The group of four students will be hosting the Aere Ki Mua (“moving forward”) boot camp from this week at the park opposite the Banana Court in Avarua.
Group “chief executive officer” Joshua Brown said the sessions would include intense bodyweight workouts for all fitness levels and he invited people of all ages to participate.
“What inspired us to host such a programme was that we did some background research as to how our boot camp ideas would be effective to people here on Rarotonga and we found that a common problem here on the island was obesity,” said Brown.
“We hope that with our project, we will help and contribute towards helping people improve their lifestyles and develop a habit of being fit and healthy.
“Our sessions will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5pm and will go for an hour.”
Level three business enterprises class teacher Taiti Hosking said the idea of students coming up with such initiatives was to improve and develop their marketing and business skills.
“The students have used fitness as a key product to drive their business. This is a first, as usually projects are usually about selling food and earning money for their projects,” said Hosking.
“We are training them to become self-reliant when running a business in the future and it is interesting to see how they have come up with such an idea as their project.”
“The Cook Islands Police Service has also come on board with their trainers to support the initiative and they have introduced a sports programme to help the students with their project plans.”
Hosking said the project was part of the New Zealand-based Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) programme which has been running in the Cook Islands for the last four years.
“It’s been very successful; our students are becoming successful business people and the idea is to inspire them to run business locally and to contribute to our local economy,” she said.
School principal Tania Morgan said she is really proud of her students’ initiatives and hopes that many will turn up to be part of the training programme.
“They are one of the very first groups to launch their business class project, there are five groups in the class and they all have different project plans,” said Morgan.
“It’s so moving to see such young yet proactive students coming up with such great ideas, this is part of the level three’s business academy, it is part of their actual course work, a unit that they do throughout the year and are assessed by the year end,” she said.
The boot camp session costs three dollars per person and is open to anyone who wants to join.