by Alexis Batrakoulis
Alexis Batrakoulis, MS, PhD(c), CSCS, NSCA-CPT, RCPT*E; ACSM–EP, CPT, EIM2; NASM-CES, PES, WMS; ACE-CPT, CHC, has been involved in the fitness industry since 1995 and currently works as an educator, speaker, author, subject matter expert and exercise physiologist in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the USA. He is the Personal Training Education Director at the Greek Athletic & Fitness Training School (GRAFTS), which is an internationally accredited vocational training provider and the national leader in fitness certifications in Greece. He holds a BS in Physical Education and Sports Science with emphasis in Fitness, an MS in Exercise and Health with emphasis in Exercise and Obesity, and is preparing to earn a PhD in Exercise and Health. He has also earned numerous professional credentials through ACE, ACSM, NASM, and NSCA. Batrakoulis is a Subject Matter Expert and an International Master Trainer at the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and is also a member of the Brussels–based Professional Standards Committee of EuropeActive, which leads the development of educational standards, oversees the accreditation process for all courses, and registers qualified exercise professionals for all occupational roles in the European fitness sector. More specifically, he has respectively led and contributed to the Technical Experts Groups that developed standards for the occupational roles of Weight Management Exercise Specialist and Pre/Diabetes Exercise Specialist in Europe. His live workshop "Exercise for Overweight and Obesity: Bridging Theory and Practice" is approved by ACE, ACSM, AFAA, NASM, NSCA, ISSA, IFPA, PTA Global, CanFitPro, Fitness Australia, REPs UK, and EuropeActive/EREPs as a continuing education course for fitness professionals around the globe. Additionally, he serves as a Member of the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Credential Committee, Professional Education Committee, and International Health & Fitness Summit Program Committee for the ACSM and recently received recognition as the 2018 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year. Lastly, he is a Member of the NSCA Personal Training Quarterly Journal Editorial Review Panel. ... read more.