Michael’s Body Scenes All Star Member Allyne Cole

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ALLYNE COLE

This month we feature Allyne Cole, a long time MBS member whose lithe body and flowing blonde hair make her an attractive addition to our membership.

“I’ve been a member for almost 29 years,” the elementary school teacher says. “I started off taking every aerobics class that Michael taught in the old gym in our leg warmers and E.G. Smith slouch socks. Once the new facility opened, I became a spin-aholic and have also enjoyed Fotis’ boxing classes along with my weight training on the floor.”

Allyne says that MBS has been like family to her, a welcome haven when she faced the tragic passing of her mother.

“I was so embraced by fellow members, “she recalls. Allyne went through another challenging period when her beloved son, Seth, joined the Army Reserve and signed up to do a tour in Iraq which turned out to be a dangerous assignment. “Needless to say, that was a tough year for me but thanks goodness once again for my MBS family who supported me and listened to my fears.”

Seth is back home and trained with Fotis to get back into shape before becoming a police officer. He now teaches new recruits and also is a firearms instructor.

“To see Seth training with Fotis was like watching an SNL skit,” Allyne laughs. “The camaraderie and fun were infused into every workout.

“I would recommend MBS for a plethora of reasons. MBS is a community and family oriented facility that invests in its members and often holds fund raising events to contribute to the wellbeing of others. Add to that, we have exceptional and knowledgeable instructors and trainers who are dedicated to  improve both your physical and emotional health in a safe, friendly environment..

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Lynn Allison

Michael’s Body Scenes Outstanding Fitness Professional Joel Holas

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JOEL HOLAS

When is a trainer not a trainer? Well, when he is Joel Holas. The intense young man is totally focused on his client and never fails to provide encouragement and a warm smile as he coaxes his often elderly protégés to perform one more rep. His patience is palpable. And his story is uplifting.

“I was born in Grenada, a West Indian island located in the Caribbean,” he says. “I migrated to the U.S. when I was 12 and attended Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School.”

After graduation, Holas pursued a career in aviation attending the Delta Connection Academy as a student pilot. But during those years, his passion for health and fitness grew stronger that his love of flying.

“I spent all of my spare time in my local gym,” he recalls. “After the collapse of the economy in 2008, I took time off from school because of finances and also because I wasn’t sure I really wanted to continue flying.”

He became even more intrigued about fitness, in particular the anatomy of the human body and in 2012 became a certified personal trainer. As a trainer, he discovered the “joy and gratitude of working with senior citizens and helping people of all ages improve their strength, balance, stability, coordination and mobility.”

In January 2016, Holas re-enrolled at Broward College to become a physical therapist. That’s when he joined MBS, and we are all delighted to have him on board.

“My philosophy of training is to implement a balance of exercise and healthy nutrition to improve the longevity of mobility and overall health of the body,” he concludes.

By Lynn Allison

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Michael’s Body Scenes All-Star Family the Mahfoods

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THE MAHFOOD FAMILY

It’s a real honor to profile one of my favorite workout buddies, Margaret Anton, and her amazing family. She represents the ham in a three generational sandwich of devoted members at Michael’s Body Scenes.

Her dad, Ferdinand “Ferdy” Mahfood is 80 years young and has never workout out in a gym before.

“Now he trains with Joel and loves the whole experience,” says Margaret, 54. “Joel is very caring and patient and has helped my father with his balance and strength. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s two years ago and become weak. The family was truly worried about him falling or having an accident. But we’ve seen a tremendous improvement since he started working out. Even his voice is clearer and brighter!”

Margaret’s mother Patricia Mahfood is 78 and has been a member for over five years.

“My mother had four heart stents in a few years and the cardiologist stressed the importance of cardiovascular training. Patty goes to the gym three times a week and trains with Kate. Kate has been very helpful with the type of exercise she needs to help with balance and core strength.”

Margaret says that both her parents love Michael’s atmosphere because of the courtesy and respect they get from all the staff.

Her daughter Lauren, 24, who is studying to be a dietitian, also is a member.

“Due to college and graduate school I have only been able to go to Michael’s during holiday breaks or over summer vacations. But even when I return after months of absence I feel welcomed. Unlike the big chains I have gone to Michael’s is family. They know you by name and they genuinely care about your personal success. You are not just a number and there aren’t any gimmicks.”

