Melissa Leon is a writer and strength and conditioning coach who is passionate about news, words, nutrition, fitness and food. She is the News Director at American Military News, and she owns and runs a CrossFit gym in Manhattan.
While her first passion is writing (for as long as she can remember), Melissa’s passion for optimal health and wellness has developed throughout her lifetime, and she loves being able to share her journey with others.
Where writing is concerned, Melissa is an award-winning journalist who formerly worked at weekly newspapers in New Jersey. She is a current member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and International Association of Professional Writers and Editors (IAPWE).
Melissa is a CrossFit Level 2 Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist (ISSA). She has completed her Pendlay Level 1 and 2 Olympic Weightlifting certifications; the CrossFit Strongman, Mobility, Kettlebell, Endurance and Aerobic Capacity Trainer courses; and has participated in rowing and gymnastics seminars. She is CPR/AED/First Aid certified by the American Red Cross. Melissa has also been an active member of the New York Road Runners.
Melissa played high school and collegiate tennis. She played both singles and doubles for Georgian Court University in central New Jersey, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism. Before immersing herself in the fitness industry, Melissa was a newspaper reporter for several weekly papers in New Jersey, some of which actually still exist.
Melissa lives in Manhattan, but she will always be a Jersey Girl at heart.