Jul 29th, 2010
Melissa bringing it on the rings
It took a bit of encouragement to get this shy girl into the spotlight. But it was well worth the effort. Melissa is an amazing person who inspires the rest of us just by being herself. Of course Melissa is very attractive, but she is also incredibly intelligent, sensitive and talented. Currently she is juggling a day-job you have to be a super-brain to even understand, nutrition school, a successful photography career as well as being a full-time spanish-speaking-salsa-dancing honorary Moreno sister. Yikes!!
If you are interested in trying to keep up with Melissa, check out her stunning photography website and her newest venture — a nutrition blog called "Eat Your Colors!". Although Melissa’s nutrition blog is new, I encourage you to check it out and become a follower. Knowing Melissa, it will be filled with smart and practical information and advice.
Melissa is strong and consistent as an athlete and never gives herself credit for the fine work she does in the gym. I don’t care what she says, her pull-ups are beautiful and beware of challenging her to a rowing contest….I love working out with Melissa, because she is truly supportive — her words of encouragement always leave you feeling stronger and even prettier than when you came in (thanks, Mel!). Melissa is one of those wonderful women who is equally at ease as one of the guys or as your best girlfriend. She has a great sense of humor, is a terrific listener and a ton of fun if you are fortunate enough to go out dancing with her.
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Name: Melissa A.
Q: How long have you been a member at CFO?
A: Since early 2007.
Q: What is your day job?
A: Currently, I have a full-time job and am juggling two "sorta jobs" (photography and Nutrition school). My full-time job is as a Research Project Manager. My company makes neuroscience-based products that "re-wire" the brains of struggling students to process things better. It’s been very rewarding to hear stories over the years from students, parents, and teachers and to know we are making real differences in their lives. Despite all the good things about the job, I don’t think I am meant to sit behind a desk for the rest of my life. So over the last year, I’ve started to take steps to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Q: What is your athletic background?
A: I was a pretty good gymnast….until I got too tall and started to repeatedly fracture my ankles during the tumbling routines. Handstand push-ups were nothing back then! Then I became a swimmer. And then I played tennis throughout college. JHU Blue Jays Tennis is where it’s at….didn’t you know?
Q: What is your favorite strength move?
A: Trying to resist shaking my head at the Gold’s Gymmers every morning as I walk past them on my way to work. As for the other kind of strength, the stars I see after heavy deadlifts are my favorite kind.
Q: What is your favorite met-con?
A: I hold a special place in my heart for Michael. He has always been good to me and never, ever makes me do pull-ups.
Q: What is your proudest achievement?
A: Every time Brandon says "hi" to me.
Q: What is your most desired goal?
A: To get back to my fitness level about a year ago…and then take it up from there. Doing an unbroken Fran one day would be oh-so cool.
Rant or Rave:
RAVES: Blinking one eye and no longer being able to keep up with Lydia at the gym. Blinking the other eye and seeing Tom on my computer screen take photos for HQ during the Games. You two both impress me for all sorts of reasons. I love how we don’t need fancy bathrooms or equipment. Michael G and his studliness. The Prowler! CFO being a place where everyone knows your name (right, JP?). I could go on…
RANTS: Seriously, it’s about time….It’s been way too long since I’ve been mentioned on the blog. I really miss the option of an afternoon weekend class. P-hole and MJJ each owe me a salsa dance. Tom, I thought the Shake Weight would help with my grip strength, but it hasn’t!
I PR’d in Fran last week and it was all thanks to Mike’s training, which made the thrusters feel like nothing (never mind about the pull-ups!).