Mr Samoa health-y competition for JP fitness bodybuilders

By Thomas Airey ,

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Giovanni Mareko.

Giovanni Mareko. (Photo: Thomas Airey)

The JP Fitness gym bodybuilding team were happy with their results at Mr Samoa 2018, but want to be better next year.

Tunu Nancy Matautai-Elisara won the overall women’s bodybuilding and physique divisions for the second straight year, with Chris Apineru and Giovanni Mareko winning the men’s under 85 kg and men’s physique under 80 kg respectively.

A senior member of the JP team, Chris Apineru said he was proud of the team, as well as himself.

“I think it’s the hardest sport in the world, the effort we put in to train and diet.

“Every single competition we learn, see what parts of body we need to work on.”

Mareko said their team is growing, with young people keen to join up.

“These young men can take the international stage.

“It’s been a good year, and we’re coming back strong training into the next one.”

Apineru said coming into Mr Samoa the team all had to cut mass for three or four months, leaving them thirsty and hungry often.

“After the comp we love to eat anything that comes on the table for about a week.

“It’s like you’re alive again, getting back that strength and energy.

“We’re back again into eating healthy now.”

Chris Apineru guiding members at JP Fitness. Photo: Thomas Airey
Chris Apineru guiding members at JP Fitness. Photo: Thomas Airey

Mareko’s daily regime consists of two trainings a day, the first at 6am.

“My breakfast at 8 would be say four egg whites and a tuna sandwich,” he said.

“In the afternoon I’ll have chicken breast and a cup of rice.

“Then some canned fish for dinner after training.”

For JP team manager Eddie Gafo, bodybuilding is all about staying healthy and keeping a diet.

“When you come into the gym, everyone’s got a different goal or ambition.”

Apineru said they are more than willing to help anyone wanting to lose weight.

“We need to encourage the young ones, it’s not about muscle it’s about health.”

Gafo said they would like to spread those messages, perhaps in partnership with the Ministry of Health.

“We want to do clinics in schools, in Upolu and Savaii.

“Teaching the young ones, so when they get older they know what to do.

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