Big Blue Strength

Personal Training ~ Pilates

Weightlifting ~ Group Strength

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Big Blue Strength

Big Blue Pilates

Big Blue Strength

Big Blue Strength 

Fun Group Training

Degreed, Certified, Professional Coaches

What is Big Blue Strength?

At Big Blue Strength, we offer a variety of ways to get you strong, fit, and keep you healthy &  injury free.  Our main focus is finding what fits YOU best!  We want to make sure each & every client gets what they need.  You will never be thrown to the wolves here!  Personalized attention is our forte!

Big Blue Strength is committed to helping clients be successful and achieve their fitness, wellness, & lifestyle goals.  We believe that every person deserves to live the lift of their dreams! We are committed to helping improve the lives of the Lexington, KY community through our personalized approach of exercise & healthy lifestyle coaching.  We succeed when our clients succeed!



At Big Blue Strength we want you to feel at home.  We strive to create a family atmosphere with our community. Our members are not just members, they are close friends, family, and people we love to see everyday!  Come & join our BBS Family! We’d love to have you be part of our healthy active community!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Group Strength?

The Group Strength Experience:
Many people struggle through the same mundane, “globo gym” workouts day-in and day-out with little to no progress. Our Group Strength workouts are a strength and conditioning program that has been proven to produce elite fitness in its participants, no matter what their age or gender. We incorporate general strength training principles, powerlifting, and olympic weightlifting into our programming.  This is done by progressing loading of our main lifts with constantly varying the accessory exercises performed, equipment used, and the length of the workouts. Because of this variance, our  workouts are never boring and always challenging.

What is Pilates?

Pilates, originally called “Contrology,” was created by Joseph Pilates during the early 20th century.  He grew up studying gymnastics, boxing, among other sports.  He later worked with injured soldiers during WWI where he rehabilitated them through strengthening, stretching, and stabilizing exercises.  Joseph later moved to the United States to continue his work with dancers in New York.  Over time his form of exercise took on his name.  His form of exercise has found its way into the lives of not only athletes but also in the rehabilitation world.  The benefits of Pilates include flexibility, mobility, and strength.  Every body can benefit from Pilates.

“STOTT PILATES is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Co-founders Moira and Lindsay G. Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent over two decades refining the STOTT PILATES method of exercise and equipment. This resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and effective methods available. This clear and detailed approach forms the basis for STOTT PILATES training and certification programs. It’s used by rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, celebrities and everyone in between.” – STOTT Pilates



What is our Saturday Circuit like?

Strongman style is a circuit using all different types of equipment where we learn to apply our lifting mechanics to other object such as tires, sledgehammers, or sandbags.  We also incorporate kettlebells, medicine balls, dumbbells, bodyweight exercises, prowler, and yoke. Whether your goal is to get in better shape or work up to more intensity you take this workout as you can handle by varying up the loads you lift.

What will happen every day you train at Big Blue Strength?

When you come to a Big Blue Strength training session, you will train like college athletes do – as a team! We will warm-up as a team, then we will go through the Workout of the Day as a team. You will NOT be permitted to train on your own using your own fitness program. You will be trained and coached under strict supervision to ensure you are performing all exercises and movements properly and safely.

When you come to a Big Blue Pilates group training session, you will work together as a group going through a carefully programmed Pilates session.  Each workout will work all movements of the spine through safe and effective exercises.  Modifications will be made for any individuals’ needs.  You will feel like a million bucks when you finish.

Do I have to do an orientation before I start?

All of our new members must complete the required # of orientation workouts before joining the normal training group. During these workouts, you will be taught how to properly perform the most common movements in CrossFit, FitCamp, or Pilates. While learning, proper technique will be the main focus of these sessions, you will also be exposed to CrossFit’s training philosophy and methods and/ or Pilates principles and warm ups.

What if I can't do a movement or exercise?

At Big Blue, we are accustomed to scaling / modifying workouts to fit each individual’s fitness abilities and backgrounds. It is our goal to provide each participant with a safe, yet progressive workout that allows them to achieve their best every time they train with us.  With our smaller group class sizes, we have the opportunity to coach the group as individuals.

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What makes us different?

Care & Compassion

At Big Blue… You are not just a face in the crowd.  We keep our groups smaller so we can pay attention to everyone.  Even though a group class follows a general program, some may be doing something more personalized for their needs.  We care about each person whether you are a private client or a member.


