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Hidden Gems: Meet Fealofani Salausa of Phaital Fitness

Today we’d like to introduce you to Fealofani Salausa.

Fealofani, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I am 32 years old; I was born in Otahuhu New Zealand on August 6, 1988. I’m a proud mom of my 13 year son Faafetai Ole Alofa & my 4 year old daughter Leina. I’m also a proud daughter to my loving/humble parents Tuitavate and Selma Salausa they were my heart before I became a mom. They raised my two siblings Tiute, Tui, and myself in Carson, California since I was about 5. I’ve been a trainer since 2014; fitness became my passion after I lost over 80 pounds during my first transformation. In 2015 I was invited to train at a church in north Long Beach with over 70 Polynesians which included Samoans, Tongans, and Hawaiians. I never felt so good volunteering my time to help people within my culture so at that point I think that’s when I found my purpose. In 2017 I lost myself, fell off, gained all my weight back and then eventually lost most of my clients due to not dealing with my depression. Since 2019 I committed to self-healing and getting my mindset back. With that I was able to get some of my results back; even though I still have a long way to go I’m so grateful I was able to get my self-confidence where it needed to be. Now that I’ve been able to rebuild my strong mindset; I was able to gain over 20 new clients my first month back into training.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I fell into deep depression without knowing what was going on; I didn’t find out I had the symptoms until over a year later. Depression led me back into old eating habits, laziness, I even lost the drive to  being active. Eventually I gained all my weight plus more. In order to keep myself busy I kept trying to train clients but I knew deep down inside I didn’t feel right because I let myself go and was no longer living a healthy active lifestyle. That lifestyle change of going backwards showed in my appearance and performance. Consequently I lost all my clients, my motivation and everything else that kept me going. Months passed and then I finally I got the reality check I desperately needed. It was time to make a change or I would lose my reputation I built over the years.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
I take being a trainer serious because I lost my dad due to the lack of getting regular checkups. Knowing the power in preventive care has been proven time and time again so I treat my clients like there’s no second chances when it comes to taking care of their health. I specialize in group training and thrive in being creative with bodyweight exercises mixed with workouts that includes equipment. What sets me apart from others is that I actually love what I do and I put my purpose before a paycheck. And of course, I have gone through all the struggles my clients are currently going through now so I understand what they’re going through first hand. Every client I ever trained, I try my best to treat them with these main three aspects: respect, integrity, and like family. I want the readers to know there are still decent people out there that genuinely want to help them that relate to their everyday struggle. When you have the right people pushing you anything is possible.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I feel like the best thing we have to offer in our city is diversity.

I don’t like the traffic and I know there are some areas that can be better taken care of as far sanitary reasons; other then that I love our city.

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