Founder Melinda Hooper is an expert when it comes to Martial Arts and knowledge of the Fitness Industry.

Her passion and commitment is helping young girls and women achieve their goals, both physically and mentally.

Melways Women’s Fitness is a Women’s Only Fitness and Wellness Centre.
We aim to empower all women to look and feel their best.  Whether you are a busy mum wanting to get back into shape or a young girl who would like to be empowered, make friends and have fun or have a desire for fitness and looking for a change, we are the perfect centre for you!

Melsways is committed in providing a positive and supportive environment.
We keep all class sizes to a minimum, enabling us to accommodate in reaching every client’s personal goals.    

Sensei Mel

Martial Arts

Mel Profile croppedI am a proud mother of a beautiful little girl Ava, aged 5yo and little Lucas aged 2.  Going through both pregnancy and birth I was amazed at what a woman’s body can do.

But then I learnt that we need to treat ourselves a little differently so that we can recover properly from both, as well as to get our body back, or even better, get it in the best shape it can be for ourselves and our families!  And that is why I started Melsways Women’s Fitness, so that I can help women to get their fitness and health back, whilst being able to get themselves and their confidence back in the process to.

I have competed at various martial arts tournaments and have won numerous State and National titles.  The self-discipline and confidence that our students gain by attending classes is the basis of our programs, yes, you will work out, learn self-defence techniques and be able to kick butt, but it is more to do with how to kick butt in your mind rather than on the street.



My professional qualifications and experience include:Melsways womens kickboxing

  • Diploma in Sports Development
  • Diploma Sports Recreation
  • Sport and Recreation, and Fitness teacher at Chisholm Institute
  • Head Martial Arts Instructor – specialising in children’s programs
  • Instructor for The Martial Arts Therapy Program within the Victorian Educational Department


Martial Arts + Personal Trainer

Jo has been with Melsways since 2015 and brings over a decade’s worth of kickboxing experience with her.  Since first stepping on the mats at 21 she has attained 2 Black Singlets, 1 in Kickboxing and 1 in Muay Thai Kickboxing.  The intensity, endurance and sense of empowerment that kickboxing provides make it her number one passion for a sport.  A very technical trainer, Jo loves to get into the biomechanics of the movements to help each student understand how to get the best out of every drill.

Jo has obtained the following Qualifications:

  • Black Singlet
  • Group Fitness Instructor (Certificate III in Fitness)
  • Personal Trainer (Certificate IV in Fitness)
  • Training Pre and Post Natal Clients
  • Functional Movement: Neck and Shoulder | Core and Pelvis | Fascia and Foam Roller


  • Running Coach
  • Core Yoga

Jo’s approach to training is holistic, she believes that you not only need to work and train your body and mind but maintain both and look after them to ensure you can function at your best.


Certificate III and IV in Fitness


My passion for health and fitness grew from an early age as I played in multiple sports such as basketball, tennis and athletics. I have a holistic approach to health focusing on the interplay between correct nutrition, regular exercise and rehabilitation in longevity.

These interests have lead me to completing my Certificate III and IV in Fitness whilst studying a Masters of Human Nutrition.

I have aspirations to become a Sports Dietitian with a Strength and Conditioning background to help individuals of all levels reach their personal health goals.

I love being at Melsways as I enjoy being apart of a positive team and environment where women and girls can push each other to achieve their health and fitness goals.

It is an extremely rewarding community and gym to be apart of!


Fiona Melsways

Family: 1 Husband 2 kids (boy and girl)
Pets: 2 fish

Fitness Experience: Certificate 3 in Fitness. Kickboxing from 2014 I earned my Purple Singlet training under Mel, until I found out I tore my meniscus 2 years prior which was repaired in 2016. I am now enjoying exploring a range of fitness options that were once off limits before my operation such as bike riding, Yoga and kayaking. I love to get out walking about our local hills. Movement for mental health is very important to me.

Other Qualifications: Diploma in Children’s Services, I have worked in the Early Childhood Field since 2004 and love connecting with families, especially those beginning their parenting journey.

Hobbies: Reading, bike riding, watching You Tube, Game nights, weekend drives with the family.
Favourite Holidays/Celebrations: I love a celebration and the chance to be with my family and friends, my top choices are Christmas, my kids birthdays, the arrival of Autumn and Eurovision Season!