Meet Melanie

Hey there! I am Melanie, the woman behind Real Strong Mom. I am a Minnesota mom of 2 boys and and a girl. When I was a little I dreamed of being a mom and now my family is complete, my dreams are a reality and I couldn’t be more happy and content with life. […]

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Work With Me

Are you interested in becoming your STRONGEST self? Are you ready to learn how to lift weights and build muscle? YES! YOU ARE!! That’s why you are here! I help women get strong with simple strength training programs and support to help them get fit, healthy, and confident. Are you ready to take your fitness […]

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Latest Posts

Your Real Strong Story featuring Jenn Mickendrow

June 14, 2017 | No Comments

Your Name: Jenn Your Age: 35 About you and who you are: I’ve been an athlete pretty much my whole life. I started martial arts at 3 1/2 years old (my dad was the instructor) and I feel that set my fitness foundation for life. From there I went on to compete in softball, track, […]

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Foam Rolling for the Beginner

June 12, 2017 | No Comments

What is a foam roller? A foam roller looks like this: Foam rolling is a way to perform self-massage. Foam rolling was used mostly by athletes and for therapy purposes but it has since become popular for the average person as a form of muscle recovery. By using the foam roller on different parts of […]

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Trigger foods and stopping a binge before it happens

June 4, 2017 | No Comments

Have you tried my PB energy bites? – they are to die for!! I love them so much I made them and ate 15 of them over a day and half… 15 These bites have awesome healthy ingredients and they are great if we are going to eat 2 or even 3 for a midday […]

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Oat Energy Bites

May 30, 2017 | No Comments

  Sometimes I get a peanut butter craving – awe hell who am I kidding??? I always crave peanut butter!! I could eat peanut butter on everything! So I love having these sweet little energy bites on hand as a healthy peanut butter option. These particular bites have Medjool Dates in them. I have seen […]

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The top 5 things YOU need to know before your first day in the weight room

May 25, 2017 | No Comments

My very first time walking into a gym looked and felt like this: I walked in knowing nothing, the gym felt big and intimidating. I didn’t know anyone. Everyone around me looked like they knew exactly what they were doing. I saw rows and rows of treadmills and elliptical machines and other new fancy cardio […]

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10 motivational tips to get your mojo back

May 22, 2017 | No Comments

Take some time off. Take a day off or a couple days off and rest, reflect, and think about why you are struggling. Maybe there is a reason, maybe there isn’t but some time to think about it will clear your head and recharge your body. Assess your goals — Think about what your big […]

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It’s OK to rest

May 21, 2017 | No Comments

Sometimes our bed is just too comfortable, sometimes sleep is what we need, and other times these little kids need to snuggle their mama. So, last week we missed a workout. OK, maybe we didn’t workout at all last week. Or maybe we haven’t worked out this month.. And maybe we are struggling to even […]

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You are enough, you always were

May 14, 2017 | No Comments

For my entire life I have watched my mom and the women around me fight to be smaller, constantly be on a diet, and want nothing more than to be skinny. My mom unfortunately has struggled her entire life with the ups and down of yo yo dieting and the constant battle of losing and […]

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Quick & Easy Protein Breakfast Cookies

May 8, 2017 | No Comments

Quick and easy cookies for breakfast… Say WHAT?? Oh yes! Breakfast cookies are a totally healthy way for me to feed my kids in the morning AND they love to help me make them! Kids are more likely to eat food that they helped make so grab your kiddos and throw together these easy, yummy, […]

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“Woman to Woman” Featuring Real Strong Mom

May 8, 2017 | No Comments

I had the honor of being interviewed for a “Woman to Woman” series by I choose Me the Movement. It was incredible opportunity to share my story with the world. In the interview I share the turning point for me that helped me to create Real Strong Mom. I also share the challenges I have encountered […]

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