Who Am I?

I live in the North Bay Area with my husband and 3 kids. My early passion for fitness and nutrition led to a B.S. in Kinesiology (Univ. of IL) and an Exercise Physiologist certification (ACSM) among other specialized certifications (Resist-A-Ball, UJam Fitness) and continued education (weight loss, stretching, nutrition, weight training, etc). Prior to starting a family, I worked as a personal trainer and manager in corporate fitness, helping employees with innovative incentive and wellness programs as well as individual workout plans and motivation.

I currently teach classes in Benicia, CA:
UJam Fitness (hip hop dance fitness)
H.I.I.T. Release (high intensity interval training followed by deep stretching)
Deep Stretch (30 min of pure stretching and some myofascial release from head to toe)

I also run online incentive programs such as the M.E.S.H. (Move, Eat, Sleep, Hydrate) Month Challenge and the annual Holiday Hustle. To enhance my ability and desire to help people make full lifestyle changes for lasting results in their journey to feeling awesome, I am also becoming a certified Level 1 Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition.

My favorite ways to workout include dancing, hiking, kickboxing, rollerblading, swimming, stretching & yoga. I also enjoy fun challenges from time to time such as trapeze lessons, and endurance events like 39- or 87-mile skating events, hiking Half Dome for time, biking tours, and 52- or 94-floor stair climbing events (94 in Chicago, nothing that tall on the west coast!).

When it comes to nutrition, my favorite mantra is “food’s not that important”. Even though food is actually SUPER important, saying that to myself really helps me re-focus when I’m wanting to eat for every reason besides physical hunger.

If you want to make lasting changes, both physically and mentally, you’ve come to the right place. Through my challenges/incentive programs, weight loss programs, personal and buddy exercise & nutrition coaching sessions, and fitness classes, you’ll experience:

  • A supportive environment for all fitness levels
  • A no-diet mentality that helps you practice small daily habits, which build into practices that last a lifetime, so you can end the need to gear up for temporary diets, plans, and programs
  • Accountability: the absolute biggest factor for anyone, even trainers/nutritionists themselves, to be successful long term
  • Proper exercise and stretching techniques to prevent injury and get the most out of your workout time

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