Melissa Andrews : An Ambassador of Fitness
Fitness Rx for Women|August 2016

FitnessRx for Women and MHP 2016 Arnold Model Search Winner

Alan Golnick

Competing at the Arnold Sports Festival means you have worked long and hard to craft a physique worthy of standing among the best athletes in the industry. The multi-sports weekend is held every year in Columbus, Ohio and is the vision of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has expanded the event to global competitions.

If you’re a competitor who has made it to the Arnold, you’ve climbed the ladder to just about the top of your game. Anyone who comes home from the Arnold as a winner is in a league of their own, launched into the stratosphere of fitness by emerging victorious at one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world.

Someone in a league of her own is Melissa Andrews of Georgia, winner of this year’s FitnessRx for Women and MHP Arnold Model Search. The judges had some difficult decisions to make, as a wide field of fitness competitors took to the stage at this year’s Arnold Sports Festival. All of the athletes worked long and hard to be able to showcase their incredible physiques in front of thousands of fitness enthusiasts. Top female and male models earned MHP sponsorships.

Melissa has more to offer than a winning physique and a captivating smile. She is a professional woman and self-described “ambassador of fitness” who leads a busy life and makes time for fitness. We spoke with this year’s Arnold Model Search winner, who offered plenty of advice for living a healthy lifestyle.

FITRX: Congratulations on winning the 2016 Arnold Model Search. How did it feel to be the champion among such a large group of competitors?

MELISSA: It is an unbelievable feeling, especially knowing my bodybuilding journey began last year. I’m blessed and humbled to have been able to compete on such a grand stage at the Arnold Sports Festival, and winning the title of Arnold Fitness Model USA was the icing on the cake.

FITRX: You’re now an MHP-sponsored athlete. What has it been like working with MHP, and what do you hope to bring to the table?

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