Originally from Southern California, Melissa's love of travel brought her to New Zealand. She has always had an interest in health and fitness; growing up, she'd be the first to sign up for team sports.
Her first experience with Pilates was after an injury, and it didn't take her long to realise the benefits. Mel says Pilates provides the balance that she needs in her active lifestyle and she's passionate about helping others experience the benefits and realise their potential.
In her free time, you can usually find her out running the trails, building up to her next ultra-marathon.
frank facts: Mel came in third in a hot chilli eating competition, loves jet plane lollies, and makes mean Mexican tortillas.
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jeneal rohrback, studio owner:
Jeneal grew up surrounded by a very Californian and athletic family. This gave her an inbuilt passion for anything to do with fitness and wellness, and she's tried it all, from being a serious gym bunny to extreme cross fit.
But when she discovered Romana's Authentic Pilates, she knew she'd found her calling. She completed the gruelling, 800++++ hour Instructor's Programme, and in the process became the fittest she's ever been.
She keeps a finger in competitive sport by playing inter club tennis. Here she enjoys the fast pace and cardio workout, and best of all, every muscle she's strengthened in Pilates has helped her execute those killer shots.
As well as Frank Pilates, Jeneal owns and runs an advertising recruitment business and teaches a post grad creative advertising course. These experiences give her the people and teaching skills needed to help others learn the wonderful gift handed down from Joseph Pilates.
frank facts: Jeneal loves secondhand shopping, 'Forensic Files' on Netflix, and pimping out other people's homes.
franker facts: Jeneal and Melissa both come from LA. From the San Fernando Valley. From Canoga Park. Which means that, in the immortal words of Frank Zappa, they're both 'valley girls'. In fact, they grew up just one street away from one another, but didn't figure this out until they both began training and teaching Pilates here in New Zealand. But they are different; Mel is young, thin and gorgeous, whereas Jeneal is, well, older and more experienced. But at the end of the day they're just two California girls with the one shared passion.