Meet the man that has shaped thousands of bodies with his unique Tabban SHAPE Program®
Michael Tabban is the owner, head trainer and team coach at Tabban Muscle and Body Shape in Richmond since 1988. Michael, son of bodybuilding legend George Tabban, was born with the sport of figure sculpting running through his veins. Continuing his father’s legacy, Michael has trained thousands of women of all ages and body shapes. His clients all want the same outcome, to feel strong within themselves and to be proud of their bodies, while looking the best they possibly can. Michael’s fiery passion for the sport, his mental and physical competency and most importantly his fierce legendary work ethic, has lead him to become one of the most reputable and successful leaders in the Australian Figure and Body Sculpting industry.
Michael Tabban, together with his father George, have designed the Tabban Shape program that now have been shaping bodies for 30 years Tabban SHAPE Program®
Over the past 30 years, Michael’s career and reputation has only gained greater strength. Michael has a very long list of athlete achievements. He has trained thousands of State, National and International level athletes also thousands of State, National and International Overall Champions. Michael has trained the likes of Lindy Olsen, Lesley Maxwell and Sue Stanley and is the guru of transforming members – not from a textbook but from many years of experience. At just a glance Michael can alter your eating plan or training session to suit your body’s needs during your transformation journey. He has worked in the fitness industry way before many other trainers thought of entering this profession.
Michael’s skills are priceless and cannot be taught at any fitness course. His passion for his gym, shape program, athletes and members, is still alive to this day. He is a very humble man who has achieved what only other trainers would dream of. A man of not many words, Michael will always pass on his positive advice and words of wisdom. When he meets you, he will say ” If you give me 100% I will give you 110% back” and that he does.
Members will tell you there is something special about what Michael has created at Tabban Muscle and Body Shape. It may be the old school gym environment or the history of the past 30 years of achievements, displayed trophies or members photo’s over all the walls of the gym. Where else can you get a family friendly atmosphere, group training with like minded people and continual celebrations of members achievements. Most of the training equipment is even hand made by Michael to target areas of the body to achieve a total balanced body transformation. Whatever it is that makes Tabban Muscle and Body Shape’s special, members one day may leave due to a change of lifestyle but they always return! Michael has a flare like no other and it shows on the faces of his clientele.
Michael also mentors his trainers as he was mentored by his father. He has a team of dedicated trainers that share his passion and are guided daily to be the best trainers for his members. He guides them not only as the gym owner but he also trains them daily and has even taken some of them to stage where they have competed and become champion athletes. Michael believes that if his trainers have walked the walk then they are more experienced to understand a client’s needs.
Michael Tabban and Areti Anagnostellis
Michael’s client now trainer, Areti Anagnostelis entered Tabban Muscle and Body Shape in November 2004 with the intentions to start weight training. Michael saw the courage of this young lady and began training her for the stage. Within 8 months of training Areti won her 1st Wff Universe Title. With Michael as her trainer Areti continued to train, strengthening her body, her mind and stayed focused to then hold the WFF Universe Title for four consecutive years. An outstanding accomplishment achieved by very few. Areti believes none of this would have been possible without the expertise, knowledge and support from her trainer/coach Michael Tabban. Consequently Areti began to work at Tabban gym in 2006, to be mentored by and work alongside Michael Tabban to focus on the training and competition needs of up and coming Tabban athletes.
With all this strength and knowledge that she gained from Michael, Areti proved she had what it takes to become a Tabban trainer and coach. Areti now stands strong as a Tabban trainer alongside of Michael and they are a force to be reckoned with.
Michael Tabban and Doreen Nicolaou
Self confessed gym junkie, Doreen Nicolaou, has spent the past 30 years in the gym industry. Doreen began as an aerobic instructor then became more interested in personal training. Doreen started preparing for her first body sculpting competition in 2004 the same year Areti began training with Michael Tabban. Doreen was a huge fan of Michael Tabban and his athletes but she never believed the trip to Richmond was possible with young children and a busy lifestyle.
In 2008 with a twist of fate, Doreen met Michael Tabban. Michael recognised her from her competition in 2004 and asked to her become an athlete in his team. Doreen embraced all of Michael’s knowledge and instructions, as this was what she believed to be an opportunity of a lifetime. That year Doreen ended the season winning 3 x Australian titles and 3rd place in the World Titles!
In 2014 Doreen returned to Tabban Muscle and Body Shape to reunite with Michael and become an athlete once again. Finishing that season with Michael Tabban asking Doreen to become a Tabban trainer. Michael promised to mentor Doreen and teach her all that he knows. Three years later Michael has kept his promise. He has tweaked and fine tuned Doreen’s years of knowledge and continues to mentor her daily. Doreen is now living the dream still competing, also inspiring and mentoring our Tabban members. Doreen is still an athlete trained by Michael Tabban and in 2016 placed 2nd in Master’s Over 50 at the Olympia in Las Vegas.
With George Tabban retiring in 2016 Michael interviewed a long list of personal trainers to find passionate staff that would embrace the legacy that he and his father had created. This process took a long time as Michael needed to find young motivated trainers with the will to learn and respect the Tabban way.
We are now excited to introduce you to Cyrus Saberi and Catalina Castano. Both are experienced personal trainers that are now guided daily by Michael Tabban. Michael has taught them both the Tabban Shape Program and they are keen to train with Michael to learn his training techniques.
With great trainers under his wing, Michael Tabban continues to train his clients with the best program, motivated talented staff, achieving results that his members deserve!!