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, E-RYT200, RYT500, received her RYT-200 registered yoga teacher certification from The Yoga School of Covington, Covington, LA, under the direction of senior teacher, Becky Gelatt, whose teachings are rooted in the lineage and tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, T.K.V. Desikchar, and Gary Kraftsow and the Viniyoga Tradition, with a strong Iyengar background and influence. Continuing her education, she received her RYT-300 registered yoga teacher certification from Yoga Path, Baton Rouge, LA, under the direction of senior teacher, Kate Suchanek, whose teachings are also rooted in the lineage and tradition of T. Krishnamacharya, T.K.V. Desikchar, and Gary Kraftsow and the Viniyoga Tradition, along with the lineage of Kripalu.
In July 2018, Shirley completed her training as a Yoga Nidra Facilitator with Delisha Jones of Soul Technologies, Baton Rouge, LA.
Shirley’s 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. Teaching students to combine breath with movement in a balancing combination of gentle and challenging yoga postures designed to rejuvenate and relax the body. These classes are open to all levels for those who can easily get up and down to the floor.
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.
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 Instructor
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 Training
Heather Newman is our Group Fitness Director, Marketing Director and BFF’s exclusive Barre Instructor. (Founder of BootyBarre100, BootyBarre200, BootyBarre365 and BX3 BARRE methods). 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 state licensed in P&C, L&H Insurance and professionally certified by AFAA/NASM 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, Group Fitness, Nutrition, Life & Health Coaching with AFAA/NASM. She is an active AFAA/NASM 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.
Sarah McAdams - HIIT, PT & Group Training
Sarah is part of our Bogue Falaya Fitness sales team and a group fitness instructor certified in 2016 with IAFP. She is a recent college graduate who just became a certified PT by successfully passing her intense test in July 2018 with ACE. Sarah teaches high intensity interval training group X classes and offers basic equipment training courses to all new members. Sarah offers drop in training sessions at BFF 2x per week. She has been a member of our BFF family since 2015 and enjoys healthy food choices, weight lifting, and encouraging others to do better.
Melissa LeBlanc - Yoga
Charlotte Mabry - Restorative Yoga
The blessing of yoga found me at 50! I was a professor of dental public health at the LSU School of Dentistry for 27 years; retired, and began my yoga practice. Since then, I have committed to a life long journey of continual learning and practicing the tools of yoga that help me travel within my truest heart, “authentic self”. In the Bhakti spirit, the yoga of devotion, love, participation and relationship, it is my intention to share the teaching, “that you are perfect just as you are right now”.
After living such a hectic, fast paced life as an academic, researching, writing, lecturing and traveling I wanted to STOP. Yoga helped me peel away many layers to become more of my real self. I found out that it was OK, I had the permission to deeply rest. Through the practice of restorative yoga; feeling the effects upon my body, mind and spirit, I received the call to teach.
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.