Camala Beek My name is Camala Beek and I am 21-year-old female who has been a client of Abdel Amrouche and Saethfit for over 8 years. I have struggled with maintaining a healthy lifestyle to accommodate the demanding requirements of both a model and collegiate athlete. At the tender age of 13, I was in the prime of my modeling career, however I began to struggle with my weight as I finally hit puberty. I lived in a small town in Colorado where there weren’t any personal trainers, dietary technicians, or fitness health specialists. So, I turned to the Internet. Everyone I contacted wouldn’t consider working with a 13-year-old. That’s when Abdel came into my life. He was a personal trainer based out of New York City at the time who took time out of his busy life to realize that if someone didn’t help me in a constructive and healthy manner, I may have chosen an alternate path, turning to anorexia or bulimia. He took all the appropriate steps to ensure my health and safely by first consulting with my parents. Even from a great distance, he was able to conduct a full metabolic analysis based upon responses my parents and I gave him through phone calls and emails. While he maintained that more accurate results would be ideal by an in-person evaluation, he did his best to create a complete meal plan and based on my individual needs. Abdel become someone that was more than just a personal trainer. Any questions I ever had he fully answered in a way that even a 13-year-old could understand. He was able to help me lose the weight I needed in order to continue walking the runways of Los Angeles and London. By the time I was a senior in high school, my passion had switched from wanting to be a fashion model to playing volleyball at the collegiate level. Abdel was there for me again and helped transform me from a scrawny 6’0, 128-pound model, to a strong, muscular 145-pound athlete. Throughout my athletic career, I kept modeling on the side on a lower scale as a hobby. Through that, a casting director for America’s Next Top Model contacted me for an “invite only” interview for the reality TV show. Again, Abdel was up for the challenge of transforming me back into a skinny model, while providing me with enough energy and calories to support a collegiate athlete. High fashion and sports are two opposite ends of the spectrum; modeling requires sickly thin while sports are muscular and toned. Since I met Abdel eight years ago, I have come to know him not only as not as my personal trainer, but as a colleague and friend. He takes an interest in his clients while maintaining a professional relationship. I was no easy client, Abdel had to plan a very specific plan for me being both a model and athlete in addition to successfully carrying it out over distance. Without the help of Abdel, I wouldn’t have been able to fulfill my dream.
Consult your physician before starting any exercise or nutrition program!
I was just sitting down with my parents discussing the "good ol' days", and we started
to talk about you (Abdel). We spoke about how you got me into swimming and how it
helped me with my endurance for hockey. From the minute I started swimming with you
I felt a difference in my swimming style and on the ice. Not only did you help me
enjoy swimming more then I already did, but you improved my stroke which allowed
me to become competitive. Swimming with you every day after camp pushed me hard enough
to want to continue to swim, but not to hard were I wanted nothing to do with it.
As the school year went on and swimming season came around, I decided to join and
use what you have taught me. Not only was I an average swimmer but I started to dominate
the field in the 50m and 100m breaststroke and had a major impact on the relay races.
You also taught me how to prepare myself for any competitive event, and how to refuel
my body. I will never forget when you explained to me how a persons body is like
a car, and how we should refuel with the proper nutrients and not just anything that
tastes good. If we put good into our bodies then our bodies will perform good for
us. Mainly I would like to thank you for everything, in the pool workouts, workouts
in the gym, nutrition facts and all life lessons i have acquired. I would recommend
you to any one looking for a trainer whether it be as a competitive athlete looking
to gain an edge, or as any one else just looking to stay in shape and maintain what
Once again Thank You for everything,
April 1, 2005
To Whom It May Concern:
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter on behalf of my dear friend, Abdel
Amrouche. I first became acquainted with Abdel about ten years ago and quickly learned
of his love for health and fitness. It was as apparent to me then as it is today
that Abdel has a heart for reaching out to people and a gift in being able to share
his knowledge and expertise about health and fitness with all those he comes in contact
with, in a kind and caring way. His approach to fitness is unique, in that he gets
to know each friend and client in a personal way and designs and develops exercise,
fitness and nutrition programs that meet each ones own individual needs. For Abdel,
good health and fitness is not his “job”, it’s his way of life, and his passion for
staying healthy and fit is one that he cannot keep to himself.
My first experiences with Abdel, as my personal trainer, were comfortable, no pressure
and fun. Through Abdel’s knowledge and expertise, along with his patience, encouragement
and “good sense” when it came to my wants and needs, fitness soon became a regular
part of my routine. Even with my demanding work schedule and countless other responsibilities,
often finding it hard to fit in regular exercise, Abdel’s flexibility in scheduling
sessions and his motivating words made it practically impossible to not find the
Through Abdel, I have learned the importance of taking care of myself both physically
and mentally, by keeping a regular regimen of good diet and exercise, combined with
the proper amount of rest and relaxation. Through my regular training sessions,
my physical fitness improved drastically as I built muscle, reduced fat, gained better
eating habits, both for energy and nutrition, as well as learning proper stretching
techniques. Although, not “officially” part of the package, I have also found in
Abdel a willing ear and a source of excellent advice on an entire range of subjects.
Since Abdel has relocated to California, he keeps in weekly contact with me to follow
up with my continued fitness training. Although no longer on the “payroll”, Abdel
still treats me as if I was his regular client, ensuring that I am doing the proper
workouts for my fitness level and ability. I know Abdel is only a phone call away
if I need him.
I would be happy to talk to you more about Abdel. Please do not hesitate to contact
Leah S. Koch
I received the paper work today, thanks again for sending it. I just hired a new
trainer last week. His name is Raymond Costanzo.
He is 50 years old and in excellent shape. He has been trainer for many years so
he fits our criteria here, but he is not you.
We have a tun of new clientele so everyone is really busy. The wellness center is
very crowded this time of year.
I still cannot believe you are gone. I just got back from Arizona so I am swamped
today. I had a wonderful time and would definitely consider going back.