Five Minutes With… Digital Marketer Mel Mills Flexes His Muscles in a Fitness Contest – Today @ Wayne

    Mel Mills, director of web content at Wayne State’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recently took his fitness routine to the next level.

    Mills considers himself a digital marketer by day and a weightlifter by night.

    After years of fitness for personal gain, the Web Content Officer at Wayne State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recently took it to the next level — but little done.

    “I applied and forgot about it,” Mills said. “Then I got an email telling me that I had been hand-selected to compete in this year’s National Health and Fitness Mr. competition. I had never been involved in anything before, although I have actively done so since 2014.”

    While Mills initially spent three hours a day, five days a week on a fitness regimen for health reasons, he said, “It’s really evolved into a treat in some ways, a passion, to be fit and all the benefits it brings us lives. I’m going to do this after the competition because It doesn’t end here.”

    Mel Mills said he wouldn’t be in the position, entering his first fitness competition, had it not been for WSU’s Wellness Warriors program and services such as a nutritionist.

    The first round of the contest ends on May 12, with voters allowed to cast one digital vote per day (under the Free Daily Vote tab) until it closes. Mills – who is currently third in his group – is vying not only for the chance to appear in it Muscle and fitness magazine but also a prize of $20,000. Mills said he could use all the support possible.

    “I feel like a politician (asking to vote),” he joked. “It was like a campaign.”

    Speaking of support, Mills said he wouldn’t be in this position had it not been for Washington State University’s Wellness Warriors Program, and dietitian Debra Cavender. He said his conception of nutritionists was flawed before meeting Cavender, as he considered it a must-have for the elderly or those with diabetes. He made the first date and hasn’t looked back since.

    “My consultations with the nutritionist with Debbie have completely changed the game for me,” Mills said. “What was also a blessing in disguise was that she had an athletic background. She was not only able to talk to me on a nutritional level, but also an athletic one. We sat down and developed a plan. The results were amazing. I meet with her every year, including the day after finding out I was going in competition.”

    Another contact was made with Wayne State after Mills learned that his naturopath, Zubair Fayyad, had received his physical therapy doctor from the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Washington State University.

    “I didn’t take this trip without feeling a little scrambled,” Mills said. “I last saw Zubair in 2019, when I messed up a few things in my lower back; of course, it got me in great shape, but I also learned a lot. This wasn’t just a physical therapy routine, ‘just do the exercise.’ I internalized a lot from him about things The do’s and don’ts, training and regimen tips, etc. It was a beautiful bond between me, my dietitian and my physical therapist – all of Wayne State.”

    If Mills wins the $20,000 jackpot, he says it will help him promote his new book, Faith and Fitness: Oversight of Your Life for the JourneyWhich he hopes will inspire, equip and influence others to take their health to the next level.

    It will also help fund additional scholarships I am awarding through my Grandmother’s Memorial Fund. “As an ether, I will donate a portion to my church,” Mills said. The rest will be invested and used to pay off student loan debt. Oh, and of course: I’m going to have a crazy crazy day.”