My name is Melissa Becirevic, I am the Personal Trainer and Owner of Melissa Fitness in Adelaide, SA.
I believe personal training involves a lot more than just fitness, it’s about your mental health and happiness.
As a teenager, I was overweight and for a long time believed if I could lose weight and be skinny, I would be happy…. how wrong I was! Once I achieved my ideal weight and was skinny, it hit me I still wasn’t happy. I tried so many gyms and group training, but exercising wasn’t fun for me and being on one fad diet after another was horrible. I put myself in a better mind frame and finally understood that it didn’t matter if I was skinny because that wasn’t going to make me happy and the only way I would enjoy fitness is to find something that was fun by surrounding myself with encouraging and positive people.
I wanted to become a personal trainer to help people achieve a happier and healthier self in an environment that makes fitness fun.
I graduated with a Master Trainer from the Australian Institute of Fitness, and additional qualifications including Punch Fit and Pre & Post Natal. I launched the business in September 2016, offering group training, mobile personal training, nutrition guidance and more.
This is one of my favourite quotes that I live by:
“Exercise because you love your body, not because you hate it.”
A little more about me...
In my early twenties before I became a personal trainer, I couldn’t even run 1km without losing my breath and my first thought was “well running is just something I’ll never be able to do”. It’s so easy to get comfortable and not push ourselves to see what we are really capable of and I didn’t want that for me, so I made a promise that one day I’ll prove to myself that I am capable of anything I put my mind to…
Over 4 years (2018 - 2021) I have attempted 4 half marathons and completed 2.
The first attempt, I injured my knee 2 weeks before the race day.
The second, I made a comeback but with a slow time (I was fearful I’d hurt my knee again). I completed the 2019 McLaren Vale half marathon in 2 hours and 46 minutes.
The third attempt, I was in a bad head space and mentally I could not force myself to do it. Self-doubt got the best of me which is ridiculous because I already completed one. I felt like a failure, but then this quote stuck with me…
“The only way you can call it a failure is if you quit. If you keep going it’s only a hurdle, one you will overcome.”
So, I worked smarter, not harder. I trained in a way that I was less likely to injure myself and made sure I was in a better frame of mind - never let fear get the best of you!
I completed the 2021 Great Southern half marathon in 2 hours and 24 minutes. That is 22 minutes faster than my last event!!
Anything is possible, you just need to believe in yourself and put in the work.
When I train women who doubt themselves on whether they can achieve something or when they get injured and don’t feel like they can overcome it, I know exactly how it feels because I’ve been through it.
I do what I do to empower others, because I know everyone has it in them to be the best they can be!