Alexios Batrakoulis

Alexios Batrakoulis
University of Thessaly | UTH · School of Physical Education and Sport Science

PhD, ΜSc, CSCS, ACSM-EP

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Introduction
Alexis holds a BSc in Sport Science, an MSc in Exercise and Health, and a PhD in Clinical Exercise Physiology. He is the Founder of the Internationall Obesity Exercise Training Institute teaching courses around the globe and serves as a Member on several Committees for ACSM and NSCA. He was named as the Personal Trainer of the Year (2018 IDEA, 2020 NSCA, and 2021 PFP), 2019 IDEA China Fitness Innovator and 2022 ACSM Certified Profesionnal of the Year.
Additional affiliations
September 2017 - present
International Obesity Exercise Training Institute
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • Delivering live courses on exercise and obesity for exercise professionals in 40 countries across four continents.
September 2016 - present
American Council on Exercise
Position
  • Master's Student
Description
  • Delivering live courses on health and fitness coaching, sports conditioning, youth fitness, small group training, and personal training.
March 2013 - March 2020
EuropeActive
Position
  • Managing Director
Description
  • This independent unit of industry representatives aims to be the leading body in developing the occupations and registration of professionals while developing educational standards for the occupations of the European health and fitness sector.
Education
February 2018 - February 2021
University of Thessaly
Field of study
  • Exercise Physiology
September 2014 - September 2016
University of Thessaly
Field of study
  • Exercise and Health
September 1993 - September 1997
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Field of study
  • Physical Education and Sport Science

