Sponsored Athletes

At Massage & Healthy Living, we work with a variety of athletes involved in: triathlons, marathons, cross-country, mountain-climbing, CrossFit, powerlifting, strongman and more! For these hard-working individuals who need regular massage, it can get expensive to come every month so, we came up with a way to get them the care they need to recover faster to keep them performing at a higher level. If you are an athlete (and local to us) who wants to align with our vision, who wants to represent our company to the hundreds of dedicated people striving to stay healthy, then fill out our application below. Please note: Only local athletes in the Triangle (Cary, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Holly Springs, Apex, Morrisville will be considered). To be considered athletes should have a strong social media presence with at least 2 accounts listed below.

We are passionate about leading a happy balanced healthy life, and to work with us, you should too. If this sounds like you, we want to hear from you! Both men and women may apply. Good luck!

Thank you for your interest in becoming part of the MHL Athlete Family. We will be in contact with you within seven business days with a response to your application. Applications will be evaluated against the limited number of spots available.

In health,

Massage & Healthy Living


A student at NC State University pursuing a degree in Sport Management with a minoKendall Hudsonr in Sport Science. Currently training and coaching at 12th State CrossFit.

Fell in love with the sport of CrossFit as a junior in high school and has been involved in the sport as a L-2 coach and competitive athlete ever since. Has competed in lots of local competitions over the past 5 years with her most recent competition being Wodapalooza in January 2019.

With her strength in CrossFit being Olympic weightlifting she recently made the switch over to just Olympic weightlifting training. Her first competition was a huge success as she won her weight division and best overall female lifter by going 6 for 6 on her lifts. With one meet under her belt she had more motivation then ever to go all in on training. She plans to compete on April, 7th with USAW National Championship as her qualifying goal. If she hits the qualifying total she will go on to compete in Memphis, TN at Nationals on May 9th- May 12th.

While she is extremely competitive her love for CrossFit and weightlifting isn’t only shown as an athlete but as a coach as well. She is a coach a L2 coach at 12th State CrossFit and just recently launched a new online personal training page: KenFit and hopes to use this as an outlet to give back to as many people in the fitness world as she can.

You can find Kendall on Instagram @kenfit247 or on Facebook as Kendall Hudson


Scott Compton

Born in Austin, Texas, Scott’s interest in strength sports started during off season training for football. After 7 years of playing football through both middle school in Texas and high school in Apex, NC, Scott decided to hang up the jersey and focus on academics. Pursuing a degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University and no longer playing sports, Scott started to miss the thrill of athletic competition and turned to powerlifting to fill the void. While training and competing in powerlifting, a friend and fellow student introduced Scott to strongman to improve functional strength and movement that is commonly lacking in strength athletes. After seeing the significant improvements in functional strength, movement restoration and improvements in mobility Scott decided to focus on training and competing in strongman and has continued to do so since.

Strongman and Powerlifting Career highlights:

2019 South Carolina Log and Deadlift Championships – 1st Men MW <220
2018 North American Regionals – 2nd Men MW <231
2018 3rd Annual Star City Strongman – 1st Men MW <231
2018 USPA Odin’s Fury – 2nd Men <220
2017 NC Strongest Man & Woman – 2nd Men MW <200
2016 NC Strongest Man & Woman – 2nd Novice Men <200
2014 USPA Iron Fest – 1st Men <220
Best PL competition/gym lifts:
Squat – 507/534
Bench – 380/408
Deadlift – 573/585
Scott can be found on Instagram @great_scott92




Robyn Machado

Robyn Machado’s journey into strength training began when she sold her Mr. Rooter Plumbing franchise and moved from NY to NC in 2015, where she began working for the Dalton GNC Franchise as manager of the GNC Holly Springs, and now the franchise marketing manager.
She is previously a competitive grappler (12 time NAGA gi and nogi gold medalist), but felt the draw of the iron and fell in love with powerlifting in 2017, and that soon became her main focus.

She currently hones her craft with her coach, Rob Rykowski (another one of our MHL Athletes), and trains at NC Strength Gym. She is a NASM certified trainer, and she is passionate about helping others on their own fitness journeys. She is currently training to compete in the USAPL Battle on the Border in March.

USPA 2018 Raleigh Ruckus – 1st (Best Lifter)
USPA 2018 Tested Nationals – 2nd
USAPL 2018 Festival of Power – 1st (Best Lifter)

Best Lifts

  • Squat: 345 lbs
  • Bench: 205 lbs
  • Deadlift: 363 lbs

Instagram: @robynmachado
Facebook: Robyn Machado


Raechel Brooks

“My name is Raechel Brooks and I am 23 years old from Raleigh NC. All I ever played was volleyball growing up. I played all year round on a travel team throughout middle, and high school. I now compete in powerlifting and consider myself a powerhouse due to my foundation from playing volleyball. My big lifts are the squat, and the deadlift. My coach is my boyfriend he’s been my coach from the very beginning and when we step into the gym he’s no longer my boyfriend but just my coach. I have World, National, and state records for the Jr age group in the 67.5kg weight class. I love this sport with all of my heart and it’s definitely not an east sport! You learn, get knocked down a lot (mentally and physically). But throughout you learn from those failures”.

