Aglaia Giannis from our Park Extension class is KEFI personified! Always smiling, laughing and singing along to every song. Never afraid to be front and center and ready to move and groove. Just looking at her puts a smile on my face! KEFI Fit™ is for people of all fitness levels and ages. Just ask Aglaia. Her dedication to her class and her positive energy leaves a lasting impression on all who know her! She is inspiring and motivating and brings her KEFI to each class. Thank you for being a part our Park Extension KEFI Fit™ Family and sharing your passion and your love for dance and fitness with us! You motivate the entire class to become better versions of ourselves. As a thank you please accept a 1 one month complimentary pass to our classes during the month of September.
Listen to what Aglaia has to say about KEFI Fit™.
– Martha Giannopoulos, KEFI Fit™ Instructor, Park Extension Montreal
A Greek and Arabic word that is used to describe passion, fun, joy, mojo, zest, and love for life, bliss, euphoria, excitement and an overall positive state of mind and being. It is a cathartic expression of human emotion.
We aim to empower, motivate and include men and women from all walks of life and fitness levels. Our goal is to take you to the next level for a more complete lifestyle that includes fitness, nutrition, community and overall physical and mental wellbeing. KEFI Fit™ your way to a healthy and happy lifestyle by having FUN FOR A BETTER YOU™!
I often reflect on my life and experiences and look in the mirror with difficulty at times struggling to see the reflection that others see. I was obese most of my life and found comfort in food in the same way a baby finds comfort with a pacifier. I spent most of my childhood and adult life trying to fight it by trying out every program in the market. I failed. Every. Single. Time.
My weight was affecting my health, my life, my mobility, my career, my relationships, my self-esteem. My existence was defined by the number on the scale and the higher the number the less worthy I felt. As a result of my failing health – my physician recommended bariatric surgery.
My first reaction was shock. Then fear, followed by embarrassment and defeat. My biggest concern was the stigma of taking the easy way out. That I was cheating my way to health by being weak. Bariatric surgery is not a magic solution or a quick fix. It is a tool that assists one in maintaining their weight – it is a last resort which did save my life however it’s not a magic cure. I still struggle with my weight but I no longer allow it to determine my self worth. I work on maintaining my health every single day, knowing full well I’m one cheesecake away from reversing all of the work I’ve put in! The one lesson I’ve learned is that there is strength in numbers. Regardless as to what struggle each of us is facing whether it’s financial, emotional, physical, and psychological, social or medical the one common element that we all share is our ability to come together and love. So find something you love and simply do it. Use whatever tools are out there to help you, but simply do it. Find your passion and don’t ever let anyone tell you that you’re not smart enough, or fit enough, or thin enough, or strong enough, or capable. We are all capable.
This is my sanity and saving grace and if I’ve been able to sustain my healthier lifestyle it’s because of KEFI Fit™. There is something powerful and empowering when like minded women come together and If I’m able to keep myself in check it’s because of my members and if I am able to inspire others along the way, then I’ve done my job. People have the need to belong. KEFI Fit™ is a place where you can feel you BELONG and if you can forget all of the things that cause you stress for just 1 hour in our classes then we have served our purpose and this program has done what it’s set out to do.
INSPIRE. MOTIVATE. EMPOWER.
Creator & Founder KEFI Fit™
YMCA F.I.T. Certified Fitness Instructor, Group Choreography
KEFI Fit™ is a 1 hour aerobic dance program with simple choreography that anyone can follow. It is a predominately Greek themed exercise class with a sample of multicultural mix that sometimes Bollywood, Arabic and even disco! Variety is the spice of life for all ages – what better city to represent our cultural mosaic than that in Montreal and Canada. We combine traditional aerobic movements (jumping jacks, leg lifts, knee lifts etc.) and Greek dance steps which creates the perfect cardio combo: KEFI Fit™! Although we didn’t invent aerobics or the ZORBA dance, we’re bringing it back and making it FUN! People have been exercising to Greek music for decades and we’re thrilled to share our passion with you!
There is some strength training incorporated into the program by using lunges, boxing moves and arm exercises designed to work both your core as well as target some of the major muscle groups. The option of using resistance bands in available in KEFI Fit™ Toning class for a portion of the class. (contact us to find out which class) Please note that very basic arm exercises will be demonstrated during this segment that can be done with or without the use of resistance bands. The main theme throughout the class is DANCE!
