Personal Trainer To Develop First Get Lean Fiji App, A First For Fiji

  Meet Adelene Tutu one of the first three grant recipients of the Young Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES). Ms Tutu is the Get Lean Fiji online personal trainer. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya,
26 Jun 2018 10:00
Personal Trainer  To Develop First Get Lean Fiji App, A First For Fiji
From left: YES Selection Panel representative Joann Young, Young Entrepreneurship Scheme grant recipients Siwan Narayan, Atunaisa Rainima, Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Land and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Young Entrepreneurship Scheme grant recipient Adelene Tutu and Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism Permanent Secretary Shaheen Ali. Photo: DEPTFO News


Meet Adelene Tutu one of the first three grant recipients of the Young Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES).

Ms Tutu is the Get Lean Fiji online personal trainer.

Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Land and Mineral Resources said, the recipients have satisfactorily met the requirements for funding, such as having innovative and unique business ideas, which are commercially viable and sustainable.

The other two recipients are Atunaisa Rainima and Siwan Narayan.

Mr Rainima will receive a cheque of $20,000 to start a grass cutting, landscaping and biogas business, which will be a byproduct of cut grass.

Mr Narayan received a cheque of $18,251 to start tiny houses construction in rural areas.

Ms Tutu on the other hand, a cheque of $20,000 for her online fitness and training venture.

Mr Koya said: “I wish to congratulate the three grant recipients for successfully meeting all the requirements under the scheme and wish them the very best in their business endeavors.

“I also encourage budding entrepreneurs to apply for the YES funding and to work with Government in building a modern and knowledge based Fiji.”

YES Selection Panel, chair Saud Minam said:  it gives us a great pleasure that “YES” has been extremely busy in last 10 months making sure we reach out to maximum 168 people and took them through 6 trainings sessions at different locations. Our aim is to have our Young entrepreneurs “future ready” to meet the challenges of real life. Proud of the work which we have been able to deliver and enormous support from Panel members for their time, energy and effort

All the recipients thanked their families, the Government and the ministry for their support.


About Ms Tutu

She is a mother of two and after the birth of her second child she said she didn’t feel confident about her body.

She dropped out of high school when she was in Form 7, after her mother passed away mid-year in the same year.

“After I dropped out of high school, I worked at Bad Dogs for four years and that’s when I met my husband.        “After that we had one child following year and two years later we had another one.

“All my life in high school I wasn’t a sport person because one my dad didn’t want me to go into that field and two, I think it wouldn’t make any money or a sustainable income.

“I started working out with the help of my husband of course.

“It was intense training and I saw that it really helped me so I thought to bring it in to Fiji because its 20 minutes of work-out, three days a week.

“It showed me results, eating healthy food was really hard at first but the main thing is to be consistent and to be committed.

She said some people think there is always an easy way out but there is not, if you give hard work, hard work will give you what you want.

“I am in the process of developing Fiji’s first Fitness App.

“With this fitness app everyone in Fiji will be able to access exercise and healthy food that is available here. With my nutritional plan you will be able to eat healthy, lose weight get toned and get lean.

“Importantly, my meal plans are based on foods that are available and affordable in Fiji.

“The other remaining amount is put towards a personal training studio which I am in the process of working towards, getting the space and putting in the equipment that I have just bought.”

Ms Tutu a certified fitness instructor, who has been training individuals and groups since 2017.


Future plans:

“I have to get more staff at the moment I have to meal prep for my clients for five days. From breakfast, lunch and dinner to snacks for five clients

“I hoping from this grant to purchase more electrical equipment to help with preparation of the meals. I have to hire a chef and assistant to help me pack the meals because the demand is increasing.

“I have to hire a fitness instructor to help with my group training because there is more interest in the afternoon session and I have only an hour. So I will definitely open up to other entrepreneurs who want to help me out and who think they have what it takes to bring down Non Communicable Diseases in Fiji (NCDs).

“The App is my way of bringing down NCDs.

“We haven’t found the developer for the GetLeanFiji App yet.

“The developer has to do what I want them to do. Definitely looking at next week to finally get a developer. I feel that targeting women in the country everything else will fall into place.

“Fitness is not about gender, but I feel I have motivated more women but men are welcome to try the App it’s for everybody. I am hoping to launch the App in July.”

She said she has bought equipment from Iron Edge, a manufacturer of weight lifting and gym training equipment

“Most of the outlets here don’t have the equipment that I was looking for especially to do with high intensity training.”

She said  it was really difficult to keep up with trainings and also with being a mum.

“When my children wake up in the morning they ask mum who you are training this morning?

“On Sundays they ask, who are you cooking for?

“So they know all this apart from  trainng women I also train my children to understand that this is my life for them.

“It’s not about me anymore, its about them. I want to thank my family especially my husband, nanny and my nephew at home for their support and the ministry for believing in me.”

The Get Lean Fiji personal training programme guides clients through their own personal transformation. It includes 3 x 30minute high intensity workouts per week designed to work the whole body.  Clients will also receive personalised meal plans that will transform their body.


About the YES programme:

The YES programme is a Government initiative that aims to empower Fijian youth. A budget of $2million was allocated for the scheme in the 2017/2018 financial year, for grants of up to a maximum of $20,000, to be provided to young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-30 years.

The Fijian Government believes that youth empowerment through their active participation in economic activities, will harness the ingenuity and creativity of these youths and will help the Government in building a modern and knowledge-based society.


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