Instructors

We have around 25 dedicated and highly-qualified Friskis instructors in Brussels. What they all have in common is that they enjoy being in the middle of a group of participants to convey the message of joyful training, fun and pleasure while getting fit.

How are instructors trained?

Friskis Brussels regularly organises instructor tests to select potential instructors. The successful candidates then follow a high quality instructor’s education programme in Sweden.

The first “step” of their training is theoretical, focusing on anatomy, physiology, leadership as well as the Friskis&Svettis concept and values. The second “step” is more practical. They learn how to put together a class, how to use the music and rhythms in indoor classes and how to use different movements for outdoor classes. Both “steps” include 1-2 training classes per day. The whole process, from selection test to becoming an instructor takes eight to ten months.

After these two steps, the future instructor has to put together a one-hour class, with his/her own music and movements. He/she has to present his/her class to a certified graduator who takes the final decision if the person is qualified to become an instructor. Every third semester, each instructor passes a so-called “quality control” where the instructor receives feedback on his/her class from an experienced and specially- trained follow-up coach, in order to keep up to the set standards.

 


Our instructors

 

Agnès Etienne

Agnès Etienne

Nordic Walking

Alice Polo

Alice Polo

Family, Jympa Celebrate

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Since 10 years already, Alice, an Italian by origin, joined F&S Brussels. She joined because she loves the concept of providing good quality exercise together with the fact that exercising with F&S is accessible to everybody. Having fun and the good quality of exercise provided are elements that feed into her life motto of ‘mens sana in corpore sana’.

Amélie Delforge

Amélie Delforge

Basic

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Amélie’s “serious relationship ;-)” with F&S since September 2009, started as just wanting to make a contribution as she believes that a healthy life is one of the keys to happiness. The family spirit, the fun and the absence of any competition together with the idea of Friskis not taking itself too seriously while offering good quality exercise are what attracted this Belgian to the family.

Anne Dauvrin

Anne Dauvrin

Nordic Walking

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Anne, our “Bruxelloise”, joined F&S to share with others one or more of her passions, the discovery of the forest through the seasons and its trails, Nordic walking practiced as a sport. This makes it possible to take from time to time challenges such as taking part in the 20km of Brussels, in “La Bruxelloise”, or guiding foreign F&S members in Brussels. At F&S, things are not always easy … some instructions seem restrictive and not easy to understand. But beyond these few difficulties, even if the NW is a little bit apart, it is always very nice to meet others and to participate in one or the other event. She stopped counting how long she has been involved in F&S because she loves what she does. Her life motto is specifically “For a valiant heart nothing is impossible, and then impossible is not a French word”.

Annika Hallonsten

Annika Hallonsten

Spinning Distance

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Originally from Sweden, Annika has been attending Friskis since the late 80s and has been a member since 2005. She confesses that she is normally a lazy person so Friskis is a great way for her to actually get up from the couch and do some sports! She loves the mix of people that she finds in Brussels and at Friskis. She is a firm believer that life is only as fun as you make it and so she finds that life with Friskis, with its delightful mix of people, is very fun indeed!

Antonio Donadio

Antonio Donadio

Start to Run, Running Quality, Barbell

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For the past year our Belgian Antonio volunteers for F&S Brussels to share his passion for running. Attracted by the energy shared and the friendship of people he believes that life is to be lived to the fullest and that it is too short to produce negative energy.

Berit Koop

Berit Koop

Start to Run

Catarina Thornberg

Catarina Thornberg

Flex

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Catarina was born in Sweden and moved to Brussels in 1996. Ever since she has been a part of F&S Brussels since she appreciates the F&S concept and values as her own. Not only, but she all enjoys the great variety of sessions & instructors.

Daniela Fraiss

Daniela Fraiss

Basic

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Hailing from Austria, Daniela Has been a member for 14 years before she decided to take the next step and become an instructor as a way of giving back something to Friskis as well as to challenge herself. She became enamoured with our organisation after being motivated to try it out by a friend who at the time got a T-shirt for acquiring a new member. I guess the T-shirt payed off… When asked what she enjoys most about Friskis She has no doubts: The people! Everybody gives a special something: Music, smile, power – it’s that combination of different people that makes Friskis unique.

Edite Kruze

Edite Kruze

Nordic Walking

Fleur Parnet

Fleur Parnet

Medium, Family Circuit

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As a sportive person since a young kid in France, she has always wished for more people to practice sport, so when she recognised herself in the values of F&S she joined as an instructor some five years ago. The spirit of spreading good sport activity with fun and great people are what she enjoys the most and believes that Today is her favourite day – just like the much loved Winnie the Pooh!

