American Council On Exercise Certified Personal Trainer
Mel graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. He originally thought he wanted to be a doctor, so he took all the prerequisite biology, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and chemistry classes. Circumstances change and thinking he wanted to be a lawyer, he ended up with a degree in Political Science with a minor in Legal Studies. After graduation, he didn’t want to go to law school immediately, so he worked in retail security and private investigations and protection for six years.
Wanting to do something he loved and being a serious workout aficionado since he was 16, he got his American Council of Exercise Certification and became a personal trainer in 1995. As a trainer, he originally worked at Move It!, a private personal training center in Los Gatos, California. He worked there until he and his partner Ron Manicki, opened their own private personal training facility, The Fitness Group of Los Gatos, in 1997. While in Los Gatos, Mel worked with several professional athletes, including Peggy Fleming, Olympic Gold Medalist Skater and Ron Stern, hockey player for the San Jose Sharks. He also worked with numerous housewives and “soccer moms” who wanted to lose fat and tone muscle, geriatric clients who wanted to turn back the clock by exercising, busy executives who wanted efficient workout programs to fit into their busy schedules, middle school and high school students who wanted to be more athletic and be better at the sport they played, etc. By far, his proudest achievement has been to work with clients diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes and putting them on sensible exercise and nutrition plans, improving their health to the point where they were taken off their medicine or the dosage was drastically reduced.
He moved to Las Vegas with his family at the end of 2003 and opened Bodysport Fitness Center along with his brother Gerry in October of 2006. To expand his knowledge on training for his clients, he is currently working on getting his National Academy of Sport Medicine Personal Training Certification.