Michelle has been involved in fitness and sports since high school. Track and softball were her high school sports. Running, weight training and cycling sustained her fitness through her BA in Marketing from SMU and Masters in Hotel & Restaurant Management from the Hilton College at University of Houston. Her Ghosh/Bikram yoga practice began in 1996 in South Florida as she worked as a sales manager for Kendall-Jackson’s artisan wine portfolio. She went to the only Ghosh/Bikram yoga studio when she moved to Las Vegas in 2000 and continues to practice yoga with a focus in the Ghosh lineage.
She met Coach Moses Dungca when kettlebells were added to a yoga studio’s schedule in 2010. She was intrigued with the kettlebell sport aspect and focused on One-Arm Long Cycle & Snatch movements. Moses convinced her to compete in OKC Cali Open in 2013. She competed in 12kg One-Arm Long Cycle—and touched the kettlebell after the hand switch and had to stop her set. With determination and training under Moses, she competed in 12kg biathlon in 2014 and won Best Overall Lifter (194 snatches/150 jerks). Since then, she has achieved AKA Level 1 (16kg) in Snatch, Biathlon & One-Arm Long Cycle. Also, she has won first place in her weight category at several competitions.
In 2015, she completed AKA’s kettlebell certification course and Tony Sanchez’s Core26+ yoga training. In 2016, she left the wine & food sales industries and opened Kettlebell Sanctuary with Moses–the only kettlebell sport focused gym in Las Vegas.
At the Summit, she will co-present and facilitate a Marketing session under the Coach/Business Track.