Michael’s Body Scenes All Star Staff Member Sabrina Sasson

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SABRINA SASSON

One of the true gems at MBS is our front desk Assistant Manager Friday, Sabrina Sasson. Her radiant smile and efficient demeanor have gained her a fan club of members who bring her cookies, gifts and flowers just to show how much she is appreciated.

“MBS has been my second home for eight years,” she says. “I truly enjoy my gym family—both members and staff. I am aware that I am the first impression when people walk into our doors so I try make sure that everyone is acknowledged by either a smile or even a ‘hi, how are you?’

“This job has taught me to pay attention to the little things, the details that make members happy because I remembered their dog’s name or their doctor’s appointment,” Sasson says. “I’ve learned to be patient because everyone has a tough day and maybe if they are down, they just need someone to listen.”

Besides manning the front desk, she helps with sales, retail, payroll and other timely tasks of running a highly popular gym. Sabrina is passionate about animals and volunteers at Tri-County Animal Rescue during her (very limited) time off. She adores her two fur babies, Candii and Crash.

“I think that the most rewarding part of my job is encouraging people to improve their health by joining the gym,” she says. “I love my work and when people make that important decision to take control of their well-being and become a member, they then become part of our family.”

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Lynn Allison

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Michael’s Body Scenes All Star Member Kathy Whitehurst

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Kathy Whitehurst says: “I Love MBS!”

One of the brightest stars at our gym is the beautiful Kathy Whitehurst who has been a member since its inception.

“My husband, Mike and I along with our four children moved to Boca Raton in 1986 so that Mike could join the faculty in Exercise Science at FAU.  At the same time, I joined the staff at Boca Pointe where I met Michael Papamichael and later, I met Fotis.  In 1988 Michael opened his own gym and I joined shortly thereafter,” she says.

“Our four children and their spouses have blessed Mike and me with nine grandchildren.  Fotis knows all four of my children, two of my daughters-in -law and all nine grandchildren.   My entire family – all 19 of us -enjoy working out.” she says. it’s all about being healthy and taking care of ourselves.”

Kathy has had her fair share of health challenges, but like the true trooper she is, hardly missed a beat during her cancer treatments in 2008 and 2013.

“I came to rely on Michael’s for exercise but more for camaraderie, love and support.,” she adds. “Yes, I am a very lucky girl…and, to this day, I am most grateful for my gym and all my supportive and loving friends.”

“I enjoy the classes at Michael’s and currently I work out with Fotis’ Boot Camp, Brian’s TRX and Gerry’s Yoga Class.  Michael’s staff and trainers are knowledgeable, courteous and are all about service!  I love Michael’s Gym – it’s where I work out to build strength, flexibility, endurance all while enjoying friendships and community. “

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Lynn Allison

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Michael’s Body Scenes All Star Member Andrea Weisberg Karsch

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A familiar figure at the gym is the lovely Andrea Weisberg Karsch whose ear-to-ear smile never fades. Andrea, 59, has been an MBS member for over 16 years and participates in Spin classes, Vinyasa and Yin yoga and the occasional weight training class.

“I prefer to do my weight work on the gym floor,” she says. “I also frequently do the elliptical for cardio and sometimes the Versaclimber for variety. I love the ambiance at this gym because it’s a little smaller than the big chain facilities and people are very friendly. They aren’t ‘meatheads’ or pretentious.”

Andrea says she’s made several close personal friends from her interactions with other gym members and finds that the overall atmosphere encourages interpersonal relationships.

“The personal trainers at the gym, for example, will often step in and correct my form and I am so grateful for that!” she explains. “Tevvy Washington is always a happy figure on the gym floor and I look forward to seeing him and enjoying the banter.”

Andrea has been training with Beth Sigel for a year and is pleased with her results.

“I can not praise her highly enough. She’s knowledgeable, focused and totally invested in her clients. She’s one of the reasons I would totally recommend this gym because exemplifies the excellence and exceptional talent of the staff.”

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Lynn Allison

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Michael’s Body Scenes All Star Staff Member Melissa McLean

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Melissa McLean

It is with VERY great pleasure I shine a light on Melissa McLean,41, our supercharged Zumba teacher best known for her lithe figure and outrageous outfits. McLean has been working at MBS both as an instructor and caregiver in the nursery for 14 years. She also teaches Senior Fitness, Water Aerobics, Body Sculpt and Stretch classes. Anyone who has taken one of her Zumba classes can attest to the high-level energy she exudes that lifts you up and carries you away from the mundane world into the seductive world of dance. But a few months ago, that energy came to a grinding halt when the mother-of-two suffered a stroke. It was as if the lights went out in her sparkling eyes.

“I knew I wanted to get back into my routine, to move again,” she recalls. “At first I could barely walk. I put one foot in front of the other and my husband had to hold me steady. I had to keep using my brain to tell my body what to do.”

Melissa dug deep into her own training and using the knowledge—and equipment—she relied upon for her senior students, she worked diligently at re-learning the basic skills and movements she needed to survive. To have her back teaching often complicated choreography is a miracle and a blessing.

“I admit I was frightened during my ordeal,” she says. “There were times I wasn’t able to move one side of my body at all. But I want to thank everyone at MBS for believing in me and for sharing their love and support.”

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Lynn Allison

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Michael’s Body Scenes Member of the Month Jodi Eckman

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We welcome Jodi, an attractive blond, to our fitness facility. She’s an esthetician for Sisley cosmetics which helps explain her glowing complexion and youthful appearance. “I joined Michael’s because I love the idea of a smaller more personal gym,” she says. “I feel you get better results because there is more ‘hands on’ interaction and support from the staff members and personal trainers.

“I left a bigger gym due to the lack of professional training and older equipment. I love the ambiance at Michael’s and feel right at home even though I am a newbie.” Jodi’s daughters are both involved in the fitness and healthy lifestyle field as well.

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Michael’s Body Scenes Staff Member of the Month Nancy Crane

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Nancy has been an important part of the MBS family for 26 years. You can see her either at the front desk or in back, in the nursery, her favorite place to be. The former Connecticut resident heard about Michael’s back home.

“One of the people at my gym up north recommended Michael’s so when I moved down here, I looked him up,” she says. “I joined when my daughter was two years old and now, I bring her daughters with me as I man the front desk or the children’s room.”

Nancy is a jack-of-all trades at MBS. She does data entry for new members of the club and helps with the Silver Sneaker program. Nancy is just as at home planning picnic for our senior members as she is taking care of the children in in the nursery.

“I have seen so many of my kids grow up to become fine young men and women. This will always be a second home to me,” she says.

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Michael’s Body Scenes Outstanding Fitness Professional Kate McKnight

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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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Michael’s Body Scenes All Star Member Paul Piche

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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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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 fundraising events to contribute to the wellbeing of others. Add to that, we have exceptional and knowledgeable instructors and trainers who are dedicated to improving 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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