Lifestyle talk inspires Pacific-style workout
A conversation with his uncle inspired a Porirua personal trainer to develop a workout aimed at taking Pacific Islanders back to their roots.
Workout developer Ioritana Tanielu- Dick said the idea for Minoi had been growing for a few years, since a talk with his uncle about life in the islands.
His uncle told Mr Tanielu-Dick he was very fit in the Pacific Islands because of the day-to-day lifestyle, but since moving to New Zealand he had lost that fitness.
"My uncle missed out on 20-plus years of regular physical activity," Mr Tanielu- Dick said.
As a result Mr Tanielu-Dick developed Minoi as a way to get Pacific Islanders fit and healthy.
"I want it to be completely different. It's about community and working together and enjoying exercise."
Mr Tanielu-Dick said people were encouraged to wear lava lavas and enjoy themselves.
Even the names of the exercises have Pacific roots, such as, climbing the coconut tree and rowing va'a.
Mr Tanielu-Dick said he had visited Samoa several times and experienced the culture himself.
He said he hoped the programme would also provide a way for older people to remember and pass on the heritage.
"It's about creating awareness of the vibrant cultures."
Mr Tanielu-Dick said he hoped Minoi could be to Polynesians what Zumba was to Hispanics.
Jetts gym manager Andrea Bramley said she was really proud of what Mr Tanielu-Dick was doing.
"He's doing something no one's done before," she said. "It's great for our club and great for our community."
The Minoi pod trainings are on twice a week at Jetts Gym in Porirua.
For information, call Ioritana on 027 329 3800 or email Tana.Dick@jetts.co.nz.