Melissa Hall has graced the cover of Oxygen Magazine four times, took the title of Ms. Bikini Universe, is a national fitness competitor and a contributing fitness writer. Melissa launched her own business encouraging others to be fit, healthy and active in November 2008, " Melissa Hall Fitness," which among many different services features products on the Shopping Network. Melissa also spends time doing volunteer work educating inner-city women and disabled citizens on the importance of exercise and nutrition as a form of preventive health care after tragically losing her Mom to breast cancer.
So how does Melissa stay in cover girl shape?
Gabrielle Reilly: How many covers have you graced so far?
Melissa Hall: I've been fortunate to grace 7 covers, a total of 4 with Oxygen fitness magazine. Look for a group cover of Oxygen coming out this year with fitness beauties: Jennifer Nicole Lee, Tina Rigdon, Ocean Bloom, Tosca Reno and more!
Gabrielle Reilly: What do you do to keep motivated?
Melissa Hall: I stay motivated by my fiancé Mr. Tony Little America's personal trainer. I know you have to motivate yourself first and foremost, but having a workout partner or system is an added bonus!
Gabrielle Reilly: What weight/cardio training do you do in a week?
Melissa Hall: I do 30-40 minutes of cardio on 4-5 times per week. I really enjoy the arc trainer. My weight training is 2 days of full body training just to maintain a lean physique.
Gabrielle Reilly: How do you work your abs and how often?
Melissa Hall: I incorporate 3 days of light abdominal training since most of my workouts incorporating some type of core training. For example using a bosu ball or functional training.
Gabrielle Reilly: How do you fit your overall training/dieting into your lifestyle?
Melissa Hall: I schedule it like an appointment. If it's on the calendar, I stick with it. Accountability means so much more.
Gabrielle Reilly: Do you have days when the last thing you want to do is step foot in a gym?
Melissa Hall: Of course, however that's why I have a personal studio at home for those days. No excuses!!
Gabrielle Reilly: How many calories do you consume a day off-contest and pre-contest?
Melissa Hall: I usually do not track calories. Protein with every meal is my main focus. I also limit carbohydrates that contain flour and yeast.
Gabrielle Reilly: Do you have allocated binge days/meals?
Melissa Hall: The weekend is my time for freedom.
Gabrielle Reilly: What do you do when you feel like breaking your diet? I reach for a protein bar or if I'm craving salt. I snack on baked chips.
Melissa Hall: For parents out there concerned about their children's health and obesity what words of advice would you offer them on fitness, motivation and diet for children? Let them play outside like children, take them to the park. Too many children are trapped with all the technology and quick foods. My father use to hold contest of who could do the most push-ups.
Gabrielle Reilly: What age do you think is ideal for children/teenagers to start lifting weights?
Melissa Hall: I would say 14 is a good age. It's important to condition muscles and start good habits that will probably continue into adulthood.
Quote from Melissa: "Know thyself and help others; share your knowledge, it's empowering."