Melissa is co-owner of Midwest Fitness Consulting, LLC, a company specializing in worksite health promotion; and founder of Wellness Speaks, a lifestyle wellness coaching practice and training program. She is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor and wellness coach and has succeeded in the health and fitness industry for twenty-five years…spending the last twelve as an educator, consultant, speaker and author. 

Melissa gives back to the fitness industry as an International Training Specialist for AFAA, a Subject Matter Expert for ACE and a Premier Consultant for Sunshine Fitness Resources.  It has been her honor to present on numerous topics at several fitness conferences to include; IDEA, Can Fit Pro, SCW, ECA, DCAC, AFPA, Club Industry, APEX Latin America, APEX Europe and APEX Asia.  

As a coach, motivational speaker and author, Melissa has partnered with organizations such as CIGNA and PAS to create and deliver detailed trainings encompassing all aspects of health, wellness and life/work management skills to several Fortune 500 companies; as well as various fire, police and school districts.  

Melissa firmly supports the philosophy that a great quality of life should not be a luxury, but a necessity available to all by volunteering her services in impoverished neighborhoods across the St Louis Metro area, as well as for the National Arthritis Foundation. 

Certifications: ACE, ACSM, AFAA, WellCoach and WELCOA
Memberships: IDEA, WELCOA and ICF

What Leaders from the Fitness Industry are saying about Melissa:

Melissa's ability to educate is unparalleled. Using her coaching techniques, she can make a participant take command of the most challenging concepts and allow them to walk away feeling like they own the information. She's down to earth, approachable and a dynamic speaker. If you haven't already, definitely find a workshop she is running! 
Shannon Fable

Melissa came to Egypt and was a great inspiration to those new to teaching group fitness, as well as the experienced fitness professionals. Her calm, professional and fun approach helped everyone understand what she was teaching. With so many different nationalities it can be quite challenging to "get the point across," but Melissa did this with the skill and expertise that comes with not only experience, but also great passion.
Gina Grant

 Gold's Gym Academy & Fitness Development

Maadi, Cairo

Whether participating in a step workshop, a mind/body workshop, or being inspired by a coaching lecture, Melissa finds a way to speak to you.  This is her gift-her ability to make every word have meaning.  There is no question that Melissa has become an educational leader in this industry.  Do yourself a favor and experience the power of a presenter that is truly passionate about you.

Stephanie Thielen

Fitness Educator/Presenter 

Melissa is my executive coach. While creating my second company and newest program, “Boot Camp Challenge®”, Melissa used her coaching skills and strategies to move me through my many business decisions. Melissa is not only a phenomenal coach, I consider her a great friend.
Lori Patterson
Creator, Boot Camp Challenge, LLC

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