Melissa is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University and a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach.
What is professional coaching?
ICF defines coaching as partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Coaches honor the client as the expert in his or her life and work and believe every client is creative, resourceful and whole. Standing on this foundation, the coach's responsibility is to:
Discover, clarify, and align with what the client wants to achieve
Encourage client self-discovery
Elicit client-generated solutions and strategies
Hold the client responsible and accountable
This process helps clients dramatically improve their outlook on work and life, while improving their leadership skills and unlocking their potential.
About Your Fitness Coach
Melissa (Leier) Pylypchuk grew up in Melville, Saskatchewan, was actively involved in competitive team sports, and realized her passion
for health and fitness by age 15. She began
training in the gym and leading group fitness training shortly after. Since this early age Melissa admired well-conditioned athletes, bodybuilders physiques, and training for performance.
In 2005, Melissa achieved her B. Sc. Kinesiology degree at the University of Saskatchewan, specializing in Exercise Science. During these
years, Melissa continued to work as a Group
Fitness Leader and presented at the 2008 SaskFit conference, as well as the 2008 Women in Sport Conference. She became licensed with the
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology as a Certified Personal Trainer, then also became a Professional Fitness & Lifestyle Consultant, and post-degree achieved the Certified Exercise Physiologist designation.
Melissa has always been driven to competition and
continually taking on new challenges. In 2008,
Melissa trained and competed as an amateur
boxer, winning a bronze medal in the Alberta
Silver Gloves tournament. Shortly after, Melissa decided she wanted to take her physique to the next level competitively and go for one of her dreams
of competing as in physique sports.
Melissa competed in the Saskatchewan Amateur Bodybuilding Association Novice and Provincial competitions in 2010 and placed 2nd in both women's Figure categories and then went on to win SABBA Provincials and competed as a National Athlete in the CBBF Canadian Nationals in 2011. Melissa has also accomplished a 1st Place finish at the SABBA Figure Provincials and competed in the IFBB Figure Canadian Nationals in Vancouver August 2012. Melissa placed 1st in the Sacramento Governor's Cup IFBB Figure in April 2013 and competed in the IFBB Canadian Nationals August 2013.
Melissa began training in the sport of Powerlifting in May 2014, and in the first meet she set a new provincial record in the women's deadlift in her weight class with a deadlift of 339lbs. Melissa then competed in the Western Canadian Powerlifting Nationals 2015 and CPU Nationals in St. John's in April 2015.
Melissa decided to make a switch to compete as a Physique athlete in the SABBA Fall Classic, and placed first in 2016.
Melissa represented Provincial members of the Saskatchewan Kinesiology & Exercise Science Association as the Health & Fitness chair of the provincial board of directors from 2006-2018. She has now completed her Master of Arts in Leadership degree through Royal Roads University in 2017. She also is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach as well as an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.
Melissa is inspired by others who are also interested in achieving their goals and feeling at their best. She enjoys coaching others to achieve results and works as a Fitness Coach and Consultant with people in Canada and internationally.
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My Fitness Philosophy
I believe in the importance of addressing personal fitness through a whole-self system perspective. I acknowledge the importance of a focus on all aspects of wellness including strength, mobility, endurance, nutrition, hydration, sleep, and emotional health as the foundations for personal health and wellness. You can't achieve your goals only focusing on one.
I believe personal fitness is grounded in personal leadership - being in control, taking responsibility, and learning about yourself throughout the process.
I believe humans were meant to fuel their body for optimal health and fitness and there is much room in the "standard diet" today to change to closer move to what our body was meant to function off of, in a more ancestral or paleo-based nutrition way.
I support an individualized mindfulness approach to let people learn what their body needs to feel and perform at its best and as a coach my job is provide you with the tools to facilitate and to help you discover and learn to lead yourself to ultimate health, fitness, and performance.
The CSEP - Certified Exercise Physiologist
What is a CSEP-CEP?
A CSEP-CEP performs assessments, prescribes conditioning exercise, as well as exercise supervision, counselling and healthy lifestyle education in apparently healthy individuals and/or populations with medical conditions, functional limitations or disabilities associated with musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, metabolic, neuromuscular, and ageing conditions. The minimum requirement to become a CSEP-CEP is a 4-year University degree in exercise science or a related area. CSEP-CEPs are covered by professional liability insurance to work within the CSEP-CEP Scope of Practice