- PERSONAL TRAINER/FITNESS COACH / PureGym Bayswater
- Indoor Spinning Cycling Instructor / PureGym Bayswater
- CIMSPA (the Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) - Level 3 certified Personal Trainer.
- EREPS (The European Register of Exercise Professionals) - Personal Trainer EQF Level 4.
- Diploma in Physical Education, Sports science - National Sports Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria
- Dance & Step Aerobics instructor - Advanced Choreography
- Tennis coach
- TRX (Suspension trainer) instructor
- Born in Greece
- Specialized in Tennis coaching, Functional training, Cross training, TRX training, Spartan Race training, Dance aerobics, Nutrition advisor.
- 20 years experience in Personal & Group fitness training - Tennis coaching.
- For 5 years I ran and owned my own gym in Athens.
- Two years experience as a Physical Training Instructor in the Greek army Special Forces.
>> Personal training (indoors-outdoors)
>> Functional training
>> Outdoor Circuit Cross Training
>> TRX training
>> Tennis coaching
>> Dance aerobic
>> HIIT/High-intensity interval training
>> Spartan military training
>> Spartan Race training
>> Strength & Conditioning
>> Core and Flexibility
>> Weight and fat loss
>> Cardiovascular fitness
>> Muscle gain and bodybuilding
>> Flexibility and posture assessments
>> Nutrition analysis and diet plans
Depending on your health and fitness goals, you'll need to commit to a minimum of 3 days of exercise each week to see results.
Ideally, you should have some form of fuel in your system before you work out. Eating an easily digested carbohydrate an hour or so before you hit the gym ensures that you'll have enough energy in the tank to get through your program. Try fruit and yogurt or toast and peanut butter; not too much or you'll feel sluggish and heavy.
If, however, you exercise first thing in the morning, eating before your workout may not be an option. Many people find that they can tolerate cardio on an empty stomach, but need fuel to get through a strength training session. Experiment with the types of food and the timing of your pre-workout meal to discover what works best for you.
Eating after a workout is important. You need to replenish your glycogen stores and 'feed' the muscles that you've just trained. Sports nutritionists suggest that you eat a small snack consisting of protein and easily digested carbohydrates within about an hour of training and then your next meal an hour or two later.
The ideal frequency of personal training sessions varies from person to person. Just getting started with exercise and healthy eating? Need regular motivation and support to get to the gym? Have an injury that you're working through? You'll probably need to see a trainer once or twice each week. Many of my weekly clients reduce their frequency of personal training sessions to bi-weekly or even monthly once they've demonstrated the ability to consistently get to the gym and progress their exercises as recommended.
Although I miss seeing their smiling faces, I'm always pleased when clients reduce their need to see me because they've become self-directed exercisers.
Expect to FEEL the results of your training sooner than you SEE them. People who start a new exercise program and are consistent in getting their workouts done typically report improvements in sleep, mood and energy levels within two to three weeks. Changes in body composition often take longer to notice; the more consistent you are with your workouts and the closer you adhere to your nutrition plan, the sooner the results will become noticeable (to you and to others too!).
You'd think that as your body becomes stronger and more familiar with the exercises your workouts would start to feel easier. Indeed, many people who 'go it alone' in the gym report exactly this. When exercises are progressed frequently and consistently, the body never truly adapts to the workout, making each feel just as challenging as the one before.
A qualified personal trainer knows how to progress your training plan to keep your body guessing and moving forward at a reasonable pace. When my clients lament that their workouts seem to be just as challenging as they were in the beginning, I know that I'm doing my job well!
About your first session
In our first meeting there will be a short chat consultation when you, my lovely prospective client (i hope!) and me, your future personal trainer can meet, discuss and agree what we expect from each other. Think about this a friendly chat, with no hard selling or an aggressive persuasion.
During our first meeting, please ask as many questions as you like. You will have as much time as you need to decide if i am a good fit for you. I preserve to myself the same right.
Now if you are like most of my clients, you will want to feel stronger, healthier. You might also have some performance-based goals, like running your first 5km race.
Good, ambitious goals are essential. To take you on, i need to see that you are 100% committed and you are willing to work hard; under my supervision during personal training sessions but also on your own, for example, keeping up a healthy diet. Yes, you heard it right, i will give you homework, and i will expect you to perform it. This is the only way i can guarantee your success. And your success is my main priority and motivation.
My job satisfaction, and i can only hope that’s true for all the other trainers, comes from helping people get better, happier and healthier. That’s our calling.
Personal Fitness Training