Melisa has over 10 years in the health and fitness industry as a personal trainer, CrossFit coach and group fitness instructor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness Promotion and Master’s degree in Health Education from Texas State University. Melisa currently personal trains clients in-home and at 5 Fitness Training Studio in Austin, TX. She also coaches boot camps, and owns two Anytime Fitness centers with her husband in Fredericksburg and Dripping Springs, TX. She is very passionate about health and wellness, and encouraging others to become active and healthy. For Melisa it’s not about “how fast you can get in shape” or reaching that “desired weight goal”; it’s more about teaching people that this is a lifestyle that not only helps keep you looking great and performing great, but more importantly helps you feel better! As a Pump & Shred® success story, Melisa knows firsthand how the program can help her clients. She believes that changing your health will change your life.
AFAA Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, CrossFit Level 1 Coach, CrossFit Endurance Coach, USA Track & Field Level 1 Coach, Schwinn Spinning Instructor
Melisa ran Cross County and Track at Texas State University, competed for Team USA in Duathlon, winning 3 National Championships in both Short Course and Long Course Duathlon and 1 World Championship in Long Course (2006-07), and finished the Boston Marathon. Melisa currently competes in Crossfit competitions in the South Central Region and is preparing to compete in her first NPC Bodybuilding competition.
Kara has over 5 years experience in the health and fitness industry as a CrossFit Coach and most recently as a Coach at Atomic Athlete in Austin, TX.
Kara has a passion for coaching people and seeing the success and results in her athlete’s getting Stronger, Faster and Harder to Kill.
Kara is a certified Crossfit Level 1 Coach and has multiple CrossFit certifications including: Coaches Prep, CrossFit Barbell, CrossFit Olympic Lifting, CrossFit Nutrition, CrossFit Endurance, CrossFit Running and CrossFit Mobility Certifications.
Kara played soccer, volleyball and ran track in junior high and high school. Kara found a passion for jiu jitsu and kickboxing and did that for a few years and then found CrossFit, which she coached for 4 years until going to Atomic Athlete. Kara has a passion for nutrition and loves helping others with nutrition questions and helping them to succeed in the nutrition goals. Kara is dedicated to living an active and healthy lifestyle and has a passion for helping others with theirs.
A Texas A&M alumnus, Courtney is a Coach and Athlete at OTL Fitness in Central Austin. Courtney took part in the Pump and Shred program during Summer 2013 and received great results! She has always been passionate about health and fitness, especially after discovering Crossfit in 2007.
AFAA Group Exercise Instructor
Courtney loves competing in local Crossfit, Track and Field, and Weightlifting competitions. She is very involved in the fitness community in Austin. At Of the Lion Fitness, she takes on the role of Head Coach for Lion Pride Boot Camps, coaches OTL Women’s Only classes, and provides personal training for clients who are looking to conquer their weaknesses in a one on one environment.
Mona is a Registered Dietitian and has over two years experience working in the field of nutrition and dietetics. She has a Bachelor’s in Nutrition from Baylor University, as well as a Master’s in Nutrition from Texas Tech University, where she also completed her supervised practice dietetic internship.
Mona has a passion for nutrition, health and wellness and desires to help others achieve their goals by teaching an overall healthy lifestyle that is sustainable. She wants her clients to know and understand nutrition plays a key role in reaching goals – if you dial in on nutrition and stay consistent, success is sure to follow.
Registered Dietitian & Licensed Dietitian
Mona has two herniated discs in her lumbar spine that limit her physical capabilities. Instead of allowing this chronic back injury dictate her lifestyle, she stays active and moving, dialed-in on nutrition, and is able to do just enough of the right physical activity to stay strong and lean.
Pia Marie Paulone
An active athlete all her life, Pia Marie reached a turning point in her life when she finished her masters’ degree from Indiana University and made the move to Austin in 2011. The fit lifestyle she was surrounded by drove her to make over her life, and as a Fall 2013 Pump & Shred graduate, she’s found the largest and most substantial piece of “the” puzzle.
Pia Marie wants to bring information about health, nutrition, and fitness to the Deaf community she’s so proud to be a part of, and to support others through the same journey she took.
Pia Marie played three sports in college and translated that into a decorated international volleyball tenure. She represented the USA in three separate Deaflympics and at two World Championships, bringing home four medals. CrossFit and Weightlifting are now her sports of choice, though, and she hopes to push for Weightlifting to be added to the Deaflympics for 2017, and possibly add to her list of international competitions. Pia Marie loves getting Stronger, Faster, and Harder to Kill at Atomic Athlete. She also loves the fact she’s discovered a passion for helping coach people, whether it be in the gym or in the kitchen.
As an active athlete since childhood, Billy Triplett has always put hard work and discipline in the highest of regards. A product of the Communication and Sports Comm program at Mississippi State University, Billy has a knack for laying out the facts to those who are willing to learn. Having moved to Austin in 2011, he came to realize that he was in the perfect place for honing one’s natural born talents… both physically and mentally.
Striving to become better each and every day is the one goal that he aspires to… a goal he wants not only for himself, but for those around him as well.
Billy played Football in High School helping to lead the Winston Patriots to four consecutive State Titles. He also enjoyed intramural sports in college having played both rugby and soccer. Running, Rucking, CrossFit and Weightlifting are his passions now, and as a “Hybrid Athlete” at Atomic Athlete, Billy wants to continue to sharpen his abilities and take all of the lessons he learns to become “Stronger, Faster and Harder to Kill” both inside and outside the gym.
As an adult, Sarah has returned to the endurance distance races and has found a deep love for half and full marathons as well as half and full Ironmans. She’s raced in six marathons, three Ironmans, and isn’t stopping anytime soon. Most recently, Sarah snagged first place at the Oilman Triathlon 70.3 in November 2012, second place at HITS Marathon in December 2013, and placed top ten at the 3M Half Marathon in January 2014.
Amber has 6 years experience in the nutrition and fitness community that started with a degree in Physical Education and Health that has transpired into a professional career in the marketing world. Health and fitness has always been a part of her life showing up in activities such as coaching soccer, running half marathons, and most recently getting involved with CrossFit.
Besides CrossFit, Amber loves barre classes and uses the Nike Training Club app for training ideas when traveling for work. After taking part in the Pump & Shred program in 2013, she now uses food to fuel her activity and to feel strong and healthy. She is excited to share her knowledge with everyone. Amber is currently located in Chicago, IL.
BA: Physical Education and Health
MS: Sport Administration
Amber played soccer, basketball, and track in high school with soccer always being her favorite. She now runs a few races each year for fun and hopes to compete in her first CrossFit competition this fall. She loves “geeking out” about meal planning to really show her clients that eating clean doesn’t have to be boring, and truly is a lifestyle.
Jessica is the founder of Pump & Shred® and manages business operations and brand development. Jessica is currently on contract in Kuwait City at Circuit+ CrossFit as Coach and Nutrition Program Developer, helping to develop a boot camp and nutrition program as an extension of the Circuit+ brand. In addition to her background in fitness and nutrition, Jessica has over 8 years of corporate marketing experience and holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree of Business Administration.
Outside of coaching and business development, Jessica is a Nationally-Qualified Bikini Division Competitor in the National Physique Committee (NPC) of bodybuilding. She lives the code and follow the same nutrition, supplementation, and fitness guidelines that she prescribes to her clients.