My love of movement began at the age of seven when I started dancing. I studied Tap, Ballet, and Luigi style Jazz all through my childhood. In 1991, at the age of eighteen I began teaching. I taught in Fresno for my wonderful teacher and mentor Terry Clark for seven years. In 1993, Terry opened a second studio in Clovis which I managed with a colleague and taught classes until 1998. At the Dance Centre I taught Tap, Ballet, and Jazz to children as young as three and as old as sixty eight. Combining my love and dance movement with my love of children made all my years of teaching a wonderful and fulfilling experience. From 1995-1998, I also taught for Fresno Unified School District at Balderas Elementary School. They were fortunate to have a humanities program where all the classes rotated through art, music, story-telling and dance. At Balderas I was able to design classes that involved motor skill and movement pattern games and songs as well as cultural dance. This was a wonderful opportunity and challenge teaching in such a different environment from a studio setting, with so many different personalities, ages and backgrounds to interact with.
In 1998 I moved to San Francisco where I lived until 2002. While there, I taught for Lisa Brown at the Sunset Academy of Dance in San Francisco as well as for Cece Bechelli at Happy Feet Dancing School in Mill Valley, Ca. I was fortunate to meet and work with both of these talented ladies and share my love of dance with their students as well. There are so many ways to live healthy and enjoy the benefits of exercise and it was great to share my skills and experience with other talented people while of course learning from them as well.
In 2002, I moved to Seattle for a year where I worked in a day care center and was able to care for children who were younger than I had previously worked with. Working with the one to three year old children was a delightful surprise and my love of children grew.
When I returned to Fresno I began study in child development and taught part time. I soon became a full time mother and continued to teach part time until the birth of my second daughter in 2007. In 2010, I was introduced to kettlebells and interval training with a crossfit style. In 2011, I was introduced to Dina Juve, who is the only women Russian Kettlebell Certified (RKC) instructor in the Fresno area. With her I began study of RKC style kettlebell training and was introduced to the TRX suspension training system I fell in love and was thrilled to learn a new form of movement that I enjoyed so much. I was even more thrilled when I experienced such fantastic results and was able to return to my pre-baby weight and strength. I continued to increase the frequency of my workouts because I enjoyed every single one. In March 2013, I earned a certification in TRX Suspension Training and in November 2013 I received my Kettlebell Movement Code Certification with Kenneth Jay & The Kettlebell Institute. I continue to love this journey of movement learning and feel fortunate to be able to share my love of movement with others!
Melissa Oberti is always looking for the latest and best of everything to try or be a part of and when it comes to health and fitness, she has found it! After taking a few years off from a steady exercise routine to raise her two children, Melissa had a desire to train for the Women’s Nike Marathon in San Francisco. Although the marathon was on her bucket list, she also wanted to get back into shape and saw this as a win-win for both goals. Through the amazing help of Team in Training and after five long months of training, she completed her first marathon. Thrilled with her marathon results, but disappointed with her overall body results, Melissa heard about kettlebells and took her first class with RKC Certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor Dina Juve in the fall of 2010. Due to the fact that she could get both cardio and strength training done in one 45 minute class and burn close to 900 calories per class, she instantly fell in love with kettlebells. Not being one to stick to “group” classes, she soon found herself “addicted” to Kettlebells after seeing how quickly she could reach her goals and actually see the results in her body…..results she never saw during her five months of marathon training.
After realizing the need to offer Kettlebells, TRX and the latest health and fitness information in a motivating and supportive environment, Melissa and Dina launched FitnessSocial to help others quickly obtain the results they want and to stay up to date with the latest in the industry. Come by FitnessSocial Studio and see why Melissa became addicted to Kettlebells and try the Kettlebell/TRX Combo class……..one of her “favorite” classes. Melissa is KBI Certified in Kettlebells & TRX Certified.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, snow skiing, cycling and running with her son when time allows.
Alexis Salazar is currently an undergraduate student studying Business Management with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. She began using the Kettlebell & TRX combination in April of 2015, when she started working at FitnessSocial. Her fitness journey began in the summer of 2012 when she returned home for the summer from college. During her first two years at Cal State Northridge, Alexis gained the “Freshman 15”. This was new to Alexis since she had always been in shape from playing various sports since she was in elementary school. Feeling uncomfortable, Alexis knew she had to make some lifestyle changes. She decided to come home for the summer to visit her family and knew that was the summer she was going to change her life.
