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Mimi grew up in Chicago and has lived in southwest Michigan for the past 10 years.” I have three amazing kids who keep me busy on a daily basis. I am a self- described endorphin junkie, and when I’m not chasing after my children, or my puppy, I’m chasing my other passion – XTERRA.  

I do between 6 and 7 XTERRA races per season; I am the current and 4-time 40-44 division women’s world champion.  Training can be grueling at times, but it keeps me sane and makes me a better person toward both my family and friends. It continually pushes me to limits I never thought I could reach. I love the physical and mental challenges a triathlon presents I truly believe that becoming   fit is possible for anybody as long as they have perseverance.

I try and live daily the message of my favorite quote:

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”  –Mae West

4 Time 40-44 Division Women’s World Champion, AFAA Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Exercise , USAT Level 1 Certified Coach, Real Ryder, TRX,   CPR

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Working from home meant we could vary snack and coffee breaks, change our desks or view, goof off, drink on the job, even spend the day in pajamas

Just ask Melissa her favorite thing about her career as a registered dietitian and she will tell you “the food!”   In nearly 10 years as a registered dietitian, Melissa has helped clients to shed pounds, manage digestive problems, combat nutrition issues related to aging, and navigate what "healthy eating" means for specific individuals, at specific times of their lives.   You can be sure to find her enjoying a hot cup of coffee, baking brownies and searching new recipes on Pinterest to entice some of her most challenging clients, her family!    Melissa delights in adventures with her children, running, helping others find balance and fun in healthier eating, and microbrews.   Melissa is a Registerred Dietitian.
    Kristi hales from  the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (above the mitten). A middle school Language Arts teacher by day,  Kristi’s  passion  for fitness and health provides the motivation  she needs to lead Maddog classes after a long day with students.  Kristi’s involvement with Maddog 5/1 spans many year, first as a client in Marydawn (Maddog) class, but also a personal training client.  When Marydawn opened Maddog 5/1 in 2011 Kristi joined the team of talented , passionate trainers! Kristi and her pup Olive have  added some boys to the household since the last Maddog bio years ago.  Husband  Derek and a sibling for Olive named Stanley  have joined the family! Kristi’s  holds a Masters Degree, and her certifications include RealRyder, TRX, CPR  
      Meg has always called Southwest Michigan home - a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she joined Maddog 5/1 in 2015 as a client and started by taking yoga classes. For me “it was about finding a place to get healthy without being judged.” I instantly fell in love with the comradery and support I found in the classes at Maddog. “I think the most important thing I’ve learned  about fitness is that it’s a journey and you have to take a moment to celebrate the little things along the way, above all else- be able to laugh at yourself.” When she isn’t at Maddog you can find Meaghan tapping away at her calculator at her job as an accountant. In her free time Meaghan likes to read, binge watch TV, hang out with her siblings and play with her dogs.