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The GRAFTS educational team consists of 65 tutors, presenters, scientific associates and contributors. The staff's high level of education is reflected in the sum of qualifications they can display (Doctoral degrees, Master degrees, Physical Education and Sport Science Bachelor degrees).

Our staff members are active exercise processionals in the Greek and Cypriot fitness markets, and leaders in their fields, with international distinctions and global educational activity across all continents (Europe - America - Asia - Oceania - Africa). Their expertise is also documented by the number of Vocational Training certifications they have obtained from all leading international organizations in the field of exercise (ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NASM, NSCA, EuropeActive).

Alexis Batrakoulis
  • Director of Education, Personal Training, GRAFTS 
  • Head of the Thessaly Branch, GRAFTS
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • Coordinator for International Relations & Affairs, GRAFTS
  • 2017 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year Award Finalist
  • 2018 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year Award Winner
  • PhD candidate, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Greece, in the field of "Exercise & Obesity"
  • MSc in Exercise and Health, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Greece, with specialization in Weight Management and a thesis in "Exercise & Obesity"
  • BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, with specialization in Indoor Sports Activities
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT)
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM-CPT),ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP), ACSM Exercise is Medicine Level 2 (ACSM-EIM 2)
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer (ACE-CPT), ACE Certified Health Coach (ACE-CHC), ACE Youth Fitness Specialist (ACE-YFS), ACE Senior Fitness Specialist (ACE-SFS), ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist (ACE-FNS), ACE Weight Management Specialist (ACE-WMS), ACE Therapeutic Exercise Specialist (ACE-TES)
  • AFAA Group Exercise Instructor (AFAA-GFI)
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES),NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES), NASM Weight Loss Specialist (NASM-WMS)
  • EREPS Fitness Instructor EQF Level 3, EREPS Personal Trainer EQF Level 4, EREPS Weight Management Exercise Specialist EQF Level 5, EREPS Exercise for Health Specialist EQF Level 5, EREPS Advanced Exercise and Health Specialist EQF Level 6
  • GRAFTS Group Fitness Instructor, GRAFTS Fitness Instructor, GRAFTS Personal Trainer
  • EuropeActive Technical Expert Member (Pre-Diabetes Exercise Specialist) & Leader (Weight Management Exercise Specialist)
  • EuropeActive Professional Standards Committee Member
  • ACE International Master Trainer
  • ACE Subject Matter Expert
  • ACSM Exercise is Medicine Credential Committee Member
  • ACSM Professional Education Committee Member
  • ACSM Health & Fitness Summit Program Committee Member
  • NSCA Recognized Certified Personal Trainer Emeritus (RCPT*E)
  • ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine), NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association), IDEA Health and Fitness Association, ECSS (European College of Sport Science) Member
  • International Fitness Educator & Presenter (Cyprus, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Netherlands, Italy, France, Austria, Latvia, Finland, Norway, Iceland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, India, Philippines, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, UK, USA, Mexico, South Korea)
  • International Approved Continuing Education Provider byACE, ACSM, AFAA, IFPA, ISSA, NASM, NSCA, NCSF, CanFitPro, PTA Global, REPS UK, Fitness Australia, EREPS
  • Presenter at Greek scientific and professional conferences (over 80 presentations)
  • Fitness/Personal Training columnist at www.scienceweb.gr
  • Fitness Ambassador POLAR Hellas/Cyprus
  • 1997 NABBA/WFF Mr. Fitness Hellas (2nd place)
  • Fitness professional since 1995
  • Former athlete (400 m.)