George Paltoglou

George Paltoglou

Running Quality

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Originally from Greece, George came to Brussels from the UK and joined Friskis 4 years ago. He first became a volunteer 1 year ago because he wanted to contribute more to Friskis and help further its cause before making the leap to instructor.
His personal motto is: “νους υγιής εν σώματι υγιεί”, (a healthy mind in a healthy body).

Guy Tasmowski

Guy Tasmowski

Nordic Walking

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Guy is Belgian and joined Friskis since so long time ago that he can’t even remember when that was. Impressed by the international, relaxed, nice and funny atmosphere he became a volunteer a few years later. He discovered the physical and mental benefits of Nordic Walking and advocates them as NW-instructor. He shares the Friskis values and loves the way it helps you to stay fit and energized.

Johanna van Vrede

Johanna van Vrede

Medium

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Johanna lives by a live healthy and happy life motto and so she joined F&S Brussels because it’s friendly, easy-going, fun and a multicultural way of doing sports. She joined in 2012 as a volunteer because it is a fun and nice way to put something back into an organisation you get a lot out of. Johanna is originally from the Netherlands.

Lene Kristensen

Lene Kristensen

Flex, Core, Family, Family Circuit

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Like most of us Lene enjoys the multicultural part of F&S Brussels the most, as both the volunteers and participants are from different parts of the world. Originally from Denmark, she finds volunteering for the past 12 years fascinating as it has been a way to give her passion for sports a higher purpose – a possibility for her as an individual to help people change and feel better in their daily lives. No wonder her motto is to enjoy life, stay positive and strong.

Lies Lecomte

Lies Lecomte

Medium

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Lies is Belgian and started volunteering with F&S Brussels in 2013 and subsequently in 2017 became a jympa instructor. She loves jympa, the Friskis spirit, and the Friskis crowd. The energy boost, the friendliness and of course the great complete workout are the best she knows of! You’ll regret not trying more than you’ll regret trying and not succeeding.

Lisa Kretschmann

Lisa Kretschmann

Yoga

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Lisa loves moving, sports and the spirit of Friskis! In fact she has been participating since more than 17 years and became an instructor in 2002 as she believes that life is to be lived and loved – just do it! For her knowing the participants is very important and she feels that it makes one feel like part of a “club” or a group. She enjoys the international, the moving all together, sweating and enjoying, independently of the language one may speak or where they come from – a “mini- European movement” so to say.

Magda Havlikova

Magda Havlikova

Medium, Jympa Celebrate

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Originally from the Czech Republic, Magdalena enjoys being a part of the F&S family and that is why she joined as a volunteer in 2008. The easy going and enjoyable way of making sport are what kept her coming back even after some pauses for babies.

Mira Sallamo

Mira Sallamo

Medium Pulse, Yoga Energy

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Mira gets so much positive energy from the participants, other volunteers and the exercise, the constant learning and the balance F&S bring to her work and other commitments are the main reasons for her to keep doing this year after year since 1994 with F&S Helsinki her home country. Apart from this she enjoys the international aspect, the welcoming, relaxed, fun and quality workout F&S offers and she lives by the motto that life is all about balance!

Monica De Guchteneere

Monica De Guchteneere

Dance Fusion, Medium, Family Circuit

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Monica was attracted to the concept 20 years ago when she joined F&S Brussels from Argentina. For her the shared energy by doing an activity in joy and good mood, and with more physical exercise, is the ultimate goal.

Philippe Arets

Philippe Arets

Running Distance, Nordic Walking

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Philippe, one of our Belgian instructors volunteers as he likes the spirit and the values shared between members of the Friskis community. He discovered F&S Brussles in the summer of 2012 and became a member after the summer of 2013. Doing sport with enthusiastic and positive minded people is what he enjoys the most and he believes in the phrase “Il vaut mieux marcher lentement dans la bonne direction que de courir dans la mauvaise”.

Senta Freitag

Senta Freitag

Station Medium 75

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Senta joined F&S via a friend in 1997 just arrived she arrived in Brussels from Germany. She quickly noticed that it was the perfect way of getting and staying fit and so became a host. After some years hosting all kind of sessions and in all locations, she became an instructor in January 2005 teaching medium classes at first, but through the years she acquired diplomas for strength, Basic, Core, Pulse and most recently Stations. The family atmosphere of F&S, the quality of the sessions and the fact that it is a non-commercial association make her want to continue “for sure, as long as my body lets me do so :-)”

Sophie Béreau

Sophie Béreau

Medium

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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 volunteers so as to keep doing jympa – something that she had discovered in Paris (at the so-called “gym suédoise”), but also to meet people outside academic circles whilst back then still studying. 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 it would be too long to enumerate.

