John gives us #week­end goals

Khaleej Times - City Times - - FITNESS. MOVIES AND MORE -

John Karpathakis is the gen­eral man­ager and head trainer of F45 Train­ing Dubai Ma­rina. He lives and breathes fit­ness as his typ­i­cal day is spent train­ing groups of peo­ple as well train­ing him­self. He has a BSc. in Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion from Univer­sity of Athens. “I’ve al­ways been very pas­sion­ate about how the hu­man body moves and func­tions. I love help­ing peo­ple change their lives – one work­out at a time. I’m goal ori­ented in my work and in life in gen­eral. I be­lieve that if you put your mind to it and work hard, noth­ing can stop you from reach­ing your goals,” says Karpathakis.

Hol­ly­wood time

A typ­i­cal week­end for me starts at 7am at F45 Train­ing Dubai Ma­rina where we teach four back-to-back high in­ten­sity cir­cuits. There is some­thing about be­ing sur­rounded by many high en­ergy friends. More­over, the DJ that per­forms live ev­ery Fri­day gets me in a great mood.

Life by the beach

Usu­ally af­ter my morn­ing work­outs, I like to chase the sun at one of Dubai’s sandy beaches or a re­laxed pool. I’m from Greece so I’m used to be­ing in the sun­shine and the water.

Al­ways hun­gry!

I love cook­ing, eat­ing out and food in gen­eral and I re­ally like the fact that Dubai of­fers so many op­tions –healthy or not ! My ideal din­ner is a juicy steak, cooked medium rare. I also have a weak­ness for sweet potato fries. Meet­ing with friends for a cof­fee or go­ing to watch a movie later in the evening is al­ways a great idea. Usu­ally on Satur­days, I en­joy sleep­ing late and I en­joy cook­ing break­fast at home. What’s bet­ter than some home­made, runny, sunny sideup eggs cooked in co­conut oil, ac­com­pa­nied by slices of fresh av­o­cado and smoked salmon?

Prac­tice what you preach

I like train­ing on Satur­days when I’m well rested as I can fo­cus bet­ter on my own work­out rou­tine and fit­ness goals. Work­ing out dur­ing week­ends makes me feel ac­com­plished.

(As told to Arti Dani)

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