Cook Islanders Maiti and Vina Samson are sharing their wellbeing dream with the world. SUPPLIED/22111614
A Cook Islands couple have set about getting their people on track to good health through an app.
Rarotonga based trainer Maiti Samson says “being
the first Pacific Islander to launch a health and fitness app, I feel the
biggest struggle our people face when trying to achieve health and fitness
goals comes down to our nutrition”.
alongside his wife Vina Samson, are both trying to find avenues for more
exposure to the health and fitness app, “specifically designed for our
of TMS Fitness, established in Auckland in 2014, they have lived in Rarotonga for
the past six years.
up in the islands, we’ve been raised in our own food culture where the
westernised health and fitness industries aren’t aware of our food choices and
how limited we are to training facilities,” says Vina.
in saying that, from the past six years of operating here in Rarotonga, we have
taken everything we’ve learnt and have built an app where anyone, but most
importantly our Polynesian people worldwide, can relate to the food choices and
workout choices available to create a more sustainable health and fitness
be honest, raw fish or sashimi aren’t bad, palusami and chop suey aren’t bad
either, but when people are on a challenge, there seems to be a bad food or
good food field.
is the wrong way to think of foods, it all comes down to the amount we consume,
and understanding what meals are less or more nutritious.
not rocket science, but not everyone can hold themselves accountable to
achieving their health and fitness goals, and this is where we come in to
Both of them were raised in the Cook Islands.
a qualified personal trainer, had his dreams shattered through a rugby injury.
least that’s what I thought, until it led me down a different path closest to
my rugby dreams,” he says.
discovered a deep-seated passion for helping others to find their health and
pathway changed my life, years ago so profoundly today, I specialise in
empowering others, especially my Pacific Islands people to discover a healthy
love of nutrition and fitness in a sustainable, fun way that transforms their
believe in the best version of you.”
couple says they have built a family-oriented culture where “all walks of life
come together to uplift and build each other, no one gets left behind”.
described TMS as a health and fitness brand built around bringing people
value by giving our people simple tools that the fitness industry over saturate
to confuse our people.”
shares they have members who are on their Ultimate TMS Transformation programme
from Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, and a few Polynesians
in the United States.
biggest challenge we’ve run here in Raro, we had over 200 people sign up.
goal is to share our work with the rest of the world and transform at
least 1000 Polynesians worldwide.
brand has always been about sharing my passion in the health and fitness
industry, and it wouldn’t be more purposeful if it isn’t for our everyday
people and their progress, both physical and mental,” Maiti said.
love seeing people grow and just be a better version of themselves.
love seeing people value their time, by investing into their health.”