Melissa Witmer

As a high level player and NCSA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Melissa is on a mission to improve the sport of ultimate by giving players the tools they need to train like the serious athletes they are. In addition to writing The Ultimate Athlete Handbook and starting The Ultimate Athlete Project, Melissa gives ultimate fitness clinics nationally and internationally. Gain access to many more of Melissa's articles and videos by signing up for her email list at

The Five Phases of Your Training Year

by January 29, 2015, 10:18am 0

When it comes to training, you can either throw things together piecemeal, or you can plot your year out in a way that sets you up for maximum performance. Why not do the latter?

How to Plan Your Training During the College Season

by November 4, 2014, 5:00am 0

Read it and dominate: Melissa is the latest of our fitness gurus to chime in on how to plan your college season training.

Are You Training Like an Athlete?

by September 18, 2014, 6:30am 0

There's a big difference between exercising to stay in shape and training for athletic performance.

Three Things We Can All Agree On

by August 28, 2014, 6:27am 0

There's a lot of information on fitness out there, and sometimes experts disagree. This week, Melissa highlights three key ideas that have consensus.

Coaching and the Future of Ultimate

by August 18, 2014, 5:00am 0

Melissa Witmer shares info about her revolutionary online coaching conference.

Three Ways for Coaches to Influence the Athleticism of Their Teams

by July 24, 2014, 4:45am 0

Coaches have a lot to focus on, and athleticism can often (rightfully) take a back seat to tactics and individual skills. This week, Melissa looks at ways to gain an edge even if you're not an expert.

Too Much of a Good Thing?

by June 26, 2014, 5:05am 0

Youth ultimate's rapid growth calls for education and caution.

In Season Training: Avoid These Two Common Mistakes

by May 29, 2014, 7:44am 0

With the club season about to start, check out Melissa's tips on maintaining the fitness gains you made in the offseason as well as pointers on big mistakes to avoid.

Three Unconventional Tips for Increasing Your Top Speed

by May 8, 2014, 4:45am 0

Strength and mobility in your hips and core will make you faster. Melissa gives you specific exercises in this week's training blog.

Ultimate Conditioning 101: Two Things you MUST Think About Before Your Next Workout

by April 10, 2014, 8:48am 0

So you want to work out for ultimate, but you also want to work out smart. Start here, with Melissa's breakdown of what, exactly, you're training for.