Melissa Wood-Tepperberg Shares Physical and Mental Benefits of Low-Impact Movement

The workout and wellness leader landed the fall cover of ‘Hamptons.’
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg. 

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg, a workout and wellness leader and 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue rookie, just landed the fall cover of Hamptons, a luxury magazine that covers local fashion, culture, fitness and more. 

In an accompanying feature story, Wood-Tepperberg dished on everything from the power of manifestation to creating her MWH platform. The 40-year-old mom of two also discussed her approachable views on fitness, in which she focuses on mindful movement that benefits both body and mind.

“I believe in low-impact, mindful movement because it not only improves physical health but also builds emotional and mental resilience by emphasizing self-care and self-compassion,” Wood-Tepperberg told the outlet. “In a time when many of us feel overwhelmed, this gentle approach to fitness that we embrace at MWH helps to reconnect us with our bodies, reduce stress and find balance.”

Wood-Tepperberg’s MWH wellness platform aims to make wellness accessible and attainable for all through regular workouts and meditations, educational nutritional information and healthy lifestyle tips.

The entire photoshoot, captured by Ben Watts, embraced a country western aesthetic. For the magazine’s cover, the certified yoga and Pilates instructor posed next to a horse while clad in a printed floor-length button-up worn open over a bra top and blue jean shorts. The feature was styled by Gabriela Langone, who paired the ensemble with over-the-knee cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and a trio of black belts around the model’s waist. Wood-Tepperberg also sported several layers of necklaces and dangly, statement earrings for her cover girl moment.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.