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Mel was born in Costa Rica and raised in the Carolinas. After years of poor body image and restrictive and unhealthy dieting, she decided to make a change and joined a Crossfit gym. She quickly fell in love with fitness and feels that weight training empowered her with the confidence she was seeking. While attending the College of Charleston in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in psychology, she began to broaden her fitness knowledge to bodybuilding, nutrition and tai chi. This inspired her to gain a personal training certification, but her desire to help others motivated her to pursue a master’s in clinical counseling through the Citadel. Mel is now preparing for her first NPC Bikini competition. You can follow her on Instagram @melrodriii and you can also inquire about her personal training services at O2 fitness in Daniel Island.