Coach Melissa Simpleman has been doing CF since 2014. She came upon a groupon and decided to give it a try in preparation for the Tough Mudder that year. Two years later, Melissa became a CF level 1 coach. She completed her internship in June 2016. She participated in various CF competitions, placing 2nd overall in her first competition. She hopes to inspire others as others have inspired her.
Education and Experience:
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
Melissa holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology and an Associates of Applied Science degree in Occupational Therapy. She is a licensed certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA/L). She works part-time and coaches part-time.
From Coach Melissa:
I have been married for 15 years to a wonderful man and am the proud parent of two children, Marissa and Matthew. My family is very active, Marissa is 15 years old and plays softball year round, Matthew who is 12 years old, runs cross-country and plays baseball. My husband is an avid runner and is quickly learning to enjoy CrossFit!
I’ve experimented with kickboxing, MMA cardio, boxing, and done the traditional gym routines, but CrossFit is the only training where results happened within weeks for me. From my first CrossFit class I was inspired. I watched athletes lift insane amount of weight without hurting themselves, witnessed a female athlete bust out 20 plus pull-ups and so on. I knew this is where I needed to be, I needed to be apart of this community. Before I knew it I was conquering goals I had set for myself, for the first time I was able to do 10 consecutive push-ups. I realized those small goals were milestones in my fitness realm. My enthusiasm for the sport skyrocketed and I wanted others to share my excitement. My confidence began to appear outside of CrossFit. I was a happier person, a more positive person and had a lot more energy.
Witnessing an athlete get their first pull up, running their first mile, or completing a WOD as prescribed for the first time is truly an amazing feeling as a coach. Those moments have truly inspired me to be the best coach I can and encourage every person that steps foot into a CrossFit box.