Melanie started CrossFit in 2009 at the age of 50. She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1977 and kept in shape by walking, snowshoeing, caring for her property and animals and doing Pilates. She never considered that she could CrossFit, until she tried it, and instantly was addicted because CrossFit is truly a Universal Sport. Everyone can CrossFit.
She opened CrossFit Spirit following an engineering career, raising her son, and maintaining family life, because she wanted to share CrossFit with the world, proving to them that everyone can CrossFit. She was an athlete prior to the RA diagnosis, and as an L2 trainer, loves coaching the technical aspects of the sport