Hi! We are Zoi & Virginia, two friends who met during our university years in Athens. Due to our last names, we were always just a breath away from one another on the teachers' student lists. After countless track runs, gymnastic exercises and basketball matches in the Physical Education department we became inseparable.
The Doukissa-Doukoudaki duo soon took off, as students and life friends. Our nickname throughout our uni years was "Duke"!
After Uni, each Duke went her own way, travelling to other countries to seek further education, work and expand their horizons. But life would always bring us back since we had similar dreams and goals! What united us beyond our friendship and profession is the common philosophy we have towards humanity and quality of life!
That's how the Dukes fitness project came to life!
Who we are
My name is Doukissa Virginia and I am athlete since the age of 6. I was born and raised in Andros, an Island in Greece, in 1986. I am a graduate of the department of Psychical Education and Sport Science of the Kapodistrian University of Athens with specialisation in sailing and orchestric gymnastics.
In 2011, I attended the International Master in "Sport Tourism Engineering" in Lille, France.
I have worked in gyms, sports organisations, public and private schools, camps, sailing clubs and as a researcher in the field of ergo physiology in collaboration with the Department of Physical Education and Sport science.
In recent years, I have been working in the toursim sector, such as Costa Navarino - Navarino Dunes Resort as a kids club supervisor and in 2016 as a Childcare Manager in the Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort.
I am also an entrepreneur and partner in a start-up wedding business implementation, the Wedding Agenda Application.
My name is Zoe Doukoudaki, born in 1987 in Athens, Greece.
I am a graduate of the department of Physical Education and Sport Science of the Kapodistrian University of Athens with specialisation in orchestric gymnastics. During my studies, I did the Erasmus programme at Instituto di educazione fisica (IUSM), at Rome, Italy. I am also a graduate of the drama academy "Act 7". I have also attended the Master of Science "Specialisation on injury restoration through intervention", in University of Thrake and attended several seminars related with clinical Pilates and hydrotherapy.
I have worked in gyms, Pilates studios, sports organisations, public schools, sport camps, tennis clubs and indoor pools as a lifeguard.
In recent years, I have been working in the tourism sector, such as Costa Navarino - Navarino Dunes Resort and Thalatta Seaside Hotel.
In November 2017, we decided to set up the Dukes - Exclusive Fitness Services concept with my business partner Doukissa Virginia and my vision is to provide safe sports holidays for everyone. I am fluent in English and Italian and my hobbies are dancing, writing, swimming and hiking.
Exercise is a way of life and should not be neglected because of your holiday
What does quality of life mean for the Dukes?
Harmonizing your body and soul, managing anxiety,
incorporating values and attitudes that promote
self-esteem and solidarity with mankind are the main
pillars of our philosophy.
All this, combined with encouragement to eat healthy,
balanced with natural Greek products, discovered for you by the Dukes after extensive research, is also included in our programs!
Our programs are personalized, tailored to your needs and
for everyone. (All ages and special groups)