She began taking kettlebell group classes five times a week and designed her own workout plan. Within a few months Alexis was 20 pounds lighter and more motivated than ever! She realized eating healthy and exercising regularly was what she needed to live a balanced and happy life. She continued her fitness regimen at the Student Recreation Center at Cal State Northridge, and began taking TRX group classes as a part of her fitness regimen.
In 2014 Alexis decided to return to Fresno to finish her education. She was hired at FitnessSocial to assist with duties at the front desk. Alexis is thrilled to work in a positive environment, where the people she works with have the same attitudes and goals – to become a better person, inside and out. Right away she began taking group classes. She fell in love with the combination of her two favorite training tools and began taking double classes regularly. Alexis soon decided it was time to share her passion for health and wellness with everyone around her. She started training for the Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification in December 2015 and has never looked back!
Alexis enjoys spending time with her family, friends, going hiking, making fresh juice, and living life to the fullest! Her number one motivation quote is, “Never miss a Monday workout!” Alexis looks forward to seeing you in the studio, either in class or greeting you at the front desk!
Mandie Simonson has had a passion for healthy living and fitness even as a child. Growing up in the country she was constantly outdoors climbing trees, riding her bike, and running out on the property. Her hobbies include soccer, water skiing, snowboarding, cycling, and running. She decided she loved helping people feel beautiful and confident so she became a hairstylist and graduated from cosmetology school in 2012. Mandie loved researching about fitness and nutrition and was constantly designing new workout routines using regular weights and cardio training. However, she was not satisfied with the "bulkier" results she felt when lifting regular weights. She decided to look into other forms of training and that is when she heard about Dina Juve and her Lean Out and Slim Down Plans. She saw awesome results from her diet change and began taking classes from Dina. Mandie immediately saw a change in her body and felt longer and leaner. Kettlebells and TRX became her core workout routine. In April of 2013 she became certified in TRX and began teaching at FitnessSocial.
Sarah Viramontes believes that “fitness” is about feeling great physically, mentally, and spiritually, and not about reaching a certain number on a scale. Her own fitness journey began with competitive swimming and water polo in high school and then college, where she learned dedication and the value of consistent training. She continued to apply those traits in her ongoing pursuit of fitness by regularly training and teaching at FitnessSocial, and by obtaining certification in Kettlebell and advanced training in TRX.
As an instructor, Sarah uses her knowledge and creativity to motivate, inspire, and empower each person she trains in the invigorating, stimulating, and fun environment at FitnessSocial. She knows that each person’s body is unique and can modify exercises as necessary for individual needs. She wants to help you improve your fitness and find greater enjoyment of life with your friends and loved ones.
Renewed vitality and strength awaits you!
Heather was introduced to Kettlebells in 2013 after the birth of her first son. She was in search of a quick and effective workout to get her back into pre-pregnancy shape. Having been an athlete throughout college, Heather immediately fell in love with the Kettlebell workouts at Fitness Social. The workouts were fun, physically challenging and effective. Being a working mom, the Kettlebell workouts were a gift. They provided her with a great workout with fast results. Kettlebell exercises quickly replaced Heather’s running and lifting routines in the morning before work, cutting her gym time in half. Now, as a mother of two, Heather is in the best shape of her life. She is psyched to help others find their strength and reach their goals.
Heather is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist through the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI). She graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.A. in Communication and is currently a Masters Candidate in Strategic Communication at Purdue University. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her husband and chasing after their two boys.
Kristen enjoys living a healthy lifestyle and working out is part of her daily routine. It was difficult for her to find the time to manage her workouts and career in the health industry. Kristen was introduced to Kettlebells through Dina Juve and immediately became hooked on this workout. Kettlebells have given her the solution to balancing her busy career and passion for working out. Kristen was able to achieve better and quicker results in a shorter time through Kettlebells. Kristen became a certified Kettlebells Instructor with the Kettlebell Institute in the spring of 2012 and now teaches classes at FitnessSocial Studio. She is excited to help others achieve their goals and quick results through Kettlebells and TRX.