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Life and Work with Maria Ramsdell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria Ramsdell.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Maria. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My first years working in the television industry were some of the most exciting and memorable of my life. During college, I landed an internship on the set of MTV’s The Real World. It ended up being the start of a 10-year long career as a camera operator for some of tv’s most popular reality shows. Toward the end of that chapter in my life, I found that the excitement of traveling and being on set was fading and I longed for a different experience of life. I was becoming exhausted. I wanted more stability. I couldn’t envision my future on this path. I was very grateful for those amazing years, but it was time for a change.

In 2009, I decided to take responsibility for my own happiness and pursue a career in health and fitness. I wanted to spend my days encouraging people and helping them. Watching my clients push past their expectations and attain more healthy lifestyles is the most gratifying part of my job. They entrust me with their health and well-being. These relationships are some of the most meaningful ones I have developed in my life. I am honored to take on this responsibility and hold it in the highest regard. I now get to spend my days working with all types of clients from celebrities, to industry professionals to new moms. Each client is an opportunity for me to further my education and tailor programs to suit their needs.

When I’m not at the gym, you can find me spending time with my family. In 2012, I married my best friend, Taylor and in 2014, gave birth to my son, Levi.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Transitioning careers is a daunting task. I had dedicated my college years to studying film and television and my 20’s were focused on solidifying a career as a camera operator. Not to mention the fact that, at the time, there were few female operators in the industry. The job title that I held was something I had worked very hard to achieve. I was lucky and honored to be a part of such an amazing group of women.

And yet, there I was, ready to walk away from it all. I realized that it was no longer serving me as it had in the past and that it was time for me to explore a new chapter in my life. The thing I kept telling myself was that this decision did not have to be a permanent one. My previous job was freelance. I was lucky enough to have the flexibility to give this new career a chance. If it didn’t work out, I could always go back.

I started the transition with one foot in each field. I started training clients in the early morning hours then would rush to set to shoot until the evening. Eventually, I got enough personal training clients on my roster that I turned down the next season of the show I was filming.

Changing things up was so scary. But I’m so glad that I did. I still keep in touch with many of my friends from my television days and I sometimes still miss being behind a camera. But now I get to serve a higher purpose by helping people every day. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Hard work is also necessary for success. So make sure your work is going toward a goal that will support your well being and happiness.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I pride myself in being flexible and educated enough to train everyone from the gym newbie to professional athletes.

My passion is helping fellow moms through their fitness journeys during pregnancy and postpartum. I had a very wonderful pregnancy that ended with a not so wonderful delivery. During pregnancy, I continued to exercise safely and ate well. So, I didn’t understand why everything in my body felt completely different after giving birth. Wasn’t I supposed to be the one who would bounce back faster than everyone else? Why was I having so many complications like back pain, incontinence, poor pelvic floor functioning, abdominal separation, prolapse, and generalized pain?

Fitness is my joy as well as my sanity. I was going to find the help I needed to get back into the gym and be comfortable. I found therapists who specialized in my symptoms. I learned that all of these things were much more common than I had realized before and that postpartum fitness is not simply about doing strength workouts while using your baby as a weight. It’s an in-depth approach to reconnecting and rehabilitating systems from the inside out. I dove into my own therapy and studied all the literature I could find on these types of pelvic health therapies. It gave me a completely different framework from which to train my clients. I encourage every mom to see a specialist after giving birth. One of the most rewarding parts of my job is getting to be a part of a new mom’s road to recovery.

There’s a wealth of academic research that suggests that lack of mentors and networking opportunities for women has materially affected the number of women in leadership roles. Smart organizations and industry leaders are working to change this, but in the meantime, do you have any advice for finding a mentor and building a network?
I used to feel afraid and insecure if I didn’t know the answer to a question. I thought that everyone would see me as a fraud if I didn’t know it all. With age comes a certain amount of humility. I look back on my career and see that some of the most meaningful moments of real growth and learning were when I was able to put my ego aside and receive guidance. The relationship between a mentor and a student happens organically. But it only happens when the student is willing to learn. To me, the most influential people are the ones who know that they are great at what they do, they respect their own value, and they are always learning more.

Contact Info:

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  • Phone: 323-854-5274
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  • Instagram: @maria_ramsdell
  • Facebook: Maria Ramsdell – Fitness Trainer and Nutritionist

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Laura Ise

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