About Us


How do you climb a mountain? By taking one step at a time!


Have you ever had a fitness goal that seemed like too huge a mountain to climb? Or have you ever seen the hard work you’ve put into being healthy fade away as the weeks, months, and years of life pass by?

Our mission at Higher Level Fitness is to make your fitness goals reachable and sustainable. We want fitness to become a way of life instead of something you have to start doing over again. This is done by helping you make small successful steps towards your goals each day and building fitness habits you can keep for life.


Higher Level Fitness owner and head instructor Melanie Fensick began her fitness journey when, as an awkward and shy teenager, she joined a martial arts school to overcome shyness. Often being the smallest, weakest member of class Melanie had to work hard at things that often came easy to her fellow classmates. After years of dedication however, Melanie now holds ranks in two martial art systems, has extensive training in kickboxing and mixed martial arts and has competed in many martial arts tournaments.

It was through her tournament experience that Melanie became interested in the science of exercise to reach her training goals. Combining her science background and interest in fitness Melanie became a Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor, turning her part time interest in fitness into a full time profession. She opened her first gym in Connecticut, The Higher Edge Fitness, in order to give other women what fitness has given her: health, confidence and a community of friends.


Keeping fitness fun and exciting with motivational instruction and interactive classes.

Being attentive to individual goals and abilities by providing personalized instruction in an intimate class setting.

Creating a non-intimidating atmosphere that is welcoming to women of all fitness levels and abilities.


I’ve always believed that exercise should be something you want to do, not something you have to do. That’s why I promise to give you a fitness experience that is as fun as it is challenging. My goal is to make your class time at Higher Level Fitness the best part of your day and help you feel better than when you walked in. So try a class today and see how much fun working out can be!