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Jose Thomas

Meet The Trainer

Jose Thomas


Over 15 years of personal training and I have seen a lot. Having come full circle, I now believe keeping it simple is the best way.

As a youngster, I have always been very active and played a lot of sport. Through discipline, courage, humility and hard work, I went on to represented my Union Auckland then Fiji in rugby union at the age of 24. I then went on and played professionally for 2 years in Europe. My time in Europe was unforgettable, as it provided me with the life skills and experience needed to succeed in any situation.

Upon returning home to New Zealand, I decided to follow my passion to become a certified personal trainer and studied at AUT campus in Auckland. In April 2004 I had my first job as a PT at a corporate health club called – Spa at the Hyatt.

From 2007 - 2011, I was employed by Fitness First Australia based in Victoria and held various roles from PT Manager to Cluster PT Manager overseeing six clubs. I had a stint as Cluster Fitness Director with the Good Life Health club chain for two years. I also held the role of fitness coach at Fitness Faktor. In all these roles combined, I have personally mentored and coached over 500 trainers, and trained in excess of 1000 clients!

All this experience, knowledge and life skills has brought me to this present time, where I now own and operate a transformation studio with my wife.

My passion for strength and conditioning for sports players has also been a focus of mine. Having played professionally and lived the disciplines, I enjoy passing this on to athletes. MANA ATHLETE (FORMALLY FAST,FIT,FUNCTIONAL) is a business I started in 2008 and is still operating now. I have had over 600 athletes go through my program; some of them have reached higher honors and even represented their countries.

For me “coaching” is my passion, seeing young and old realize their potential is an amazing thing. The body is the greatest machine on the planet and will do exactly what our mind tells it – control the mind, control the body.

Life Achievements

  • Fiji Rugby Union player '94
  • German Rugby Union player '97
  • Leisure World Up and Coming Personal Trainer for Nth Island – Fitness Life Awards 2006
  • Regional Strength and Conditioning coach for the world champion New Zealand Black Ferns 2006/07.
  • Head Strength and Conditioning coach for the Auckland Rugby Referees Association 2006-07.
  • Head Strength and Conditioning coach for Premier winners Harlequins RFC, Melbourne - 2014, 2015 ,2017
  • Chair of Welfare, Harlequins RFC - Melbourne 2020-21
  • Father of two amazing kids Aliyah and Sholance


~ Certificate III & IV in Fitness and Personal Training
~ Boxing Level 1 & 2
~ Advance Kettlebell training
~ TRX level 1
~ ASCA Level 1 and level 2 PCAS-PRO

~ Olympic Lifting Level 1
~ Zuu and Ankorr Master Trainer

~ Rehab trainer certified

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