Director of Exercise Programming

B.S. Exercise Science

AFAA Certified Group Instructor

CPR/AED Certified


Co-founder and Director of Health Coaching, Melissa developed a passion for fitness when she was a young girl living in Akron, Ohio, and it continues to grow stronger each day.  Melissa became certified as an AFAA Group Exercise Instructor while attending Kent State University back in 2002, and she later earned her personal training and health coach certifications through ACE.  She has accumulated a vast array of experience in the fitness industry over the past 15 years.  She has completed graduate course work in nutrition and strives to learn more each day.

Melissa’s family means the world to her, and she is especially close to her mom who still lives in Ohio.  When her mom retired a year ago, Melissa realized how important it was for her (and all of her friends) to make health a priority.  Melissa continues to educate, support, and encourage her mom and her closest friends, so that they can stay active, independent, and self-sufficient as long as possible.  Melissa desires to help others do the same by focusing on the needs of an aging population through exercise, nutrition, balance conditioning, stress reduction, and good old fashion fun!

Director of Health Coaching

ACE Certified Health Coach

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

AFAA Certified Group Instructor

ACE Senior Fitness Specialist

Kirt’s enthusiasm for strength and conditioning and advocating excellent health can be tracked back 15 years when he first graduated from Norwayne High School as a very lanky boy.

Kirt’s methodology of strength conditioning and progressive program design is distinctive in that it is highly individualized and original.

With an insatiable desire to improve the health and well being of Americans and his loved ones, Kirt is always abreast of the latest evidence based exercise and health coaching theories. His greatest areas of concentration include development of proper biomechanics, rehabilitative/corrective exercise, and improving flexibility and balance in special populations and older adults. 

Kirt proudly and passionately holds a Bachelors of Exercise Science, with a concentration in Exercise Physiology from The University of Akron. 

Kirt Lietzow, B.S. Exercise  physiology  

Insured, Accredited, and degreed

melissa merkle, C.P.T., C.H.C.