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Get Fit St. Pete – Meet Your Cardio Sport Instructor

Melissa and her team offer a FREE Cardio Sport class the THIRD Saturday of every month. This team based fitness / training experience is designed to replicate the excitement and energy of a sports game, mixed with a concert vibe. Learn more here.


Meet Your Cardio Sport Instructor

Name: Melissa Gwinn


Hometown: Wareham, Massachusetts


Affiliation: Owner/Manager/Lead Trainer- Cardio Sport St. Pete


Years in the industry: 11


How did you get into Cardio Sport?

I found Cardio Sport in 2011 at my hometown local gym. I grew bored of lifting weights and running on treadmills, so I tried out a class and quickly fell in love with the sporty/rock concert vibe of the sessions.


What advice would you give to someone trying Cardio Sport for the first time?

Have fun! Cardio Sport is not a competitive environment, it is an inclusive environment.


What impact has Cardio Sport had on your life?  

When I found Cardio Sport in 2011, I was very overweight and unmotivated. I just had my first child and gained over 65 pounds while I was pregnant. Cardio Sport gave me a purpose behind movement that was greater than just exercise. It made me feel like I was part of a team which kept me looking forward to the experience while also delivering a comprehensive total body workout. In just my first six months participating in Cardio Sport, I lost all 65 pounds and was in the greatest shape of my life. It inspired to make it my career and help others like me find the best of themselves through this unique fitness method.


What is your most proud community accomplishment?  

I recently sponsored and helped to organize the Inaugural “Cinco Dog Mayo 5k” and helped raise funds for ALS Association and Compassion Kind Foundation.


What is your favorite way to relax?

I love going outdoors! Relaxing on the beach, biking, kayaking, hiking, gardening, and exploring while spending time with my three children.


If you were an animal, what would you be?  

I would be a mountain lion. One of the strongest and most fearless animals. Also a great hunter.