Citizen’s Spotlight: Melissa Romano – You First

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Name:  Melissa Romano

Age: 28

Title/Profession:  Personal Fitness Trainer, Owner of You First, LLC

Hobbies: I love pretty much any concert or sporting event.

Years Owning You First, LLC?  Three

What made you want to become a personal trainer? A professor at Wesleyan College challenged our class to choose a career based on who we were instead of what we knew.  After soul searching, I realized that challenging myself and others, and working personally with people, is who I am.

What are you proud of and why? To say I’m proud of my clients is an understatement. I’ve watched many people change their lifestyles and live outside their comfort zones for months.  Nothing is more powerful than seeing someone carry themselves with more confidence and happiness, than ever before.

What goals are you working toward? I like to joke about being a constant work-in-progress.  I am working towards bettering myself physically in the gym, and mentally to keep it positive.  A specific goal is to help others interested in the profession get started on the right path.

What advice can you give readers about living a healthy lifestyle? Do it for the right reasons.  A healthy lifestyle is not about a number on a scale or a deadline to hit.  You First was created because of a strong belief that the greatest investment you can make is in yourself. COMMIT to a healthier you, CHANGE your attitude, BE the example for your children, mate, parents, siblings, friends, neighbors, and strangers.

What is the most effective motivational tool you use? Motivation has little to do with me.  The best thing I can do for people when they want to quit is to remind them of why they started.  I find out what internally motivates people and constantly remind them of it.  I’m also fond of post-it notes with those reminders stuck everywhere.

What is one thing you would like to tell our readers? There is NO excuse.

How can you be contacted?  You can call (304) 476-2002 or find me on the Web at or email me at