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Melissa Szulszteyn

Coach, Cupcake Lover

Melissa Szulszteyn

Coach, Cupcake Lover

Biography

For years I trained at Equinox. I even had a personal trainer who is a celebrity in the fitness world. I was happy with my routine. Then, in December of 2009, everything changed. Two friends of mine who are police officers told me about this thing called “Crossfit.” I asked them, “What is it?” And they said, “It’s not something you can explain. You have to see it and do it to experience it, then you can understand.”  After much thought, I finally broke down and did my first WOD.  And from that day on, I never looked back. I cancelled my Equinox membership and went straight into the deep end with Crossfit.

I was not an athlete as a kid. I did not play any organized sports, only played in the streets with the other kids in my neighborhood.  So to say I was an amateur when I started Crossfit is an understatement.  But I fought and worked hard, putting in extra time and effort, and slowly but surely the movements and the PRs came in one by one.  I started competing locally, both individual and team, and placed on the podium a few times.  I was always lucky enough to have good coaches who would guide me in the right direction. Lord knows I tested their patience on many occasions, but they were always there for me, for my successes and my failures.

When I decided to be a coach, I wanted to inspire and assist all those athletes who were beginners just like me.  I wanted to share and spread my knowledge and love of Crossfit around to any and all who share my same passions.  I wanted to be like my coaches, and I always tell myself that if there is one person a day I can assist or inspire, then I have done my duty.

Certifications:
CrossFit Level 1 Certified – ANSI Accredited