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Publications (61)
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The purpose of this study is to analyse the profile and characteristics of those amateur runners, who participate in marathon running events, and to analyze the factors related to their perception about their running activity. In this paper data from a total of 323 runners were analysed (83% males and 17% females). An online questionnaire was used...
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Exercise is an effective tool for managing and treating type II diabetes and may be a useful component of a diabetes management program. Both short- or long-term exercise interventions can improve physical fitness, metabolic health, and cardiovascular function in individuals with poor glycemic control. Incorporating aerobic and resistance exercise...
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Background: Although regular exercise is recommended for preventing and treating overweight/obesity, the most effective exercise type for improving cardiometabolic health in individuals with overweight/obesity remains largely undecided. This network meta-analysis aimed to evaluate and rank the comparative efficacy of 5 exercise modalities on cardio...
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Regular exercise has been reported as a fundamental piece of the management and treatment puzzle of obesity, playing a vital role in numerous psychological indicators. However, it is unclear whether high-intensity interval training (HIIT) can improve critical psychological health markers such as adherence, exercise enjoyment, affective responses, h...
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The present study examined skeletal muscle metabolism and changes in repeated sprint performance during match play for n = 20 competitive elite women outfield players. We obtained musculus vastus lateralis biopsies and blood samples before, after, and following intense periods in each half of a friendly match, along with 5 × 30‐meter sprint tests a...
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This study examined the dose-response effects of a 1-year hybrid-type, multicomponent interval training programme (DoIT) on various musculoskeletal fitness parameters in inactive overweight and obese adults in a gym setting. Ninety-seven middle-aged (44.8±5.2 years) individuals with overweight/obesity (31.2±5.7 kg/m²) (66% female) were randomly ass...
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From this article, the reader should be able to • Identify top 20 fitness trends for Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. • Recognize individual and unique fitness trends represented within Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Mexico, Spain, and the United States.
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After completing this chapter, you will be able to i) comprehend the fundamental techniques for performing and instructing proper form for resistance training exercises, ii) describe proper spotting techniques as well as situations in which they are needed, iii) define appropriate training equipment and apparel, and iv) recognize common resistance...
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Aging is associated with the development of chronic low-grade systemic inflammation (LGSI) characterized by increased circulating levels of proinflammatory cytokines and acute phase proteins such as C-reactive protein (CRP). Collective evidence suggests that elevated levels of inflammatory mediators such as CRP, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and tumor necr...
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Atrial fibrillation is considered one of the most common cardiac arrhythmias globally, particularly in the elderly. Individuals with atrial fibrillation are very likely to take a number of medications while suffering from other chronic diseases such as hypertension. Regular exercise can play a vital role in health promotion and quality of life enha...
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This randomized controlled trial investigated the effects of a 5-month high-intensity hybrid type neuromuscular training program with nontraditional implements on cardiometabolic health, redox status, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in inactive overweight and obese women. Forty-nine inactive female participants with overweight and obesity (ag...
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HIIT is an effective exercise mode inducing meaningful benefits on physical fitness, metabolic health, and cardiovascular function. This training approach requires adults with metabolic diseases to engage in physically and mentally demanding conditions with respect to the exercise intensity commonly used in other modalities. However, emerging resea...
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PURPOSE: Overweight and obesity are considered a major global public health issue. Although regular physical activity is recommended to overweight and obese adults for weight management, however, the most effective exercise type to improve body composition in this population remains unknown. Thus, the present network meta-analysis (NMA) was conduct...
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Personal Trainers should be able to i) describe the physiological and psychological benefits of a comprehensive exercise program, ii) describe the components of a comprehensive exercise program, iii) consider advanced training options, and iv) understand the anatomy of an exercise session.
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The health and fitness sector is systematically growing worldwide and is considered a vibrant business area shaped by many innovations while showing great potential for professional development and marketing strategies. In Greece, low-cost and budgetgyms as well as boutique fitness studios emerged as a popular business model among health club opera...
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The Greek fitness industry is full of potentials both for existing companies and for those which wish to open in the near future. Gym member penetration rates in Greece are below the average of the EU markets, signifying this potential for growth. Considering that a large percentage of “exercisers” are low-motivated. Increasing their motivation is...
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Background Soccer-specific speed-endurance training induces short-term neuromuscular fatigue and performance deterioration over a 72-h recovery period, associated with elevated markers of exercise-induced muscle damage. We compared the effects of whey vs. soy protein supplementation on field activity, performance, muscle damage and redox responses...
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International awareness of the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM's) Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends has exponentially increased since its inception 15 years ago. Practitioners across the world recognize the value in assessing health and fitness trends annually as one approach to guide future programming efforts. For this reason, severa...
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The objective of this study was to identify the most important health/fitness trends while examining the impact of various demographics of respondents on the top trends for the first time in Greece. An online survey was sent to 3,487 professionals who worked in the health/fitness sector using the methodology of similar regional and worldwide studie...
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Physical exercise has been proposed as an adjunct in addiction treatment, including tobacco cigarette smoking. The physiological and biochemical mechanisms that could be affected by physical exercise in smokers and that could help quit smoking have not been investigated yet. Objective: To investigate whether the effects of acute exercise on smoki...
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This study investigated the effects of a 10-month high-intensity interval-type neuromuscular training programme on musculoskeletal fitness in overweight and obese women. Forty-nine inactive females (36.4 ± 4.4 yrs) were randomly assigned to either a control (N = 21), a training (N = 14, 10 months) or a training-detraining group (N = 14, 5 months tr...
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It is unclear how high-intensity, interval-type nontraditional exercise training programs can be feasible and effective options for inactive obese individuals in a real-world gym setting. This randomized controlled trial investigated the hypothesis that a 10-month high-intensity, group interval-type neuromuscular training program (DoIT) with adjunc...
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Redox status (RS) perturbations and inflammation are fundamental features of chronic kidney disease (CKD) that are substantially exacerbated in end-stage renal disease (ESRD). This study aimed at investigating the efficacy of a 6-month intradialytic exercise training program on RS, inflammation and physical performance in patients with ESRD. Twenty...
