Reveal your best self through balance and action.

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Certified Personal Trainer

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Melanie Lester
Melanie Lester Personal Training

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Personal Training

You’ll get more than sets and reps. It’s personal. Accountability for your training sessions and activity. Let’s collaborate.

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Healthy eating

Beyond calories in vs. calories out. Grocery store tours, meal prepping and recipes to help you feel energized and healthy.

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Program Design

A clear program built around your goals including active recovery and rest days. Big picture thinking to get you there.

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Training Blocks

An affordable way to buy your training sessions with support and check-ins included.

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In-person and virtual training

Common Goals

More Energy

Strength Building

Improved Health Outcomes

Less Stress 

Event or Competition

Feeling More Rested

Vision

I believe that people can create change and reveal their best selves through balance and action. As your personal trainer, I will support you by getting to know you and understanding your goals. Applying a whole person approach, we will focus on your current habits, what changes you want to make and apply the best evidence-based methods to move you toward your goals. Your individual program will be flexible and shaped around factors in your life, such as your commitments, eating and sleeping patterns, and preferred types of movement and activity. With my support, you will create meaningful and lasting change and reveal your best self. 

What Clients Are Saying

"Melanie is a phenomenal athlete, martial artist and person - all of which are easily transferable in her role as a physical trainer. I have known Melanie for over 10 years now and her dedication to healthy living has inspired me to do the same. Her teachings on nutrition, exercise and mental clarity are practical, exciting and easy to follow - essential when you have a busy work schedule."

Melissa

“Melanie is a phenomenal athlete, martial artist and person – all of which are easily transferable in her role as a physical trainer. I have known Melanie for over 10 years now and her dedication to healthy living has inspired me to do the same. Her teachings on nutrition, exercise and mental clarity are practical, exciting and easy to follow – essential when you have a busy work schedule.”
"Melanie has been an awesome trainer.  I've been exercising regularly for years and didn't realize just how much targeted weight and nutrition guidance could benefit me on a personal level. The plan I received is tailored around my school schedule, regularly updated, and unique to me! I couldn't recommend anyone more."

Nick

“Melanie has been an awesome trainer.  I’ve been exercising regularly for years and didn’t realize just how much targeted weight and nutrition guidance could benefit me on a personal level. The plan I received is tailored around my school schedule, regularly updated, and unique to me! I couldn’t recommend anyone more.”
"Melanie has been fantastic to work with as a personal trainer.  She is very personable and spent a lot of time figuring out my habits and lifestyle in order to help me start making small changes and build from there.  I started working with her with an injury, and she tailored an exercise program that was realistic and doable for me.  She helps me figure out how to fit exercising and eating well into my busy schedule.  Melanie is very positive, encouraging and motivating."

Beth

“Melanie has been fantastic to work with as a personal trainer.  She is very personable and spent a lot of time figuring out my habits and lifestyle in order to help me start making small changes and build from there.  I started working with her with an injury, and she tailored an exercise program that was realistic and doable for me.  She helps me figure out how to fit exercising and eating well into my busy schedule.  Melanie is very positive, encouraging and motivating.”

My Story

Before becoming a personal trainer, I learned from experience and plenty of mistakes that life is better with movement. Working in the arts taught me valuable skills like creative problem solving, curiosity and collaboration, which I bring to my personal training. I’m a mother and spend my days working with clients or focusing on my own training. Most evenings my family works together running Goh’s Kung Fu, a martial arts school in Baltimore. I love this life I’ve made. Being a martial artist, an instructor and a certified personal trainer means that my work and passion revolve around helping people become active. 

My first serious training was in visual arts.

My first serious training was in visual arts.

I loved working in costume design and fabrication for the stage and independent film.

I loved working in costume design and fabrication for the stage and independent film.

I started kung fu in 2005 and met the love of my life.

I started kung fu in 2005 and met the love of my life.

I taught at art school for 9 years.

I taught at art school for 9 years.

Working wardrobe, I traveled through China and Korea.

Working wardrobe, I traveled through China and Korea.

My increase in physical training brought my attention to my food choices, and I learned to grow my own.

My increase in physical training brought my attention to my food choices, and I learned to grow my own.

I competed with 9 sectional chain whip at the 2012 World Traditional Wushu Championships in Huangshan, China.

I competed with 9 sectional chain whip at the 2012 World Traditional Wushu Championships in Huangshan, China.

We had our wonderful daughter. <3

We had our wonderful daughter. <3

With a lot of help from friends and students, we moved and built a new space for the kung fu school.

With a lot of help from friends and students, we moved and built a new space for the kung fu school.

We are happy practicing together.

We are happy practicing together.

I'm lucky to work with so many dedicated and passionate kung fu students every week.

I'm lucky to work with so many dedicated and passionate kung fu students every week.

Working for clients to form healthy exercise habits is a joy.

Working for clients to form healthy exercise habits is a joy.

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Come say Hi!

My home away from home is Goh’s Kung Fu in beautiful Parkville, Maryland 21234. To see my kung fu teaching skills in action, sign up for a free trial class!

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