An of­fer you can’t refuse

Get fit and lose weight – for free

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

There is no such thing as a free meal but a Porirua per­sonal trainer has made it pos­si­ble to work it off for free.

Foloona Nanai, 21, has a full­time job and is vol­un­teer­ing her evenings to fight obe­sity in Porirua.

With New Zealand re­cently be­ing named the fourth fat­test coun­try in the OECD, be­hind only the United States, Mex­ico and Hun­gary, Nanai said some­thing needed to change.

‘‘ Some­one needs to do some­thing in Porirua and that’s why I’m here,’’ the Wai­tan­girua res­i­dent said.

‘‘For me, it’s not only all about money. ‘‘I love per­sonal train­ing. ‘‘I want to give that to my com­mu­nity. ‘‘I want to share that. ‘‘ That’s what I love do­ing– chang­ing people’s lives.’’

Nanai said a lot of people in Porirua could not af­ford the gym and as a re­sult had no mo­ti­va­tion to lose weight.

Nanai started the 24 Fit Club three weeks ago.

It meets at 7pm ev­ery Thurs­day night and she teaches group fit­ness and nu­tri­tion free of charge.

‘‘ When you know they are com­ing back for more, then you know this is go­ing to help them.’’

The train­ing is also easy enough for people to do in their own time.

‘‘It doesn’t mat­ter how old you are, you can still move your body. The main thing is to get our com­mu­nity ac­tive,’’ Nanai said.

While Nanai’s classes are cur­rently only once a week, she has plans to ex­pand and of­fer the club in other ar­eas.

Nanai grew up in Porirua and went to Aotea Col­lege. She has been a per­sonal trainer for two years and works at Snap Fit­ness 24 hour gym in Welling­ton.

24 Fit Club meets at 15 Com­merce Cres, Wai­tan­girua, ev­ery Thurs­day at 7pm. Phone Foloona Nanai on 0210512529 for de­tails.

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