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INTRODUCTION: Obesity is systematically growing at an alarming rate worldwide and inactive individuals with obesity are likely to exhibit raised reactive oxygen species and/or reduced antioxidant capacity elevating oxidative stress that promotes physiological dysfunction. On the other hand, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), small group train...
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Obesity epidemic is a complex and multifactorial chronic condition affecting one in three adults globally while it is associated with high metabolic risk factors enhancing chronic illness. On the other hand, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), group training, body weight training, and functional fitness training have been recently reported as s...
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Purpose: To examine the recovery kinetics of exercise-induced muscle damage (EIMD), neuromuscular fatigue, and performance following small-sided games (SSGs) of different densities in soccer. Methods: Ten male players randomly completed 3 trials: a control trial (no SSGs), 4v4 SSGs (62.5 m2/player), and 8v8 SSGs (284.4 m2/player). External and i...
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Purpose: To determine the recovery kinetics of performance, muscle damage, and neuromuscular fatigue following 2 speed-endurance production training (SEPT) protocols in soccer. Methods: Ten well-trained, male soccer athletes randomly completed 3 trials: work-to-rest ratio (SEPT) 1:5, SEPT/1:8, and a control trial. Training load during SEPT was m...
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The aims of the first-ever European survey on fitness trends were to i) identify the top 20 trends for Europe based on input from survey respondents, ii) use the most popular trends in the European health and fitness industry to support the fight against inactivity epidemic, and iii) explore demographic relationships among fitness trend survey resp...
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Protein supplementation is a major nutritional practice among professional and amateur team-sport athletes representing a market of $5 billion in the USA alone. This practice, however, may not be supported by evidence-based science. Our objective as to present a thorough review of literature investigating the effects of protein supplementation on p...
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Background: Muscle satellite cells (SCs) are crucial for muscle regeneration following muscle trauma. Acute skeletal muscle damage results in inflammation and the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) which may be implicated in SCs activation. Protection of these cells from oxidative damage is essential to ensure sufficient muscle regenerati...
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INTRODUCTION: Sedentary obese adults demonstrate impaired functional capacity while the obesity epidemic is expanding at an alarming rate worldwide. On the other hand, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), small group training, and functional fitness are currently the most prevalent trends in the global fitness industry. PURPOSE: This randomized...
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Background Muscle satellite cells (SCs) are crucial for muscle regeneration following muscle trauma. Acute skeletal muscle damage results in inflammation and production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) which may be implicated in SCs activation. Protection of these cells from oxidative damage is essential to ensure sufficient muscle regeneration. Th...
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Background Muscle satellite cells (SCs) are crucial for muscle regeneration following muscle trauma. Acute skeletal muscle damage results in inflammation and production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) which may be implicated in SCs activation. Protection of these cells from oxidative damage is essential to ensure sufficient muscle regeneration. Th...
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Obesity is associated with high mortality and morbidity rates and low levels of quality of life among adults globally. It is critical to examine evidence-based practices for developing lifestyle behavioral changes such as physical movement and structured exercise training. The DoIT protocol, a high-intensity interval exercise training (HIIT) progra...
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Background Muscle satellite cells (SCs) are crucial for muscle regeneration following muscle trauma. Acute skeletal muscle damage results in inflammation and production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) which may be implicated in SCs activation. Protection of these cells from oxidative damage is essential to ensure sufficient muscle regeneration. Th...
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Background: Muscle satellite cells (SCs) are crucial for muscle regeneration following muscle trauma. Acute skeletal muscle damage results in inflammation and production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) which may be implicated in SCs activation. Protection of these cells from oxidative damage is essential to ensure sufficient muscle regeneration. T...
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AIM: Body weight training, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), functional fitness, group personal training, and circuit training are currently considered as some of the top worldwide trends in the health and fitness industry. This randomized controlled trial examined the effects of a circuit-like functional high-intensity training program on f...
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This randomized controlled trial examined body mass, body composition, energy balance and performance responses of previously sedentary overweight/obese women to a circuit-type integrated neuromuscular training program with alternative modalities. Forty-nine healthy overweight or class I obese females (36.4±4.4 yrs) were randomly assigned to either...
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The body weight training, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), functional fitness, group personal training, and circuit training are currently some of the top worldwide trends in the commercial, corporate, clinical, and community landscapes within the health and fitness industry. Additionally, adult obesity and physical inactivity are considere...
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The body weight training, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), functional fitness, group personal training, and circuit training are currently some of the top worldwide trends in the commercial, corporate, clinical, and community landscapes within the health and fitness industry. Additionally, adult obesity and physical inactivity are considere...
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High-intensity interval training (HIIT), functional fitness and circuit training are included in the top trends of the health and fitness industry while adult obesity and physical inactivity rates have grown immensely worldwide. PURPOSE: This study examined the effectiveness of a time-effective, functional integral HIIT program to improve body comp...
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High-intensity interval training (HIIT), functional fitness and circuit training are included in the top trends of the health and fitness industry while adult obesity and physical inactivity rates have grown immensely worldwide. PURPOSE: This study examined the effectiveness of a time-effective, functional integral HIIT program to improve body comp...
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The European health and fitness sector consists of approximately 48.000 facilities, 50 million members and 400.000 employees. The European market is valued at almost 30 billion euro and is therefore the largest fitness market in the world. For decades this sector has consistently grown in terms of members, clubs, professionalism, etcetera. A key fa...
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Defining the personal trainer's role in metabolic disorders as part of a multidisciplinary team against the most prevalent chronic diseases worldwide nowadays. According to the latest epidemiological statistics, obesity and diabetes have reached the highest level globally among adults, adolescents, and children. On the other hand, the gap between h...
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EuropeActive’s Essentials for Personal Trainers provides personal trainers with the most thorough information and best practices to help their clients achieve their health and fitness goals. Endorsed by EuropeActive, the fitness and health industry’s standard-setting authority in Europe, this manual is essential for all aspiring and qualified perso...

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