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Meet Tom Ram

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tom Ram.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Tom. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born in New York City and moved to Israel when I was 4 years old.

Growing up, I was a professional basketball player and instructor for the Hebrew National Scouts. At the age of 16, I was recruited by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) for a special position.

Before I got the position, I underwent an intense set of evaluations that tested my mental, physical, and coaching skills. I got accepted into the program and was sent to a special training camp. From there, I was named Sergeant of Combat Fitness where I trained over 12,000 soldiers for special miltary units similar to the K-9 and SWAT teams in the U.S.

Using my experience from the military, I started building my business and began training civilians, elite athletes, and high profile clients. Even though I had a very successful career in Israel, I had this urge inside of me to move to the United States and re-start my life so that I could compete at the highest level and continue my education.

At the age of 21, I got my parents’ blessing and landed in New York City with one broken suitcase and English that I had learned from American television shows like South Park and Friends.

Great, 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?
Haha, where do I start? New York was tough. I didn’t know anyone and worked very hard, while barely making any money. I walked around with a Subway cup to get a free drink and skipped meals in order to get by. That’s the beauty of living in The Big Apple – you have to love the city because it makes you who you are and provides you with another layer of grit.

There is a book that I really enjoy called, “The Obstacle Is The Way”, by Ryan Holiday, and I really try to live by this mentality.

I am a descendant of Holocaust survivors and my Grandparents escaped Auschwitz-Birkenau. A lot many of my family members did not make it, so from a young age, I learned to appreciate every moment being alive on earth. I have artwork on my left shoulder to remember where I came from and remind me that I have the power to make life better for the people around me. I am no stranger to death and growing up, I have seen many people pass away through tragic accidents, cancer, and war.

I know it sounds like a lot, but it is just another reminder that our time on Earth is limited, so why not use the time we have in the best possible way and to try to help as many people as we can? Every day, I strive to live a better life, smile more often, fully experience beautiful moments, and get clients a step closer to where they always wanted to be.

It’s never too late to change or try something new. There can always be a Day 1. I just enrolled in college at the age of 30 for the first time in my life and I am now working on earning my degree in Sports Psychology and Leadership.

I currently live in Redondo Beach right across from the Ocean. In addition to working out in the gym, I rock climb, cycle, and deal with my fear of open water by paddleboarding 2-3 times a week (I’m still a little scared, but I hope to compete in the near future – it’s good to have some long term goals to keep getting better every day).

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am national and international certified personal trainer and wellness coach. I provide clients with specifically tailored programs that focus on fat loss, strength training, and conditioning. I also specialize in mobility and movement, injury recovery and prevention, and sleep coaching and regeneration.

I pride myself on being much more than a personal trainer for my clients, I am also an educator and guide when they need me the most. Together, we develop healthy habits, dive into mindfulness, re-learn how to breathe, and train our bodies to have better sleep quality. We also learn how to eat in a way that will support a healthy diet, while not depriving ourselves of living life. Overall, we create a bite-sized, digestible strategy to achieve long and short term goals, in and out of the gym.

I am also passionate about helping the community. I currently volunteer with the LA Food Bank and help distribute food to families who have been most affected by the pandemic. I am also in the process of developing a community fitness group to create an alternative and support system for people who can’t go to the gym.

Whether it’s in person, on the beach, or through a virtual platform, I want to provide as many people as I can with the tools to pursue small wins for long term victories. One of the main ideas I am trying to share with the world is that you can be fit on the outside, but not feel well on the inside, so combining fitness and wellness can maximize results – that way, you can look good and also feel good at the same time.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Last year, I was awarded Equinox’s Personal Trainer of The Year for the U.S., Canada, and England. It is still a bit surreal to me since I came from such a small town in Israel. I was finally able to thank that inner voice that brought me here, for pushing me to do greater things.

It was a really special moment for me to stand on stage in front of so many people that I respect and talk about equality; and how no matter who you are or where you come from, or what gender, religion, color of skin, or sexual orientation you are, you can become someone and make a difference in this world.

It was my little American Dream moment.

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Mattia Cazzola, Scott Snyder

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