Friskis Value 4: Exercise should allow the whole person to develop

Published on May 5, 2019

As you know, Friskis&Svettis is a sports organization entirely run by volunteers. But it’s more than that. Its members, instructors included, volunteer their time, energy and skills because they believe in it and what it represents.

Did you know that, when they graduate, each Friskis instructor is given a book listing the 12 Friskis values? These values encapsulate all the lessons and teachings that the instructors learn during their months of training and get to the heart of what exercising with Friskis is about.

To that end we have asked our volunteers (instructor, host, board members, etc.) to share their favorite Friskis values and to describe what it means to them how it helps them in their friskis role. It represents both an illustration of what we believe in as an organisation as well as to better show just how these people turn a sports experience into a Friskis experience.

We are Friskis. These are our values.



Sophie Béreau

Sophie is well known for being one of our most enthusiastic instructors and her dedication to Friskis is second to none. So we were all very curious to hear her take on her favourite friskis value: EXERCISE SHOULD ALLOW THE WHOLE PERSON TO DEVELOP:

“You have to take risks, be yourself and trust your gut feelings. You also have to think of your own well-being. It’s easier to be there for others if you take care of yourself and make sure you feel good.”

“Furthermore, Music and movement release emotions that help us build confidence in our bodies and our selves. Exercise should be a meaningful and positive experience we will want to have again and again. This is what Friskis feels to me… the more I do it… the more I enjoy it!”

Now that you’ve heard her thoughts, how about we take a moment to get to better know our instructor. Sophie started as a simple participant when she arrived in Belgium from her native France in 2009 and became a host a semester later for Mònica’s wonderful dance sessions. In 2011 then she became a jympa instructor. She enjoys the cosmopolitan aura, the nice and fun atmosphere, the sporty challenge and the possibility to “youhou” while working out together with many other things that would take too long to enumerate.

You can enjoy Medium sessions with Sophie every Wednesday at our Etterbeek venue at 12.30.


  1. Anna says:

    I just wanted to share with you an excellent example of Friskis values displayed today at Magda’s Jympa Celebrate lunch session.

    A participant had forgotten her tights, whereby Calle kindly lent her a spare pair of pants (with a broken zipper just to add to the fun). Since the lady without tights was shorter than Magda, Magda readily offered her tights to the lady and then gave the session in Calle’s spare pants, excusing herself for losing Count here and there, as she was afraid that the pants would drop down 🙂

    I think this is the genuine Friskis spirit – dress any way you like, everyone is always welcome and we help each other as far as we can. Actually the lady without pants once lent someone else a pair of shoes! The laughter coming out of the ladies’ changing room was contagious. Go Friskis!

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