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Introduction: Melanie Ortanez is a personal trainer/coach of 8 years, educator, and a former Physical Therapy Assistant. She is a former powerlifting competitor and a former bodybuilding National Physique Competitor (Women’s Physique). Melanie is currently a competitive Spartan athlete, and Obstacle Course Racer. In the 2022 race season, she continued to place in the top 10 competitive Spartan race age group. Melanie also loves being outdoors; camping, hiking, backpacking, bouldering, kayaking, SUP, and enjoying all outdoor adventure sport activities. She provides customized nutritional guidelines and training programs tailored to her clients needs, mobility, to help them successfully achieve their fitness goals through motivation, discipline, positivity, and accountability. She promotes a scientific approach to exercise science and nutrition to become more aligned with the body and mind to move better, feel better with great posture, and perform better in and outside the gym. She is empowering others and positively inspiring the world to accomplish their goals in and outside the gym; becoming the absolute best version of their true selves throughout living a healthy and fit lifestyle, making gains in all areas of life!

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Serves Portland, OR

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7 years in business

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Anne Marie W.
Apr 28, 2023

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I started training with Coach Mel 1 month ago, and I can barely believe the progress I've made because of Mel's training program. From the end of 2021 to the beginning of this year, I suffered from a series of mysterious intestinal health issues and hospital stays, had diagnostic laparoscopy which did not reveal any answers, and spent a week in the hospital from a routine procedure that caused severe pancreatitis and left me physically depleted and doubled over in posture for over a month. After starting pelvic floor physical therapy recommended by my surgeon to help retrain my muscles to support digestion, I decided to get some support with working out - I have always been a fairly active person, but a year of health problems had left me feeling like a stranger in my own body and muscularly weak and uncoordinated. My intake interview with Mel lasted an hour and a half and she asked every question and detail about my recent health struggles as well as my personal goals. She was so easy to talk to and patient as I expressed everything that had been going on with me, which was difficult because I had still not fully processed everything. Mel and I started working together twice I week, and after each session, I noticed my posture and the unevenness I was experiencing getting better. My digestion improved and my weak muscles looked toned and strong again. She had so perfectly developed a program tailored to my needs and it showed--not just to me but to others as well. Last week I saw my PT and she did an exam. She told me that she didn't need to see me again for a month because all of the muscles she was worried about appeared strong and coordinated and my digestive symptoms were exponentially better. So not only do I notice how well Mel's program has worked for my body and specific issues, but a medical professional confirmed that Coach Mel knows what she is doing!!! I would recommend Coach Mel to everybody looking for a trainer, but especially to those with specific physical issues or goals, as it has become clear that Mel is an absolute strategist and problem solver for those with physical issues to address!
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Amira S.
Feb 14, 2024

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I can't even express the gratitude for Coach Mel! If I could hire her year round I would. She was knowledgeable about my physical needs, having had double hip surgery, Sciatica, arthritis. She taught me movements that worked with my physical pain and she challenged me to move my body in ways I didn't think I could. You know your doing things well when your pushing yourself and showing the ugly face and Glace up to see Coach Mel's Evil 😈 grin 😁. Best paid trainer experience I've ever had!
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Angela H.
Jan 11, 2023
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    Specialties: Fat-loss Building Muscle Strength Training Outdoor Fitness/ Obstacle Course Racing Hiking Fitness/Backpacking Running Corrective Posture and Corrective Exercise Specialist Improve Mobility, Flexibility, Stability Pre and Post Injury Rehabilitation Powerlifting Competitions Bodybuilding/Physique Competitions/Achieving Aesthetics Athletic Performance Nutritional Planning Functional Fitness and Overall Health Metabolic/HIIT Training Manual/Assistive Stretching Percussive Massage Gun Therapy Group Training Goal Setting

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