Melissa Templeman

profilephoto01-0013700000QRbNBAA1Mel began her strength journey as a competitive athlete in martial arts. After a grueling career in Judo, she endeavored to understand how strength training in the gym could be better applied so that her training sessions would add more to her performance than take away. This lead to a passion for Strongfirst principals that now guides her work as a strength coach when working with other athletes and strength students.

As a student of Strength, Mel continues to learn and pursue ways to help students be empowered by their strength practice. She is a co-owner and strength coach at Oakland's Most Powerful Gym in Oakland, California.

Iron Maiden, 2017
Sinister, 2018
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Piotr Kowalik
Melissa is a great example of StrongFirst values. She is not only strong, as evidenced by her achievements, but she is also passionate and knows how to instil the same passion in her students. If you want to achieve amazing results safely and in a friendly atmosphere, Mel and her Oakland's Most Powerful Gym in Oakland, California are an excellent choice.

Alison Stiegler
I am constantly impressed with Melissa. I trust her implicitly with my workout regimen - from kettle bells/lifting to nutrition and jiu jitsu. Her dedication and attention to detail is felt each moment she is working with you whether in her amazing gym or at the dojo. She asks good questions, listens, applies her expertise and remembers for the next time. I am undoubtedly stronger physically (and mentally!) because of Melissa.


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