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TRAINER AND MENTOR TO HUNDREDS PASSES AWAY SATURDAY MORNING-MEMORIAL BOOT CAMP HELD IN HIS HONOR

“THA BODY SPECIALIST PASSED AWAY SATURDAY MORNING”

SADDLE CREEK

A boot camp was held Sunday in memory of a beloved trainer.  It was held at Conroe High School in honor of Mike Smith, founder of Tha Body Specialist. Smith was an Army veteran who passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning. Smith had been holding a free boot camp at Conroe High School for 15 years. He’s made a huge impact in the areas surrounding The Woodlands. Tha Body Specialist, located at 118 Shenandoah Drive in Shenandoah,  is a group of trainers coached by Mike Smith who are not just personal trainers but are an example in the fitness community.

One of Mike’s trainers Marshall Walker said Michael had been a trainer in the military. When he got out he continued to train. Some of his students were NFL players, College Sports Athletes, many people from the Conroe area young and old, and many younger teens also. “He is really going to be a legend, that’s what I believe about Mike”, Walker said.

His wife Rachael Smith was at Sunday’s Boot Camp. Rachael said, “Mike would help anyone, give them the shirt off his back. As you can tell by the number of people we have here today he touched so many people in this community.” She said, “One day at a time we want to keep the body specialist going in his honor.”

Stormy Holden, was another one who looked up to Mike. She said, “About 9 months ago I saw my little brother getting results that I had strived so long to get to”. Mike built her confidence up to the point she won first place in a show. This after she told Mike she would never be able to get on a stage confident enough to get in a bathing suit and do all the crazy poses. She was now looking forward to the next show in 7-weeks and Mike was about to get her prepared for it when he passed.

Frank Williams, a former police officer started working with Mike one-week ago. He said as soon as he started Mike made him feel like part of the family.

Sharon Bledsoe worked with Smith for three years and said he was like a brother to her. “There was nobody like him. There’s no one that can do all the wonderful things he did. As you can see, there are over 80 people out here that came to show their love for him. He has made such a huge impact on so many lives,” she said. Sharon was also known as, “Chef Shea”. In the commercial kitchen at the gym she prepared meals that Mike would design for a person, it may have been to build muscle, lose weight, lower blood pressure, or to build mass. All the meals were pre-cooked so the individual could take them home. She prepared 50-100 meals a day.

Mike held Boot Camps every weekend at Conroe High, Moorehead Stadium. The workouts consisted of running the track, ascending, and descending the stairs for 4-minutes. Stretches, sit-ups, and crunches. Sunday night was no different as Mike’s Trainers barked out orders, and timed each phase of the workouts. Everyone there said they want to continue what they are doing for Mike.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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