Where can you be found outside of the gym? What do you do for a living?
Ron: For the last 8 years I've worked at Adobe as Content/Knowledge Manager, but my tenure there recently came to an end. So looking for new opportunities in the whole Digital Asset Management, Knowledge Management, and Content Management fields. Tell your friends.
Melissa: I can be found planting more stuff in my garden, working on our house, traveling, eating and drinking! And when I work, I am an archaeologist. Typically writing reports in an office but sometimes I get to go out and do the fun stuff;)
How'd you find out about FUELhouse?
Ron: I was looking for a kettlebell gym relatively close to our house, but I didn't really want to do a CrossFit affiliate. Obviously CrossFit-style workouts are awesome, but I worry that their emphasis on increasing the speed at which you do specific workouts is a recipe for injury. FUELhouse just has a really great mix of stuff and the vibe I got from the website made me think Melissa would be comfortable as well. It has really surpassed all expectations though.
Melissa: Ron told me.
What makes you commit to training even on days you don't feel like it?
Ron: The thought of losing mobility as I get older. Also, just about all the diseases run on both sides of my family, so trying to optimize my health so I don't have to worry about diabetes or heart disease. There is so much I want to do with my time on earth, I just don't have time for that shit.
Melissa: How it makes me feel overall—so much better! No matter how crappy I feel walking into the door, I feel better after, and then for the rest of the day.
What's your favorite movement/workout?
Ron: I like the bear complex, especially when paired with burpees. It's pretty much the only time I'm excited to do burpees because they seem like a nice break after a round of bear complex work.
Melissa: Slam balls! Getting out aggression and exercise—love itJ
What's one thing you'd like to accomplish at FUELhouse in the next year or have you already accomplished this goal and if so what is it? How about in your personal life?
Ron: I think it'd be cool to swing The Beast. Personally, I’d like to do some more international travel this year. There are still a lot of countries in Europe I haven’t yet visited.
Melissa: I like to do pullups and heavier weights, but I have already accomplished so much and have done higher weights than I thought possible at the beginning! In my personal life—I would like to de-stress and work less (as you might expect, these go a bit hand in hand).
Tell us a little known fact about yourself.
Ron: If I told you, it would no longer be "little known." That's a paradox folks.
Melissa: I have been to Africa! It’s beautiful, amazing and scary. All at the same time. They have spiders the size of dinner plates there you know—they catch birds…! Don’t tell me that doesn’t freak the bejesus out of you!
What's the most delicious meal you've eaten recently?
Ron: Oh man, we went to Las Vegas recently for Melissa's birthday and hit up a couple of the casino buffets. I had never done a Vegas buffet before. The dinner buffet at Caesar’s Palace and the brunch buffet at the Cosmopolitan were both really good. Don't worry though, I only eat at buffets for variety, not volume... plus they both have time limits.
Melissa: Okay well I have to say something different here: Chocolate Crunch pancakes at the Little Goat Diner in Chicago. They were kind of amazing!!
What's your favorite thing about being a FUELhouse athlete?
Ron: The coaches. It's fun to come class. Molly, Kiel, and Brian put the pep in my step!
Melissa: The positive space. Everyone is so supportive and super!
We also need to know the name of your very first pet, and the name of the street you grew up on! This will be your official stage name from here on out at the HOUSE (just kidding. not kidding)!
Ron: Nugget Ninebark - Which I think makes a perfect name for a pulp novel private investigator.
Melissa: Tiger Menahka—I named all my first cats tiger and they all ran away…I branched out after that;)