Margaret’s cheerful smile can be seen in the many group classes she attends, ranging from Body Sculpting, Pilates to Spinning.

“What sets Michael’s apart is there is something for everyone, at every age level and ability,” she says. “Ever since I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 I am even more committed to working out and eating healthy. I feel that the gym keeps me motivated and gives me a positive sense of well being. In going through my breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, I started to lose control of who I was and how I could take care of my health. I was encouraged by several trainers at the gym when I was going through chemo and it helped me tremendously.

“I work fulltime at Food For The Poor, which is a nonprofit ministry aiding the poor in 17 countries and Stacy Rosen, one of my favorite instructor/trainers, announced during one or her classes that we were collecting toys for children during the holiday season. Sure enough, the ladies in her class brought in gifts for Food For The Poor!

“Michael’s has an intimate atmosphere and you quickly establish a connection with other members as well as the staff. It’s how lasting friendships and good health are made.”

By Lynn Allison

 

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Michael’s Body Scenes Outstanding Fitness Professional Jennifer Schultz

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Jennifer Schultz

It’s always a pleasure to profile one of my favorite people! Jennifer Schultz is not only an excellent instructor but a caring and kind human being who hosts an incredible Go Pink! event each year at Michael’s Body Scenes with lots of prizes and surprises to raise awareness for breast cancer and its early detection.

MBS is known for its excellent instructors and trainers and Jennifer is no exception. She is totally devoted to the study and training of the Pilates method and brings her knowledge generously each week to both the Pilates and Barre classes.

“I’ve been teaching Pilates for over 12 years after working in corporate America as a Human Resources Manager,” she says. “When my three children were small, my husband Dan and I decided it would be more beneficial to spend more time at home. Actually it was a selfish move because I loved being around my chillies!”

Jennifer began studying Pilates at that time and fell in love!

“I danced ballet for years and Pilates gave me that fluid feeling of strength, beauty and grace. I became certified through PHI Pilates and the Pilates Institute of America. Later on, I acquired my barre certification with Booty Barre which offers simply the best program.

“My motto is Pilates makes everything better,” she says. “The benefits are numerous:  better flexibility, strength, balance, coordination and posture. Pilates changed my life and I found my vocation.

“I’m always learning so that I can better serve my students. I have my own personal studio at home so I personally practice every day. In addition, I provide YouTube videos that anyone can try for specific needs such as strengthening the lower back, practicing balance or simply stretching out to get limber for the new day.”

Jennifer’s expertise combined with her off-the-wall sense of humor and amazing play lists make every class and worthwhile experience.

By Lynn Allison

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Cold Pressed Juice, Why is it so good for you! (Video)

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What is “cold-pressed” juicing?!  And why is it going to change your life?!

Cold Pressed Juice is a way to obtain juice by means of hydraulic pressure.

Just a few benefits include the fact that you get 3-5 times the amount of minerals and nutrients as well as more juice for the produce you purchase which means less waste too.

This video explains the many virtues of cold-press juicing.

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These 13 Must-Know Fitness Tips Will Score You Incredible Results

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1. Every 2 weeks, change up your exercise routine. A recent study showed that people enjoyed a variety of exercise versus sticking to the same one.

2. Never skip your most important meal. That is, the recovery meal after your workout.

3. Make sure that when you do your exercises you focus on doing them well and correctly.

4. Aiming for a weight goal? Try having a range versus a specific number.

5. Into juice cleanse diets? Be aware that drastically restricting your caloric intake to drop pounds may backfire. A 2010 study showed that doing this elevated levels of cortisol, the primary stress hormone. Chronic stress has been associated with an increased risk of weight gain.

6. Keep that string bikini handy during the winter, so you can see what those holiday treats are doing to your body.

7. Use peppermint liberally. A study in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition showed that men who drank 2 cups water with a drop of peppermint oil then ran on a treadmill helped to relax muscles, boosted oxygen to both muscles and the brain and elevated their pain threshold.