We strive to create a workout class for EVERYONE. The beauty of KEFI Fit™ is that you decide what kind of class you want to have. There are some days when you feel like pushing yourself to the limit and others when you simply want to close your eyes and dance to the music you love. Either way – this class is for you.
KEFI Fit™ is a lifestyle. It is an outlet; it is a place where you are encouraged to simply BE. It is a sense of empowerment and wellbeing. A place where you can dance your stress away. A place where you can attain your fitness goals without the judgements or stigma or fear that often plagues us. A place where you can ask questions, talk about your day, share recipes and be a part of a strong network of inspiring people. A place where group hugs are part of the deal and laughing is a must. THIS is what KEFI Fit™ represents to me and hopefully to you.
KEFI Fit™ KIDS is a program created for kids that allows them to get exercise in a fun creative structured environment. Classes emphasize and incorporate songs and dance tunes that they identify with.
The KEFI Fit™ KIDS program is based on the spirit of “keeping it local”. We pride ourselves on supporting local schools, organizations, business and communities. In this case we donate a portion of our profits back to the education facility ( school) that implements and incorporates KEFI Fit™ KIDS into their extra curricular program.
Boys and girls 6-12 that get a chance to socialize with friends and jam into a cool mood with their favourite cultural and modern music. Ask about our daycare program (18 months – 5 years).
A 30 minute program with great energy packed kid friendly routines. Cultural exploration elements into a class structure environment.
Helps develop a healthy lifestyle and incorporates fitness with putting kids into a great mood. Will help with respect, team work, confidence, self esteem, memory, creativity, coordination, balance and cultural awareness.
For more information send us an e- mail to: email@example.com , titled “KIDS”. Ask about our KEFI KIDS birthday parties and special event packages and let us bring the fun and the fitness to your next get together.
KEFI Fit™ has strong ties with various local communities (Greek, Armenian, Lebanese, Syrian and more). This is what makes us unique and unites us all. Music doesn’t need a language. If you are interested in hosting a fundraising event and would like KEFI Fit™ to be a part of your efforts send us an email along with a brief description of your charitable cause and we’ll do our best to work with you and make your event a memorable one.
Corporate classes are also available for your place of business, school, and daycare or weight loss group. This is a fun way to incorporate exercise into your establishment and break up the monotony of the day! Your employees and members will thank you! To implement corporate classes into your place of business or for fundraising opportunities please contact Dina directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
For all corporate sponsorship opportunities please contact email@example.com
Mondays @ 8:00 pm (Instructor: Dina)
Laval Junior Academy – (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 514-962-8276)
2323 Daniel-Johnson Blvd, Laval, Quebec H7T 1H8
*4 week session: Sept 30 – Oct 28 (CLOSED Thanksgiving Monday Oct 14)
Tuesdays @ 7:30 pm (Instructor: Dina)
HCGM South Shore – Polyvalent (Contact: email@example.com / 514-962-8276)
5220 Grande Allee, Saint-Hubert, QC J3Y 1A1
* 4 week session: September 24 – October 15, 2019 ($30 per session)
Thursdays @ 8:30 pm (Instructors: Voula and Maria)
Studio 95 Dance Complex (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
4495 Westpark, Pierrefonds, QC H9A 2K3
* 4 week session: September 5 – September 26, 2019 ($30 per session)
Tuesdays @ 7:30 pm (Instructor: Martha)
Kefalonian House of Montreal 2nd Floor (Contact: email@example.com)
535 Ogilvy Ave, Montreal QC H3N 1M9
*Weekly drop in rate $8/per class – BACK IN SEPTEMBER
Friday, September 27, 2019 (7:30 – 8:30 PM)
Elite Danceworx (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 514.962.8276)
150 Bullock Drive, 2nd Floor, Markham, Ontario L3P1W2
$15/per ticket in advance (etransfer to reserve: email@example.com)
Friday, October 4, 2019 (7:00 – 9:00 PM)
Juste Danse Studio (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org / 514.962.8276)
4983 rue Pare, Montreal, QC H4P 1P4
$15/per ticket in advance or $20 at the door (https://kefifitmontrealmasterfit.eventbrite.ca)
Friday, November 15, 2019 (7:30 PM – 8:30PM)
Art Motion Dance Studio Ottawa (Contact: email@example.com / 514.962.8276)
60 Colonnade Rd. Ottawa, Ontario
$15/per ticket – firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot!
