Melanie Neading, BA
Personal Trainer & Race Specialist
Education & Certifications:
- BA in Exercise Science
- Completed 10+ marathons
- Completed 20+ Half Marathons
- Completed 50+ 5K and 5 mile races
My first memory of exercising was before I was even old enough to know what it meant. My dad was, and still is, a runner. When I was a little girl, I would see him go out for a run and I’d anxiously await his return. Peering out the window, I’d look up past our backyard to see him running up the street towards home. I made sure his water was nice and cold and waiting for him when he walked in the door. I couldn’t wait for the day that I could join him in a run. I started out by biking next to him, and eventually I was old enough and strong enough to run a loop around the block, never knowing that someday we’d be running marathons together!
My love for running only intensified when in junior high I joined the track team; I was hooked. This passion continued in high school where I ran track and cross county. Though I didn’t run in college, I was always active and this is why I choose Exercise Physiology as my course of study. Studying and making a career out of my passion was a blessing to me. It solidified my belief in the importance of balancing mind, body, and spirit for a healthy life.
Working with cardiac patients was a very rewarding experience as I helped them to become strong enough to resume an active lifestyle. I find it challenging to motive people who exercise to take it to the next level, and I want everyone who is active in any sport to continue their activities injury free by providing them with a proper full body strengthening plan. Nothing is more satisfying to me than to encourage and motivate those who have never exercised or who are returning to activity towards a healthier way of living.
I have seen how exercise and diet can literally change a person’s life. My husband Kurt lost 125 pounds and has gone from being my best marathon supporter to my marathon partner. He is an inspiration to me. We have four children so we realize how important it is to be role models and to encourage our children to be active every day and to adopt healthy habits. I have coached them in soccer, basketball, and gymnastics to continually show them the importance of a healthy active lifestyle. It must be working because now it’s my children who are riding their bikes beside Kurt and me as we run, just waiting for the day they can join us for a loop around the block.