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Christos Gabriel
  • Director of Education, Group Training, GRAFTS
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Personal & Group Training
  • Dance Aerobic Instructor by PEOPLE in MOTION (Germany)
  • Rookie of Greece 2008 (Best Rookie Presenter of the year)
  • International Group Fitness Presenter (Greece, Cyprus, Germany, Caribbean, Poland, Italy, Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Austria, Lithuania, UK, Spain)
  • Participation in Musicals as a dancer ("Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", "The producers")
  • Online fitness courses trainer at www.fitnessschool.tv
Georgios Georgiades
  • Director of Education, Pilates Training, GRAFTS
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • MSc in Exercise and Health
  • Graduate of the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Personal & Group Training
Despoina Terzidou
  • Director of Education, Yoga Training, GRAFTS
  • Head of the Serres Branch, GRAFTS
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • YogaWorks Assistant Trainer
  • OASIS Gym owner (Serres)
  • BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Personal Training, Group Training, Pilates Training, Yoga Training and Corrective Exercise by FT COACH Modules 1 & 2
  • Certified by Yoga Alliance (USA) - YogaWorks Diploma (200h)
  • RADICAL FITNESS Official Trainer (Radical Power, X55, U Bound, Fight Do)
  • Certified in Yoga for kids by GroovyKids Yoga
  • Certified in Yin Yoga by David Kim
  • Certified as a Pre-Natal Fitness Trainer by Human Mama Studio
Giorgos Karanastasis
  • Director of Education, Core Fitness Knowledge, GRAFTS (starting 2013)
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • Doctoral student in Exercise Biology, School of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Athens  (2010 - today)
  • MSc in Prevention, Intervention and Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece. Main specialization: Swimming, Secondary specializations: Chronic Diseases, Water Polo
  • Certified Personal Trainer & Pilates Reformer Trainer by GRAFTS (ΕΗFA - EREPS)
  • Trainer in the Lifeguard School of Macedonia and head of the Thrace branch
  • Presenter in scientific and professional congresses in Greece and abroad
  • Lifestyle Coach Manager - Fitness / Management consultant in Greece and Cyprus
  • Scientific associate in gyms - fitness clubs and teams
  • Swimming coach - Rehabilitation coach for people with disabilities and chronic diseases
  • ELERGA (Hellenic Society of Ergospirometry and Rehabilitation), EEVFA (Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Physiology of Exercise) and ΕCSS Member
Despoina Arvanitidou
  • Head of the Thessaloniki Branch, GRAFTS
  • Business shareholder, GRAFTS Fitness School Thessaloniki
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Personal & Group Training
  • Letter of Completion, YogaWorks (100h)
  • GYMSTICK Master Trainer
  • RADICAL FITNESS Master Trainer (Oxigeno, U Bound)
  • Owner and Director, F.A.C.E. - FIT2TRAIN Fitness training school from 1996 to 2005
  • Greek gymnastics champion, former National team member, 3rd place in Balkan games
  • Former national artistic gymnastics coach
  • 5 times Greek champion in Sport Aerobics
  • 6th place, European Aerobic Championship, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 3rd place, Sport Aerobics, Good Willing Games, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 9th place, ANAC's 1990 World Aerobic Championship, San Diego, USA
Paschalis Voutsas
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • Doctor of Medicine
  • Anesthesiologist, General Hospital of Piraeus Tzaneio
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Personal Training
  • ACSM Member

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Vasilis Dimitropoulos
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Personal & Group Training
  • Head Master Trainer of RADICAL FITNESS
Asimina Karailia
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Athens
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Personal Training, Group Training & Pilates Training (Mat, Props, Equipment)
  • Certified by PILATES COACH in Pilates Training (Mat, Props, Equipment)
  • Letter of Completion, YogaWorks (100h)
  • Introduction to the GYROKINESIS Method. The application of the GYROTONIC Method to special stools and mattresses (2007 - Evita Iliopoulou)
  • RADICAL FITNESS Master Trainer (Rad Kidz, Oxigeno)
  • Certified Basi Pilates 500h (Mat, Equipment)
  • Pre & Post Natal Pilates 28h
Katerina Katsogresaki
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • YogaWorks Teacher Trainer
  • MSc in Athletic Performance and Health, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Personal Training, Group Training and Corrective Exercise by FT COACH Module 1
  • Certified by Yoga Alliance (USA) - YogaWorks Diploma (200h & 300h)
  • Certified in Yoga for kids by GroovyKids Yoga
  • Certified by Birthlight in Postnatal Yoga
  • Specialized in Therapeutic Yoga (Kripalu Center, US)
Thomas Kotsifakis
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • MSc in Athletic Performance and Health, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, with specialization in Exercise & Health
  • BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Athens
  • Member of the Executive Board of the Public Fitness Sector of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Physical Education and Sport Science Professionals
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Personal & Group Training, Vibration Training, Total Functional Training (TFT) and Suspension Exercise
  • Professor of Physical Education at the Leonteio Lyceum of Patissia
Panayotis Melas
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Certified Personal Trainer by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • Certified Kettlebell Trainer by the International Kettlebell & Fitness Federation (IKFF)
  • Youth Exercise Specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
  • Tennis instructor and former tennis athlete
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA)
  • Weight Loss Exercise Specialist (NASM)
  • Precision Nutrition Pn1
  • Personal Trainer EQF Level 4 (EHFA/EREPS)

