COACHES

Melissa Farve

Melissa is a coffee and sushi fan (not at the same time) who does professional fitness training, in that order. 
Born on an Air Force Base in the Philippines in ’85, Melissa made her way to Kansas and became a fellow Lawrencian in ’91. With endless energy as a kid, Melissa had the drive to play many sports and experience many active games with the kids in her neighborhood.  This joy of constant physical activity integrated the passion Melissa carried with her post team-based sports. Now with 8 years as a personal trainer, Melissa continues to share her commitment to physical activity through fun, effective and creative workouts.
  • Favorite style of training

    I prefer to train my clients and myself with variety. Training the general population is what I love to do, so being able to offer skills that are supportive to being efficient in any situation in life is my favorite. I love to add weight training mixed with days of HIIT or Metcon fun.

  • Coaching Expertise

    Being creative with ways to maneuver the body as well as being able to quickly adapt to changes or alternative exercises for individuals need in a group training session (our Fitness Modules and SPEfit)

  • Favorite Training Tool

    The “hooman” machine is my favorite tool for training. Our bodies are capable of so much more than we give ourselves permission to use. We are constantly using our bodies as a vehicle to travel from one place to the next, as well as picking up objects, throwing items & so much more. My goal is to support others with proper mechanics to use the body as safely and efficiently as possible. If I were to choose a complimentary tool, I would select free weights such as dumbbells, kettlebells and/or medicine balls.

Certifications:

NSCA-CPT, Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED, sitting in to take the NASM-CPT certification.

  • Lawrence Trainer of the Year (2019) 
  • How you choose to show up is a mirror for how you live in the now and carves a path for your future. Be present, grateful and driven.Melissa F.

    Get to know your new coach!

    • 01

      What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well? 

      I’ve experienced a lot of dumb things in my life, so it’s hard to pinpoint which one takes the crown as the most dumbest with a positive outcome. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I made the choice to seek greatness in all situations. I remind myself daily to live in gratitude and in the present. I’m just a silly girl who rides the crazy wave of life.
    • 02

      They say that everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?  

      Box of Chocolates: A Life of Unpredictability
      Our lives truly are like a new mystery chocolate that we get to bite right into.  It is uncertain what this crazy life will throw at us, but how we react to sweet, salty, or spicy moments sets the pace for the day/future.  Each chapter would highlight either a triumph, obstacle, embarassment, corny jokes or strange encounter that I faced. The goal of this book is to be completely raw, vulnerable and most of all RELATABLE. What I’ve learned in this crazy life of mystery choclates is that we are not alone.  
    • 03

      What skill would you like to master?

       

      -Culture: fluent in 3 languages
      -For Fun: road trip across the country
      -Self-reliance: carpentry and drive stick shift
      -Helpful Skills: mastering self-defense 
      -Spiritual: being present to and understanding my spirit numbers
      -Health/Safety/Outdoors: surviving the wilderness (like Naked and Afraid except not naked )
      Fitness: 1-Arm Pull-Up

    • 04

      There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?  

      People are like Sour Patch Kids….they’re either sweet or sour  sometimes sour then sweet.  Everyone deserves a chance, right? 

    Dylan Filburn

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    As a child, I participated in athletics year round, from soccer to baseball, basketball, football, and eventually finding my passion in track and field. I turned that passion into success at the collegiate level, earning All-American honors three times in my career and one national championship. Coming from a family with a history of many college athletes, I wanted to work in a field where I could help others achieve their athletic dreams. After moving to Lawrence, I quickly found the Lab, where there is also a rich history of crazy talented athletes, each in their own distinctive way. I look forward to working with these athletes every single day!

    • Favorite style of training

      HIIT or IWT

    • Coaching Expertise

      Speed and Agility

    • Favorite Training Tool

      Trap Bar

    Certifications:

    • USA Weightlifting I
  • Lawrence Runner Up Trainer of the Year (2019) 
  • Get to know your new coach!

    • 01

      What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?

      In college, I qualified for indoor nationals in the 600m, 800m, 4×400 Relay, 4×800 Relay, and Distance Medley Relay my Sophomore year. At the national meet, I ran the 800 leg of the DMR, 800m, and the 3rd leg of the 4×8, all of which took place in less than 24 hrs. I ran personal bests in two of those 800s and earned All-American honors in 2 of 3 events.

    • 02

      They say that everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?

      The decline in quality of music throughout history.

    • 04

      There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?

      Those who say and those who do.

    Emily Luder

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    • Favorite style of training

      Hypertrophic

    • Coaching Expertise

      Weight loss, women’s fitness, functional training

    • Favorite Training Tool

      Kettlebell

    Certifications:

    • NASM-CPT

    Emily is a student who grew up as a competitive dancer. After beginning college and quitting her dance career, she struggled with finding a way to stay physically active. After gaining the “freshmen 15” she decided to begin working with a personal trainer. This is what sparked her passion for weightlifting. After losing the weight and increasing her strength with her new trainer she knew she wanted to share that passion with others who were struggling as she did. Emily strives to share her knowledge of health and fitness with as many people as possible, and continues to do so through fun, upbeat, and creative workouts!

