Athlete Spotlight: Melissa!

Jul 29th, 2010

Athlete Spotlight: Melissa!


 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.
Height: 5’9"ish
Weight: 155lbs-ish
Age: 33-ish
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!

Important Stats:
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!).

DISCUSSION 21 Comments

  1. Brandon July 29, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    And how HOT does she look in that photo!! Love it. I miss working out with you in the 6pm class…You are so awesome and so inspiring!


  2. JourneyM July 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    A shout out to Melissa and her MANY talents.  Melissa is one of the most talented and soulful women that I know.  She’s intelligent, so generous, an amazing dancer and athlete, honest, straight forward in a quiet way (something that i hope to learn to be capable of one day) and a GREAT and loyal friend.   

    Melissa- tu eres unas las chicas mas hermosa en el mundo!  Estoy tan feliz que te conozco y puedo llamarte AMIGA.  Te quiero muchisimo! 



  3. JP July 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm


    Melissa works hard as hell in the gym and is an all-around great person. Congrats on all your new projects over the last year, Melissa.

    She also has very nice armpits which for some reason are not featured in this post.

  4. angela July 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Yeah Melissa!

  5. Leigh July 29, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    I heart Melissa.  She is a multi talented beauty.  Two of her photos hang on my wall and I love them.  I am jealous of her photographic eye. Oh yeah, and her strength in the gym.  Also?  Her dancing ability.  Wait a minute, maybe I hate her… 

  6. wyatt July 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm


  7. TomC July 29, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Melissa, since you are an accomplished athlete, you will need to modify the shake weight slightly. There is a compartment inside that can be filled with fluid to increase the weight of the device and to add additional random awesomeness to each shake weight workout. Try it. You won’t go back to the normal way.

    Funny story: I was in Norton’s Vault in SF earlier this week for lunch when the shake weight commercial appeared on TV. Quite a bit of chuckling ensued until the owner finally changed the channel and mentioned something like, "That was truly awful," to scattered applause. Those poor, unenlightened souls will never understand the power of the shake weight, nor will they understand the power of quantum water bottles.

  8. jrsandoval July 29, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Melissa is such an inspiration to work out with. Keep up the hard work in and out of the gym.

    ps: We love our Melissa photo.

  9. Steve P July 30, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Great shot of a great lady! Keep up the awesome work…and watch out for Robyn, her pics are getting damned good.

  10. Bad Brad July 30, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Melissa, it’s a pleasure to know you and sweat with you.

  11. Hung July 30, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Melissa = Dopeness

  12. jacques July 30, 2010 at 4:34 am

    Melly mell!! You forgot to mention your blistering times for the inside route at lake merritt. Also I’ll be lookin for you at Ranchero’s, as I’ve been workin on my forward step, backward step, side step, inside turn, outside turn. Well deserved post, you bring a smile to my face when you step in the room.