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Sakis Bakirtzis
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • ΜSc in Athletics Coaching
  • BSc in Sport and Physical Education, University of Niš, Serbia
  • Presenter at Greek & Cypriot Fitness Conferences (over 20 presentations)
  • Certified by CycloFit
  • Certified by Leslie Bender (Pilates Coach) in Core & Functional Training
  • RADICAL FITNESS Master Trainer (Fight Do, Power)
  • Certified by Panos Pantas (Rebody) in FT COACH (Fundamental Movements I)
George Bougiatiotis
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • BSc in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, University of North Carolina
  • Dietetics and Physical Education, University of North Carolina
  • Certified by GRAFTS
  • 1st in Greece, IBFA, NABBA, NAC over 50, 2016
  • 6th NABBA Body Building World Champion, 2003
  • 6th in 1992 IFBB Mediterranean Championships
Vasilis Xirafopoulos
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Marketing Program Senior, Department of Business Management, TEITHE, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Personal & Group Training
  • Ιnternational Group Exercise Presenter (Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Spain)
  • Dance Aerobic Instructor by PEOPLE IN MOTION
  • RADICAL FITNESS Master Trainer (U Bound, Fight Do, Power, Rad Kidz, Factor F)
Julie Tzortzi
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Athens
  • Certified by EuropeActive - Advanced Health & Exercise Specialist (EREPS EQF level 6)
  • Group Fitness Manager
  • Education officer, Deutsche Aerobic Academie (DAA), up to 2007
  • Education officer, BCH (private fitness training provider), 1995-2005
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Personal Training (Elite level 3), Pilates (Mat, Props, Equipment), Aerial Yoga and Corrective Exercise by FT COACH
  • Spinning Certified (Schwinn)
  • RADICAL FITNESS Master Trainer (Rad Kidz, Oxizeno)
  • Sambala MDH Master Healer
  • Certified by Yoga Alliance (USA) - YogaWorks Diploma (200h & 300h)
  • Τhai-yoga massage Practitioner
  • Certified Laugher Yoga Leader
  • Certified Yin Yoga by David Kim
  • Author of the book "Aerobic theory and practice", Gymnastica Publications
  • International conference presenter since 1992

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Giorgos Gkatzelis
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Personal Training and Group Training
  • RADICAL FITNESS Master Trainer (Fight Do, U Bound, Power & Ki Max)
  • Lifeguard Diploma, YMCA Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Greek Kung Fu champion
Sofia Tsatalmpasidou
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • BSc in Physical Education and Sport Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, with specialization "Swimming - Lifeguarding"
  • Head Coach Crossfit16
  • Certified by European Health and Fitness Asosation (EHFA/EREPS) - Exercise for Health (EQF L4)
  • Certified by NAF - Aerobic and Advanced Choreography instructor, Fitness Specialist, Personal Trainer, Pilates Basic and Advanced Master Trainer
  • Certified by Peak Pilates / Colleen Glenn - Advanced Mat and Power Circle Trainer
  • Certified by Pilates Coach / Leslee Bender - Pilates Reformer I-II Trainer, Functional Reformer I-II Trainer, Body Conditioning Trainer, Core Trainer, Pilates Bender Method Trainer
  • Certified by Pilates Coach / Kathleen Majer - Pilates Reformer II Trainer, Barrels, Bosu, Balls Trainer - Bender Training System
  • Certified by Clinical Pilates / Shari Rosenberg - Clinical Mat and Reformer Trainer for Specific rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system
  • Certified by Human Mama / Sia Zourlandani - PRE/POSTNATAL Trainer
  • Certified by Anahata Yoga / Elena Mouratidou - Aerial Flow Yoga Teacher
  • Creator of the Aerial Flow Pilates System for Anahata Yoga Studio
  • Creator of the Pilates Swing Training for Playfit Studio Fitness
  • Certified by FT COACH - Functional Trainer, Corrective Trainer
  • Certified by ELEIKO / Colin Buckley - Eleiko Weightlifting for sports CLUB COACH L1
  • Pilates and Fitness Presenter

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Konstantinos Karafoulidis
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • Certified by Yoga Vidhia Dham - Nasik in India in Hatha Yoga (250h)
  • ΑcroYoga Teacher Training Levels 1 & 2
  • YogaWorks Diploma (100h)
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Corrective Exercise by FT COACH Module 1
  • Certified as a Pre & Post Natal Fitness Trainer by Human Mama Studio
  • Certified as a Body Whisperer Module 1 - Spine by Dr. Katerina Moustaka
  • Certified Thai Massage by Sunshine Network
  • Founder of the Kupukupu Yoga Group (Alternative exercise and expression group organizing seminars and performances / presentations of Yoga and Modern dance, based in the Athletic and Cultural Association 'Iason' of Kalamaria, Greece)
  • Over the last 10 years, he has attended numerous seminars and lectures on Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra in India, Asthanga Yoga (Primary Series) at Triyoga Center in England, Iyengar Yoga (Body Alignment with Yoga Props) in Amsterdam, Acro Yoga (Acroyoga community) in Thessaloniki, Greece et al.
  • He has worked with Eleni Petroulaki as a trainer in Athens, and as the person in charge of Asana in Thessaloniki

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Konstantinos Anagnostopoulos
  • GRAFTS Tutor
  • Graduate student, MSc in Athletic Training, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, with emphasis on the maximization of the athletic performance
  • BSc (with honors) in Physical Education and Sport Science, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • GRAFTS Contributor
  • Certified by GRAFTS in Personal Training (Elite level 3) and Group Fitness (Elite level 3)
  • 1st place, GRAFTS Rookie Group Fitness Instructor Competition 2015
  • He has worked in three countries (Greece, Spain and Italy) as a Group Fitness Instructor
  • Fight Sports athlete for 13 years with distinctions at national, European and International level