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I am addicted to the elliptical. But, as a Miss South Dakota contestant, I really wanted weight training to work on toning up my muscles. The problem was I did not like trying to lift at the gym because everyone by the weights is TERRIFYING. I had met Melissa and thought I would try out some Skype training sessions with her. After three months of workouts, I will never go back. Melissa pushes me to help me reach my goals. At first I was worried that Skype workout sessions would be awkward, but they are no such thing. Melissa is personable, motivational, and so FUN to workout with. I would recommend her over and over again.
-Carrie W. Miss South Dakota 1st Runner Up 2017
I started working with Melissa in the fall of 2016 a couple months before my upcoming pageant. I initially started because I wanted to lose weight. I have tried multiple trainers throughout my 8 years of competing in pageants, but Melissa provides a unique approach to personal training that has kept me coming back to her. She takes a personal approach to training - each workout feels specialized to me and she understands my personal fitness goals. She has taken the time to invest in me and has been a huge support in my health journey. Plus, she documents every workout so I can see my progress. I know I've grown physically stronger since starting with Melissa, but I've also seen huge growth emotionally as she's believed in me at times when I didn't necessarily believe in myself. I would highly recommend Melissa!
"I trained with Melissa for half a year or so and without a doubt it is one of the best decisions I have ever made! I was definitely out of shape and hoped to improve my core and gain general strength. I knew it would be hard work and take patience, but never did I imagine training would be so fun and rewarding. Melissa did a great job of meeting me where I was, adapting exercises on the fly as she assessed whether some exercises were too hard or too easy. Not to mention, she was fully and constantly engaged and is very attentive to the details. Melissa continually encouraged/pushed me to keep going, to try something harder or new but always making sure good form wasn’t being forgotten! No matter what, each time we met, I knew Melissa would come prepared with her friendly smile and a good butt-kicking-challenging-yet-fun workout for the day.Last year, I watched the runners at the Twin Cities marathon and thought, “I wish I could do that, but I know it’ll never happen for me”. But now, as I wrap up my training with Melissa to start half-marathon training (an idea she inspired!), I’m also gearing up to prepare for a full marathon in the fall.I feel great, I now actually enjoy a tough workout and it’s a nice perk that my friends have noticed the change in my physique- I definitely owe it big time to Melissa! My only regret? Not having taken a “before” picture!"
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