Member of the Month… Melanie Martinous!!!


Mel is the cutest person we know!  The positive attitude she brings to the gym is contagious.  She constantly has a huge smile on her face while hopping around from exercise to exercise.  She reminds us of a kid in a candy store!  Since starting at CFS Mel has made vast improvements in her fitness and in the highly technical Olympic weightlifting exercises, her Squat Clean is a thing of beauty!  We love Mel and hope everyone outside of the noon class gets a chance to know her too.

How did you get involved in CrossFit? What was your first WOD/experience?
I was bored at the gym I belonged to for 10 years. I was doing group exercise classes like spinning and Body Pump. Everything I read and people I talked to seemed to be talking about Crossfit. It seemed like just the challenge I needed to get out of my fitness rut. I came to Crossfit Southie to try it out. 7 minutes. I thought “I can do anything for 7 minutes.” I was WRONG! I got my butt kicked, but I knew I wanted to do it again.
When did you start coming to CrossFit Southie?
May of 2012
Is this the first CrossFit you’ve worked out at / how long have you been CrossFitting for?
Southie is the first Crossfit I’ve worked out at. I travel to New York a few times a year for professional training, so I’ve tried a couple there also.
I’ve been Crossfitting for a little more than a year.
When did you realize that CrossFit was right for you?
I realized Crossfit was right for me when I discovered that the workouts were so diverse. You truly don’t repeat the same exercises in the same way all the time. It’s constantly challenging, frustrating and inspiring. Also all of the coaches at Southie are fantastic. I’ve learned many things from each and every one of them.
What are you short-term and long-term CrossFit goals?
Anyone who sees me around the box knows I’ve been working on my double unders FOREVER! So that’s definitely one thing. It will be soon. Long-term, probably mastering the Olympic lifts. I’m fascinated by the complexity of them.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
I got my first rope climb. I’m still bragging about it. I’m pretty sure I found a reason to get out of gym class every time the rope climbing came around. So that was a huge one.
What is your favorite / least favorite WOD/movement?
I like the WODs that don’t have a lot of equipment. The ones that have burpees, push-ups, pull-ups, wall balls and short running (I do a VERY slow 800). The Box Jump and I don’t get along very well, but we came up with an agreement…I promised to slow down and keep an eye on where I’m jumping, and my box promised not to hit me in the shins…So far, so good.
What do you do for a profession outside of CrossFit?
I’m a hairdresser. I own a “Best of Boston” award winning salon in Milton, Mellie Hair Design. I’m a business partner with my husband Jeff. I’m also a mother to a 13 year old son, Quentin. We live in Quincy with our 2 dogs.
What are your hobbies outside of CrossFit?
My business takes up a lot of my time, but Sunday is family day. I spend it cooking, hiking at Blue Hills, and I’m helping my sister get ready for a charity ride, so I’m putting in some miles on the bike.
Do you eat Paleo or Zone? What is your favorite paleo/non-paleo meal?
I don’t really follow either. I’m planning on doing the next challenge though… I eat a pretty clean diet, lots of fruits, vegetables and organic and grass-fed meats, cheeses and whole grains. I stay away from processed foods and empty carbs like white bread, rice and pasta. My favorite splurge at home is linguine ala carbonara( pasta, cheese, egg, bacon, YUM!) and going out, I love Indian food, especially chicken tikka masalla.
Fun fact?
There’s a gym 2 doors down from my business, but I choose to go to Crossfit Southie. I have never had so much fun working out in my life. There is an incredible community there, and it’s a pleasure being part of it.

Joyce - Droppin Da Hammah
Joyce – Droppin Da Hammah

Work up to a max for the complex:
2 Push-presses
3 Push-jerks

Box Jumps (30,24)
KettleBell Swings (2,1.5)

Level 2 (1.5,1)
Level 1 (1.25,26lbs)


  • Mike Quigley

    08/17/2013 @ 12:33 am

    Congrats Melanie!

  • nicole dholakia

    08/16/2013 @ 6:37 pm

    Complex: 110 lbs
    WOD: 13:00 Rx

  • nicole dholakia

    08/16/2013 @ 6:36 pm

    You’re just awesome and I get the chance to take a class with you a few times a week. You are always working hard and staying after to keep the party going! This is a well-deserved honor!! Congrats!!!

  • The box ;)

    08/16/2013 @ 5:22 pm


    In class today, conquering the 20in box like a champ!

  • Shannon Massey

    08/16/2013 @ 5:21 pm

    We all enjoyed the box jumps in your honor.
    You have made me want to work harder. Thank you for that.
    You have also made my hair fabulous! Check her out at

  • Kara

    08/16/2013 @ 5:01 pm

    Mel, I haven’t met you but have heard great things about your salon!! Congrats and I hope to meet you at some point!

  • Retta

    08/16/2013 @ 3:11 pm

    Many of you may not know Mel because she’s a mid day warrior but she is one of the kindest, sweetest people you will ever meet. Not to mention she shows up early and stays after to work on additional skills. Her personality is infectious and she’s always willing to go the extra mile to help others. We are all proud of your accomplishments Mel, keep up the good work you rock!!!!!

  • Nick DeDonno

    08/16/2013 @ 2:33 pm

    Congrats MEL!! You have been killing it since you walked in the doors. Keep up all your hard work.

  • tinamo

    08/16/2013 @ 1:42 pm


    so very proud of how far you have come in such a short time. your hard work, dedication, and determination has def paid off. keep up the good work. who knows…. maybe legless rope climbs in the future?!!!

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