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┬ábe the one, the magic pill. This approach leads us to believe that we can’t achieve better health and fitness unless we fully adopt a 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 great plan, we’ll never be fit, trim, and healthy. My goal is to empower people to find manageable,┬ásustainable 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

About Me: I live in the Bay Area with my husband and 3 kids. I’ve been passionate about health and fitness since my teens, leading to a B.S. in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois followed by a Health Fitness Specialist certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Prior to kids, I worked as a trainer and manager in corporate fitness centers helping employees with innovative incentive and wellness programs, individual workout plans, and overall motivation. Since staying home with my kids, I’ve continued my education with biomechanics workshops, health and fitness summits, Resist-A-Ball certification, UJam Fitness Instructor certification, home study courses/webinars (nutrition, weight loss, stretching, Pilates, fat loss, metabolism, strength training, and more), all endorsed by the ACSM. I’m currently in the process of becoming a certified Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition. I’m not only passionate about nutrition science, but it simply makes no sense to coach fitness without nutrition.

My personal favorites are dancing, kickboxing, hiking, rollerblading, swimming, and stretching/yoga, as well as challenges like trapeze, rope swings, simulated sky diving (can’t bear the real risk now that I have kids!), an 87-mile skating event, a 94-story stair climbing race, the 16-mile Half Dome hike in Yosemite for time, and multi-day bike tours. When it comes to nutrition, my favorite mantra is “food’s not that important”. Even though food is actually SUPER important, that little saying helps me re-focus when I’m wanting to eat for every other reason besides physical hunger.