Melanie Webb – Founder and Author, Adventures in Mother Nature’s Gym
DEPARTURES Magazine calls Melanie Webb “The person to call for guided travel in Utah’s National Parks” for good reason. The founder of Sol Fitness Adventures and luxury wellness retreat label WebbWell, Melanie is recognized as a leader in the adventure travel industry and an innovator in outdoor fitness retreats. Her work is at the cutting edge, paving the way for others to discover that fitness is more than just a gym workout—it’s a way of life.
Melanie received her B.S. in Human Biology and Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University. After working for five years as a wildlife biologist and environmental consultant with various government agencies, Melanie quickly realized her passions for fitness and travel trumped being a bureaucrat. The ACE-Certified Personal Trainer has trained clients from The Sports Club/LA in Washington, D.C. to Montecito Country Club in California. She has appeared on Good Morning America and been featured in IDEA Fitness Journal, DEPARTURES, Los Angeles Times, Outside, and more. She was selected as a National Sponsored Athlete with ATHLETA, served as Assistant Editor of Exercise & Fitness at AllThingsHealing.com and Editor at Large of The Outsider, by KUHL, and moonlighted as a guide for top-rated tour operators Butterfield & Robinson and Gray & Co. Her latest accomplishment is writing her first book, Adventures in Mother Nature’s Gym The Ultimate Guide to Planning and Leading Your Own Outdoor Fitness Retreat.
Raised exploring Utah’s wild and scenic places, Melanie’s mentoring in the body arts began as a high school volleyball player at age 14. Physical therapists worked on chronic leg injuries and her coach introduced visualization techniques to improve performance. Defining moments in her personal fitness journey include contracting malaria (yes, really!), embarking on a 10-day silent meditation and coming back from injury many times. Undergoing knee and shoulder reconstructive surgeries and overcoming adrenal fatigue have helped her develop a sense of empathy and compassion for her clients who face health challenges.
An avid explorer, Melanie’s athletic pursuits have taken her on adventures around the globe. She currently lives in Park City, where she bikes, hikes, and stand up paddles her way through Utah’s spectacular outdoor playgrounds.