Born in Australia, Melissa Carver has risen in the fitness industry as a model and IFBB Bikini Pro. She competes in shows around the world, including the 2017 Arnold Sports Festival where she won the 1st place.
Alongside being a model, Melissa is also a coach and brand ambassador for high-profile sports companies.
With a fan base that supports her every step of the way, Melissa pays it back by sharing valuable training, diet, and recovery tips online.
“There’s a fighters spirit in all of us and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let this real world stop me from chasing my dreams.”
|Full Name: Melissa Carver|
|5’2″ (157.5cm)||Australian||Fitness Model, IFBB Pro Athlete||2010|
|Profession||Fitness Model, IFBB Pro Athlete|
“I know there are endless opportunities, we really do limit ourselves by the boundaries we place on ourselves & often blame “society” when really our choices are just that, ultimately they are ours. If you want something ask yourself what’s really stopping you?”
- Fitness Model
- IFBB Bikini Pro Athlete
- Arnold Sports Festival, IFBB Amateur Bikini, 1st place
- Arnold Classic Australia, Bikini Class, 8th place
Gym-Based vs. At-Home Workouts
Although Melissa is a fan of lifting weights, she knows that for some people, going to the gym isn’t an option.
For this reason, she shares both at-home and gym workouts on her profiles. This way, she wants to show that it’s possible to stay in shape without using any weights.
Melissa if a fan of training in the gym at night. This is a time when the gym is the least crowded, allowing her to fully focus on her workouts.
If she had to choose one muscle group, Melissa says it would be her glutes. Her go-to exercises for this body part are sumo squats, Romanian deadlifts, and hip thrusts. She does 5 or 6 sets per exercise with 12-15 reps, meaning her training volume is very high, which helps with muscle growth.
When doing Romanian deadlifts, Melissa likes to stand on a box or bench that allows for an optimal stretch. “I focus on pulling up through my glutes and hamstrings and leaving my upper body muscles out of the movement, squeezing at the top of each rep.” – Melissa Carver
She usually finishes her glute workouts with hip thrusts. This exercise is performed with high reps, which helps with blood flow and nutrient delivery into the muscle.
Due to her busy schedule, Melissa isn’t able to cook meals every day. For this reason, she prepares food in advance to have it ready for the week ahead.
Her most common foods include sweet potatoes, brown rice, chicken, broccoli, avocados, green lettuce, beef mince, turkey slices, low-fat yogurt, and berries. She usually doesn’t eat out when in the contest-prep, but when she has to, she’ll choose a low-calorie menu option.
What we can learn from Melissa Carver
Melissa Carver is an individual who’s extremely dedicated to fitness and bodybuilding. As an IFBB Pro, she is well aware of the hard work and dedication it takes to win a show. Her strong mentality enables her to stay on top of her diet and training, day after day, and year after year.
If you’re a competitive person who’s looking be above the rest, then you should put in the work necessary to get you there – just like Melissa.