*Melissa is also ASF’s in house nutrition coach. Learn more about her nutrition programs as melissasledge.com.
Name: Melissa Sledge
Hometown: Overland Park, KS
When and why did you come to Austin?
I moved to Austin in February 2018 by way of Phoenix. After living in the desert for over a decade, I was eager for a new adventure, and thought that Austin would be the perfect place to begin a new chapter.
What is your background? How did you get into personal training?
I am a weight loss success story turned fitness professional and bodybuilder. Five years ago, I embarked on an experiment that changed my life. I gave up pizza and French fries for 90 days and lost 10 pounds. Curious about how my body would continue to change, I made additional changes to my diet and lost 40 more pounds. Developing a new relationship with food, and accomplishing this major milestone, inspired me to help other people do the same. I am an ACE certified personal trainer with specializations in behavior change and weight management. I am also a lifelong golfer and a Titleist Performance Institute Golf Fitness professional.
Tell us about your current fitness goals and training:
I’m a bodybuilder and compete as a bikini athlete. I train 6 days a week with a focus on lifting weights and high intensity interval training. My current goal is to place first in my height class in order to become a professional bodybuilder.
What is the most common fitness myth you work through with your clients?
The scale shouldn’t be a primary indicator of success. Sleep, hydration, and hormones are just a few factors that can cause fluctuations in weight. If your clothes fit better, and you can see changes in your body let those small wins motivate you.
What do you want your clients to take away from each training session with you?
I want clients to walk away surprised by their performance. We are going to try new exercises, increase your weights, and get outside of your comfort zone. I always have a surprise in store for clients that are hungry for success.
What sets you apart from other fitness professionals?
As someone that has lost weight, and kept it off, I know what it’s like to work hard for your body transformation. The journey to healthier living can be filled with ups and downs, and having someone that understands the process provides a different level of support for my clients.
What is your favorite thing about Austin Simply Fit?
There is no shortage of laughter! We work hard, but we laugh all the time, and it’s a really fun environment.
Favorite quote and who said it?
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. – Ralph Waldo Emerson