Current best lifts:

  • Squat: 380 lbs
  • Bench: 170 lbs
  • Deadlift: 425 lbs
Raechel’s next meet will be March 30th in Charlotte, NC.
Raechel can be found on Instagram @raechelbrooks and on Facebook at Raechel Brooks


Liz Waddell

Liz Waddell DPT, MSCS (stage name: Liz Adora) is a physical therapist and competitive pole dancer. She began competing at the amateur level in 2014 and was instantly hooked. She progressed to the professional level in 2016 winning 2nd place in her first pro-level competition. Her pole passion is driven by the desire to merge strength and creativity. She has a BFA in dance from UNC Greensboro and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from UNC Chapel Hill. Liz trains for pole competitions at Aradia Fitness Cary and has added CrossFit to her fitness routine at CrossFit Brave. Liz strives to maintain optimal physical function and helps others maximize their athletic potential through her work as a physical therapist at Kinetic Institute Physical Therapy in Cary.
Pole Competitions
  • 2018 PSO TPC, Professional division, 2nd place
  • 2017 Pole Theatre USA, Art division
  • 2017 PSO TPC, Exotic Level 5, 2nd place
  • 2016 PSO Nationals, Professional division, 5th place
  • 2016 PSO SPC, Professional division, 2nd place
  • 2015 PSO SPC, Dramatic Level 4, 1st place
  • 2014 PSO SPC, Dramatic Level 3, 1st place
Liz can be found on Instagram at: @Liz_Adora and on Facebook at “Liz Adora”.


Shelby Neal

Shelby Neal is an 18 years old athlete from Wake Forest, North Carolina. She is a former gymnast and for the last 3 years has been competing in CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting. Her home gyms is 12th State CrossFit and feels lucky to be taken under the wing of Whitney Gelin in order to prep for this upcoming season.

Olympic Weightlifting 58kg weight class

2016 Youth Nationals: 2nd place

2016 Youth Pan American Weightlifting Championship (Guatemala): 2nd place

2016 The American Open

2017 Youth Nationals: 2nd place

Shelby was had the great opportunity to visit the Olympic Training Center multiple times to train at their Youth Development Camp over the summers with Olympian Zygmunt Smalcerz.

Due to her placing in the 2016 CrossFit Liftoff, she was able to travel to Rogue HQ for an athlete camp with three-time Olympic Champion Pyrros Dimas.

CrossFit Competitions/Placing

2016 Reebok CrossFit Games (16-17 division): 8th overall

2017 Reebok CrossFit Games (16-17 division): 6th overall

2016 CrossFit Open: 9th in Teenage Division

2017 CrossFit Open: 6th in Teenage Division

2018 CrossFit Open: 10th in Mid-Atlantic Region, 141st Individual WorldWide

2018 Atlantic Regional Competitor: qualified at 17 years old and placed 12th overall (rookie year)

Granite Games 2017: 1st overall in Teenage Division (9/10/17)

War of the WODS: 1st overall Female RX Division (1/14/18)

Sua Sponte Games: 1st overall M/F RX Team Division (1/27/18)

My Lifts (born 2000 – first year as a junior lifter)

  • 78 kg Snatch
  • 104 kg Clean and Jerk
  • 182 kg Training Total

Shelby can be found on Instagram at @shelby__neal , Facebook: Shelby Neal, and LinkedIn

Heather Connor

Heather is 26 years old from Holden Beach, NC. She competes in the 47kg class with USA Powerlifting and currently holds the American records in the Squat, Deadlift and Total. In 2017 she won the IPF world championships where she competed in Minsk, Belarus. She currently has the Deadlift World Record in the 47kg class which is recorded at 387lbs, but then went to break it unofficially March 3, 2018 at the Arnold sports classic with a 4x body-weight deadlift of 402 lbs, making her the first female in the history of the IPF and USAPL to pull 4x the body-weight while also becoming the pound for pound strongest female in the IPF.
Current best lifts:
  • Squat 314 lb
  • Bench 159 lb
  • Deadlift 402 lb
“I am an online strength & conditioning coach with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science from UNCW and coach athletes all over the globe!”
Heather can be reached online on Instagram @stayfit_with_heather, Twitter @ hconnorbabyy, Snapchat @Connorbabyy

ikenstein strongman

Isaac Smith, aka “IKENSTEIN”

Born and raised in North Carolina, Isaac attended NC State University where he received a B.S. in Sport Management and a minor in Sports Science.

Currently a CSCS, his love for lifting weights and competing led him to Powerlifting in January 2016. After a year, Isaac found a newfound love in strongman and competed in his first show in May, 2017 where he won the novice <200lb class.

He would go on to compete in his first open <200lb show in July, where he would take 1st, as well and qualify for Strongman Corporation Nationals in Las Vegas.

Following Nationals in November, Isaac had the opportunity to compete in Official Strongman Game’s World’s Strongest Man competition in December, where he would place 16th in the world among the <90kg competitors. He would then go on to place 11th in the <231 division at the StrongMan World Championship.

Isaac can be found on Instagram: @ikenstein, Twitter: @ikenstein_, and Facebook: Isaac Smith


Adli “Sunshine” Edwards

A professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter born in Ohio, Adli moved to North Carolina for the sunny southern climate. After beginning his martial arts journey at a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy, Adli joined his high school wrestling team and ended up falling in love with the competitive culture. Eventually becoming an NCAA All American for Ashland University where he also acquired a postgraduate degree in Applied Exercise Science.

Adli made a seamless transition to Mixed Martial Arts, quickly becoming the #1 ranked amateur fighter in the state of Ohio, collecting title belts along the way. Soon after relocating to North Carolina, “Sunshine” dominated his professional debut and has been steadily climbing the regional professional rankings. Adli has ambitions of continuing to develop as a martial artist and testing his skills against the best in the world. “Sunshine” recently won a March bout in Hollywood, Florida by first round submission and looks to fight frequently the rest of 2018.

When Adli is not doing his own training, or running “daddy daycare” for his two little girls, he is at the gym training others. He runs a wrestling program at Forged Fitness in Cary where he shares the sport that gave him so much. As a CSCS, certified strength and conditioning coach, Adli helps people realize their athletic potential. He especially enjoys working with local combat athletes.

Facebook: @adlisunshineedwards

Instagram: @adliedwards