We are not just coaches with a weekend certification.  We have been studying movement for a long time.  We were coaches from young ages, went to school for exercise science, and walk the talk.  We continue to learn and grow… always looking for better ways to help each and every client that walks through the door.  From our strength & conditioning backgrounds to Pilates & yoga… we have lots of tools in our tool box.


We have been coaching for 20+ years.  From helping our younger soccer, cheerleading & tumbling teams in high school, to volunteering in collegiate weight rooms, we have coached, seen, and assisted in a variety of strength & conditioning settings.  We also attend conferences, workshops, & webinars regularly.


Group Strength WOD

April 18, 2019

1. Push Press: work up to a heavy single




3 Rounds For Total Reps in 17 minutes:

  • 1 minute Wall Balls (20/14 lb)
  • 1 minute Sumo Deadlift High-Pulls (75/55 lb)
  • 1 minute Box Jumps (20 in)
  • 1 minute Push Press (75/55 lb)
  • 1 minute Row (calories)
  • 1 minute Rest

Perform 1 minute of work at each of the 5 stations. Move immediately to the next station after 1 minute. The clock does not reset or stop between exercises. One-minute break is allowed before repeating each round. One point is given for each rep, except on the rower where each calorie is one point.

Most athletes should be able to stick with the interval pattern. Beginners should reduce the loading and height of the box. Intermediate athletes can handle the prescribed loading in this workout.

Beginner Option
Men: 10-lb. ball to 9-ft.45-lb. SDHP and press, 15-in. box
Women: 6-lb. ball to 9-ft., 35-lb. SDHP and press, 12-in. box

Compare to 9/24/18


Strategy: While there is often a lot of strategy and gaming put into workouts, today we are looking to simply find a balance between constantly moving and not hitting a wall of muscular fatigue. It will be slightly different for every athletes, but the goal is to move as much as possible within each 5-minute round. With lighter loads for repetitions, the goal here is to hold onto the ball, bar, and pace for as long as athletes are capable. Rather than keeping track of reps at each station, athletes can keep a running count. For example, if athletes get 20 Wall Balls in the first minute, they will count their first couple push presses as 21, 22, 23…and so on.

Background: “The origin story of “Fight Gone Bad” is now a thing of CrossFit legend. When world-renowned UFC fighter B.J. Penn went to CrossFit founder Greg Glassman looking for a workout that would mimic the trials of a bout in the Octagon, Glassman devised a devastating test: three five-minute rounds containing high-power compound exercises meant to work every muscle in the body and re-create the intensity of a real mixed martial arts battle.

When Penn was lying on the floor trying to catch his breath after the brutal workout, Glassman asked whether the new circuit felt anything like a fight. “It’s like a fight gone bad,” Penn replied, supplying the name for one of CrossFit’s most challenging—and notorious—workouts.”

The “Fight Gone Bad” WOD was first posted on as the workout of the day for Wednesday, December 1, 2004 (041201).

At Home WODs


March 10, 2018

Strongman Saturday! Pick Stuff up & put it back down!


4  Rounds:  1 min ON: 15 sec OFF

  1. Yoke
  2. Farmers Carry
  3. Plate Carry
  4. Barbell/ KB Overhead
  5. Pinch Plate
  6. Row or Rest


Where do I begin… most importantly what I like best is the team that I work out with. Everyone has respect for the other; each has their own goals. Also your professionalism (seriously- not trying to brownie you up) I have shared with more than one person how much I respect your attention to detail to each person, you quickly assess their abilities and coordinate the exercises to what they can handle.

No frills attached! You promoted what we would get out of it, you are consistent in your execution, you’re organization and follow through were helpful in getting me in a routine when I could not be with you.

Finally what I really liked is learning if I put my mind to it I really CAN do it!

Many many Thanks! Keep up the awesome job!




I love this fitness camp.  It has made such a difference in my energy level, strength and mobility.  I look forward to every class.  I have noticed improvement in so many areas…balance, stability, endurance, flexibility…to name a few!!!… Melissa is a GREAT instructor.  She is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and fun and she makes the class fun. I have learned so much from her.  I am so much more aware of my body.  I can feel myself improving day by day and I have her to thank for that!

I would highly recommend this class!


Linda B

For the first time in my 40+ years, I’ve actually been motivated to continue with an exercise program. Melissa is more than a personal trainer – she’s an educator. Her philosophy of fitness and instructional methods are motivating and inspirational. I’ve learned proper form, modifications and what it takes to have a healthy and strong mind and body. The fact that I’ve lost some weight is a secondary benefit!

Jennifer L.

Have fun, get stronger, get lean, CHANGE YOUR LIFE with Big Blue Strength!

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