Fitness Enthusiast: Melissa Thompson

City/Town of Residence: Cranston, RI

Age: 34

Occupation: Quality Assurance Project Manager

Family: Single Mom of 2

Your sport of fitness activity: Powerlifting, Strongman

Recent events you have competed in: Lightning Fitness Couples Strongman Contest, Hudson Valley Strongman Lift for Autism, Ironmill Spartan Strongman

Events you are training for: 2014 New England Revolution Powerlifting Meet

What is your proudest fitness accomplishment?: Anytime I PR (personal record) any of my lifts its a huge accomplishment.

In contest, my biggest accomplishment by far was overhead pressing a 70lb circus dumbell. This thing was MASSIVE! Each time I trained this event, I’d max out at 65lbs but with adrenaline and a lot of people cheering me on, that sucker soared above my head with a solid lockout!

What motivates you?: My 3yr old daughter Belle motivates me to keep going. Diagnosed with leukemia last year I have seen her struggle more than any athlete I’ve ever seen. She embodies strong and everytime I think about quitting, everytime I think something is heavy I look at her and everything she lives with on a daily basis.

Best local eats: Los Andes!! Love their cerviche and anticuchos! Yum!!!

Famous person you would like to have dinner with: Arnold Schwarzenegger of course!!!!

What’s on your nightstand?: Alarm clock, water bottle – I’m a minimalist.

Favorite cheat meal/snack: I don’t cheat. I eat whatever I want.

What do you like to do in your down time?: I have found rock climbing and yoga to be incredibly therapeutic and they add so much benefit to my training. But in the summertime there is nothing better than sitting on the beach, phone off, book in hand just living in the moment.

Best thing about living in RI: Rhode Island is equidistant from some of the best gyms in the country. I’m just a mere 1-2hrs from top strongman and powerlifting gyms giving me access to equipment and professional athletes. And you can’t beat living less than 30min from the beach!

One thing people don’t know about you: I almost went to school as a music major. I ate, sleep and breathed piano and trumpet as a kid. I traveled, I played in concerts all over New England. It was my passion and still is to an extent.

Favorite quote: The Iron never lies to you. You can walk outside and listen to all kinds of talk, get told that you’re a god or a total bastard. The Iron will always kick you the real deal. The Iron is the great reference point, the all-knowing perspective giver. Always there like a beacon in the pitch black. I have found the Iron to be my greatest friend. It never freaks out on me, never runs. Friends may come and go. But two hundred pounds is always two hundred pounds.
– Henry Rollins

Fitness tip for RI Fit Readers: You’ll never know what you’re capable of until you try!

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