Bobby Gilboy - Personal Trainer
Bobby has been an integral part of the local fitness industry for the past 25 years, having served as the General Manager of both Franco’s Athletic Club and Pelican Athletic Club. While serving in the GM capacity at PAC, the West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce honored Bobby with the “Business Person of the Year” award in 2000. In 2003 he founded “Gilboys Health Club (Now BFF). Bobby is both A.C.E. certified personal trainer and a Functional Training Specialist with the American Council on exercise. He also teaches 2 group fitness circuit training classes a week.
Brandy Manguno - Yoga
Brandy is a certified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance and has earned her ERYT- She has practiced Yoga since a teenager and is studying still to this day. A veteran in the United States Marine Corps, she enjoys a good challenge within a practice. Finding restoration, rejuvenation of the body & the breath, “key” in maintaining flexibility, mental clarity, and skeletal structural health. Brandy’s approach to the classroom setting is one of equality, compassion, and respect. Thus giving the individual the freedom to experience all yoga can offer at their own body’s pace. Brandy is happily married, mother to two wonderful girls, and loves her puppies. She spends her private time gardening, reading, cooking, and of course, Yoga studies in Ayurveda and Herbology. “Don’t take LIFE so seriously, You will NEVER get out of it ALIVE. Live, Laugh, Feel everything”
Joseph Bessette - Yoga
Joseph is a Yoga Alliance-registered experienced yoga instructor. He has an RYT 500-hour certification and is also a registered ERYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) having taught for many years. Trained in the Krishnamacharya tradition at Yoga School of Covington he can offer classes suited to students with different levels of experience and different needs. His classes stress mindfulness and breath awareness and are designed to apply the ancient wisdom of yoga to todayʼs world.
Gavin Guidry - Personal Trainer
Years of experience with a focus on strength, speed, agility, flexibility, mobility, and weight management. Gavin offers a unique blend of functional training and sports performance to teach and inspire a fundamental foundation for everyday life. Programs Offered: *personal training *summer camps *dual training *off-season training *small groups *young lifters
Shirley Samson - Yoga
Shirley Samson, RYT-200, received her registered yoga teacher certification in 2013 from The Yoga School of Covington, under the direction of Becky Gelatt and is registered through Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Shirley began her teaching career of yoga in May 2013. Her goal as a yoga teacher is to create a safe, warm, and encouraging atmosphere for students to explore and expand within their own body and consciousness. She works with adults at slow-paced vinyasa practice, focusing on the mind-body connection with the breath. Always emphasizing the practice of honoring the body’s current state through ahimsa (non-violence), students are guided by Shirley to explore all the possibilities yoga has to improve the health and well-being of mind, body and spirit.
Shirley and her husband Rick Samson, have called Covington home for the past 34 years. They share two wonderful adult children, Ian and Ashley Samson. When not teaching or studying yoga, Shirley enjoys working on her art work, exploring pastel, water color and acrylic painting.
Suzanne Fernandez - Group Fitness
I have been in the fitness industry for over 30 years. I began teaching aerobics way back when Jane Fonda was wearing leg warmers. I am certified through AFAA, YMCA, NDETA, Reebok Step and Thomas the Promise Kickbox. I have a grown son & daughter and two beautiful grandchildren, Mike and Madelyn. I enjoy spending time with them and hanging out with friends and family, cooking and drinking wine.
Louise McCann - Yoga/Pilates
Mother of three and wife of Steve. She has been a fitness instructor for twenty years and at BFF for the last seven. Her specialty is yoga and pilates. She also holds a masters degree in Physical Therapy. She resides in Covington and spends her days homeschooling and managing her home.
Kendra Chong - Group Fitness
Kendra has been teaching group exercise classes since 1996 with certifications through AFAA Group Fitness and Les Mills International-Body Pump. Her philosophy is “any form of fitness should be fun if people are going to stick with it”! Music is her biggest motivator. Kendra makes each class fun and energetic by motivating you with music while getting a great workout. Kendra has been with BFF for many years and her classes are one of our most popular. Experience her knowledge. Learn her lifestyle.
Heather Newman - Barre & Group Fitness
Heather Newman is our Group Fitness Director, Membership Sales & Marketing Director and BFF’s exclusive Instructor & Founder of Booty Barre 100, 200 and BX3 BARRE. She was born and raised in Kenner, LA. Active in dance all her life, exercising and training is second nature to Heather. She began dancing at the age of four and was selected to be President of her dance team both middle and high school, won top competition awards in dance at LSU and other competitions of the top traveling dance team competitions in the state. She attended Southeastern Louisiana University where she was on the Lionette Dance Team and a member/rush director of Tri-Sigma Sorority. Transferred to UNO where she danced with the Tulane Dance Team and received a degree in Business with a minor in Marketing. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Heather became Louisiana licensed in P&C, L&H Insurance and professionally certified by AFAA for group fitness in New Orleans where she taught a variety of step classes, small group trained and managed group fitness, sales, marketing and membership at local fitness clubs for many years. Heather has earned specialized certifications in Barre, Pilates, Yoga, Nutrition, Life & Health Coaching with AFAA. She is an active AFAA certified group fitness, BARRE instructor and Health Coach. She has been in the industry for over 20+ years. Heather has always been passionate about dance, fitness, nutrition, clean eating, healthy lifestyle, mentoring, personal development and exercise and is very dedicated to being a part of our BFF team since April 2015.
Melissa LeBlanc - Yoga
Lindsay Mitten - Yoga
I came to yoga over 10 years ago when I injured my shoulders. Yoga taught me how to strengthen and heal my body using only my body weight holding poses that challenged my body into recovery. The beauty of yoga is there is a modification or deepening factor for each pose. Your practice can be custom tailored to your needs. No yoga pose looks the same in each and every body which practices.
Fast forward – I discover this practice of Power Yoga, which is a form of Ashtunga and Baptiste. With my background knowing the poses – I find myself entering moving meditations as I transition through salutations and sequences. It’s the first time I not only got into my body – but I got out of my head!! Yoga took on this entirely new meaning for me. If I was stressed, high anxiety, depressed – I began coming to the mat. Yoga began to not only strengthen and keep my flexible – but also to calm the mind and relieve me emotionally. It’s truly life changing.