Welcome to Melissa Monkhouse Fitness!
Welcome to Melissa Monkhouse Fitness!
Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to check out this space. I’m so excited to be sharing parts of myself and this journey with you all. So, if you don’t already know who I am:
Hi, I’m Melissa 😊.
I’m currently living in Calgary, Alberta, but I moved here last year from Toronto, Ontario. My relationship brought me out here, but what’s kept me here are the amazing people, the culture, and the mountains. I continuously find myself in complete and utter awe of the mountains.
I have been a personal trainer for over 5 years now. I I’ve always been passionate about helping others find strength and confidence in the gym, which then translates to their lives outside of the gym.
I started weight training when I became an athlete for the York university varsity volleyball team. Before having scheduled workouts with the varsity strength and conditioning coaches, I had really only ever gone for a few runs and participated in a few fitness classes outside of simply playing sports. Of all the rookies, and the girls on the team, that did not seem to be unusual.
Strength training had never really been encouraged for female athletes my age. None of the girls that I knew that played competitive volleyball ever strength trained with intentions of getting stronger, faster, better. We simply practiced and played games; those were our workouts.
I remember I had terrible jumpers’ knees, shin splints, and more rolled ankles than I could count. We simply taped up, threw some ankle braces on, and continued as usual.
My first real experience with consistent strength training in my first year of university changed my life. It hurt at first; my knees hurt when I squatted, my body felt awkward and weird… But eventually something amazing happened. Not only was I feeling more confident in my movement patterns, and feeling so much stronger, I was also recognizing that my knees didn’t hurt anymore. My knees, which would have me crying after games because of the severe pain, weren’t hurting at all, ever. I wouldn’t hurt after practices or games. I felt strong, and that was a way better feeling.
A couple years after that, I got hired on as an assistant strength coach in that same gym. I started not only learning how to move, but why these things were being implemented in programs, and why they would be beneficial, and I was hooked.
The next year I became a personal trainer at Think Fitness Studios. I loved learning about people; how they moved, what their job and lifestyles were like, what made them tick, and what I needed to do to motivate them. Personal training added another layer of passion for me. Now, not only was I able to share my passion for strength training, but I became passionate about helping and connecting with people.
My partner was born and raised in Calgary, and about a years ago, we decided to pack up and make the move from Toronto. Although moving across Canada, so far from my family and friends came with some difficulties, I am so grateful for all the incredible people that I’ve met here so far. I am continuing to weave my web here, and slowly but surely, Calgary is becoming home.
Personal training is a profession that is difficult to make a lifelong career of unless you make a name for yourself, or you eventually invest into a gym. I’m so passionate about what I do, and I don’t want it to end so I felt that it was finally time for me to dive in an attempt to create my own training business and community.
Diving into entrepreneurship has already taken me for quite a loop. Learning about the processes that happen behind the scenes, learning to network, learning to sell myself, learning how to set up payments and appointments… the list could go on. It’s already been a journey full of so many mixed emotions, but mainly, I’ve been overflowing with excitement and fulfillment.
If you’re interested in being a part off what I’m trying to build, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’d love to get the opportunity to connect!