About Me

Before & After- Dirty Girl 2013

Before & After- Dirty Girl, May 2013

Who is this “Muddy Melissa” chick, anyway?

Educated in health, fitness, and nutrition, my goal is to help others become happier and healthier. I started this blog— devoted to all things clean eating, physical fitness, and personal empowerment— to help accomplish that goal. I pride myself on providing clean eating recipes that aren’t just good for you… but actually taste good too! You know, the kind of food that you look at and say “that looks delicious!” and not “oh… that must be health food.”

In addition to posting clean eating recipes, I also attempt to share my knowledge with others through regular fitness-related posts on my blog such as workout videos, nutrition advice, fitness articles, and more. I also recently published an e-book entitled “Muddy Melissa’s Down and Dirty Guide to Eating Clean” filled with 5 ingredient recipes that are quick, easy, AND clean. I’m also working on an upcoming print cookbook as well— so stay tuned for more developments on that awesomeness!

I’m also the owner of Fighter Fitness, a personal training, nutrition counseling, and run coaching business. I work with clients local to the Pittsburgh area… but— the cool thing is— I also work via an iPhone, Android, and desktop app so that I can train clients remotely as well. So even if you’re not local to Pittsburgh, I can still help you with all things fitness, nutrition, and health! I pride myself on being a small business owner, and I absolutely love what I do. I hope that I serve as a role model to others (especially women) that you can achieve any success you desire… as long as you’re willing to work (and work hard!) for it.

I also have a strong nerdy streak, and I appreciate all sorts of science-y goodness and general geekdom. Don’t judge! In short, this impacts my blog and my business because I pride myself on my evidence-based methodology. I don’t stand for half-hearted pseudo-science, and I really want to bring some legitimacy to the fitness industry in terms of science. We’re talking about the human body here. You wouldn’t accept a poor science foundation from your doctor… why would you from a fitness professional?! Too many fitness “professionals” are out there perpetuating myths based on little to no (or even false) scientific evidence. Not with me! I speak the truth, based on SCIENCE, RESEARCH, EDUCATION, and EVIDENCE!

Nothing better than a little red dress!

Little Red Dress, May 2014

I earned the name “Muddy Melissa” due to my love of mudders (you know… obstacle course racing!). What’s a mudder, you ask? Well, in short, a mudder is like a traditional race… only add in some obstacles, make it a lot more fun, and throw in a heck of a lot of mud! I still compete in regular races— everything from 5Ks to marathons— but mudders have captured a special place in my heart. So much so that I’ve done almost any and every mudder within a 100 mile radius, and, along the way, I’ve affectionately earned the nickname Coach “Muddy” Melissa.

Victory... Second Place- Dirty Girl 2013

Victory… Second Place- Dirty Girl, May 2013

On a personal note, I live in the beautiful city of Pittsburgh (go Pens, Bucs, and ‘Lers!). I’m the proud fur mama to a (spoiled rotten) miniature dachshund, and she’s no stranger to getting muddy either! She can often be found having hiking, camping, or fishing adventures with me; otherwise, she is most assuredly fast asleep resting up for her next adventure with me! I’ve been through a lot in my life— from foster care to health issues— but I’ve always overcome any obstacle that’s ever stood in my way. I’ve persevered, I’ve endured, and I’ve triumphed. I am a strong person, inside and outside. My passion is helping others find that same strength within themselves.

A Dip in the Pool with my Waterbug- 2009

With my Waterbug, August 2009

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

— Ernest Hemingway

That’s cool… So how do you keep fit?

My personal workout schedule consists of a mix of run training, weight lifting, functional training, and yoga. To me, this gives my body the best benefits through speed, strength, agility, balance, and flexibility. I absolutely adore trail running, and I’m an avid runner (everything from 5Ks to marathons), so it’s no wonder that I average between 50 and 75 miles per week out on the trails. Vying for an equal spot in my fitness heart is weight lifting; I’m a huge advocate of weight lifting— for both men and women alike. I’m just another example that, yes, ladies love lifting too!  I always manage to fit some yoga into my weekly schedule, whether I’m at home on my own or I’m getting “om” on in a yoga class (aerial yoga and hot yoga are two of my favorites!). Of course, I also incorporate functional training into my workout schedule as well to help me tackle those obstacles on my mudders! I have a love of incorporating odd object training into my functional training as well— everything from sandbags to kettlebells to tires! No matter what it is, if it gets you moving… you can count me in!

Beyond that, I’m always staying active. I have a love affair with all things nature and anything outdoors, and I’m often tempted to retreat into the wilderness à la Henry David Thoreau. Until then, I occupy myself by spending as much time outdoors as possible— hiking, biking, swimming, camping, fishing, kayaking, archery, and more. Yes, I’m an outdoorsy chick, through and through! I’m a firm believer that people tend to spend too much time indoors, eating mindlessly while sitting in front of the idiot box (a.k.a. the television), and that if we all just get up, get out, and get moving, then the world would be a much happier, healthier, and better place.

Kayaking- North Park 2013

Kayaking- North Park, June 2013

Contact me!

If there’s anything else you’d like to know— feel free to contact me at muddymelissa@gmail.com and/or use the social media tools on the right hand side of my blog to connect with me through Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or YouTube. I always welcome opinions, comments, and feedback!

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  1. Hi sweet girl! I am enjoying browsing your site here and absorbing all of these tips and information ! You are quite the fitness guru! Very impressive! My goodness is there a limit to your talents? Wow!

  2. Karyie J Busch22 Aug 2015

    I love your site. I was curious so I stopped by. Hopefully we can work together 🙂

    1. muddymelissa@gmail.comAuthor31 Jul 2016

      Hi Karyie! I’m sorry I’m just now seeing this— I only recently updated my About Me section! Have we corresponded yet? Feel free to e-mail me at muddymelissa@gmail.com! 🙂

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