A pail with a view

If family duties make you anxious, it’s about time to change your mind. Mykonos Magazine took its beach pails and water pistols and met Varvara Solomonidou and little Freddie and they enjoyed their fit vacation! “But does “vacation” go with “fit” in the same phrase?” You will find out the most refreshing, and entertaining answer below!

We met again this year with personal trainer Varvara Solomonidou on Mykonos. at every fitness spot there is around the island: at the minimal gym in Belvedere Hotel. at Cavo Tagoo, at Princess of Mykonos and at private gyms and pools. and also at the most beautiful jogging and walking trails by the sea on the island She has organised a pioneering business called ‘Athens Trainers” that offers personal training and wellness services in Athens and on Mykonos. I use everything from the bottles of water to beach pails. sand and shovels! If you don’t believe me, pick up your pail and shovels chose a pool with a view or a beach and let’s go… and because this article is about families who chose Mykonos as the destination of their vacation, we have distributed the roles each one of us will play I will be the mum. Grigoris will be the dad and little Freddie will be the son who steals the show!

…and this is more or less how the story begins:

The mother fills up the pails with water. I hope she is not about to play naughty . The father has taken little Freddie on his shoulders and both of them are looking other who stretches her legs one by one. holding the pails to make it more difficult. This is a great exercise for the legs. As she turns to look at them, the dad decides to try it himself while little Freddie tries to splash her with water. Look how much fun he has!

exercise 1

Now all of them are splashed and the mother suggests they play game they used to play at school called ‘catch it if you can’. Of course Freddie who is to blame for all the splashing is in the middle and tries to catch the ball while mother and father first have to squat before they throw the ball to one another.

exercise 2

Next come the dynamic balance exercise the dad takes the –“table position” and the mum the ‘upside-down table position’ while the young passes underneath or above them !p7 ,8. To the dynamic balance exercise we add a few push-ups for Freddie and his dad while mother is proudly looking at them both and takes a photo with the camera of her mobile

exercise 3

Shoulder exercises for both parents as they are both weighed down by family duties while the little one is flying high. his arms become wings and is smiling!

exercise 4


It’s about time to write your own fitness script

Dress code:  anything that is light and comfortable

Plateau: Mykonos

Direction &  Production  AthensTrainers-change your life with us

Special thanks to hotel Belvedere for hosting us

Pgotography:Eleanna Kourkoulopoulou

Varvara Solomonidou,Wellness Specialist, Personal Trainer, Seminar & Conference Lecturer, Pilates Master Trainer “AthensTrainers® Ultimate Pilates System®”, General Manager & Owner of AthensTrainers®

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Mykonos Magazine summer 2011