Melissa Hinkley - Co-founder of 1 RM Performance
M.S. San Diego State, B.S. University of Nebraska Kearney
C.S.C.S. (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist)
Melissa is the the female half to 1RM Performance. Her humble beginnings in Lincoln, Nebraska molded her into the coach she is today. Her first exposure to weight training came in the 6th grade when she asked her dad for a set of dumbbells so she could have arms like Scottie Pippen. Her passion for any type of movement progressed and in the 8th grade she began a Strength & Conditioning program to prepare for high school softball.
She finished her high school career with offers to play either Division I basketball or Dvision I softball in college, but decided to play both and go to the University of Nebraka at Kearney. Long story short, she earned her undergraduate degree in Journalism, worked for a newspaper in Costa Rica, and then figured out what her true passions were: Strength & Conditioning.
She accepted a spot in the Graduate program at San Diego State University and discovered her skill of working with youth athletes. She worked with college athletes at both San Diego State and The University of San Diego, but found it so much more rewarding to work with junior high and high school athletes. She was hired by numerous clubs and high schools to work with their athletes including The Show baseball club, Granite Hills High school, Our Ladies of Peace high school, and Beach and Bay volleyball club, and La Jolla volleyball club.
Melissa's progression as a Strength coach has been atypical to say the least. She has had the opportunity to visit several top notch businesses including Cressey Performance in Massachusettes, Mike Boyle's Strength & Conditioning facility, and the University of Kansas basketball program. She also had the opportunity to experience Olympic level programming as she played with the US women's rugby sevens team. For four months, she got to train with the team as they prepared for the 2016 Olympics. Although being a full time athlete has its perks, opening a gym with Bobby became the priority and they opened their facility in October of 2015.
Melissa specializes in working with female over head athletes in junior high and high school. She spends her free time following Strength coaches like Cal Dietz to figure out how to optimally develop power. Or reading books by Dan John to see how to practically apply S & C principles for groups of high school athletes. And there's always meeting with physical therapists and chiropractors to incorporate "prehab" exercises to increase strength in the posterior chain to decrease lower body injuries to female athletes. When she's not learning or working with athletes, she's training to see if she can touch 9'8'', squat 275 lbs, and play professional beach volleyball.