Please trust me when I say I can be completely open and honest with Melissa. I was pushing 330lbs when I met her and was leery of talking to ‘the skinny blonde’ about any health stuff... but she was so non-judgemental and I learned very quickly that she was different than anyone else I’d ever met and truly wanted me to succeed. She will invest in you just as much (or more) than you invest in her, and that’s hard to find.

Hi. I'm melissa.

I want to let you in on a big secret.

The fitness industry is a 60 billion dollar industry designed to profit off your failure.

Yep, I said it. 

Even worse, it's designed to make you think that it's your fault. 

I won't do it. I know it's not your fault.

Which is why I'm not going to tell you I am an expert on your body. 

I am an expert on functional training (which is a fancy way of saying: working out so you move more efficiently and improve quality of life).

I'm also an expert believer

Seriously, I believe in you so much you no other choice but to believe in you, too. 

This believer ability woke me up from a life I wasn't meant to live. 

I had horrific back pain, an unhealthy gut (like hospitalized, swollen intestines kinda unhealthy), and significant anxiety.

I went to all the doctors and specialists, and tried all the medications.

I learned no person, place, or thing will ever teach me more about my body than my body. 

And that's my belief... you are the expert on your body

All I needed was to learn how to listen to myself;

how to live, eat, and be with intention;

how to put myself first. 

I started You First in 2010 so I could teach you these big secrets.

In 2015 I restructured my entire business and put it online. You know what else happened in 2015? I had a baby. 

My greatest gift, and fiercest life lesson, Cannon Cobb. 

And I got it. I understood the things I used to deem "excuses". 

I wanted to be the best wife, mother, and trainer...

which meant I had to put myself first again and find a way to make this stuff easier on everyone.

And so the birth of the You First Fitness App.

And life coaching, well, I had been doing it all along. 

What started as a journey into personal training transformed into so much more over the years.

For the first time in my life, I learned to sincerely, completely and fully love myself. Can I get an AMEN?!

Today, I’m incredibly proud to be the healthiest I’ve ever been: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

I just had to choose me first.

Will you choose You First?


Other tidbits and fun facts?

I am married to a strong-willed and driven man, Alan. He's a baseball guy so there is a lot of baseball in my life. I'm at hippie at heart. I love bodies of water, all.things.nature, working out (#truestory), writing, reading, connecting with people, concerts and sporting events (can't get enough of that energy), life with my 2 guys and my dog, Bigs!

Melissa is a 2003 graduate of Robert C. Byrd high school in Clarksburg, West Virginia. She attended the Barbizon School of Modeling in 2004, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2009. In 2010 Melissa completed her Professional Certificate of Personal Training (200+ hours) and has worked as a full-time trainer since.

I never made a change because I was paralyzed by fear - I thought I couldn’t muster the mental energy it took to manage working out. It seemed daunting and impossible. Melissa has completely revolutionized my way of thinking - I don’t have to quit taking care of everything else in my life to take care of me.