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.
With numerous certifications in fitness, nutrition, movement, meditation, mindset, and her recent graduation from Chopra University as a Perfect Health Instructor, Dina continues to work with companies that believe each of us can make a positive difference in the world.
Her menu at locally owned Patio Café is loved by those who want deliciously satiating meals that are low in calories, and she works with Chef Hillori at Whole Foods Market each month to create amazing meals with only five whole food ingredients. She is also an expert contributor for Women’s Health Magazine, where she was selected as one of their Top 5 Trainers nationally and featured on their cover. She continues to work with Women’s Health Magazine as a woman creating change in our world.
Dina understands there are times in life when we cannot control anything except choosing what we eat, what we think, and to move as much as we can. This has been learned firsthand. In recognition of her courage, determination and generosity, Dina was the recipient of the first Spirit of Women award by Saint Agnes Hospital.
As a six-year-old, Dina was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis. By the age of 21, she weighed around 204 pounds. She has spinal stenosis and several genetic autoimmune diseases, she’s had multiple surgeries and has been hospitalized several times for months at a time, and only 8 weeks ago she had two artificial disks put in her cervical spine; just another bump in the road and one that will make her stronger than ever. She also experienced the death of her daughter after holding her for the longest two hours of her life.
Yet, at 44 she still feels better than she did at 21! As a businesswoman, wife and mother of four, Dina understands exactly how challenging it can be to lose weight, live healthily and prioritize one’s self. It is her personal experience combined with her continuing education that makes her the transformation guru. Since turning her life around more than two decades ago and shedding 90 pounds, Dina has worked with thousands of people, helping them to achieve overall wellness through exercise, balanced nutrition, mindset techniques, meditation, Z-health mobility, and fostering meaningful connections with others; the keys to enjoying a healthy lifestyle in the 21st Century.