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Check out the latest in the media with Head Coach & Founder Melissa Avanesian

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"Powerlifting coach and entrepreneur, Melissa Avanesian, aka Mel Avan, joins us to talk about her business, her 20,000 member Facebook Group, Powerlifting Women, & teaching powerlifting to beginners. We also talked about the coronavirus quarantine including how she created strength training at home programs to help her clients cope and how her garage gym and sponsorship with Rep Fitness Equipment happened just in time for her to be able to continue her powerlifting training at home."

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Full Interview | Powerlifting Coach | Mel Avan

March 22, 2020

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The Future is Female Powerlifting

Programming, BFR & Training with Melissa Avanesian

As a professor at Columbus State University, Melissa Avanesian is helping the next generation become better coaches one squat at a time. An Elite powerlifter and creator of the widely popular Facebook group “Powerlifting Women” (which reaches almost 20,000 users), Mel has been pivotal in helping women powerlifters connect with each other over the last couple of years.

Melissa chats about her journey in powerlifting and how that lead her down a path starting her own coaching, A-Team Athletics. Currently working on her Master’s degree, Melissa is testing her theory on how to elicit strength gains specifically working with powerlifters.

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March 19, 2020

TPC #44 is with none other than Mel Avan, an ambitious and intimidatingly intelligent young woman with a bachelors degree in biology, pursuing a masters degree in exercise science/kinesiology, the founder of A-Team Athletics, a USPA referee and competitor, a powerlifting coach and researcher, and pizza connoisseur.

She was the guest of TPC #26 ( and her reception was so positive and inspiring to my subscribers, it was a no brainer to have her on a second time. A lot of you submitted questions and I tried to condense and consolidate said queries into a cohesive series of interview points. We hit a good number of them and if we didn’t touch on your specific question, we’ll have to do a part three to address them all.

Always a pleasure to speak to someone so well educated and confident in their knowledge, hopefully you may learn as much I did!

TPC #44: Mel Avan | Powerlifting Q&A

February 19, 2020

Tommy's Podcast

TPC #26 is with an inspiring woman who got a bachelors in biology, became a personal trainer, started her own business in 2015, is attaining a masters degree in kinesiology and exercise science (powerlifting), and currently trains athletes and persons from all walks of life. Successfully growing a business through untold years of working dusk til dawn, Mel definitely inspired me to keep working on this podcast and to love the hustle. Though beginning with discussions of powerlifting vs aesthetic showmanship, I was lucky enough to have some wisdom dropped on me through hearing her background story. Hilarious, insightful, and all around inspiring, I highly recommend tuning in for some metaphorical trap slaps to get you motivated to pursue your dream.

TPC #26: Mel Avan | Powerlifting

February 5, 2020

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