Spiro & Gen Photopoulos

July 2021

July 2021's member profile features Spiro & Gen, CGC members since 2011 shortly after the doors opened to the community. They joined together as a family with their three kids and made exercise a part of the family routine. The kids are grown up now, but Spiro & Gen remain active and regular members at the CGC – attending classes multiple days a week. Gen doesn't miss the morning Dance Fusion classes, and raves about all the fun they have dancing! Together, Spiro & Gen are back in the evenings for the HIIT or Cardio Combat classes with their sense of humour and upbeat energy in tow.

"We are motivated by knowing that exercise not only relieves stress, but also strengthens your muscles and makes you stronger..."
  • Where is your hometown?
"Halifax, NS"
  • What motivates you to maintain an active lifestyle/why is fitness so important to you?
"We are motivated by knowing that exercise not only relieves stress, but also strengthens your muscles and makes you stronger so you risk fewer injuries and certain diseases like heart disease and diabetes."
  • What do you like about the CGC?
"It is a large modern facility that is well equipped and offers a variety of classes and activities. We usually spend a lot of time in the Field House." 
  • What is your favourite workout routine/where in the CGC will we find you?
Spiro – "HIIT" Gen – "Dance Fusion"
  • What is your favourite post-workout snack?
"Most of the time we snack on different types of nuts."
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
"We read books, spend time with family over dinner and a movie, but also socialize with friends over coffee or drinks."
  • What is your favourite food or indulgence?
"Our favourite food is sushi!"
  • What is your go-to workout song or what are you listening to right now?
 "We enjoy all genres of music. We usually like what the instructors are playing during our exercise routine."
  • What is your favourite movie/book/TV show?
Spiro – "The Godfather" Gen – "Marvel movies"
  • What is your favourite quote?
Spiro – "Falling down is not a failure. Failure comes when you stay where you have fallen ~ Socrates" Gen – "You achieve what you believe"
  • What is your favourite memory of the CGC?
"When the CGC had newly opened, we got a family membership with our three kids. Our kids were younger then and exercise was a family affair."
  • What do you wish other people knew about the CGC?
"The staff are knowledgeable, helpful, friendly. They make an effort to know the members by their name."

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