An offer you can’t refuse
Get fit and lose weight – for free
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.