How Bodybuilding Shows Results on the Psyche as Much as the Muscles

Dec 31, 2018

Melissa Verdi practicing bodybuilding poses.
Credit Photo by Melissa Verdi.

Bodybuilding is no easy feat. Bodybuilders spend endless hours in the gym. They count carbs and grams of fat meticulously. Why? To get ripped, maybe. But for Melissa Verdi, it’s more than that. Melissa’s past holds haunting memories of abuse and betrayal. Bodybuilding is helping her overcome this trauma and keep the weight of these dark memories off her shoulders.

This piece came to us from our production partners at Atlantic Public Media through their media training program, The Transom Story Workshop in Woods Hole. Ruby is a graduate of the workshop and you can find out more about that program at

Ways of Life is edited by Jay Allison and made possible by the Circle of Ten - ten local businesses and organizations committed to local programming on WCAI.