8. Take one day at a time!

9. Try a workout partner. He will not only help you keep accountable but may help you “clock” more training.

10. A simple jump rope can do wonders.

11. Pay attention to your stomach. If you’re not hungry, don’t eat that last cupcake.

12. When preparing your meals, pay attention to portion size. You don’t need a measuring cup; just plan portions so that they are not overlapping on the plate

13. Go to the beat of your own drum. Work out or run to your favorite playlist to power through! We at Michael Body Scenes can help you transform your body to get incredible results. We offer both classes and one-on-one training!

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MIXING UP YOUR ROUTINE

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Routines may be the core of life.

But sometimes, it’s great to shake up them up, especially in view of fitness.

Here are some fun ideas to mix things up!

Consider trying something at the gym you’ve never used before. (Make sure you ask a trainer for directions if you’re not sure how to use the equipment.)

While you’re at the gym, try a couple more reps of your usual exercise routine.

This subtle change can be quite helpful.

As you go about your day, try to always take the stairs whenever possible and park your car farther away from stores so that you add extra steps wherever you go.

Go to bed a half of hour early on days that you find yourself most active.

Sleep is truly rejuvenating.

Jumpstart your day!

Try to dance to at least 3 songs first thing in the morning.

That will get your blood pumping and is certain to put a jump in the step.

Michael’s Body Scenes can help you vary your routine in safe but exciting ways!

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Hurricane Irma Update

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To all our Members, their families, our staff, and friends,

We hope after the past weeks events from Hurricane Irma you are all well and have life getting back to normal. As you are aware we suffered power loss from from Sunday September 10th until yesterday September the 14th at 3:30PM. During this time were closed Sunday-Tuesday and reopened on Wednesday with NO power and a very limited schedule. On Thursday we again opened late with some classes as we had no power but resumed our scheduled classes in the afternoon. Today Friday September 15th we have resumed our normal hours of operation and or complete class schedule. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused you. We are looking forward to a calm remainder of hurricane season. Please remember to keep in touch with us through our social media (Facebook and Instagram), emails and our website always for our updates.

Thank You for your support,

Fotis Papamichael

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Body Scenes Outstanding Fitness Professional Scott Downes

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Scott is retiring this summer after serving as a career fire fighter—over 32 years of service—holding the rank of Paramedic and Captain for the City of Pompano Beach.

“I became involved in fire protection to help children and pets as well as adults because I am committed to protecting those I call ‘the innocents,” says the handsome 59-year- old who is married to another MBS trainer, Kim Sholtes. “I became a personal trainer when the Pompano Beach Fire Department decided 16 years ago to follow a national trend and have some of their personnel certified to reduce the incidents of heart attacks and stroke as well as the musculoskeletal injuries of fire service.”

Scott is also a gifted Thai Massage therapist and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. He’s a student of yoga and believes in the importance of flexibility as well as strength which makes him an ideal trainer for those who are already physically active or want to improve their overall performance at any fitness level. As we wish him well in his retirement, we also encourage all members to salute his efforts and contribution to the community at large and especially to our amazing club. He can be reached at downesscott@yahoo.com.

By Lynn Allison

 

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Body Scenes All-Star Member Barry Cooper

 

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Coach Cooper, as many local kids and moms refer to the ebullient regular at MBS, has been a stellar member for seven years,

“I haven’t had the itch to switch yet,” he jokes. “I joined because I needed a change from my old gym and this has proven to be the best move I made.”

The “back side of 50” Account Manager at BrightView Landscape is another true gentleman who sent along a photo of himself with his mom for this article, ‘because I love her.”

Barry is at the gym daily and often attends Stacy Rosen’s body sculpting classes where he gamely bears the brunt of often times being the only guy in the room with humor and aplomb.

Besides work and working out, he also manages Junior Varsity Baseball at St. John Paul II Academy (formerly Pope High School) in Boca Raton.

“I enjoy coaching for what I get in return,” he says. “I like to help student athletes mature and get them ready for varsity baseball. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a young player develop to his full potential.”

Barry sings the praises of MBS.

“Whether I am at the gym at 7 a.m. or 5 p.m., the members, the trainers and the staff are always helpful, smiling and happy. There are no fake people!”

And he values the friendships he’s made of the years.

“I view Michael’s Body Scenes as a family. You can go to any gym and they will have weights, machines and classes. But they do not have the quality or trainers and people that Michael’s has.

By Lynn Allison

 

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