Wynne impresses ‘The Mighty Samson’

Monday November 13, 2017 Written by Published in Local
The Zuu crew, with around 48 participants left out of a starting line-up of 100. Wynne says the balance of women verses men is out of whack, with a number of guys dropping out after week one. Wynne is pictured middle back right. Trainer, Tamaiti Samson, bottom row - far right. 17110926 The Zuu crew, with around 48 participants left out of a starting line-up of 100. Wynne says the balance of women verses men is out of whack, with a number of guys dropping out after week one. Wynne is pictured middle back right. Trainer, Tamaiti Samson, bottom row - far right. 17110926

TMS fitness trainer Tamaiti Samson, aka “The Mighty Samson”, says he didn’t know if Thomas Wynne had what it takes to stick with his seven-week Zuu fitness challenge.

 

The fitness regime employs a range of “push and pull moves” with names like “kick-sits, tail whips, body drops and cobras”.

He says, “When I first saw Thomas I wondered if he’d last, as some of the moves we do are quite intimidating for new people.”

And carrying the extra weight makes the moves even more difficult, he adds.

The old adage of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ comes to mind, as Wynne has since made his trainer eat his words.

And today, Samson says, “Now, he’s right in the centre, I’m proud of him, and he inspires the rest of us.”

At the end of the class Samson says to the group as they come together in a circle of comraderie.

“The first step is showing up, and the second is pushing yourself, and you’ve all done that today.”

Wynne has shown up and stuck at the programme and has so far lost 6kgs and reduced his body fat by nearly 4 per cent (from 51 per cent).

“I feel better, and clothes are starting to fit better”.

And he says jokingly, that he can now tie his shoelaces without blacking out.

Wynne says his fitness journey has only just begun after seven weeks and he now plans to stick it out with the Zuu crew until December.

“Some weeks were really good and I felt on top of things and other weeks being badly organised and allowing my emotions to get in the way of my decisions didn’t help.

“But I am glad that I finished this first step, and am ready to keep going and add more to the regime.”

He’s now aiming to step up his workout’s by adding in some weight training, and training more than three mornings a week.

Wynne says, “I encourage everyone to do something, especially around the food. It’s 80 per cent of the battle, with exercise the rest.”

Samson says he’s also noticed a big change in the meals that Wynne has shared on his Facebook page since starting the challenge and says it’s great to see him making the right choices.

It’s the camaraderie and support through Zuu that’s also made all the difference says Wynne.

“I just wanted to say to my Zuu family, all those that have done the 7- week challenge, what an encouragement you all have been and an inspiration.

“I couldn’t have done it without you all. This is not the end. This is just the beginning.”

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