    Get to know your new coach!

    • 01

      What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?

      I truthfully don’t believe that anything someone does is dumb or a mistake. I stand by my belief that mistakes help us grow, and we would never get to where we are without each of our experiences. Every “dumb” thing I’ve done has gotten me here- and where I am right now is pretty great!

    • 02

      They say that everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?

      Ad maiora; towards greater things. My book would be about overcoming obstacles. From numerous injuries to a handful of medical issues my life had been full of ups, downs, and doctors telling me I couldn’t. It would be all about how I don’t believe in failure, and how I come back stronger every time I’m kicked down.

    • 03

      What skill would you like to master?

       

      There are many skills I’d like to master. I’m always up for a challenge and learning new things! I’d love to become fluent in at least 2 other languages, master an art such as photography, and master at least one Olympic lift.

    • 04

      There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?

      Dreamers and doers.

    Adrian Flores

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    • Favorite style of training

      Olympic Lifting

    • Coaching Expertise

      Strength Training

    • Favorite Training Tool

      Barbell

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1

    Adrian’s foray into athletics began in high school when he started doing Olympic Lifting at the age of 14. He has competed in various local and out-of-state meets, including Youth Nationals and Junior Nationals. His passion for Oly Lifting led him to CrossFit and High Intensity Training as a way to build his strength and change up his training. As years went by, he began to expand this knowledge in general fitness. At the age of 18, he received his CrossFit Level 1 Trainer certification and began to do personal training and lead group classes.

    Currently, Adrian attends at University of Kansas where he’s expanding his knowledge and pursuing his degree in Exercise Science. He is a student of fitness, continually learning through podcast, books, seminars, and coaches. Adrian’s goal is to help people find fitness more enjoyable and efficient. He strongly believes that health and fitness should be more of a habit instead of being a daily task.

    Get to know your new coach!

    • 01

      What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?

      Quitting my job as a bagger at a grocery store without noticed. I cannot perform my very best by doing something I don’t like. What keeps me out of my bed is being able to use a platform to improve people’s lifestyle both physically and mentally, and that platform happens be coaching.

    • 02

      They say that everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?

      My book would be about overcoming everybody’s worst enemy, themselves. In this era of technological innovation, which it has improved people’s lifestyle drastically, we are also being distracted. We are accustomed, especially in my generation, of instant gratification which it destroys the value of things that really matter that it cannot be given at an instant, like patience, strength of relationships, fulfillment, joy, and self confidence. Life is so valuable that we sometimes get distracted of what really matters.

    • 03

      What skill would you like to master?

       

      Skiing!

    • 04

      There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?

      Those who eat like and don’t like pineapples on their pizzas.

    Megan Jones

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    • Favorite style of training

      Olympic Lifting

    • Coaching Expertise

      Injury rehab and strength training

    • Favorite Training Tool

      The Human Body, I feel like we sometimes get caught up buying all the latest and greatest equipment on the market and forget to use our body as our own training tool.

    Certifications:

    • CrossFit Level 1

    Megan Jones is a small town farm girl who fell in love with the city. Originally from Michigan Megan spent most of her time outside enjoying water skiing in the summer and struggling to master snowboarding in the winter. She graduated from Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!) with a degree in Health Fitness and Preventive Rehab, and Delta College with a degree is Physical Therapy. Megan now works full time as a Physical Therapist Assistant and Exercise Physiologist here in Lawrence. Megan has always been captivated by the human body and it’s resilience as a machine. Playing sports her whole life she suffered her fair share of injuries and was always able to recover and come out stronger than before by simply training her body.

    Get to know your new coach!

    • 01

      What’s the dumbest thing you’ve done that actually turned out pretty well?

      My last year of college I made the decision to duel enroll at two different institutions in two different cities to finish all the three of my degrees at the same time. Looking back I have no idea how I not only accomplished the task but finished with one of best semester GPAs. Not sure I could pull something like this off again in life.

    • 02

      They say that everyone has a book in them. What would your book be about?

      I would love to write a book about body kindness. One of my passions is working with women about body image and treating ourselves with ultimate love and kindness both mentally and physically. It’s a journey I have personally been on for years and I love helping other women define what strength and body love truly means to them individually.

    • 03

      What skill would you like to master?

       

      Being more present and most importantly how to decorate my house to look like Joanna Gaines designed it!

    • 04

      There are two types of people in this world. What are the two types?

      Those with over a thousand email notifications and those with zero. Haha Honestly, I don’t like placing people or myself into boxes or types. When we choose to box someone or ourselves into a single category we miss the opportunity to see all many amazing aspects that can be offered to the world.