A long time lover of nerdy things, Melanie has been a comic book collector since 1992, and a cosplayer since 2003. She earned a BFA in musical theatre from Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago, but developed a passion for fitness when she began her own weight loss journey after college graduation. After losing 35 lbs. she decided to make a career change and has since become a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and she holds specialty certifications in P90X, Turbo Kick, PiYo, and Body Pump (to name a few). She spends her days online as an Independent Beachbody Coach, helping people complete the home fitness programs that helped her achieve her own results. She hopes to continue to inspire more people to take charge of their health and help them get there!
Cynthia has been a professional freelance illustrator since 2000. With many career high- lights under her belt such as being an official Star Wars artist (approved by Lucasfilm), she wanted to see what more she could bring to the world. So in 2010, after returning from a life-changing trip to India, she decided to direct her creative energy towards sharing her love of health and wellness and became a yoga teacher. In 2012, she discovered hula hooping and instantly experienced the meditative and health benefits of this unique, fitness format. In addition to yoga, she now teaches hula hoop- ing at fitness clubs and yoga studios in and around Evanston, IL. She is also a writer and she still draws too!