Tarja Kallio

Tarja Kallio

Intensive, Barbell Interval

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Sport has always been an essential part of Tarja’s life, and through volunteering she feels she can participate more actively in an organisation she loves. In fact she has been a member for more than 15 years and an instructor for more than ten. She enjoys most the people and the spirit which is created together during sessions at F&S Brussels. Originally from Finland, Tarja believes not only to hope for things… Work for it!

Vasilios Vamvakas

Vasilios Vamvakas

Spinning Distance

Viva Kerpanova

Viva Kerpanova

Dance Fusion

Yvonne John

Yvonne John

Medium


Instructors on break

Annika Ostergren Pofantis

Annika Ostergren Pofantis

Basic, Family, Family Circuit, Medium Station

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Originally from Sweden, Annika has volunteered for Friskis&Svettis in Brussels and Luxembourg since 2003 and she has had different roles throughout, from being on the board, to communications, to leading classes for both children and adults. She loves being an instructor because it is energising and joyful to give classes to participants who give it all and still smile. Smiling is in fact her life motto and that is exactly what she does by being a part of and by helping to build an organisation which reaches more and more people thanks to its fantastic workouts and to its unique atmosphere based on the recipe of engaging volunteers and participants from all corners of the world.

Birgitta Johnsson Mangan

Birgitta Johnsson Mangan

Basic

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Birgitta loves the concept of being part of a non elitist communal and an affordable way of staying fit. For her F&S Brussels means companionship and accomplishment and this has been so since 1994. Originally from Sweden she aims at being of service to family, friends, colleagues and her pupils.

Claudia Granada

Claudia Granada

Family

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Originally from sunny Portugal, Claudia has brought that sunny disposition to Friskis ever since she joined in 2017. She instantly became enamored with this organization filled with passion and warmth, with people from all over the world and such a diverse offering of classes that each person can find something for them. She naturally grasped the change to be more involved and give something back by becoming an instructor. She believes that F&S Brussels combines 2 special ingredients that go very well together: happy people and fun sports. Like this, staying healthy and remaining fit is a collective and enjoyable challenge.

Marika Armanovica

Marika Armanovica

Yoga

Berit Koop

Martin Karlsson

Running Quality

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Originally from Sweden, Martin has been a proud member of Friskis since 2003 and was very pleased that he could continue to be one when he moved to Brussels in 2014. He loves the friendly attitude and the positive people that he finds at Friskis and the fact that whenever he goes to a session he can always rely on getting sweaty with a smile on his face. His life motto is Smile and move forward so he feels very much at home at Friskis where he gets to do both!

Nolwenn Cozigou

Nolwenn Cozigou

Medium

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For the past 15 years as an F&S instructor Nolwenn has enjoyed the fun & exercise without judgements, that one can be who they are, matching her life motto to love all with their differences and similarities. Nolwenn is half Irish and half French but born in Belgium.

Przemek Sowinski

Przemek Sowinski

Medium

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Przemek joined F&S to be part of the crowd of crazy, energetic people dressed in white and red, as a member in 2008 and in 2009 as an instructor. He became a fitness instructor to have the opportunity to compose his own sessions, with lots of rock music in it! He enjoys the equality of the participants, the enthusiasm of the volunteers and the energy of the instructors the most. Originally from Poland (Gdansk) he believes in ‘Carpe diem’.

Thibaud Hilmarcher

Thibaud Hilmarcher

Spin

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A member and host since 2013 Thibaud became an instructor in 2014 and is now the chairman of the Brussels association since 2015. Originally from France he joined F&S for the quality of its workouts and the sweaty and smiley atmosphere. He loves doing sport with motivated people, motivated hosts and instructors who are always positive as this gives back the energy to push and have fun. He volunteers to share, to smile and to workout. Thibaud loves the spirit and the volunteering atmosphere. Joining Friskis is like being part of a fun and international family. He very much believes in the motto: ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.’

Valentine De Luca

Valentine De Luca

Basic, Yoga

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As a native Belgian, Valentine volunteers since 9 years with F&S Brussels because it is fun and because it became part of her social life. She enjoys the positive spirit most and believes in always listening to your true self.

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