Changing live in South FL since 2010
Eli Evangelista is Joao Neto’s Father and the founder of the original Eli’s Academia is Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Eli worked at the port in Santos for many years but was always into health & fitness and his dream was to open a gym. His dream became reality in the late 70’s when Eli’s Academia began. It was one of the very first gym’s in Santos and became popular very quickly. It was a family run business and Joao’s Mom and 3 sisters were always at the gym helping out. Joao opened his first personal training fitness facility in Oakland Park, Florida in 2000 and without even having to think about it, named it Eli’s Fitness Studio after his family’s business back home in Brazil. Check out the pictures below of Eli and the gym. In today’s standards it may not look like much but back then this was the top of the line and Eli’s 21” biceps are still hard to beat!
Joao's expertise, creativity and heart for the health of the body, soul and spirit of each of his clients is the key to the results we have gotten. The atmosphere of a smaller, intimate gym is a treat when compared with the large fitness mills that are out there! We also love Joao’s heart for the community and the way he uses his business to give back by holding annual events at his studio”.