Coach Melissa began her CrossFit journey in August of 2017 and received her Level One Trainer certification in February of 2023. While she also enjoys playing volleyball and basketball, it’s her background in dance and yoga that translates to CrossFit the most in terms of flexibility, coordination, agility, and balance. This makes the gymnastics skills of our programming one of her favorite areas to coach with strength training and technique coming in a close second. Favorite movements include: snatch, clean and jerk, handstand pushup, and bar muscle up. She thrives on her athletes’ PRs more than she does her own and loves to coach for this very reason. There is no greater feeling than helping an athlete overcome a lift or skill hurdle. She has found a community and home in Lodestar like no other CrossFit gym in the area and credits this sport specifically for her stress relief and motivation. Nothing makes her feel more accomplished in her life and fitness goals than some good ole functional fitness. What most people don’t know about Coach Melissa is that she also volunteers for a community theatre in Lexington performing, choreographing musicals, and periodically serving the board of directors.