LAVAL: WW Laval Studio, 550 boul. Cure-Labelle, Sainte Rose, H7L 4V6 Wednesdays @ 7:30 PM (contact: email@example.com)
WEST ISLAND: WW Pierrefonds Studio, 14955 boul Pierrefonds, Pierrefonds, H9H 4M5 – Wednesdays @ 12:30 PM & Fridays @ 7:00 PM (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
CHATEAUGUAY: WW Chateauguay Studio, 151 boul. Saint Jean Baptiste, Chateauguay, J6K 3B1 – Thursdays @ 7:00 PM (contact: email@example.com)
Our goal is to make exercise fun, affordable and accessible to everyone. Our program is available at various community centres, gyms and dance studios therefore our prices reflect the location of our classes.
Classes start at $5.00 per class. Prices are subject to change depending on venue, city and member participation at any time.
Laval Fees: EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2018 ($40 per 6 week session or $10 drop in rate) Register firstname.lastname@example.org
Park Extension Fees ($8 per person payable at the door)
Ville St. Laurent Fees: EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2018 ($40 per 6 week session or $10 drop in rate) Register email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
South Shore Fees: EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2018 ($40 per 6 week session or $10 drop in rate) Register email@example.com
West Island Fees: EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 2018 ($40 per 6 week session or $10 drop in rate) Register firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
Toronto Fees ($10 per person payable at the door)
Please refer to your instructor or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
KEFI Fit™ is proud to showcase Canada’s very own 3 Greek Sisters cookbook ideas to our members. Their first cookbook, ‘Three Sisters Around the Greek Table’ received a Gourmand World Cookbook Award and New York Book Festival, Best Cookbook of the Year Award. It is a national best seller. We asked our local Canadian talent for their help in providing heathy Mediterranean recipes and for a few surprise visits for our members!
For more great recipes subscribe to www.3greeksisters.com.
|Food does not have to be a 4 letter word. Most of us have a love/hate relationship with food. There are countless of weight loss programs out there, high protein, low carb, weekend carb cheat days – but only a little bit, liquid diets, cleansing, juicing, detoxing. EVERYTHING works! The science is very simple. Consume less calories, burn more calories ET voila! However, what works for one may not work for another.||Our philosophy is simple. Enjoy the food you eat. Savour it and find balance in everything. Focus more on the Quality VS the Quantity and find your KEFI – even in the kitchen. The Mediterranean lifestyle is what our ancestors have sworn by for centuries and what better combination of foods to enjoy than feta cheese, olive oil, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, oregano and topped with some basil?|
Submit your own recipe by emailing it to email@example.com
It will be reviewed before being posted on the website.
Mental Health and why it matters. KEFI Fit™ strives of being of value to the communities we serve through our program. We will be hosting our 2nd class in Markham on Friday, September 27th at Elite Danceworx and this time around we decided to contribute and do our part to support causes in the community that matter to us. A portion of our proceeds from this fundraiser will be supporting mental health at Markham Stouffville Hospital and here’s why.
Promoting a healthy lifestyle is much more than being able to do a squat or a leg lift. Most of us have participated in countless of fitness programs that result in the same thing. The science behind exercise is not a new one and there are countless of studies that prove the benefits of exercise, from reducing depression, anxiety and ADHD to shifting hormone levels that put you in a good mood. Exercise is good for the body and great for the mind and is an all around necessity for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We know all of this, none of this is breaking news. Our position is that if you’re placed in an environment that makes you feel good, you’re more likely to stick to it and continue feeling good!
Studies however don’t always speak to those who suffer from mental illness and sometimes the fog is simply too thick to navigate through alone. This is where mental health facilities come into the picture. The importance and the priceless service they provide is immeasurable. Removing the stigma behind mental illness and mental health facilities particularly within a cultural community is paramount for patients actually receiving the help they so desperately need without fear or judgement. We wanted an opportunity to support the local Markham community and after some research opted to donate to The Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation benefiting mental health. They offer inpatient and outpatient services mental health treatment and support for those in crisis.
Dancing ourselves fit and happy definitely works but there is no shame in finding a facility that can help when that’s simply not enough. We’re extremely proud to be contributing in a small way. Every dollar counts and we ask that you spend your 1 hour with us as we shimmy and shake and bring the FUN back into FITNESS for a great cause. $15 per person / firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re reading this and you need help please contact: Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645, Centre for Suicide Prevention 1-833-456-4566, or 911. You’re not alone.