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Athlete Profile: Melina

By Sean | In Athlete Profiles | on February 7, 2011

Began CrossFit: Aug 2010
Favorite Lifts/Movements: Deadlift, Bench Press, and Situps
Least Favorite Lifts/Movements: Overhead Squat, Wallball Shots, and Box Jumps (b/c they’re still scary!)
Favorite WODs: Bear, Annie, AMRAP 10 WODs, and CrossFit Dodgeball
Least Favorite WODs: Any involving wallball shots, anything over 5 rounds, and any that have more than 5 pullups in a row
Health/Fitness Accomplishments:  “Just doing it. I used to be a couch potato, never really worked out other than taking long walks. I got into running a couple years ago and when I plateaued there I went looking for something to promote all around fitness & fell in love with Crossfit. Also making it to 6:30 am classes because I’m so not a morning person. People who know me are shocked that I am actually getting up that early now.”
Health/Fitness Goals:  “I want to get much stronger & be able to get to over 100lbs on all the lifts, be able to do normal pushups & pullups. I want to be able to tear through the WODs like Alia, Steph or Anna do :)”

Melina has been a 6:30am regular since joining Intrepid this past summer, and I’ve had to fortunate opportunity to see her progress first hand.  Watching her deadlift worksets climb upwards and her pullup bands get less and less never fails to put a smile on my face.  Melina’s dedication is second to none as she’s remained a constant in the mornings despite battling various setbacks.

Melina spends much of her time outside of the gym studying for the California Bar Exam and says she can’t wait to be finished with school and studying so she can refocus her personal time to her true love, art.  When Melina wants to decompress a bit she’ll lay back, kick her feet up, and kill some time playing video games, watching science fiction movies, or watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer as she says she’s a walking Buffy encyclopedia.

Next week, Melina will be celebrating her 10 year anniversary! She met her husband in a book store when he was visiting NYC from Russia. She never expected to see him again, but he came back to the states about 6 months later and ended up moving in with her. They had never even been on a date. She said they knew they were going to get married after the 2nd time they saw each other.

We’re so glad Melina is a part of the Intrepid family and we can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for 2011 now that she’s over her pesky flu.  “Most Likely to have a Hill Named After Her” Melina might have a lot of hill walking in her future until her knees and back heal, but you can bet she’ll be attacking the hill and her workouts with everything she’s got.  From all of us at CrossFit Intrepid, Happy Birthday Melina!


WOD 02.07.11

Back Squat 3×5, 1x 10-15 (@70-80%)
Bench Press 3×5, 1x 10-15 (@70-80%)

22 Comments to "Athlete Profile: Melina"

  • melissa says:

    February 7, 2011 at 7:05 AM -

    happy birthday, lady! hope you have a fantastic day! :)

  • xuan says:

    February 7, 2011 at 7:19 AM -

    Happy Birthday Melina!!

  • Anna says:

    February 7, 2011 at 7:22 AM -

    Happy Birthday Melina! Thanks for the shout out out, no doubt you will get there soon if you keep working at it. Have a wonderful day :)

  • Drew says:

    February 7, 2011 at 7:36 AM -

    Happy Birthday Melina!! Crazy story about your husband. I hope you have a great day!

  • Jake says:

    February 7, 2011 at 8:08 AM -

    Happy Birthday Melina!

  • Brian says:

    February 7, 2011 at 8:10 AM -

    Happy Birthday Melina! Your tenacity is something to be proud of! Keep it up

  • Ali says:

    February 7, 2011 at 8:27 AM -

    Happy Birthday, Melina! Have a wonderful day.

  • Nick says:

    February 7, 2011 at 8:43 AM -

    Happy birthday!

  • becky says:

    February 7, 2011 at 8:48 AM -

    Happy Birthday Melina!
    I love your love story. soo amazing and romantic.

  • Marcus says:

    February 7, 2011 at 8:56 AM -

    Happy bday Melina!

  • Alia says:

    February 7, 2011 at 9:16 AM -

    Happy Birthday Melina! Um, in case you haven’t noticed you have made HUGE progress in everything you do. And before you know it you’ll be rippin through the WOD’s and leaving me in the dust =) I keep telling ya, one day it will all come together and that day will be ‘the awesomes’!

  • Holley says:

    February 7, 2011 at 9:17 AM -

    Happy Birthday Melina!!! Your dedication to everything you do is inspiration to all of us!

  • Pooja says:

    February 7, 2011 at 9:57 AM -

    happy birthday melina!!!

  • Scott says:

    February 7, 2011 at 10:27 AM -

    Happy Birthday Melina! Way to push it every day. And congrats on 10 years! That’s awesome!!!

  • Tamme says:

    February 7, 2011 at 10:58 AM -

    My sweet Melina! Happy Birthday!

    Love,Love your post! Enjoy…..

  • Mark Miller says:

    February 7, 2011 at 11:10 AM -

    Happy Birthday 6:30 AM class buddy!

  • Jason says:

    February 7, 2011 at 11:36 AM -

    Happy Birthday, Melina! Hope you have a fantastic day!

  • Melina says:

    February 7, 2011 at 4:49 PM -

    Thanks everyone!! You guys are awesome. Best birthday ever, beautiful day out & I have chocolate cake waiting for me at home :)

  • Stephanie says:

    February 7, 2011 at 5:29 PM -

    Happy Birthday Melina!!
    Thanks for the shout out also, but like Alia said you will be there soon enough :) Awesome work on the gains you have achieved so far! Keep it up!

    1. ruth says:

      February 7, 2011 at 8:55 PM -

      Happy Birthday Melina! It’s been awesome watching you progress from your very first Foundation day to where you are now! Keep up the good work!!!!

  • Matt W says:

    February 7, 2011 at 9:44 PM -

    Happy Bday 630am-er! I hope you had a great day after the forced OH squats — which I see are a fave!

  • Michael H says:

    February 8, 2011 at 5:48 AM -

    Happy birthday Melina! Hope you had a great day!

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