Melanie Roach is no ordinary wife and mother. She is the wife of a four term Washington State Representative, mother of three young children (one of which is autistic), owner of a thriving business, and an Olympic weightlifter.
Melanie competed in her first weightlifting competition at the 1994 American Open, where she place 3rd. Melanie worked her way up to the number 1 ranked lifter in her division and was the first woman in US history to clean and jerk two times her body weight. As the “Strongest Woman” in the US and with her Olympic dreams within reach Melanie tragically suffered a serious back injury just weeks before the Olympic trials in 2000.
Never one to get down, Melanie quickly went to work helping her husband run for political office while starting her own gymnastics school. Although Roach Gymnastics is one the largest gymnastics centers in the Pacific Northwest with over 500 students, Melanie never lost her yearn for competition. With the hope of making her Olympic dream come true, Melanie began training again in 2005. After undergoing a back surgery that was not available at the time of her injury Melanie was once again able to clean and jerk twice her body weight!
At the age of 34, Melanie did get to see her Olympic dreams fulfilled in the 2008 Beijing Games where she placed 6th. In her weightlifting career Melanie won 7 US Championships.
Height: 155cm / 5’1″
Weight: 54 kg / 119 lbs
Event: Women’s 53kg
Melanie Roach supplement use: A friend introduced Melanie to PROGENEX and after testing it for herself she was so impressed she decided to write a thank you. Below is the email Melanie wrote to her friend regarding her experience with PROGENEX.
Email from Melanie
Thank you so much for introducing me to the PROGENEX protein powder. I used it for recovery and to build muscle while I was preparing to compete in Olympic lifting competitions. In a sport of young 20 something’s I am proud to say at 36 I recovered like when I was in my 20’s in large part to the Progenex post recovery shakes I drank. I really like the flavor and the consistency is just right.
Although I am not competing in the sport of weightlifting at this time, I am still very active. I am preparing to run a 5K in March and so I continue to use Progenex products to help with recovery. As a mother and business owner I am continuing to use Progenex protein powder for energy. I am amazed how great I feel as business owner and mother of 4 who exercises every day! Thank you again!
2008 Olympian, Weightlifting, USA
Melanie Roach Competition Record
2008 Olympian – 6th Place – New American Record
2008 Olympic Trials Champion
2007 Pan Am Games Bronze Medalist
8 Time US National Champion
2006 Pan American Championships Bronze Medalist
5 Time US World Team Member
2000 US Olympic Team – alternate
Melanie Roach Records Held:
American Record in the Clean and Jerk
113kg (1998 National Weightlifting Championships)
American Record in the Total Category
193kg (2008 Beijing Olympic Games)
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