Hi, I'm Michael. Most people call me "Paps" (short for Papavasiliou - I'm Greek, is it obvious?).
I started my fitness journey over 15 years ago. I was a 130kg bus driver. Recently separated (eventually divorced), I was struggling with finding myself. Using my daughter Sienna as my inspiration to push through and lose the weight, I started training with my friend and PT Paul. He inspired me to lose the weight and get stronger and fitter. I felt great!
Soon people started asking me how I lost the weight, and how I managed to transform my body. I wanted to help others experience their own transformation, and so I started Ultim8 Fitness (now known as U8F).
U8F is a sanctuary of healing for those who have had enough of feeling inferior, insignificant or not reaching their full potential. We're not just about weight loss, toning, strength training, cardio and all that stuff. We dig deep because I had to dig deep to get through my journey. I know what it takes, and I wish more trainers did.
I hope you can join me and my amazing team. To partner with you on your health & fitness journey would be an honour - this is one of the biggest, most life-changing steps you will take for yourself.
See you soon.
Hi there. I'm Tanya and I will be your point of contact as you navigate through your health & wellness journey at U8F.
I started off as Paps' client back in 2016! After hearing his story I felt our visions were aligned. We wanted to create a sanctuary - an escape - a place for healing.
I started off in the corporate realm - KPMG, Deloitte, law firms, court rooms - for 10 years I did it all. I was getting sick of working without a clear purpose, a clear sense of fulfillment. I found gaps in the corporate sphere when it came to how employees were treated, how we could be treated better. I was getting frustrated sitting back and not having the power to change things.
As I got to know Paps and delved deeper into my own fitness journey I realised how nice it felt to feel truly supported. There's something about a place that just "gets" you ... it's not just about doing 3 - 5 session a week and eating clean - you need a place that feels like home, a place where you are supported without judgement or expectation. U8F is that place.
I'm looking forward to welcoming you "home", and being there for you when you need help finding the right contact, figuring out your classes and fitness goals and even just sitting down for a coffee and a catch up.
I also help with managing risk at U8F - this means I draft the policies, procedures, processes and more that keep you safe and happy. If you ever have any feedback or concerns, always feel comfortable to approach me so I can help!
I can't wait to meet you.