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’m a Greek Canadian prairie girl born and raised in Winnipeg, MB and have made Montreal my home. I can get into my love of reading and nature, how I enjoy long walks on the beach that I rarely ever see, and how I’ve discovered running to be a form of meditation and the best antidepressant – but who really cares?
What I will share with you is my personal journey of wellness and health which looking back was years in the making.
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. I had tried every weight loss program, fad diet, support group, medication, therapy; fitness programs both one on one and group classes. I had hired personal trainers, visited dieticians, psychologists – there was not a program out in the market that I had not attempted to try. Trying was never the problem. Succeeding was.
My weight was affecting my health, my life, my mobility, my career, my relationships, my self-esteem. My existence and whole being 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. Did I lose weight? Yep – about 100 pounds. Can I keep it off? Not if I don’t move! Not if I don’t create some sort of balance that allows me to feel human while respecting the nutritional requirements I need to sustain myself.
Bariatric surgery is a very personal decision that involves the patient and their doctor. It 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. Did bariatric surgery save my life? Yes. Did it give me the confidence to change my life and immerse myself into this new active, fulfilling lifestyle? No. That part took months of work, I still work on that every single day. I make a choice to go to the gym. I make a choice to go for a run. I make a choice to get out there and DANCE my heart out to the music that feeds my soul. I struggle. I battle my demons and I face my insecurities and sometimes I even trip and fall into a bowl of ice cream in the process. That makes me human. That makes my struggle raw and real and very present every single day. 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.
Aerobics is not a new invention. Exercising to Greek music isn’t a new concept either. It’s not my concept. It’s existed since before the Acropolis was built! Greek dance and music is in everyone’s blood. We do it at weddings, we do it at baptisms, we do it at birthdays and celebrations we do it in our living rooms and bathrooms and we even do it during times of sadness. Dancing and exercise simply go hand in hand. Combining these 2 elements is the perfect recipe for KEFI.
I’m a down to earth, everyday mom who happens to love to dance and make people feel good about themselves. It really is as simple as that. There is no magic formula or crash course in relating to others on a personal level. People have the need to belong. KEFI Fit™ is a place where you can feel you BELONG.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
Let’s find our KEFI!
Creator & Founder KEFI Fit™
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 includes Bollywood, Arabic, African and Caribbean beats. Variety is the spice of life for all ages – what better city to represent our cultural mosaic than that in Montreal and Canada.
Each class feels like a party and the mood is light but the exercise class itself is as intense as you want it to be. 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 is there and provided by the instructor however is not necessary. Should you want to maximize your strength training and intensity of your workout you now have the option. 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 where you feel like pushing yourself to the limit and others where 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
Some of our friends along the way:
Mondays @ 8:15 pm (Instructor – Dina)
Centre du Sablon
755 Ch. du Sablon Laval, QC H7W 4H
*6 week session: May 28 – July 16 (No Class June 25 and July 2)
LES ENFANTS KEFI Fit™ KIDS
Saturdays @ 9:00 am (Instructor – Anna)
Centre du Sablon
755 Ch. du Sablon Laval, QC H7W 4H
*5 week session: July 7 – August 4 (SIGN UP: https://goo.gl/forms/nEr344mdxrxCOtvm2)
Wednesdays @ 7:30 pm (Instructor Dina )
Hellenic Community of Greater Montreal
South Shore Region
5220 Grande Allée St-Hubert, QC J3Y 1A1
*6 week session: September 12 – October 17
Thursdays @ 7:30 pm (Instructor Dina )
Tuesdays @7:30 pm (Instructor – Martha)
Kefalonian House of Montreal
535 Ogilvy Avenue Montreal, QC H3N 1M9
*Last class Tuesday, July 17 before summer break. Resumes Sept 2018
Mondays @6:15 pm (Instructor – Dina)
Summit School (Register for Session firstname.lastname@example.org)
1750 Rue Deguire, Saint Laurent, QC H4L 1M7
*6 week session: (resume in September 2018)
Wednesdays @7:30pm (Instructor – Maria D. – 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
South Shore Fees: EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2018 ($40 per 6 week session or $10 Drop in rate) Register firstname.lastname@example.org
West Island Fees (TBA)
Toronto Fees ($10 per person payable at the door)
Please refer to your instructor or send us an email at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
It will be reviewed before being posted on the website.
On April 25, 2018 KEFI Fit™ presented the 1st Annual A TASTE OF KEFI Featuring the THREE GREEK SISTERS benefiting the HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION. The Emcee for the night Mr. Franco Taddeo, gave the audience a laugh and presented the evening beautifully. This event brought together over 250 people of all cultural backgrounds and walks of life at the Rialto Theatre in Montreal to celebrate the different elements of the KEFI FIT™ program. Health, Motivation, Nutrition, Cultural Celebration and Fitness while Empowering the Women in the Community and promoting heart health and stroke prevention. This event was made possible by an entire army of dedicated people and generous sponsors. Please click on the link below for a list of our partners, sponsors and contributors. We humbly and whole heartedly thank you for your support!
The evening was captured by DESPINA IOANIDIS PHOTOGRAPHY. Click on the link below and take a look at the online photo gallery as highlights of the evening were captured!
An incredible evening, the first of many.
We thank you for your support and we look forward to sharing many more extraordinary moments with you!
A TASTE OF KEFI ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
Christina Kastanas, Vicky Kaliotzakis, Maria Fotopoulos, Selin Adam, Sevasti Mucaco and Dina Bastounis