Michael’s Body Scenes Outstanding Fitness Professional Kate McKnight

Kate McKnight

I love to see the ear-to-ear smile on Kate’s face as she trains her clients. It’s obvious that the 45-year-old is enjoying what she does. I remember Kate when she was a young mom and member of MBS who delighted in taking classes. Her enthusiasm has translated into her love of training at the same gym she began her Florida fitness journey in 2003.

“I grew up on Long Island and in my freshman year of high school, an aerobics studio opened up in my town,” she recalls. “Coincidentally it was located in the same studio where I took childhood dance classes. I fell in love with fitness and became certified to teach at the age of 16.”

Kate joined Michael’s when her oldest daughter was an infant, and had a second daughter three years later. When they started attending school, Kate decided to update her certifications and became a personal trainer.

“My training philosophy involves mind, body and soul,” the lovely blond says. “My goal is that every client leaves a session feeling better than when they arrived. I teach mindful movement with a strong emphasis on posture and core. I pride myself on establishing a strong personal connection with my clients so they feel free to talk, vent, laugh or just unload. “

Just watching Kate train shows that the connection is mutual. She is intent, but light hearted, dedicated yet understanding.

“I remember watching one of my clients walking down the hallway toward me one day,” she says. “He appeared to be two inches taller than when we started training. The was a most rewarding moment for me!”

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Lynn Allison

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Michael’s Body Scenes All Star Member Paul Piche

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Paul Piche

Who knew we had a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer at the gym? Paul Piche is a 75-year-old former RCMP officer who moved from Canada and now lives in Deerfield after finally retiring from his first career after 34 years in 2006 and then his second career working for a security company in 2009.

“I joined Michael’s because I have worked out all my life and found this facility to be a good match for me,” he says. “I love working with the weights and machines and have made many friendships at the gym.  I like the idea that I can stop and chat during my workout because it keeps me motivated to come on a regular basis.”

Although Paul is officially retired, he’s very active as a director for his H.O.A. in Deerfield Beach.

“Sometimes I tell the guys, I need to go to the gym If something important comes up leave me a message,” he quips.

The elite officer served a distinguished career with the RCMP and his voice booms with pride over his decades of dedication to honoring peace and justice. Today, however, he enjoys the camaraderie of his gym mates and is always helpful to those who need a training tip.

“MBS has become like a family to me,” he says. “It’s very clean, the people are friendly and it has a very warm and cozy atmosphere. From the moment I walk in, to the moment I leave, I feel welcomed.”

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Lynn Allison

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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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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

Michael Papamichael

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Michael’s 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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Michael’s Body Scenes All-Star Member Barry Cooper

 

BARRY COOPER

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.

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Michael’s Body Scenes All-Star Member Eileen Clark

Eileen Clark

One of the brightest stars on the Michael’s Boutique Fitness Facility horizon is the vivacious Eileen Miller Clark. Whether she’s battling with Brett or zooming in Zumba, Eileen, 57, is full of energy.

“I joined the gym initially in1996,” says the retired employee of American Airlines. “I was doing Michael’s extreme cardio class, Abbie’s step class and Dotty’s body sculpting class. The next year I got hurt while flying during clear air turbulence and really messed up my neck so exercise went on the back burner.”

Clark kept her membership active, however, and when she and her husband Jeff, also 57, returned from a four year move to Denver, she immediately rejoined.

“I was still having issues with my neck so I only did yoga and Pilates,” she recalls. “When I retired from American I started to train with Fotis who really worked miracles with me and got me into shape so I can now do all the classes.”

Jeff, her husband, sticks to spinning but the couple walks together regularly.

“I’ve was hooked on Michael’s right after my first class,” she says. “What I love about the gym is the family atmosphere and excellent instructors. Since I love doing group classes and only work out on the machines when I’m forced into it (!) I appreciate the wide variety offered.

“I’ve made a lot of friends at the gym because it’s very down-to earth and not the least bit pretentious. However the owners are always on the cutting edge of the fitness industry and make sure that the classes and the equipment are at par with the best in the business.”

 

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Lynn Allison

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