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Melissa Hieronimus - Pro Master Figure
Personal: Married, 3 children
Place of Birth: Toledo, Ohio
State of residence: Pennsylvannia
Hobbies: Running, baseball, and cooking
Favorite Movie: Sandlot
Favorite Actor: Hugh Jackman
Favorite Band: Maroon 5 and FGL
Favorite Performer: Khalid and Luke Bryan
Food: Anything with peanut butter
Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones, House of Cards
Training since: 2017
Year Turned PRO: 2018
Height: 5' 3"
Preshow Weight: 132 lbs
Show Weight: 116 lbs
Education: College Graduate
Best Body Part: Shoulders
Most Challenging Body Part: Glutes
Favorite Exercise: Tricep pushdown and chinups
Least Favorite Exercise: Leg extension
Traits You Admire Most In Others: Generosity
Traits You Admire Most In Yourself: Diligence
1st Place Novice Figure Toledo Glass Sceptor 2018
1st place Masters Figure Toledo Glass Sceptor 2018
Overall Masters Figure Champion Toledo Glass Sceptor 2018
2nd Place Figure Toledo Glass Sceptor 2018
BIO: I am a full-time high school teacher and mom of three energetic boys, including twins. I have always been athletic and went to college on a scholarship to run and play softball. However, after a decade of long distance running, I was burnt out and decided to pick up weight training in order to gain more tone in my overall appearance.
Bodybuilding was something I always wanted to try but hesitated because I thought I could never be that committed to a diet. Yes, I was literally the girl that couldn't walk past the cookie jar and yet had the will power to go run 10 miles. When I turned 36, I decided bodybuilding would be my fitness goal for the year. Originally intending on bikini, after training for 3 months and putting on muscle it was recommended that I compete in figure. After 9 months of guidance and grueling workouts by my trainer Brian Strock and posing coach Wendi Eldrid, I was ready to compete. The transformation was both physically and mentally challenging and one of the toughest goals I have ever attempted, especially when packing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on prep! However, through the process, I fell in love with the sport.
One of the best aspects of bodybuilding and the NGA has been, and is, the community which has been one of the most accepting and friendly groups of people I have ever encountered. In less than a year, I have truly met some fantastic people that have become my friends more than my competition.